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Ornagutan study tour meeting scheduled

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An informational meeting for people who want to go to Borneo to study orangutans in December or January will be held at the Douglas County Library in Minden on Saturday at noon.

Michelle Molina Zabell, former Gardnerville resident, said many Carson Valley people who went to Borneo last year will talk about their experiences on the one trip offered.

Included in the meeting will be a lecture and slide show.

This time, Zabell is planning two trips to visit her research site in Indonesian Borneo in order to keep the study groups small.

“Last year I had to turn people away because there would have been too many people,” she said, “and because I want everyone to have a chance, we have decided to let two groups come this year.”

Highlights of the trip will be visiting a research camp devoted to studying proboscis monkeys and the annual survey of wildlife that may include sun bears, crocodiles, monitor lizards and clouded leopards besides the orangutan and other monkey species.

People who are planning to attend the slide show are asked to call Zabell at 1-800-510-4578.

The trips are 11 days each and will leave Dec. 27 and Jan. 14, 1998. The cost is down from last year, Zabell said, at $1,650 per person, plus airfare.

The visitors will help with the Orangutan Research and Conservation Program (orangutans are on the International Endangered Species List) at Camp Leakey in Kalimantan Tengah province, but will stay in the Rimba Lodge which offers modern amenities.