Justin D'Agostino@justindagostino

We are walking and talking apes.

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Ikan bakar is a rare treat for dinner in the forest while working. A few locals came to camp and we were very happy to share the delicious fish! #ikanbakar #sumatra #indonesia #aceh #gayo #kedah #kutapanjang #food #foodie #fulbright #aminef #fish

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Orangutans are beautiful and endangered. Please do all you can to be aware of the threats to their habitat that include palm oil, illegal logging, mining to name a few. #fulbright #aminef #saveorangutan #endangeredspecies #orangutan #indonesia #sumatra #aceh #gayolues #jungle #adventure #natgeo #nature #naturephotography #wild


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Maratua island off the east coast of Kalimantan is about to become very popular because of the new airport ready to open soon. The construction on the main road that runs straight through the u shaped island is almost finished and the new resorts are preparing for the influx of tourists. The island offers beautiful views and diving among tons of exotic fish. However, the trash especially plastic is a major problem of the island and represents the challenges with an expanding human presence all over the world. #maratua #maratuaisland #paradise #island #indonesia #kalimantan #borneo #beach #sunset #ocean #plastic #recycle


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Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque (Baitul Muttaqien Mosque) is one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. It’s located along the Mahakam River and one of the first sights you see when entering Samarinda. #fulbright #aminef #indonesia #borneo #kalimantan #samarinda #mosque


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Majestic field site thanks to Mr Jali in the Leuser Ecosystem. Last place on planet earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, and bears roam free in the wild. If there is a garden of eden...this is it! #sumatra #indonesia #aceh #gayo #fulbright #aminef #endangeredspecies #orangutan #gibbon #siamang #tiger #elephant #rhino #drone #jungle #river


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This large male Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is a different species than its newly described cousin the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis). I took these photos today (Dec 20 2017) in Ketambe National Park when the largest fig tree in the area was fruiting. There were 7 orangutans in the tree at one time along with a group of 8 Thomas's langur (Presbytis thomasi) but this large male orangutan stood out and captured my attention to take photos. There are less than 14,000 Sumatran orangutans remaining in the wild and less than 800 Tapanuli orangutans. These critically endangered apes need their forests to survive and we need to do everything possible to save/protect/leave their homes alone. Be aware of what you consume, what you buy, and understand what impact it has on the environment. There is no more time for discussion or waiting...we have the data, we have the technology, we have the ability, but will be act? #sumatranorangutan #orangutan #endangeredspecies #indonesia #sumatra #ketambe #aceh #palmoil #deforestation #climatechange #fulbright #aminef #jungle #nature #forest #wildlifeplanet #wildlife


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Working with Rudi Putra (Awarded with a Goldman Environmental Prize) to restore forest in the Leuser Ecosystem. The current plan is to structure deals with the locals growing palm oil to change to other crops like durian and/or let the land go back to natural forest. I’m happy to be working with a person and organization that takes charge and doesn’t wait for politicians or governments to solve crucial issues like extinction of species and climate change. #leuser #leusernationalpark #aceh #forest #palmoil #deforestation #reforestation #endangeredspecies #fulbright #aminef #rudiputra #wildlifeprotectionteam #fkl #goldmanenvironmentalprize #climatechange #vice #beforetheflood #soraya #indonesia #sumatra #orangutan #primate


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Kutacane Mosque under the setting sun. A nice image while waiting for an overnight bus, then to an off-road truck, and finally a boat to do a survey at soraya! #fulbright #aminef #ilovegayo #aceh #mosque #indonesia #sumatra #sunset


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My #fulbright PhD research took me on a hike deep into the tropical forest of Ketambe this week. My team and I went trekking through dense forest before coming to beautiful hot springs and our camp site. We were not able to see any siamangs but did see and hear many smaller gibbons. Being that far into the forest helps connect to our deep evolutionary human roots and our genetic ancestry. The rhythm of waking up and falling asleep with the sun, hearing the insects and the rain start and stop among the beautiful songs of the gibbons and birds, going for a hike and seeing what appears to be a third eye growing out of a tree...I’m not taking this opportunity for granted and wish every human on planet earth could experience this. #aminef #indonesia #sumatra #aceh #ketambe #adventure #endangeredspecies #gibbon #primate #siu #siuc #hotsprings #conservation #research #anthropology #primatology #natgeo #natgeogravel #natgeoyourshot


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This female siamang (Marilyn) is the “lone survivor” near the river of Ketambe in Sumatra Indonesia. Her fellow siamangs could have been victims of disease as was reported in the early 1990s, they could have been killed and eaten during the Aceh conflict in the early 2000s, they could have been pushed out by anthropogenic disturbance, they might have fled to avoid competition with other primates, but whatever the reason...she is the last one left. #ketambe #siamang #fulbright #aminef #sumatra #aceh #indonesia #gibbon #endangeredspecies #conservation #wildlife #nature #jungle #ape


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Ketambe is an amazing field site with a rich and complex history. Photos here highlight the beautiful river, orangutans, macaques, and an Indonesian with blonde hair and her father. #fulbright #aminef #gayolues #indonesia #orangutan #macaque #sumatra #aceh #endangeredspecies #adventure #ketambe #nationalpark


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Highlights from the 2017 Seminar Nasional Pendidikan Biologi at Universitas Syiah Kuala. #fulbright #aminef #syiahkuala #siu #indonesia #sumatra #orangutan #siamang #endangeredspecies


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