Volunteer in Indonesia and help care for orangutans, sun bears, monkeys, crocodiles, and a wide range of birds at this wildlife rescue centre in Indonesia. The project is located on the island of Sulawesi which, being the closest Indonesian island to the Philippines, is a common consolidation point for illegal shipments of animals being trafficked from Java, Sumatra, and Borneo across to the Philippines and onwards to China, Taiwan, and Japan. Without a sustainable rescue facility the authorities are not able to enforce, raid and confiscate live animals as there would be no options for the subsequent care and rehabilitation of the rescued animals. This centre was set up to help combat the illegal wildlife trade and provide rescued animals with a place to receive the care they need so that they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
The main objective of the centre is for the animals and birds to be released into the wild. If the animals are to be released, it is essential that their natural instincts of searching and foraging for their own food are kept in tact so that they are able to survive once they are released. To achieve this the feeding of the animals must be spread out throughout the day as it would be in their natural environment. Additionally, food must be given to the animals in a way that emulates how it would naturally be. Part of the volunteer work includes finding new ways of giving the animals food in a way that is similar to how it might be found in their natural environment.
Taking care of the animals in this way is vital for their mental health and rehabilitation, however, it takes time, and with over 200 animals and birds at the centre and only a handful of local staff to care for them, volunteer help is essential to ensure that the animals are taken care of in a way that nurtures their eventual release.
What to Expect?
Volunteers will spend a significant amount of time providing fresh drinking water to the animals, cleaning their enclosures and carrying out enrichments for all of the animals. This includes a variety of ancillary jobs, such as cleaning food bowls, equipment and food preparation areas. Full training is given, so no specific qualifications or experience are required. Depending upon the number of volunteers and ongoing activities at the time, there will also be work in connection with building/upgrading enclosures, usually involving a lot of digging, painting, sawing and hammering.
- Program ID: # 1937
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 Months
- location: SulawesiIndonesia2° 24' 58.5936" S, 119° 42' 25.3116" EID
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately Fit
- Closest Airport: Manado (MDC)
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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