Yunita Setyorini

Yunita is an Illegal Wildlife Trade biodiversity fellow, with us in Autumn 2018, she's a Database and Analysis Officer of Wildlife Trade Program- Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program, see more here

Previously, I want to be a botanist, a tropical trees specialist. My research for undergraduate thesis on primate habitat brought different perspective to me. Seeing wildlife on its habitat is satisfying, but seeing them cramped on market is a horrible fact. On the grass root, poaching wildlife seems to be a little case, but when it meets with global demand, and then it became a lucrative business.


I’m interested in how illegal wildlife trade being conducted from the grass root until international market using both conventional trade and online platform.


Currently, I’m working on illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia. The aim of this research is to understand how the wildlife traders in Indonesia meet the global traders.


2016 – present          Database and Analysis Officer at Wildlife Trade Program- WCS IP;

2015 – 2016              Wildlife Trade Database Officer at Wildlife Trade Program- WCS IP;

2014 – 2015              Mobile Education Unit Coordinator- Sumatran Orangutan Reintroduction Program- Frankfurt Zoological Society, Jambi, Indonesia;

February 2013-

July 2013                  Voluntary- Biodiversity Research – Sulawesi Expedition, in collaboration with Indonesian Army and Indonesian Scientific Authority;

2008-2013                B.Sc. majoring Biology, Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada.

2011                Gold Medal in Indonesian National Biology Olympiad for Undergraduate Students;

2008 – 2012    Young Talented Scholarship Awards from Universitas Gadjah Mada.

2017     Data Management on Illegal Wildlife Trade. Indonesian Ministry of Environmental and Forestry Capacity Building Program;

2016     Conservation Asia. The Nature of Online Wildlife Trade in Indonesia: An Overview of Protected and Endangered Wildlife on Sale at Facebook.

Yunita Setyorini