- Create enrichment for the orangutans, witnessing as they come to terms with important senses such as sight, touch and taste – all necessary qualities for life in the wild
- Observe orangutans, collecting vital behavioural data and monitoring their general health and well-being
- Work with sun bears, helping with enrichment and maintenance of their enclosures
The orangutan is one of the earth’s most beloved species but, tragically, it is also one of the most endangered. Threats such as deforestation, the illegal pet trade and encroachment see this great ape facing off danger every day, and while much must be done to keep those risks at bay, this orangutan volunteer project works to care for and rehabilitate the orangutans who may have already been affected.
The 2,000 hectare reserve is home to over 200 orangutans, each going through a different stage of the rehabilitation process. As a volunteer, you will assist with a range of activities which all help the sanctuary to run as smoothly as possible, but which also provide a true sense of reward to all those involved. One of the most important tasks you will help with is enrichment creation; a crucial activity designed to keep the animals stimulated and prepared for life back in the wild. This activity, alongside many others, will help the orangutans to receive the best odds of freedom – and survival – and without the help of volunteers, success stories could be terribly limited.
In addition to your efforts on-site, you will be helping the project to succeed and grow by means of financial support: your volunteer fee contains a donation which will fund conservation efforts at the site, meaning that your hard work will still be making a difference even long after you’ve returned home. If a rewarding wildlife experience is what you’re seeking, then look no further than this project: one of our most well-loved projects of all.
Please note: we operate a strict ‘no contact’ policy on all of our orangutan projects; this is to ensure the safety of both the orangutans and the volunteers. You can read more about this on our website.