Meet the Orangutan Odysseys Team
Garry Sundin - General Manager
There are few people more passionate about life than Garry. Having travelled extensively throughout Indonesia, he has become firmly entrenched with his love of the orangutans and his desire to save them as well as their rainforest habitat. â€œThe opportunity to experience these magnificent beings in their natural environment has been a true inspiration and privilege.â€ Garry's mission now is to share this wonder with as many people as possible and to heighten awareness of their dire situation to the world.
Alice Robson - Expedition Consultant and Marketing Manager
Alice has been passionate about orangutan conservation for as long as she can remember. Adopting orphaned infant Roy in 2014 then Carlos and Bunga, she became even more empathetic to the desperate situation orangutans face.
When she joined the OO team in 2019 she knew her dream to help these majestic creatures was answered. Working alongside Garry who shares the same goal, shows in their passion for providing guests with unique and life changing experiences.
Alice is a keen photographer. She has a small pet photography business and hopes to expand that into wildlife to highlight endangered species. She has photographed gorillas, elephants, lions, cheetahs and more in Africa and while the orangutan is still yet to be photographed, she knows that moment will be worth the wait.
Alice spends much of her free time volunteering with a local animal rescue. She has photographed hundreds of unwanted cats and dogs to help them find their forever homes.
Joining Orangutan Odysseys on tour will open your eyes and heart to the plight of the orangutan and Alice will endeavour to make it a moment you will never forget.
Ivend - Expedition Guide Borneo
Muhammad Effendi, and best known as Ivend, has worked for Orangutan Odysseys since 2011. Born in Kumai village, which borders Tanjung Puting national park, has lots of experience about National Parks and it's animals and especially about orangutans. Ivend a guide for Orangutan Odysseys as one of the best tour guides in the Tanjung Puting area even Central Kalimantan.
The lessons and experience while working for the Orangutan Odysseys made Ivend a quality tour guide especially his knowledge of Orangutans and tropical rainforests in Kalimantan.
Not only have the ability and knowledge in the forest and nature, but Ivend also has more knowledge about the history of the journey of the Islamic kingdom in the area of Central Kalimantan. Ivend comes from the Malay tribe, one of the oldest tribes in the southern continent of Asia. Therefore Ivend also has historical experience about tribal life and indigenous people from central Kalimantan, such as the history of the Yellow Palace which is one of the cultural heritages in the area of Central Kalimantan, especially Pangkalanbun.