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Conservationist Biruté Mary Galdikas To Join Silver Discoverer Expedition Cruise

Silversea Expeditions recently announced that the internationally recognised scientist, conservationist and educator Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas will join Silver Discoverer's 18 October 2016 expedition cruise as a guest lecturer.

Famous for her studies and work with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo in their natural habitat, she is considered the world's foremost authority on the orangutan and this promises to be a very special Silversea voyage indeed.

This unique 11-day adventure aboard Silver Discoverer, sailing from Balikpapan to Singapore, will explore the exotic islands of Indonesia, spending more than two full days in the port of Kumai, gateway to Tanjung Puting National Park and its legendary Camp Leakey. Operated by Dr. Galdikas' non-profit Orangutan Foundation International, Camp Leakey is the site of the primatologist's pioneering research in the wild.

During an onboard presentation, Dr. Galdikas will share insights from her 45 years devoted to the study, care and preservation of endangered orangutans. Additionally, she will lead a private tour to Camp Leakey, where guests can experience close-up encounters with these amazing animals. Along the way, guests will be immersed in magnificent tropical scenery where they may spot proboscis monkeys, gibbons, and macaques, as well as birds from more than 200 species.

In the company of Dr. Galdikas, Silversea guests will also be granted rare access to the OFI's Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine facility located in the village of Pasir Panjang. The rehabilitation centre is home to numerous orphaned, sick or injured orangutans. Normally closed to the public, it has occasionally opened its doors to a select group of visitors, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Expedition Highlights:

  • Marvel at spectacular Ijen Crater Lake.
  • Contemplate Borneo’s tropical swamp ecosystems and wildlife.
  • Visit the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park for hiking.
  • Snorkel and dive at some of Southeast Asia’s best underwater world sites.
  • Visit Camp Leakey and meet Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, the founder of the camp.

Throughout her life, Dr. Galdikas has fought tirelessly for orangutan conservation. After meeting with Kenyan anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey in 1969, she expressed her desire to study the orangutan in the wild. It took three years for Dr. Leakey to secure the funding and support for Dr. Galdikas to begin her research. To honour her mentor, she named her first camp after him. Among her many awards, Dr. Galdikas is the only non-Indonesian born person to have been given the prestigious Kalpataru award, the highest honour given by Indonesia for outstanding environmental leadership.

For each guest on this unique voyage aboard Silver Discoverer, Silversea Expeditions will donate $100 to the non-profit Orangutan Foundation International.

For more information on voyages with Silversea Expeditions, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.