DZG’s Senior Primate Keeper, Jodie Dryden, is over one week into her Indonesian adventures and is busy educating locals about her favourite animal species!
Jodie is currently undertaking a four-week voluntary placement in Sulawesi in South East Asia, with the backing of DZG, working with conservation project, Selamatkan Yaki to highlight the plight of the critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaques.
Joining the project’s education officers, Jodie visited a local secondary school where she enthusiastically spoke to students about macaque conservation.
Jodie, who is the project’s UK Regional Co-ordinator at Selamatkan Yaki, said: “It was amazing, they all sang a song about macaques complete with actions and they were so excited to see me.”
Also on the to-do list is a visit to a traditional meat market in Tomohon, where the likes of macaques are sold for food, alongside snakes, bats, dogs, cats and monkeys.
Jodie added: “I’m slightly nervous about this as it sounds horrible, but it will be an eye opener and it’s something I wanted to do to see it for myself.”
And topping the experiences for the 25-year-old this week is a meeting with the local mayor’s wife!
Jodie said: “Apparently she’s excited to meet me, so I’ll put on a posher accent!”
Sounds like you’re doing sterling work, Jodie, we can’t wait to hear more!
Selamatkan Yaki works to help save the macaque species, which have seen numbers reduced by 90 per cent over the last 30 years, with major threats including extensive habitat loss due to farming and deforestation, as well as the illegal bush meat trade and pet trade.