Orangutan Conservation in Borneo
This multi award-winning orangutan project, based in the world famous Matang Wildlife Centre, focusses on the conservation and protection of Borneo's most fascinating and enchanting species - the “Man of the Forest” himself - the orangutan.
Due to mass deforestation, mining and forest fires, the habitat of the area's orangutans is depleting and under constant threat. As a consequence, the species is increasingly endangered. The Matang Wildlife Centre is a refuge for orangutans which have been left injured, orphaned or have been rescued - usually as a direct result of these threats. The centre works tirelessly to reverse this trend in a number of ways and is thoroughly enriched by the involvement of volunteers.
The main duties for volunteers include husbandry, enrichment, maintenance and construction work. All volunteers are treated as pseudo-staff at the wildlife centre, meaning full participation in all of the centre's work. Volunteers do not need any building, maintenance or animal husbandry experience prior to joining as the team are on hand to provide necessary training. Matang is also a fully functioning rescue centre, so it is not possible to predict what animals may be arriving on a daily basis. Help therefore may be required from volunteers with orangutans and other animals requiring veterinary treatment, as well as helping new animal arrivals to settle into the centre.
Start dates are the 5th and 19th of every month.
Arrive at Kuching Airport. Transfer to Basaga Guest House in Kuching. Enjoy welcome dinner and orientation in the evening with the orangutan sanctuary project facilitator and fellow volunteers.
Take a private transfer to the Matang Wildlife Centre Orangutan Sanctuary. Settle in, meet the project staff and commence the volunteer programme.
Transfer to Kuching and check into the Basaga Guesthouse.
Take a private transfer to Kuching Airport for return flight or continue with independent travel plans.
On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.
A major part of this project is creating enrichment. This promotes natural behaviours and will enhance the potential for rehabilitation to release as well as improve the lives of the animals at the centre.
Another big part of the work on this project is husbandry for the orangutans, sun bears, macaques, binturongs and other animals. This will includes feeding the animals and cleaning the wildlife cages and enclosures.
Maintenance and Construction
Maintenance and construction are on-going tasks at the centre, and always require volunteers to help out. Past volunteers have been involved with the building of aviaries, gibbon cages, feeding platforms in the forest, boardwalks around the park and ranger stations in the national park.
Over the past few years volunteers have helped create an organic farm to grow food for the animals at the centre to enable it to become a more sustainable institution.Tending to the farm has, therefore, become a regular job for our volunteers.
There are additional activities available such as visiting a long-house, meeting the Iban tribes, visiting nearby markets and social and interactive activities with locals and researchers whilst staying at the Matang Wildlife Centre.
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