Peter Asun joined ranks at DGFC in 2015. While working in a tourist lodge located along the Kinabatangan River he started receiving DGFC’s Newsletter, The Jungle Times, after a Kinabatangan –Corridor of Life Tourism Operators Association (KiTA) meeting in 2013. In 2015, as a manager of a restaurant franchise in Kuala Lumpur, he saw the advertisement for the General Manager position in DGFC’s Facebook page. Not expecting he would get the job, he applied with confidence in himself nevertheless. He enjoyed the interview and when the call came, Peter believed DGFC provided a good job opportunity and didn’t hesitate to take it.
As the General Manager of the field centre, Peter makes sure the place is running properly. He’s made improvements in the centre, and is committed to help the staff to stay focused on their jobs. He tries to motivate them by working side by side with them and believes in leading by example. Peter stands by communication as the right tool to overcome problems. He’s dedicated to maintain the centre running smoothly so students and researchers can focus on their work.
During his time working in the tourist lodge, Peter learned about wildlife protection but did not take it seriously. It was until he started working at DGFC he realised the importance of conservation. He has learned about the environment, land use change, and sustainability. He has seen and experienced the difficulties of teaching the local communities. Peter is interested in education, of finding different approaches to bring conservation to the villages. He would like to help people understand about pollution and promote more patrolling in the sanctuary to halt illegal hunting.