ORANGUTAN INTERNSHIP 2017
PROGRAMME fee is 630 € for 2 weeks, min duration: 2 weeks -see calendar of starting dates in project description.
- Code : G/MLS/OI2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
Focus: Purely Orangutan conservation and research. Enrichment, husbandry, organic planting as food source, construction and maintenance of the sanctuary. The project site is located on a 35-acre island nestled within a 7000-acre freshwater lakeside. It has progressed from being a sanctuary, where visitors experienced first-hand awareness and education on the orangutan, to a recognised ex-situ conservation facility and referral centre for the endangered Bornean orangutan. The Orang Utan Sanctuary site plays an important role in building local conservation capacity by exposing visitors to various aspects of primatology such as primate behavior and ecology, captive care and veterinary medicine, and, conservation biology. With assistance in expertise from regional primatologists and conservation biologists, the project aims to strengthen its commitment towards scientific research in the Bornean orangutan. Orang Utan Sanctuary is geared to serve as a temporary holding facility for those orangutans rescued from illegal possession and or trade before being returned to their natural habitat, with mechanisms in place to treat, care and rehabilitate those orangutans assessed unfit for immediate return to the wild. Orang Utan Sanctuary has achieved success on and demand for its activities and programmes, attracting interest from, among others, universities from within Malaysia and around the world, for joint-cooperation across fields in education and research. Orang Utan Sanctuary will continue to serve as a centre for training, developing and enhancing the capacity of graduate students and young scientists in carrying out both in-situ and ex- situ conservation research and activities on the orangutan and its habitats.
You will be staying at Green Lion Centre. There is main electricity in the apartment, and there is a fan in each room to help keep you cool. There are shared western bathrooms and toilets in the centre with hot water system. You will also share a room with the other volunteers, where you can make new friends with others from different countries. All meals will be prepared from Monday until Sunday, except lunch &dinner on weekends by TGL staff.
The Orangutan Internship program in held at Taiping, one of the oldest towns in the state of the Perak, Malaysia. Perak is surrounded by many limestone hills as old as 400 million years old. In the olden days, Perak used to be flourished during the tin mining boom. The state was under Dutch and British Colonialism in the 17th and 19th century respectively due to the richness alluvial deposit of tin.
This is a specialised programme, offered to local and foreign universities, that is designed to offer both education and training ie. knowledge, skills, and practical aspects of in-situ and ex- situ conservation, management of an ex-situ conservation centre, and field research methods. Most students attending the program are undergraduates in Conservation Biology, Zoology, Veterinary Medicine or Animal Science courses. Proof of Student ID and Field of Study – A recommendation Letter from University. A good level of fitness is required to participate on this project. The work is sometimes physical, the heat and humidity make this more challenging. Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 630€ for 2 weeks (minimum duration). Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Compulsory starting dates for 2017: 02/01 – 16/01 – 06/02 – 20/02 – 06/03 – 20/03 – 03/04 – 17/04 – 01/05 – 15/05 – 05/06 – 19/06 – 03/07 – 10/07 – 17/07 – 24/07 – 07/08 – 21/08 – 04/09 – 18/09 – 02/10 – 16/10 – 06/11 – 20/11 – 04/12 – 18/12. Reception at KL Sentral (KL Central) at the arrival (Sun 8 am to 8 pm).