Who We Are

Founded in January 2016, the Langur Project Penang (LPP) is a community science-based outreach and conservation project in Malaysia. In collaboration with governmental bodies, educational institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) in Malaysia. LPP aims to foster Coexistence among humans and urban wildlife through citizen science-based fieldwork capacity building, environmental education, and conservation efforts.

LPP is founded by Dr. Jo Leen Yap, a wildlife researcher, environmental educator, and certified Malaysian Regional Nature Guide. studying the ecology and behaviour of Dusky Langurs (Trachypithecus obscurus) in Penang. Jo Leen has the vision to further bridge the gap between primate conservation and community engagement in Malaysia. With her enthusiasm, and positive, creative mindset, Jo Leen is always on-the-go, thinking of the dusky langurs, for her team members, in order to sustain LPP as a long-term community science platform in Malaysia.


Dr. Jo Leen Yap

Founder and Head

Dr. Nadine Ruppert

Co-founder & Advisor

Lee Joey

Project Assistant

Hoon Cheng Teo

Environmental Education Assistant

Ko Jia Liang

Field Assistant

Daniel Haiqal

Field Assistant

Victor Ng

Field & Education Assistant

Khai Xian Lee

Field Botanist & Education Assistant

Hui Yi Wong

Education Assistant & Head of Video Editing

Jacqueline See

Liaison Officer

Vikneswaran Muniandy

Project Engineer of Canopy Bridge & Solar Panel

Hao Ran Lee

Twitter Admin

& many more individuals… (to be updated)


1) North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Environmental Education 30 Under 30 Awardee 2018

2) Established the 1st Urban Canopy Bridge in Malaysia

3) Featured in BBC Earth documentary, ‘Primates’ in May 2020 & My Place On Earth 2021

4) The Star Golden Heart Award year 2020


1) The Rufford Foundation 1st & 2nd Small Grant (2016-2018), 1st Booster Grant (2021-2022)

2) Disney Conservation Fund 2018

3) The Habitat Foundation Conservation Grant 2018

4) Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) Young Researcher Grant 2017

5) Manulife #StartNow winning fund

6) Crowdfunding and donations from the community and international supporters

Everyone can make a difference for people, animals and environment. Start locally, with your community.