Malaysia Orang-utan Experience
from £1749 GBP
Weeks 1 and 2
You’ll be working at Zoo Negara – in Kuala Lumpur for the first 2 weeks, here you’ll get hands-on caring for orang-utans, chimps and other apes. You’ll be involved with a range of activities including cleaning, feeding and maintenance and keeping the animals stimulated whilst gaining a deeper insight into the lives of these amazing animals.
Home to more than 5,000 animals you may work with some of the zoo’s other residents including; camels, sun bears, pythons and tigers! It’s important to remember that safety is paramount and your contact with the animals will be supervised, you will need to listen to the zoo keepers to make sure you learn a lot and stay safe.
Weeks 3 and 4
You will visit wildlife rehabilitation centres that provide sanctuary for the orang-utans of Borneo prior to their release back into the wild, before setting off for a week in the jungle as you make your way to the volunteer project at Batang Ai.
During your time in the jungle you will live with the Iban tribe of Sarawak giving you a unique view of their traditions and culture, and explore the wonders of rainforest on jungle treks.
Weeks 3 and 4
Time to get back to basics and spend 2 weeks living in a wildlife sanctuary, among the local tribe; the ‘Orang Sungai’. Here you will assist with restoration work that is greatly needed to help conserve the habitat of orang-utans, elephants and other wildlife in the area. You will also take part in data collection that will help to ensure the future preservation of these incredible creatures and education initiatives within the local community that will teach local children about the importance of conservation.
You will round off your adventure with a trip to Sepilok, home to the Rainforest Discovery Centre and the world-famous Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, both offer fascinating experiences and a chance to reinforce what you have learned about the rainforest during your time on the project.
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