Care for Animals in Borneo

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Care for Animals in Borneo

£2,095
Duration: 4 weeks
Countries: Malaysia
Get up close and personal with Borneo’s native wildlife. This excellent project is all about caring for animals, conservation and educating people in how to treat animals
Summary

Care for Animals in Borneo

What will I be doing?

Learn about animal care across a variety of species. You'll have hands on contact with some of the animals that have been hand reared.

Working hours are generally between 8.00am - 12.00am and 2.00pm - 5.00pm. You will assist on a rotation system within the areas listed below:

Elephants (10 days)
Orang-Utans and Monkeys, & Reptiles (5 Days)
Birds & Hoofstock (5 Days)

Elephants:

All the Elephants are Pygmy Elephants and there are currently 5 female elephants, 1 male and 2 babies. Pygmy Elephants are native to Borneo, but their population and habitat is dwindling due to human intervention. Borneo's Pygmy Elephants are typically half a metre smaller in height than Asian Elephants and yet have longer trunks and tails. They also tend to be much less aggressive than Asian Elephants.

The baby elephants at Lok Kawi were rescued when their mothers were killed by poachers. They have been in contact with humans since a very young age as they had to be bottle fed. Visitors and children can interact with the baby elephants at the Children's zoo.

You may assist the elephant keepers with the following tasks:

Cleaning enclosures thoroughly
Preparing food/milk
Bottle feeding and washing the baby elephants
Reporting to the veterinarian on behaviour/eating patterns
Taking the baby elephants to the Children's Zoo and assisting with visitor interaction/safety. This includes some rides for the children but only during weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
Inspecting animals for different behaviour or signs of illness and report to the veterinarian/other staff where necessary.

Primates:

You'll look after the primate species, including Orang-Utans, Proboscis Monkeys and Gibbons, as well as other small mammals. Both Orang-Utans and Proboscis Monkeys face the threat of extinction due to loss of habitat and human intervention.

Orang-Utans are incredibly gentle, inquisitive and endearing creatures. They are native to Borneo and Sumatra and found high up in the forest canopy. Orang-Utans are solitary animals and difficult to spot in the wild. At Lok Kawi there are 8 young Orang-Utans, living in a large unfenced enclosure with plenty of enrichment activities - bridges, hammocks, ropes and tyres to climb and swing on. Visitors are not allowed interaction with the Orang-Utans but as a volunteer you will be involved in some of the behind the scenes duties, which includes a direct hands on approach with the animals where possible.

Proboscis Monkeys are very unusual, with round protruding bellies and huge, pink, pendulous noses - in males the longer the nose the better for attracting a female mate! They live in groups high up in the trees and usually close to a water source. In Sabah they are mainly found along the banks of the Kinabatangan river. At Lok Kawi there is a group of Proboscis monkey's living in a large glass fronted enclosure, with a water spring and plenty of vegetation for climbing. You will be fascinated watching their interactions with each other - these clever primates can even swim! Currently there are several baby proboscis monkey's that have been born in the Wildlife Park.

Gibbons are found in the subtropical forests of South East Asia and usually live in family groups of 2 - 6 individuals. They are territorial and excellent climbers and jumpers, capable of reaching up to 9 metres in a single jump.

You may assist with the following duties within the primates section:

Cleaning enclosures
Preparing food and feeding
Moving orang-utans from the night stalls to their outside enclosures
Handling other primates when required
To assist with feeding time at the exhibits and talk to visitors about the various different primates
Inspecting animals for different behaviour or signs of illness and report to the veterinarian/other staff where necessary.

Birds:

Walking into the Aviary is like stepping into the middle of the jungle! The forest canopy is covered with a mesh that is so high that you barely even notice it hovering above the trees. A wooden walkway leads you through the Aviary and across a stream where birds can be seen fishing and wading in the mud. Talking parrots will greet you 'hello' and you may even be lucky enough to spot a mouse deer foraging in the vegetation.

You may assist with the following duties within the Main Aviary, the Macaw exhibit, the Myna exhibit and the Hornbill exhibit:

Cleaning enclosures thoroughly to provide a clean environment for the birds
Preparing food
Maintaining records of the number of birds that come to the feeding platform and reporting anything abnormal to the veterinarian/other staff
To assist with feeding time and talk to visitors about the various different birds

Rhinos, Deer and Cattle:

You'll assist with Rhino, Cattle (Anchole and Bali), Axis and Deer (Timor, Red, Barking and Mouse). 

You may assist with the following duties:

Moving animals from night stalls to enclosures.
Inspecting animals for different behaviour or signs of illness and report to the veterinarian/other staff where necessary.
Cleaning enclosures thoroughly to ensure a clean environment for the animals.


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Price details:

£2,095

Accommodation

You’ll live in staff quarters on the grounds of the Wildlife Park. This accommodation has two bedrooms, a living/dining area, a western style toilet and a separate shower. There is a kitchen with a kettle and fridge for your use.

Food

Meals will be prepared for you and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with others.

Location

Penampang, near Kota Kinabalu.

Start Dates

All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!

Requirements

Minimum age 17.  No qualifications needed, but you should be reasonably fit and able to cope with tropical climates.

Additional Information

Malaysia has lovely weather all year round with lots of sunshine and you will have some time during your free days to explore the local region and visit some of the tourist attractions.

What's Included

►Accommodation
►Food
►Meeting you at the nearest Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Full pre-departure support
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Free T-Shirt.

What's Not Included

Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this project?

All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.

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