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.
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.
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