Richard lives in a remote village just next door to Matang Wildlife Centre. Prior to joining Orangutan Project, he had extensive experience in the tourism industry, working as a driver and assistant for large hotel chains. He has a laid-back, friendly manner typical of his Sarawakian heritage, but there is an extra sparkle in Richard that is hard to define. Everyone who meets him feels as though they have made a friend within the first few minutes of knowing him and he makes Westerners feel immediately at home in a foreign country. Richard was born in Sarawak and is of the Iban ethnicity.