Trip Details

An awesome scenic part of Perak, Malaysia invites you to participate and provide your helping hand in the Orangutan conservation program.This conservation project is designed to protect and preserve the orangutan and its habitat. Work to help with various conservation activities and initiatives to protect, care for, save these wonderful and extremely intelligent and gentle creatures.

The focus of this project is purely orangutan conservation and research. Enrichment, husbandry, organic planting as food source, construction, and maintenance of the sanctuary is the model norm of this project.

The project site is located on a 35-acre island nestled within a 7000-acre freshwater lakeside. It has progressed from being a sanctuary where visitors experience first-hand awareness and education about the orangutan, to a recognised ex-situ conservation facility and referral centre for the endangered Bornean orangutan.

The Orangutan Sanctuary site plays an important role in building local conservation capacity by providing exposure to visitors on various aspects of primatology such as primate behaviour and its ecology; captive care and veterinary medicine; and conservation biology.With assistance in expertise from regional primatologists and conservation biologists, the project aims to strengthen its commitment towards scientific research on the Bornean orangutan.

The Orangutan Sanctuary is geared to serve as a temporary holding facility for those orangutans rescued from illegal possession and or trade before being returned to their natural habitat, with mechanisms in place to treat, care and rehabilitate those orangutans assessed unfit for immediate return to the wild. The Sanctuary has achieved success and demand for its activities and programmes, attracting interest from, among others, universities from within Malaysia and around the world, for joint-cooperation across fields in education and research. The sanctuary serves as a centre for training, developing and enhancing the capacity of graduate students and young scientists in carrying out both in-situ and ex-situ conservation research and activities on the orangutan and its habitats.

Trip Itinerary

Week 1
Monday
After reaching Taiping, you will get an introduction into Malaysian culture and your local environment.
Tuesday to Friday
Your day will begin on the project where you get involved in various activities of the project. The work on this project is physical, and the heat and humidity add an extra challenging layer to this. You will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, construction work, enrichment and maintenance. The “best” jobs are not saved for the participants – you will be involved in every part of the sanctuary.
Weekend
These days are your off days to relax and explore. Coordinators are always at hand to give you ideas of where to go for the weekend, or you might just want to relax at the accommodation

Construction

  • Climbing structures for orangutan
  • Building boardwalks for easier tourist and keeper access around the centre

Maintenance

  • The rainforest is a harsh environment for the longevity of any man-made structures. Therefore, anything that we build needs regular maintenance to ensure that is does not rust/rot/get eaten by termites within a couple of years. This work is usually a lot of cleaning, painting and repairing.

Enrichment

  • You will be involved in the process of producing enrichment material for the orangutans. This promotes natural behaviours and will enhance the well-being of the orangutans during this period, you will be able to observe them from a safe distance enjoying the enrichment that you have created!

Husbandry

  • Husbandry simply means cleaning, feeding and caring for captive animals. Everyday you will have to follow all of the rules and schedule for feeding as well as cleaning time.
  • You will assist in farming and planting, food preparation and care of orangutan exhibition area.
  • When working around the animals, you will be expected to follow best practise guidelines which include: No food or drinks (outside of the diet provided by the centre) to be given to the animals at any time.
  • Always listen to and follow the instructions of your supervisor/the animal keepers/the rangers.
    These guidelines are for the safety both of yourself, and the animals that you are coming to help. We are working to create a new model of responsible tourism, where the interaction with the animals are kept to an absolute minimum, yet the impact and educational value to the human participant is incredibly high.

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

Malaysia

Malaysia is a South East Asian Country consisting of 13 states and 3 federal territories, located in the heart of Southeast Asia, it shares a land border with Thailand and maritime borders with the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.  Malays, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic groups have lived together in Malaysia for generations.  All these cultures have influenced each other, creating a truly unmissable Malaysian culture.

This country offers a huge diversity in nature and culture, but is also a modern country.   The Sipadan Islands in Malaysia are also a very popular spot for divers.  The Capital of this Country is Kuala Lumpur, and means ”Muddy Estuary”  in the Malay language, it is one of Asia’s busies and livelisest metropolises.  It’s a melting pot of different cultures and religions which is unique in Asia.  You have to see the Petronas Towers at least once and take a proper picture of them.  Try the street food, which is amazing and cheap, whether it is Chinese, Indian or traditional Nonya cuisine, KL is a great place to eat your way through Asia.

If you want to have an experience full of unique discoveries then this is the place for you.  Please look further at all of our experiences on offer.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa