Program Details


Work and gain experience as an intern at our Orangutan conservation program. Help with various conservation activities to save these wonderful and extremely intelligent and gentle creatures which have the ability to reason and think. This conservation project is designed to protect and preserve the orangutan and its habitat. This is not only decisive for the orangutans but also for thousands of other threatened animal and plants species.

Aims & Objectives
The aims and objectives of this conservation project is to spread awareness about these intelligent creatures, prevent them from going extinct, conserve their habitat, provide opportunity for students to study the importance of orangutans in the food chain and in the ecosystem, provide help and support for the injured and rescued orangutans and not but the least to preserve these species for future generations.

Program Description
The focus is purely orangutan educational conservation and behavioral research centre, mainly on 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 internship project is catered for participants with relevant academic knowledge/study in the fields of veterinary science, animal science, or conservation biology where they are either undergraduates from 2nd year onwards, fresh graduates in the relevant fields, or already started working in animal conservation elsewhere but would like to have an experience in Orangutan Conservation. Activities in the internship are very different from any other orangutan volunteer programs as you will be involved in periodical health check, behavioral observation/research, laboratory tests etc. These activities are conducted periodically or at regular intervals. There are two type of internships:
Conservation Biology & Activities

  • Phenology
  • Herbarium
  • Insect Collection and preservation
  • Behavior Study
  • Research Plotting

Veterinary Medicine & Activities

  • Basic veterinary medicine in orangutan
  • Restraining of orangutan
  • Faecal examination
  • Blood collection
  • Blood analysis and haematology
  • Preventive medicine
  • Vital signs monitoring
  • Parasitology
  • Clinical microbiology

To have a full insight of the conservation project, you will be involved in the following activities:

Climbing structures for orangutan and building boardwalks for easier tourist and keeper access around the centre

The rainforest is a harsh environment for the longevity of any man-made structures. Therefore, anything that we build needs regular maintenance to ensure that is does not rust/rot/get eaten by termites within a couple of years. This work is usually a lot of cleaning, painting and repairing.
You will be involved in the process of producing enrichment material for the orangutans. This promotes natural behaviours and will enhance their well-being of the orangutans during this period but you will be able to get the chance to observe them from a safe distance enjoying the enrichment that have created!
Husbandry simply means cleaning, feeding and caring for captive animals. Everyday you will have to follow all of the rules and schedule for feeding as well as cleaning time. You will assist in farming and planting, food preparation and care of orangutan exhibition area.

When working around the animals, you will be expected to follow best practise guidelines which include: No food or drinks (outside of the diet provided by the centre) to be given to the animals at any time. Always listen to and follow the instructions of your supervisor/the animal keepers/the rangers. These guidelines are for the safety both of yourself, and the animals that you are coming to help. We are working to create a new model of tourism and internship, where the interaction with the animals are kept to an absolute minimum, yet the impact and educational value to the human participant is incredibly high.

Typical Day

Monday to Friday 8:00am-2:00pm
Your day will begin on the project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. The work on this project is physical, and the heat and humidity add an extra challenging layer to this. You will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, construction work, enrichment and maintenance. The “best” jobs are not saved for the participants - you will be treated as pseudo staff members during the duration of your program. You will be required for assistance wherever the need may arise at the sanctuary.

Minimum : 4 weeks (1 session),  Maximum: 12 weeks (3 sessions)

Starting Dates
Every month

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: Yes
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: On Signup
Required qualification: Experience in wildlife biology, veterinary or conservation biologist undergraduate 2nd year onwards

What is included:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation, dorm or hostel
  • Meals, Monday - Friday breakfast & lunch, Saturday & Sunday breakfast only (12 meals per week)
  • Transportation to project site
  • 24/7 in country emergency support
  • Dedicated project coordinator
  • Internship placement

What's excluded:

  • Flight
  • Insurance
  • Airport drop-off at conclusion of the project
  • Visa
  • Spending money for additional activities
Location and Arrival Airport

Malaysia - Peninsular

Arrival Airport: Penang International Airport (IATA Code: PEN)

Pickup Point: Penang International Airport Arrival Hall

Country Info

Malaysia consists of two parts which could hardly be any more different and are separated from each other by the South China Sea. While the mainland is a multicultural place that has been moderately developed Borneo will make you feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness. Nonetheless its jungles are stunning and will most likely excite you if you are at all interested in becoming a wildlife conservation volunteer in Malaysia. From highly developed Kuala Lumpur which is home to one of the tallest building in the world to the countryside there is a great amount of travel or volunteer opportunities in Malaysia which are waiting for you.

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Orangutan Internship, West Malaysia

Internship or Research



From 02 Feb 2020 To 28 Feb 2020

1560.00 per person