Conservationist John Payne moved from United Kingdom to Malaysia in the 1970s when the logging industry was at its peak, but giving way to large plantation expansion. He conducted wildlife and natural vegetation surveys mainly in Sabah and Kalimantan, Indonesia, between 1975-2004, spending over 25,000 hours living inside tropical rainforest.

He is the executive director of Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to preventing the extinction of the world’s most endangered terrestrial mammal genus, Dicerorhinus, commonly known as the Sumatran rhinoceros.

In addition, he is the author or co-author of seven books, including A Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo (1985) and Orang-utans (2008) and through BORA is active in the roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

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