Gibbons and the Batek
This is my main work at present. We're documenting gibbon sounds and what the Batek think of them. In this photo I'm using the phone to record the song, but I try to use the Zoom as much as possible.
Relatedly, we're also looking into the fruits that gibbons eat. Thus far, we've documented about 149 Batek species (still awaiting taxonomisation at the herbarium). Batek are really good with the technology of using a phone app, Cybertracker, to document what they see. Meanwhile, I follow along with camera and any other recorders needed.
These (below and right) are my research teams. I try to have at least two generations of people working on the project (to facilitate knowledge transmission). The photo below was shot in September 2020, when Covid stopped all travel for months on end.
Here's the Zoom (together with a flashlight and what is the most useful thing you can bring to the field, Tiger Balm):
There were two teams on this trip: one worked for my student Nurul Iza Adrina, who completed her dissertation on "THE DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF SMALL APES IN THE GREATER TAMAN NEGARA PAHANG LANDSCAPE" (2021). We came together for fieldwork, climbed up a frighteningly steep slope, and set up camp on the high ridge in order to monitor gibbons. Once there, I refused to bathe for three days — too much hard work to reach a water source!