Unfortunately, as is the case with many other tropical paradises, Borneo's forests are rapidly disappearing and the orangutans with it. More than 80% of the forests have already been logged. If the rate of destruction continues at its current clip, the rainforests and its orangutan residents could vanish within the next 10 years.
Scripps College graduate Debra Erickson will present an overview of the work that Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) is conducting in Central Borneo to protect the orangutan and its dwindling habitat. Erickson works with Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas, the first scientist to conduct a comprehensive study of the orangutan in the wild. Erickson is Conservation Director of OFI and has previously worked for ZILOG, Inc., Anheuser-Busch Companies, SeaWorld of California, SeaWorld of Florida. the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and Busch Entertainment Corporation in the areas of product development, marketing, public relations, education, and conservation.
Formerly a student of professor of biology Dan Guthrie of the Joint Science Program (CMC/Scripps/Pitzer) Debra Erickson's Athenaeum presentation is sponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College.