Care for Animals at a Wildlife Park in Malaysia

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Country: Malaysia,
Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation,

Care for animals in Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, home to many of Borneo's native and threatened species. This excellent project is all about caring - caring for animals, caring about conservation, caring about species survival, and caring about educating children and adults in how to treat animals. Species include Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants (including two very charming babies) and a Pygmy Rhino. Also Tigers, a Clouded Leopard, Gibbons, Otters, Sun Bears, Giant Tortoise and a fantastic Aviary.

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)

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.

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'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

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.

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

4 Weeks £2,095

Start DatesAll year round - you choose your start and finish dates!

Duration 4 Weeks

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

What's included
►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 includedFlights, 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.


Contact Details



Caravelle House, Goring Road,


BN12 5HY

Telephone 1: 0207 193 6835 (From within the UK) or +44 (0) 207 193 6835 (From outside of the UK)


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