Work with International Animal Rescue on the rehabilitation of Indonesia's beautiful orangutans
This project involves working with International Animal Rescue(IAR) at an orangutan rescue centre in Ketapang, Indonesia. The aim here was to build a new orangutan rescue and rehabilitation centre and plans were approved on 2010 to start this work. Since then the first phase has bee completed and phase 2 is currently in progress.
Phase 1 included constructing a lot of the base buildings that were required including quarantine areas and medical facilities along with the first set of enclusires. Now the project continues into phase 2 with more enclosures and also care for the current orangutans housed here required.
This is one of the biggest conservation projects currently happening in Borneo but will mean that there is another safe haven on the island of Borneo for the increasingly endangered orangutan.
Volunteers on this project play an absolutely crucial role. As the centre is one of the biggest and most ambitious Orangutan conservation projects ever undertaken, it is always hands on deck for the volunteers at the site! Although the work is hard and sometimes very labour intensive, it is incredibly rewarding and makes an immeasurable difference to the lives of the orangutans at the project.
Borneo and especially Indonesian Borneo still falls victim to the use of slash and burn techniques which is causing devastating loss to the forest areas and in turn the loss of habitat for the wildlife.
IAR need assistance in replanting in the areas around the project so as to keep the orangutans, along with a number of other animals, safe and to provide them with a home for the future.
This programme is designed to support International Animal Rescue by providing help at their orangutan rehabilitation centre in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, by way of the activities listed below. Please note that these activities are not guaranteed, and that your time at the centre may vary from what is described below.
You will work at IAR’s wildlife conservation and rescue centre in Ketapang on an array of tasks, which will vary depending on what is most necessary at the time. Activities may vary from helping to erect fences, to building walkways for members of staff and other volunteers to use. You may also work on the construction of feeding platforms for the centre's younger orangutans, among other tasks put in place to aid the animals at the centre.
Borneo's humid climate means that certain structures (such as enclosures, boardwalks and towers) require constant upkeep - add to that the boisterous nature of some of the orangutans, it comes as no surprise that maintenance is such a vital and common task at the centre! Your involvement here could entail anything from repainting buildings to repairing enclosures damaged by the apes, to name but a couple of possibilities - no matter what this task entails, it is certainly necessary, so be prepared to be flexible and to put in hard work.
Enrichment is key to keeping the orangutans at the centre stimulated, and you will be involved in the process of making enrichment for the apes. These activities help to promote natural behaviours in the orangutans, drastically enhancing their potential for release. This activity may include setting up hammocks, ropes, and swing tires for the orangutans to play with, as well as using natural materials (such as leaves and bamboo) to create fun puzzles stuffed with fruits and nuts. This is one of the most important and enjoyable activities at the centre and will help to keep the animals active and entertained!
To help keep the food bills down, the centre is growing its own local produce to help feed the orangutans. You will take part in organic farming activities during your time here, including planting fruit trees and harvesting vegetables.
Due to the wildfires of 2015, tens of thousands of hectares of forest were affected. International Animal Rescue has been working on various reforestation initiatives to replant lost segments of forest and restore important orangutan habitat, carrying out work alongside local communities who have an important relationship with the forest. IAR plans to plant thousands of trees and this work is a fabulous way for volunteers to get involved. There are few more tangible contributions that you can make to secure the long-term survival of the orangutan than planting a tree.
On your day off each week, you will have the opportunity to explore other areas of Ketapang such as Hutan Kota, a natural park where you may spot proboscis monkeys! There are also local beaches where you can watch the sunset whilst enjoying a relaxing drink from a coconut. The town of Ketapang has markets, numerous shops, and a Buddhist temple– why not explore some of the local culture?
|Group Size||Up to 7 People|
|Meals||All Meals Included|
|Duration||11 - 22 Nights|
|Start Dates||9th & 20th Of Every Month|
|Minimum Age||Minimum Age 18|
You will need to arrive into Ketapang Airport on the start date of your project between 7am and 5pm, where you will be met by a project representative in the arrivals hall and transferred to the volunteer house. On the first night there is a welcome dinner where you will meet your fellow volunteers and project coordinators. Ketapang airport can be reached via Jakarta and is serviced by Garuda Airlines.
You will need a tourist visa to join this project. You will be able to get one of these on arrival in Indonesia, but please note that you may have to pay the fee of $25 for a 30-day visa.
The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah. 1 IDR is approximately 0.00006 GBP, 0.00009 USD and 0.00007 EUR
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