Cede Prudente - a new director for OAUK BHD

Cede Prudente 10 2018

We are very pleased to welcome Cede Prudente as a director of our Malaysian based organisation Orangutan Appeal UK BHD.

Cede has been a friend of the charity for many years and in 2014 he became one of our Ambassadors. We look forward to working more closely with Cede and are grateful for his ongoing commitment and support.

About Cede:

Cede is a professional photographer and conservationist, born in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Based in Sandakan on Sabah’s east coast, he lives in one of the world’s most diverse and exciting environments. With Borneo as his home, he is ideally situated to document every aspect of this remarkable natural world and to introduce it to others.

After graduating from university, Cede was involve in aquaculture business before plunging into the challenging task of managing the first wildlife lodge in Sukau, on the Kinabatangan river, in 1990. He learned from the ground up, running every aspect of the lodge as well as introducing researchers, film crews and tourists to the wildlife of one of the richest regions in Southeast Asia.

His constant efforts towards nature conservation led to his appointment as manager of Partners for Wetlands, a project initiated by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia, from 1998-2001. The goal of this project was to work with various government agencies, the oil palm sector, tour operators and the local community to establish a plan for wetland management and to ensure the restoration and conservation of the Lower Kinabatangan floodplain.

Subsequently, Cede Prudente established North Borneo Safari, offering a range of services including still photography, skills and services for film shoots, and guiding for special interest groups. In addition, he conducts Photosafari trips in Parks and Wildlife Reserves in Sabah. His images are in constant demand for advertising, magazines and Malaysian tourism promotion material.

He was chosen as the contributing photographer for the book, Wild Borneo (New Holland, UK), and was the principal photographer for a number of other books including in Proboscis Monkeys of Borneo, Sabah Colour Guide: Kinabatangan (both Natural History Publications) as well as The National Parks and other Wild Places of Malaysia (New Holland, UK) and the new book, Orangutan, for the same publisher.

A photographic exhibition showcasing Cede Prudente’s work was held in 2000 in the Naturalis Museum in Leiden, the Netherlands, to raise funds and public awareness for conservation projects in the Kinabatangan floodplain.

In 2007, Cede Prudente won the prestigious Wildlife Asia “Elephant Award” for the Best Still Photograph with his "Orangutan Swinging"

Cede also offers film and location fixing services in the Sabah region. He has worked on many television programmes and documentaries, including 'Meet the Orangutans' and our recently released DVD and visitor education film 'Man of the Forest'.

Cede Prudente- - House of Commons 2014

Cede at our awareness event in 2014 at the Houses of Parliament, proudly exhibiting some of his photographic images.