Personal accounts of orangutan conservation

Discussion date:

12 February 2019

Discussion Description:

In this session we explored a popular genre in writing about orangutan conservation: memoirs and personal accounts. These are heartfelt narratives of love for orangutans, the difficulties that conservationists face. These texts document the historical development of orangutan conservation and convey an intimate sense of the large personalities that are its public face, but also reflect the tensions and controversies between different conservationists and their approaches.


Borner, M. & B. Stonehouse 1979. Orang Utan: orphans of the forest. London: W. H. Allen.

Schuster, G., W. Smits & J. Ullal 2008. Thinkers of the jungle (trans M. Powell & M. Scuffil). China: H. f. Ullmann.

Spalding, L. 1998. The Jungle Took Her. Outside Magazine, May (available on-line:

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