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Name: Hardi Baktiantoro

Date of birth: tba

Place of birth: tba

Education History: tba

Organisation you work for: Center for Orangutan Protection

Position title: tba

How did you get into the work you do presently?  
Currently, COP is run by 14 staffs who are placed into three teams: APE Crusader, APE Defender, and APE Warrior. The team members are working without a pause. All of them work with a deep passion and a strong dedication for a way of life, not as a regular job. Volunteers that graduated from COP School also support them. In 2011, COP has been honored as the Outstanding Contribution by Young Activists at The Andrews Awards for Animal Welfare in Chengdu, China.

Describe the main aspects of your work:
The COP documents and exposes the criminal practice and cruelty toward orangutans. The photos and videos that were successfully documented by this group are able to open the world’s eyes on the facts of orangutans. These are very useful as ammunition campaign against palm oil companies that are threatening the orangutans. COP builds public awareness on their rights of the forest and assists the local community to protect their livelihood. It is expected, 2500 orangutans that live in 2 orangutan habitat areas of 47000 hectares in Kalimantan will save from the deforestation. COP conducts the orangutan rescue operations that have been displaced from their habitat. At least 50 orangutans have been saved from death. In additions, COP also helps the zoo management in Indonesia to improve the management standard. At least, 75 orangutans in 8 zoos in Indonesia now have a good quality of life. COP helps the authorities to send the orangutan killers to the prison.

What do you like best about your job?
As a big fan of photography, Hardi Baktiantoro tries to take a photo of anything that is rarely photographed by others. He takes an easy option for him as famer’s boy who grew up in the village, so he chooses wildlife photography that closes to his daily life in the village. This option brings him to amazing new experiences. He learns about wildlife behavior through his camera lens. This also brings him into miserably experiences, such as deforestation, poaching and animals trade. He realizes that the photos will not change everything if there are no actions to solve these problems. Therefore, he decides to establish the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) in 2007, as emergency response group to stop the orangutans killing as a result of deforestation to open the oil palm plantation in Kalimantan.