Borneo wildlife volunteer project
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Borneo wildlife volunteer project: the story of this holiday company
I created and ran my first company whilst studying business management at university. However, I have always believed you can do a lot more in business. When I had completed my degree, I decided to invest in another industry - one that would also be able to give back, benefiting communities and wildlife. I found a volunteering company that needed help and investment. The company already had the passion and the right people but it just needed the business accruement to take it to the next level. I wanted our tourism volunteer company to provide more hands to continue the incredible projects and keep donating to communities and conservation efforts. In two years we went from 200 volunteers to 1500 volunteers per annum. Most importantly, we run our own projects that we feel are in real need. We have grown to 38 trips and last year, I am proud to say, we were been able to donate £150 000 to projects around the world and provide even more passionate volunteers.
Responsible tourism: Borneo wildlife volunteer project
Pygmy Elephant and Orangutan populations in Borneo are under threat from the deforestation of their habitat. This project is vital in reversing this trend, and allowing the species to thrive in their natural habitat once more.
As well as working on the reforestation of the area, volunteers on this project also track pygmy elephant migration patterns and observe any conflicts with humans or villages. This allows the behaviour patterns of small groups of the species to be monitored, and the more understanding of this nature gained, the easier it becomes to work effectively on avoiding such conflicts.
This project also strives to emphasise the importance of elephants to the local community, rebuilding the relationships between the indigenous people and wildlife that have become strained of late.
The reforestation work completed by volunteers will help regenerate rainforest corridors (that have been destroyed through logging) and bridge the gaps between one forest area and the other. This allows for animals to increase their habitat, and consequently population numbers. This also means that the animals are less likely to come into contact with the local people, thus i improving the relations between wildlife and the indigenous community. The work carried out by this project and its volunteers is indispensable in the fight against deforestation and threats to Borneo's incredible wildlife.