Orangutan Conservation in Kalimantan

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Program Description

Your work as a volunteer here will be to help rehabilitate these orangutans and sunbears and help with enrichment, husbandry and general upkeep of the sanctuary.

Several Forest Schools provide natural, educational playgrounds for the orangutans in which to learn forest skills before returning to cages to sleep at night. Six orangutan islands have also been created to accommodate orangutans suffering chronic hepatitis B or other disabilities which prevent them from ever being released into the wild. What's more, there is an area designated solely to house a population of 47 sun bears - one of the world's rarest bear species. A new Clinic and Quarantine area has been established as well as many new forest cages for larger orangutans and a Babies' Room for the little ones.

Since 2001, the land has been planted with more than a million trees covering more than 1000 different species. So far 137 bird species and nine primate species have been recorded. With the growth in the forest, the density and diversity of wildlife returned.

According to ‘Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’ (BOS), Samboja Lestari has evolved on the principles of people and planet, linking community and empowerment and capacity-building with promoting economic development and conservation.

Established by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), the 2,000 hectare sanctuary here was created with the aim of providing a safe haven for rehabilitated orangutans, whilst at the same time providin


All volunteers will be treated as pseudo-staff at the wildlife centre, meaning full participation in all of the centre’s work. The main duties for volunteers include husbandry, enrichment, forest plantation, maintenance and construction work for both the orangutans and the sun bears resident here.

Responsibilities will include:
• Working within the sunbear area, where over 50 sunbears reside. Helping with enrichment and general enclosure maintenance will be the main activities you will be involved with here.
• Leaf and branch collection (for the orangutans to use for nests) and forest restoration.
• Creating sensory enrichment (for both releasable and non-releasable orangutans) and fo


No qualifications or special skills are required in order to join the project - just a willingness to get involved with all of the activities and be a minimum age of 18!

Volunteer Types

Animal welfare

What`s Included

•All airport transfers to and from Balikpapan (Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport)
•Three meals per day
•Tea, coffee and drinking water at the lodge
•All volunteer activities at the project site
•Conservation donation to Samboja Lestari Orangutan Sanctuary

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Program Locations

Balikpapan, Indonesia

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£1,195.00 +
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