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Opportunities at Danau Girang Field Centre

Field Courses

The Danau Girang Field Centre is a focus for biodiversity research and training and for field courses in tropical biodiversity assessment. Direct experience of wild animals and plants in their natural habitats continues to be an important part of modern biology.  The School of Biosciences runs a full range of courses to give you essential hands-on experience of modern techniques and practical skills in field biology.  

If you would like information and advice on running a field course at Danau Girang Field Centre please contact Dr Benoit Goossens  

Information on previous field courses can be found here.

Primate Behaviour & Ecology Field Course at Danau Girang Field Centre, 2013

A two-week field course in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sabah, Borneo is being offered for the 2nd consecutive year by Danau Girang Field Centre, from 20 July - 3 August 2013. The course will not run with less than 8 students, with a maximum of 15 spots. The cost is £1000, which does not include your return ticket to and from the field centre.

Tuition will focus on radio-telemetry of diurnal and nocturnal primates, habitat and phenology sampling, methods in behavioural observation, primate census methods, primate endo-parasites analysis, and primate acoustics. Lectures will be also be given that introduce concepts in primate behaviour and ecology, current topics in primate research (with special focus on primate behaviour), and a range of research methods. You may be able to arrange independent study or dissertation credit from your university. Primates present at the site include: Orang-utan, Proboscis monkey, Silver langur, Bornean gibbon, Long-tail macaque, Pig-tail macaque, Maroon langur, Western tarsier and Bornean slow loris.


Deadline for applications is 31 January with £200 deposit.

Please contact the instructor, Danica Stark, to enrol or for more information: danicastark@gmail.com 

See also: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/biosi/facilities/danaugirangfieldcentre/index.html or visit us at “Danau Girang Field Centre” on Facebook to see what is currently happening at the station and to see more pictures of the site and surrounding wildlife.

Photographs from the first Primate Behaviour and Ecology Field Course can be viewed here:

First Methods in Primate Behaviour and Ecology Field Course at DGFC

Professional Training Year (PTY)

An attractive feature of Cardiff School of Biosciences' degrees is that most of them can be taken as 4-year sandwich courses in which the third year is spent away from the University in a relevant placement.  A placement report, written by the student, will count towards the final degree assessment.  Previous PTY students have worked on projects with the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project and helped to maintain the trails at Danau Girang, learning about the local biodiversity and way of life and witnessing the progression of active conservation work throughout the year.

Opportunities for Schools

The Centre provides opportunities for school children to visit and carry out conservation activities in order to encourage local communities to recognise their responsibilities to the environment.  Information on previous activities by Schools can be found here.