Team Fireface Members

Professor Anna Nekaris – Director

Prof Anna Nekaris is a world-renowned Professor in Anthropology and Primate Conservation studying the unique group of evolutionary distinct primates known as the Asian lorises.  Her studies cover all ten species, including five she named or elevated from subspecies.  Anna is the Course Tutor for the highly acclaimed MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, Director of the Little Fireface Project and Convenor of the Nocturnal Primate Research Group.

Read more about Anna here




Laura Beasley – Field Station Coordinator


Laura completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford Brookes University in Anthropology and went on to work in all areas of a primate sanctuary and conservation project in Kenya. She then moved into conservation and volunteer management in Costa Rica, and has now come to LFP as Field Station Coordinator to support the team and help develop the outreach and education programmes.





Robert O’Hagan – Research Coordinator

2015 JUN VOGELY - HIKE DALI (123)Robert is our new Field Station Coordinator. Coming all the way from Ireland, he has worked on several primatology and conservation projects in Kalimantan and Japan as well as working as a primate keeper for a short time in the U.K. With his knowledge and experience, Robert hopes to expand the scope and impact of the Little Fireface Project by making research goals a priority and working with the community to start up some new and exciting projects.




Elena Racevska – Research Coordinator

siamangsElena is our new research coordinator. She completed an MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, as well as an MA and a BA in Psychology at the University of Zagreb. She volunteered at the Zagreb Zoo for over a year, working with many primate species, such as chimpanzees, ring-tailed and white-fronted lemurs, mantled guerezas and Hanuman langurs. She did a master’s project on human-animal relationships between captive western lowland gorillas and their keepers at the Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (UK), also studying gorilla personality and intergroup dynamics. She hopes to use her research knowledge to make sure that all research activities at the LFP run smoothly and successfully.


Dendi Rustandi – Project Manager and Head Tracker

Dendi RustandiOriginally from Pengelangan, Bandung, Dendi is an entrepreneur turned conservationist. Not only can he expertly guide the researchers and volunteers through the intricate maze of Cipaganti’s fields and agroforests, but he also is adept at tracking the lorises and understanding the intricacies of their behaviour and their importance to the village ecosystem. Dendi was devastated to learn that the slow loris is being imperilled by the wildlife trade and hopes one day to save large tracts of forest in the area just for the lorises. He is a passionate educator and uses these skills to teach children and adults too that lorises are a vital part of the village ecosystem, and why they should be proud to be the protectors of one of the World’s Top 25 Most Endangered Primates.


Aconk Ahmad Nugraha – Tracker and Media Assistant


A Jack-of-all-trades, Aconk joined LFP as a ‘junior’ tracker, but it was clear straight away that his skills at finding lorises were above par, earning him the full title of Tracker. Aconk has a wonderful talent to watch and describe the loris’ behaviour. Our favourite account of his is when he described the hours of zooming eyeshine that some can consider just a little boring as ‘disco loris’ – it is not boring anymore! Aconk’z is from Cipaganti and has an intimate knowledge of the village and its desires, and helps to integrate what we learn about lorises into our conservation education programmes. Aconk also plays a vital role liaising with volunteers, and may be the friendly face that greets you in Bandung if you come to visit our project.


Adin Nunur – Tracker and Wildlife Officer

Adin nunurAdin had never heard of a slow loris before joining the LFP team and is a prime example of why our work is so important. He is now a dedicated member of the team, and knows more about loris behaviour than many people in the entire world. Adin guides both our researchers and our volunteers through some of the most difficult terrains in Cipaganti’s agroforests, always with a smile. 


Yiyi Muhammad Nazmi – Tracker

YyiyThe newest member of the project’s team, Yiyi is a highly experienced tracker with many years spent discovering and learning about the regions more elusive, nocturnal life. The importance of the Javan Slow Loris in West Java and the project’s goals for its continuing survival is a passion shared by Yiyi.





Faye Vogely – Public Relations and Outreach Officer


Faye received her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Salford. Looking to bring conservation to the public, she finished an MA in Wildlife Documentary Production for which she made a short documentary on marmosets in Brazil. Since, she has completed her MSc in Animal Behaviour. For her dissertation, Faye compared censusing methods for nocturnal primates, using bushbabies as a model species. She is excited to continue her work with nocturnal mammals at LFP and hopes that her background in both media and science will help show the world just how amazing lorises are!


Stephanie Poindexter – PhD Researcher

stephLFPStephanie received her Bachelors of Art in Physical Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. While studying in St. Louis she worked as a behavioural research intern at the St. Louis Zoo focusing on the Somali wild ass and the Channel Island fox. For her senior year she created activity budgets for four captive chimpanzees housed at the zoo. Following graduation she spent six months working at a New World primate sanctuary caring for more than 50 marmosets, tamarins, capuchins and spider monkeys. In 2014 she completed her MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University. Her MSc thesis evaluated the effectiveness of various food related enrichments (i.e. gum and nectar) on promoting species-specific behaviours and postures. Now Stephanie is working with the Little Fireface Project on improving slow loris reintroductions through pre-release preparedness and measuring their spatial cognitive capacity.


Kathleen Reinhardt – PhD Researcher

KathleenReinhardtKathleen earned her BA in Anthropology at SUNY Stony Brook University, where she studied the Milne-Edwards’ sifaka and collaborated with scientific illustrator, Stephen Nash. After completing her undergraduate career she pursued field research in the Peruvian Amazon and Costa Rica, studying wild primates. She joined the team at LFP while doing an MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, examining climate effects on Javan slow loris behaviour and microhabitat use. Now, continuing on to a PhD, she will be returning to Java to look at physiology and torpor use by Nycticebus species in relation to ecological restrictions and climate change projections.


Ina-Kathrin Spey – Intern

InaIna is a MSc./M.I.N.C. student from Germany studying a bi-national degree in international nature conservation. Working on rainforest plant conservation in Ecuador she continued learning about tropical conservation issues in Australia where she developed a passion for working with arboreal, nocturnal mammals. For her thesis she looked at the effects climate change has on wildlife corridor crossing rate. During and after she finished her undergraduates degree Ina worked in a remote area in Papua New Guinea on tree kangaroo conservation. Supporting a community based conservation approach Ina is now doing her internship placement at LFP. Here, she is excited to use a zooethnological approach to help conserve lorises!


Dan Geerah – Volunteer

12028984_10153681420562628_402798923_nDan is a Zoology BSc undergraduate from Cardiff University, UK, who will be spending his third year studying lorises at LFP. His interests in primate conservation started when he volunteered at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project in Phuket, Thailand, back in 2012. He has recently returned from Tobago where he looked into the social networking of a Caribbean reef fish species. Dan will be conducting his own mini project alongside aiding LFP in their work, where he hopes to provide enthusiasm into this worthwhile study of these cryptic primates.


Julia Koncelik – Volunteer


Julia Koncelik is a new addition to our volunteer team all the way from America. She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and works in a small animal emergency clinic back home. Along with her vet tech license she also received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Binghamton University, NY. Her true passion is to become a Wildlife Veterinarian with a concentration in research. She has done short-term fieldwork one other time in South Africa, caring for mammals from rehabilitated zebras to wild elands. She is very eager to share her medical knowledge with the LFP team! 


Marion Jourdain-Mouly – Volunteer

marionMarion is 23 years old and comes from France. She just finished her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Sustainable Development specialized in Asian countries. For her first internship she went to Benin, Africa, to work on an agroforestry project and micro credit for women. After this, she went to Peru and Bolivia to explore and report about the different ways of doing biological agriculture. For her last internship she stayed in France to organized a green festival for the ecological department of Lyon. Now she would like to start a Master’s degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainable Development. She came to LFP to discover more about conservation. In France she just built an association with a group of close friends, which ambitiously aims to integrate immigrants by working in biological agriculture.

Wita Astika – Education Assistant

witaWita comes from Garut and currently lives in Cipaganti. She’s 22 years old and is studying at the Sekolah Tinggi Keguruan Ilmu Pendidikan (STKIP) Garut. She majors in English and has joined LFP to be a translator and help with research and education. She is also a broadcaster on a local radio station in Garut. Her hobbies include singing and entertainment.


Noor Hanny Amalia – Education and Socialisation


Noor Hanny Amalia is studying at State University in Jakarta.  Hanny’s studies focus on environmental education and primate conservation.  For the past three years Hanny has been a member of the Macaques’ Primate Study Club, which has fueled her passion for primates.  The Little Fireface Project hosted Hanny as part of her university placement and we are now very proud to have her as part of our permanent team, assisting with environmental education for adults and children, as well as organizing and running social events here in our village.


Sri Rakim – Education Programme Teacher

Sri has lived in Cipaganti her whole life and loves the spirit of the village and its people. Sri will prove an essential member of the LFP, as a student teacher she will be at the core of our new Education programme – she’s also helping the team improve their language skills. Her experience with the Slow loris goes back a long way as her father is Head Forest Ranger for the Papandayan mountain region. Sri remembers learning about the dangers that lorises face from a young age and she’s passionate about being part of a team fighting to save them. Sri’s dream is to see the children of Cipaganti receive the best possible education. We hope that her being part of Team Fireface can help make this dream a reality.


 Francis Cabana – PhD Researcher

Francis was born in Canada and only recently moved to the UK to complete his Masters degree in Zoo Conservation Biology. He has been working as a nutrition researcher at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park for the last year and a half. When he started working on the pygmy slow loris diets, he quickly realized that the current husbandry manuals were not up to par. Lorises started to be the center of his research topics and somewhat of a healthy obsession. In a very small sampled study, he was able to show that feeding lorises their naturalistic food items can not only impact their health but also their behaviour. Francis is now a PhD student, researching the feeding ecology and nutrition of the Javan Slow Loris. His goal is to have concrete evidence to positively affect how zoo held lorises are fed in zoos and rescue centers.



Lara Rogers – Associate Researcher

Lara has had a passion for all things wild since she was a child.  Growing up in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong only enhanced her desire to pursue a career in wildlife Conservation.  Having worked all over the world within different conservation fields; Safari guiding in Africa, release programmes in Hong Kong, rescue centres across southeast Asia, research and education in Hong Kong, Borneo, Cambodia, slow lorises have kept a tight grip. There has always been an element of slow loris aid to her work since their first encounter at Kadoori Farm in Hong Kong which guaranteed them the place as her research species for her MSc Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes.  Lara is passionate about fighting for the underdog, the little known species.  She is now working behind the scenes coordinating the first IUCN/SSC Conservation Action Plan for the Asian Slow Loris and any other roles necessary to keep the project in the field running smoothly.



Priscillia Miard – Msc Student

 Priscillia lfpPriscillia has been fascinated about animals since the youngest age and has always lived surrounded by them (dogs, cats, donkeys, etc.). She obtained a Bachelors of Biology form University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. Then, she started a Master in Biodiversity, Ecology, Environment and for her project she decided to go to Borneo, Malaysia where she had the chance to study the Ecology and Behaviour of Slow Loris in this region using radio tracking. This is when she decided to continue in studying this species and move to the UK to start the MSc in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University. Through her work with wild animals she wants to understand the local population perceptions of cryptic animals and how these beliefs and interactions can influence the survival of this species.

10 thoughts on “Team Fireface Members

  1. i will be a sophomore in college this upcoming semester and i wondered if i could get some advice as to what would be a useful major if i wanted to work with an organization that rescues wild animals? thank you!

    • Hello Grace! You can go down several pathways to work at a rescue centre. Rescue centres hugely value vets and vet nurses. If this cannot be the choice for you, although it should always be possible to add a vet tech to your degree, then a degree that adds captive management to your tool kit is also good, as you would now how to deal with husbandry and care of animals. So a biology/ zoology degree that deals with nutrition and other issues of captive management is great. Conservation biology is also vital if you are going to work a rescue centre that is working with reintroduction to the wild. You will also want to consider the type of animal that you are interested in, because birds, marine, mammals etc will require different types of specialised care and you might target your classes towards your passion or remain a generalist if you have no particular passion and use a postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD) to pursue the passion angle! Hope this helps.

  2. I wish I could do something to help. Those little guys are too freaking cute. They deserve to live comfortably.

  3. Hi I’m currently studyin zoology at the University of Manchester. I am going into my third and final year this September and will need to do a final year project. I was wondering if you could advice me as to how to incorporate the work that you do with the slow loris as I am extremely passionate about their welfare and conservation.

    Sarah BM

  4. Hello there, I’m Dimitri and I’m an Indonesian, currently I’m living in Jakarta. I teach English in the tutoring center, I’ve always had this tingling feel when it comes to wildlife conversation movements, it is truly wondrous and bedazzling the wilderness is and how some of us are being ignorant about perserving nature’s wealth. In my former tutoring center we have this annual speech contest with the topics mainly about Go Green, thus the subject widens and deepens as the contestants’ level ascends. We had fun researching about Environmental Heroes, and the kids had a good enthusiasm also about this matter an felt alarmed with the things that threatens our home planet. This has made me passionate about the wildlife conservations. Anyway, I just wanted to say the team fireface endeavors to preserve the wildlife, particularly the Slow Loris is awesome. If by any chance you guys wanted to visit other mountains wildlife in Bogor area (my hometown where I grew up in) which is the Salak mountain, I’d be very honored to guide your people there. My uncle is an instructor in schools for hiking and climbing the mountain. Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon. 😀

  5. hello, I rifqi hendrik
    months ago I came kecikanga to complete the task from my university, I was very interested in Loris and want to know more .in cikananga I was given the task to observe the loris in quarantine and I completed the task within a month.
    in short I got an assignment from the university tomake research. i hope I can participate in the Little Fireface Project to conduct research.

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