Borneo. Tree Planting.

Our second week of work started with a day that included tree planting.  We had to drive for an hour to get to a river where we would take a boat journey, and then trek to an area where the local people are trying to keep the area populated with indigenous trees instead of palm … More Borneo. Tree Planting.

Bornean Sun Bears

Next door to the Orang Utan rehabilitation centre is another sanctuary for Sun Bears.  Here, rescued bears can roam large areas of forest, dig for grubs, climb, forage and rest in the trees within the enclosures. They are the second rarest bear species, after the giant panda. The sun bear population has declined by at least … More Bornean Sun Bears

Borneo. Day 3

In the afternoon we were taken on a tour of the nearby town – Sandakan.  Our first stop was the Sandakan Memorial Park.  This is a beautiful rainforest garden which was the site of a Japanese POW camp during WWII.  In July 1942, 1,500 Australian prisoners of war were transferred from Singapore to Sandakan as a forced … More Borneo. Day 3

Borneo – Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Days 1 & 2

I first heard about this volunteering project from a friend I’d made whilst volunteering in Zambia.  She has been here and absolutely loved it.  I was initially a little put off as volunteers have to commit to 8 weeks, but after seeing the place on the ‘Paul O’Grady, Animal Orphans’ T.V programme I decided it … More Borneo – Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Days 1 & 2