Author Archives: Tim Laman

Postcards from Borneo

The final installment of our summer “Postcards from Borneo” blog series on the Nataional Geographic PROOF Blog has just gone live.  Check it out HERE….
In this post, my wife, orangutan researcher Cheryl Knott, wraps things up from her perspective.  It has been an amazing summer working in the field with my wife and her team of students and research assistants in Gunung Palung National Park, in Indonesian Borneo.  As we have for many years, we also took our kids Russell and Jessica with us and they had a great time at this unusual summer camp.  This year, National Geographic

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Fieldwork with the Family

For many months of each year, I am in the field on my own.  But most summers in recent years, I have traveled with my wife Cheryl Knott, who is a Boston University professor and orangutan researcher, to her field site in Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo.  And we have also been taking our children with us.  This year I have been working on a new orangutan project for National Geographic, and NatGeo asked us to also cover the family angle.  So we have been writing a series of blog posts for their PROOF… blog.
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National Geographic PROOF Blog

This summer follow Tim’s adventures with his family in Borneo documenting orangutans for an assignment with National Geographic on their PROOF blog.  View his first post: Postcards From Borneo: A Family Adventure Begins Anew.

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Announcing New Orangutan Project


An adult male Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) sits in the sleeping nest he has made in a small tree.

Currently, Tim is in the rainforest of Indonesia working on his orangutan project for the summer.  Part of the project is a new National Geographic story which he will document their behavior in several different populations around the country.  Check Instagram for pictures from Tim in the field.  @TimLaman…

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Birds of Paradise Move to Philly

Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at sunrise.

Tim’s exhibit, Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution, is now open at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  The exhibit developed by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is open from May 3 to September 1, 2014.  Check out The Academy’s website… to plan your visit.

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“Best Exploration Film” winner at the New York Wild Film Festival

Our short Bird of Paradise film called “Paradise Found”, shot by Tim Laman, Ed Scholes and Eric Liner, and produced/edited by Tom Swartwout won the category “Best Exploration Film”.  It was a real honor and thrill to attend the festival this past weekend in New York City at the famed Explorer’s Club.

New York Wild Film Festival logo

Here is the TRAILER for the festival, which gives you a great overview of the films we saw last Saturday.  You’ll see glimpse of Tim rappelling and birds of paradise performing in the reel.
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