The Quest to Save Borneo’s Orangutans
Tim Laman and Cheryl Knott make conservation a family affair in documenting these majestic animals.
Biological anthropologist Cheryl Knott and photojournalist Tim Laman have dedicated their lives to the orangutans of Borneo’s Gunung Palung National Park. Together with their children, they’ve made it a family mission to reveal new threats to the great apes in their rain forest homes.
The Nat Geo WILD show Orangutans on the Edge: Mission Critical explored the challenges that orangutans face in the wild, and the obstacles that scientists, photographers, and explorers face when documenting them in the thick rain forest of Borneo.
No one is more familiar with the orangutan’s challenges than Laman, who scales massive trees and journeys to remote locations to document these majestic creatures. Knott, a Harvard-trained scientist and director of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project, works