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Dianne Coulthard
National Secretary / Director

Born in Sydney and living in Queensland, Dianne has volunteered in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Nepal since 2007 working with several endangered species.

In 2009, with her husband she rescued an elderly female elephant from a trekking camp in Thailand and placed her into retirement in a sanctuary. Working in Chitwan National Park, Nepal, she assisted in building chain free elephant enclosures for the government owned captive anti-poaching elephants.

Most recently in 2016 and 2017 she has worked in Laos on the construction of Asiatic Black Bear and Sun Bear enclosures including swimming pools, climbing structures and daily enrichment. During this time, she also worked with many species of primates such as macaques, gibbons and baboons.

Dianne has worked with orangutans in Malaysian Borneo at a care and rehabilitation centre with baby, juvenile and adolescent orangutans. An experience that changed her life and lead to the desire to make a difference to the lives of orangutans in captivity and to save their forest home. She is an avid supporter of anti-palm oil campaigns and is a passionate animal advocate.

In May, 2017, Dianne joined an Orangutan Foundation International Australia Borneo Orangutans ecotour to Tanjung Puting National Park and visited the OFI Care Centre & Quarantine facility. While there she was privileged to meet Dr Birute Mary Galdikas, from whom she gained great insight into the work of OFI Australia. This strengthened her resolve to get involved.