Borneo wildlife volunteer project

Borneo, Malaysia
Sabah & Sarawak
2014: 21 May, 21 Jun, 21 Jul, 21 Aug, 21 Sep, 21 Oct, 21 Nov, 21 Dec
From £1095 (12 days) excluding flights
Price includes English speaking guide and all activities as per itinerary. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult
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Borneo wildlife volunteer project

Borneo wildlife volunteer project

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Reviewed 04 Apr 2014 by Tessa Milne-Day5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were many exciting wildlife sightings but the most memorable part of the holiday was being with Mark, the project leader, who was highly knowledgeable about the natural world as well as organising a varied and interesting programme.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

To be prepared to engage fully with all the activities arranged. A pair of binoculars would also be helpful

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It definitely supported conservation and maybe made the village more aware of the importance of their forest.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was beautifully organised and structured and a great opportunity to be part of another culture and to see wonderful wildlife. An excellent project. I will give it 5 stars but not for the reasons you have stated below.
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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.

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