Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation,
Organisation: Travellers Worldwide
Orang-Utans are astonishingly gentle, highly intelligent and they gaze at you with almost disconcerting frankness! At Sepilok you will have the opportunity to work with these gentle and highly intelligent red apes in their natural environment. Interaction with these remarkable creatures, man's closest relative, will be an unforgettable experience! The Orang-Utan is one of the most endangered of Malaysian wildlife species. Found only in Borneo and Sumatra, the Orang-Utans’ survival is constantly threatened by forest fires, felling of trees, poaching and illegal hunting.
The Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre is located near Sandakan, in Malaysian Borneo. This centre was set up as a means of housing injured or orphaned Orang-Utans, caring for them and nursing them back to health before they can be released into the forest. Many Orang-Utans that end up here have strayed into logging camps or been rescued from captivity. Many are orphaned babies that cannot survive in the forest alone.
Specific duties may vary depending on what is required at the time, so a degree of flexibility is required. During your placement it is likely that you will;
Learn about managing juvenile Orang-Utans by working at the Outdoor Nursery.
Learn about managing baby Orang-Utans by working at the Indoor Nursery.
Conduct a Field Survey on the Orang-Utan population and small mammals witin Sepilok reserve.
Work will be done on a rotational basis, with different groups of volunteers working within each of the different departments outlined above. The tasks that you are asked to do, no matter how small, will help to improve the day to day life for these Orang-Utans - you will gain great satisfaction knowing that you have contributed to this. This is a serious placement where you are doing meaningful conservation work. You will be required to work very hard and should have a high level of fitness in order to take part.
Please note that this project is extremely popular, so very early booking is strongly advised.
Suite 2A, Caravelle House
17/19 Goring Road
Telephone 1: 441903502595
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