The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) – Ian Redmond Conservation Award was created to encourage innovation, inspire leadership, and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation in Africa and Asia. The 2nd GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Awards winners were chosen by a five-member committee comprised of representatives from UN Environment, UNESCO, the GRASP Secretariat, and the GRASP Scientific Commission, as well as Ian Redmond himself. Four winners — three from Africa and one from Asia — each played an integral role helping ensure the survival of great apes worldwide.

“There are many unsung heroes working on the conservation frontline, trying to bring greater attention to the protection and conservation to Great Apes in Africa and Asia,” said Born Free president Will Travers. “The GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Awards are an important way of recognising the vital contribution made by these dedicated individuals and provides useful funding support for their efforts. Along with other partners, Born Free is delighted to be able to sponsor the awards and this year’s outstanding winners.”

JAMARTIN SIHITE (INDONESIA)

Jamartin Sihite (Indonesia) is the ‎CEO at Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Following a decade of being unable to release rehabilitated orangutans due to the difficulties in finding suitable and secure forest areas, in 2012 we overcame this significant challenge and commenced intensive preparations for our orangutan reintroduction programs in both East and Central Kalimantan. Since that time, the BOS Foundation has reintroduced 167 orangutans back to natural habitat with plans to reintroduce the remainder of our captive rehabilitated population over the coming years. Conservation efforts do not stop after release and the BOS Foundation continues to monitor the newly released orangutans for a minimum of one year to ensure their adaptation. Data recorded on the orangutans behavior post-release is employed to maximize reintroduction success rates, intervene where necessary and improve our rehabilitation program and practices.