Justin D'Agostino@justindagostino

We are walking and talking apes.

Preview of Pemandu and From captivity to the jungle...footage courtesy of Iam Azhari. Specific clip highlights a siamang singing in a beautiful primary forest in North Sumatra. Mr. Jally then discusses his exploring of Indonesian forests and mountains. I talk about the amazing opportunity to study these animals in their natural habitat. Please stay tuned for more and remember to consume consciously, always try to avoid purchasing products that contain things destroying these beautiful parts of the world including unsustainable illegal palm oil and wood from illegal logging. #sumatra #indonesia #siamang #gibbons #forest #endangeredspecies #endangered #mountain #fulbright #aminef #fulbrightindonesia #natgeo #natgeotravel #photography #palmoilfree #savetherainforest #savetherainforests #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer


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Beautiful summer sky on campus at SIU. Trying to take my own advice and find more moments to relax. I wish it were always easy with views like this. #summer #carbondale #sky #clouds #siu #landscape #photography #sunset #beauty #beautiful


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Summer is in full swing as The Tillers continue the Sunset Concert Series at Lenus Turley Park in Carbondale Illinois. “Big political America” might be giving off a bad vibe right now but “small town Americana” is going strong! When you have a chance, get out and support your local communities. Things like these cultural events, small businesses, farmers markets, are ways to strengthen society from within and the impacts will ripple outwards. Don’t give up! #summer #concert #americana #smalltownusa #carbondale #turleypark #thetillers #park #community #bluegrass #music


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2018 Southeast Asian Biodiversity, Science Education and Humanity International Conference at Universitas Syiah Kuala in Banda Aceh. Here are some of the many highlights of a wonderful event uniting top scientists from Indonesia and around the world to share their research, education, and conservation ideas. Thank you to the conference committee and Fulbright for allowing me the opportunity to work with these amazing people. Understanding the natural world and trying to protect it in the age of globalization is extremely difficult and often leads to feeling pessimistic. However, after events like this, you can feel a surge of optimism as the young, intelligent generation of Indonesians and all humans for that matter want to make a positive impact in the world. Knowledge is power and we need to take the power back! #fulbright #aminef #bandaaceh #syiahkuala #gayolues #indonesia #education #conservation #science #biodiversity #conference #orangutan #primate #endangeredspecies


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The 23 species of macaque are one of the best known non-human primates. This is due to their “flexible” ability to survive during the current human expansion into their natural habitat. More “specialized” primates have difficulties adjusting to human changes to the environment but for the most part macaques seem to handle the transition quite well. If there isn’t a sudden and massive transition away from globalization and urbanization, it’s very likely the only primates remaining could be these urban dwelling macaques. #fulbright #aminef #fulbrightindonesia #indonesia #macaque #monkey #monkeys #endangeredspecies #endangered #conservation #wildlife #photography #photographer


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FULBRIGHT REGIONAL ENRICHMENT CONFERENCE
At the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur March 14 -16, 2018 “INNOVATIVE AND RESILIENT ASEAN COMMUNITIES” #fulbright #fulbrightmalaysia #fulbrightindonesia #aminef #indonesia #malaysia #kualalumpur #petronastowers


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Batu Caves is another nice site to visit in Malaysia. However, I found the botanical gardens to be much more peaceful. Also, the botanical gardens didn’t smell like bat shit. #batu #batucaves #kualalumpur #malaysia


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The Perdana Botanical Garden in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a great feeling to be around trees, plants, bamboo, and see the city skyline in the distance. One of my favorite places in Malaysia so far... #botanicalgardens #kualalumpur #malaysia #landscape #fulbright #aminef #fulbrightindonesia #park


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Yes, that is monkey sex and potato chip eating...if it were a cartoon then it would be pretty funny. However, this is not a cartoon and becoming a more common sight than wild (normal) primate behavior that does include a lot of sex but no human snacks. If you see wild primates or any animals for that reason please be smart and follow the directions of huge signs as well as common sense and don’t feed them. Also, if you’re going to take photos use a zoom lens and don’t get closer than 5 meters. #batu #batucaves #monkey #macaque #fulbright #aminef #fulbrightindonesia #malaysia #indonesia #primate #conservation #conservationphotography #anthropogenic


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The siamangs and gibbons are doing just fine after the recent Sinabung volcano eruption. Our electricity was knocked out a few hours and we saw the ash cloud block some sunlight but luckily as in the words of Asan (an assistant on the project) “it wasn’t big one...just little bit boom boom.” #fulbright #aminef #sumatra #indonesia #volcano #siamang #gibbon #endangeredspecies #wildlife #jungle #photography #nature


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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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