Guides of Ecosafari Indonesia

Patrise Tiba

Patrise Tiba is the head of our Guide section at the Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge. He was born and educated in Flores, is married to a local girl and lives in the village of Moni. He has a Diploma in Education gained in 2005 and worked in local schools and seminaries. Patrise joined Ecolodges Indonesia in 2014 and is now employed by our Tours and travel section Ecosafari Indonesia. Like most of our staff, he has learnt on the job and has shown a talent for Guest relations and guiding. He is currently a Level 2 Guide and is hoping to lift to Level 3 through a more detailed knowledge of birds.”

Sam Rabenak

Sam Rabenak, our bird guide in Flores, has over 20 years service with "Birding Indonesia" and has taken many bird groups during this period all over Flores. A friendly personality, he is a wealth of information. Sam lives near Lake Sano Nggoang, part of the MBeliling Conservation area on the other side of Mt MBeliling.

Hery Kusumanegara

Hery kusumanegara is a senior  ranger in bali barat national park, he has worked tirelessly on the conservation of bali myna, a critically endangered species.and empowering locals community around the park . Interested in birds since an early age, his patience, passion and keen eye are already well-known , has become an accomplished guide to the birds of indonesia. Good with logistics and hearty laugh hery is very likable


Heriono (fondly know as Heri) was born and educated to secondary school level in Lampung, South Sumatra. He became interested in birds as a “bird smuggler” but luckily joined ECOLODGES INDONESIA in 2007 to work at our Satwa Sumatra elephant Eco Lodge. The management rapidly learnt of his birding knowledge and convinced him to become a Guide for our guests. He became so successful in this role that now he is often booked well in advance by both small and large groups. He has also been used as a Bird Guide Trainer taking course at both Satwa and our Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge. Heri is available for specialist Birding Groups.

Ucok Hakim

Ucok Hakim was born in Kumai, Central Kalimantan (Borneo) and was educated in Pangkalan Bun where attended primary and secondary school. In his spare time, he studied and qualified in Accountancy. He joined Ecolodges Indonesia in 2006 as restaurant staff but worked his way up and is now Assistant Manager. During this process, he came to love and study the wildlife in The Tandjung Puting National park and soon became an expert guide. Now Ucok or Hakim is a member of The Guides Association and well known throughout the world (see Reports on Trip Advisor and other websites) through the groups has guided and helped through Ecosafari Indonesia. He is the Head of our Guides at The Rimba Lodge and is used extensively by primate and birding groups.

Leonie Norton

Botanical Artist, Educator & Author

Leonie is a practicing and exhibiting professional botanical artist, one of Australia’s most highly qualified botanical educators and a leading artist in her field. She is an international tutor of high regard and demand and is the author of ‘Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s – 1960s’, the only published book on women’s Australian Botanical Art .

Her paintings are in private and public collections, both in Australia and overseas, including the prestigious Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in the USA. She teaches regular courses, and workshops throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Fiji, Canada and the UK and has also taught botanical art field techniques at Macquarie University. In addition, she is an International External Examiner for Botanical Art Certificate courses in the USA and has also been involved in selection and judging for Australian botanical art exhibitions.

Leonie exhibits annually at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, the Botanical Art Society of Australia exhibition and the Canberra Botanic exhibition. She is past President of the Botanical Art Society of Australia, and remains an active member. She is a regular contributor to Australia Artist Magazine, Artists’ Palette, Back to Basics and Drawing & Inspiration publications and also give talks to various organizations on Botanical Art.

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