Freedom

Words can’t sum up what an amazing experience it was to volunteer at Sepilok Orangutan Centre for 8 weeks with these fabulous apes. Whenever I do a wildlife volunteering experience I always research it very carefully to try to ensure it’s an ethical one, and I’ve occasionally been disappointed to discover that it’s not quite … More Freedom

Sepilok Orang Utan Centre – Volunteer Duties – Outdoor Nursery

The ‘outdoor’ nursery is the area where the four to seven year old OrangUtans live, play, and start venturing out into the forest on their own. Working there meant that our day started with filling a couple of baskets with bananas, papayas, oranges, watermelon, guava, carrots, green beans, sweet potato and sugar cane, and taking … More Sepilok Orang Utan Centre – Volunteer Duties – Outdoor Nursery

Sepilok Orang Utan Centre – Volunteer Duties – Indoor Nursery

The twelve volunteers are split up into three groups of four, and each group spends 6 days doing the same duties before having a day off, then changing to something different.  On my first and fourth working weeks I was assigned to the ‘indoor nursery’.  The word ‘indoor’ actually only means that the public don’t … More Sepilok Orang Utan Centre – Volunteer Duties – Indoor Nursery

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