Sunarto has gained field experiences studying and conserving wildlife, including Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, rhinos, orangutans, bears and birds, in various places in Indonesia and abroad. Sunarto and his team published his research findings in various outlets including scientific journals (such as PLoS ONE 7(1), Oryx 47(2)), conservation strategies and guidelines, as well as various popular materials to reach out general public. His works have been featured in various media including National Geographic and BBC. Sunarto went to educational institutions in Indonesia, United Kingdom, and the USA. He obtained his PhD in Wildlife Sciences from Virginia Tech, USA, in 2011. Sunarto is a member of IUCN Specialist Groups for Cats, Asian Rhino, and Asian Elephant. He co-founded and currently serves as an advisory board member for the Sumatran Tiger Forum; and advisor for the Indonesian Elephant Conservation Forum. For Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)-Indonesia Chapter, Sunarto serves as a Board Member.
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