Wildlife conservation in Borneo
Description of Wildlife conservation in Borneo
By volunteering on a wildlife conservation project in Borneo, you will discover one of the most beautiful and undiscovered pockets of the island, stepping off the beaten track and into the heart of an important conservation area. Help to conserve a proliferation of wildlife including orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, singing gibbons and sun bears – not to mention the birds! –through protecting and regenerating their jungle environment.
Habitat destruction has led to a rapid decline in many of Borneo's species. This inspiring project helps in a twofold way:
1) Planting trees to regenerate the jungle. Increased jungle coverage means that more creatures can live and survive in the wild. This involves planting trees, clearing weeds and growing saplings. This is incredibly rewarding, as just after a few short hours you will see the amazing work that you have done.
2) Spend time out on the beautiful river, monitoring the wildlife that you see in the area from the boat. Sightings are noted down, and the information shared with the local wildlife authorities. Seeing orangutans swinging through the trees, elephants grazing and macaques leaping through the branches is quite incredible. This is crucial work so that it is understood how many species are in the area, and in what sort of quantities - and thus help preserve the area's conservation status.
In addition to these principal daily activities, other tasks and activities can include community and education, a jungle trek and a visit to the world famous Sepilok orangutan rehabilitation centre. You will also be taken to the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Rainforest Discovery day to round off your trip.
Accommodation and food
You will be staying in local guest houses throughout this project. Meals are provided either by your guest house hosts or by members of the local community. Food is delicious and varied, and are a real highlight to the trip.
Expect to share an en-suite room with one volunteer.
|Day 1:||Arrive to Sandakan on the 21st of the month. On arrival you will spend your first night in a lovely rainforest guest house on the outskirts of Sandakan. You will be staying in a traditional longhouse, with a balcony that looks out over the jungle and with a series of lakes just a few minutes away. A delicious welcome dinner is provided by the guest house, and you can relax to the noises of the jungle with the rest of your group.|
|Day 2:||Transfer to the small village of the Orang Sungai people, located on the Kinabatangan river. Stay in a riverside guesthouse, sharing a basic yet comfortable room with at least one other volunteer. An en suite bathroom is shared between you and your room mate(s) with a western toilet and refreshing shower.|
|Day 3 +:||Spend your days out on the river monitoring wildlife and helping with rainforest regeneration work.|
|Day 12:||Leave the beautiful river behind and head back to Sandakan via the inspiring Sepilok Orangutan rehabilitation centre, Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Rainforest Discovery Centre|
6 Reviews of Wildlife conservation in Borneo
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2020 by Matthew PerryIncredibly meaningful and unforgettable..... Working with all the dedicated, passionate team members and volunteers -- and seeing orangutans in the wild were the most memorable parts! Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jan 2020 by Paolo CatalaniA great human and environmental experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2019 by Elisabeth MeringSeeing the difference in a site after a mornings work was really rewarding and of course seeing so much wildlife was also of course a highlight Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2019 by Doreen WatsonI had a great time, met some lovely people and would certainly recommend this holiday to others. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Apr 2018 by Conrad BlakemoreThe most memorable was working in a tropical downpour and seeing a mother and baby Orangutang climbing a tree near the work site. An interesting and insightful look at conservation in Sabah, Borneo. A bit short though - two full weeks would be better. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Mar 2017 by Sue JarrettSeeing a large wild male Orangutan eating figs in a tree by the Kinabatangan River was the most memorable - we were so close to him and he looked so relaxed! What a beautiful special creature. A fabulous experience. Read full review
This project is all about conserving the dwindling natural environment in Borneo - and hopefully enabling it to regenerate and survive for many more generations to come. Orangutan populations are plummeting, mainly thanks to palm oil plantations and deforestation. On this project, volunteers help to plant new rainforest and maintain it, ensuring that animals have safe places to live and thrive.
Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
PeopleMeeting local needs
This project engages directly with the local community. Meals are provided by local families, boat and bus drivers do all transfers and the guest houses are rented from local families. In addition to this there is an active local education and immersion scheme which allows families to get to know their friendly hosts. Volunteer spending is spread around the local community by engaging a large range of local individuals and businesses. Saplings are bought from locals who grow them to help regenerate the rainforest.
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural Borneo. Volunteers are briefed on the local cultures and customs. Our policy is to send people in small groups, which minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.
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