Jogjakarta Orangutan Volunteer
Due to the rapid destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests, hundreds of orangutans and other critically endangered species are dying or losing their homes. The orphaned young are frequently sold into the illegal exotic pet trade, condemned to spend their lives in cramped cages, eating unsuitable diets and performing dangerous and demeaning tricks for human entertainment.
Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) Jogja is a non-profit facility receiving animals confiscated from illegal ownership under the Protected Wildlife Law and wherever possible, preparing them for rehabilitation. Those who cannot be returned to the wild due to health or behavioural conditions may make the Centre their permanent home.
The Centre is NOT a zoo and does not exhibit the animals to the public except under controlled conditions for educational programmes. As a volunteer you will have a unique opportunity to get close to the orangutans, to observe and interact with them and contribute to their welfare. You will become personally acquainted with the 7 orangutans currently living at the Centre, including an adorable, inquisitive infant born in May 2013. You will also work with other primates such as gibbons and macaques, as well as the variety of birds, reptiles and small mammals that make up the Centre’s population of around 200 magnificent creatures. In a rural area close to a traditional village, you can also marvel at the sights and sounds of the Centre’s many unofficial residents as you enjoy Indonesia’s rich biodiversity.
The Centre enjoys a close relationship with the local village, which is home to 25 out of the 31 staff. Not only does this provide employment opportunities for the villagers, it also helps to spread awareness of environmental protection and animal welfare at this critical local level. To further this educational role and provide a valuable cultural exchange for both locals and volunteers, the Centre offers ‘Conservation English’ classes for their staff and a club for local children. As a volunteer you will take part in these fun and informal sessions as well as visiting a local family for a traditional Javan dinner – a delicious way to truly experience life in the village. If the orangutans haven’t melted your heart completely then the warmth and hospitality of the local people surely will.
Yogyakarta is the cultural capital of Java and there are plenty of things to see and do on your days off: Visit the Sultan’s Palace, Prambanan temple or Borobudur (the world’s largest Buddhist temple), explore Mount Merapi (an active volcano), cycle through local markets and lush rice paddies or take in some traditional gamelan music and shadow puppetry – the choice is yours.
If you love animals, don’t mind getting your hands dirty cleaning cages and are happy to share your enthusiasm and knowledge with local villagers, this is the volunteer programme is for you.
*Please Note that cages for many of the animals are small and not intended as permanent homes –the centre receives no external funding and must do what they can with limited resources. Every effort is made to continually improve the facilities and future plans include the world’s first ‘Orangudome’ – designed to house up 200 homeless orangutans in a replica of their natural environment. Your presence at the Centre not only enriches the animals’ lives, but your financial support helps to ensure these projects can offer them better futures.
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