Possible research tasks at base:
Entering behavioural data
Taking pictures and drying collected plant samples
Keeping temperature, humidity and weather records updated
Keeping the office and accommodation clean
Tasks in the forest:
Locating areas with a significant wild orangutan population
Finding and following orangutans to collect behavioural data, faecal and plant samples
Nest counting to provide seasonally varying estimates of the orangutan population
Fruit trail transects to record the range of foodstuffs available to orangutans in an area
As a volunteer you will learn the day in day out tasks of the project and be given presentations about the project research, orangutan parasites and the problems surrounding the National Park. You will also gain an insight into the local culture and how to act appropriately.
The most important fact – there will be absolutely NO physical contact with the orangutans. If you are hoping to come so that you can cuddle one of these amazing creatures, then this is not for you. This rule will be strictly enforced if necessary. We also cannot guarantee encounters with orangutans – our research focuses on wild orangutans and much of our work therefore takes place in areas where the orangutans themselves can be quite elusive, often staying high up in the canopy or traveling to other areas where more fruit is in season.
Cost: US$1,289 / US$990 for students (excluding flights, insurance and tourist visa). Accommodation, 3 meals a day, water and all transport associated with the project are included.