Research and Monitoring Station

FKL manages two research stations in Aceh, namely the Ketambe Research Station and Soraya Research Station. The management of the research stations is conducted in collaboration with government institutions, and serve to be a hub for environmental education in Aceh. Both research stations are open for university students and academics worldwide interested in researching about the biodiversity of the Leuser Ecosystem.

Ketambe Research Station

Ketambe Research Station, located in Aceh Tenggara District, is one of the oldest orangutan research station in the world. Established in 1971 by Herman Rijksen, Ketambe Research Station has long been a hub for primate research, especially the Sumatran Orangutan, in Sumatra and Indonesia. The research station is managed in collaboration with the Gunung Leuser National Park. Its pristine forest is rich in biodiversity of flora and fauna. The research station was in hiatus from 2011 to 2015 as a result of the station being burnt. In 2015, FKL alongside multiple parties, rebuilt the station and continue to promote the option to conduct research at Ketambe to local, national and international researchers.

Ketambe Research Station is the oldest orangutan research station in the world. (Credit: Ruben Hoekstra)

Soraya Research Station

Soraya Research Station, located in Subulussalam District, is a research station built on former logging concessions. Established in 1992, the research station serves to protect and restore the surrounding forest, as well as promote research of biodiversity in secondary forest. The research station is managed in collaboration with Environment and Forestry Agency of Aceh. Soraya Research Station was in hiatus from 1999 to 2016 due to the ongoing Aceh conflict and the surrounding forest area was a base of the separatist group. In 2016, FKL alongside multiple parties rebuilt the station and it is now fully operational, and has welcomed researchers worldwide.

Soraya Research Station is one of the best places in the Leuser Ecosystem for research on secondary forest. (Credit: Ruben Hoekstra)