Program Details


A Specially designed 1 day Trip contributing to protect and preserve the orangutan and its habitat in an awesome scenic part of Perak, Malaysia invites you to participate and provide your helping hand in the Orangutan conservation program. A strong family bond working together to help with various conservation activities and initiatives to protect, care for, save these wonderful and extremely intelligent and gentle creatures.

Aims & Objectives
The aims and objectives of this conservation project is to spread awareness about these beautiful 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 Bornean Orangutan educational conservation and behavioral research centre, mainly on enrichment, husbandry, organic planting as food source, construction, and maintenance of the sanctuary.

The Orangutan Sanctuary with assistance in expertise from regional primatologists and conservation biologists aims to strengthen its commitment towards scientific research (mainly behavioral study and data collection) on the Bornean orangutan plays an important role in building local conservation capacity on various aspects of primatology for example primate behavior, its ecology, captive care, veterinary medicine and conservation biology.

The 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. It also serves 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.

Your Roles - General Information
A good level of fitness is required to participate in this project. The work is sometimes physical, the heat and humidity make this more challenging. There is a working schedule and plan setup for each participant. Please take note that you are coming to an operational rescue and rehabilitation centre, we cannot predict what may happen each day, potential new orangutan arrivals or any of the current animals under the centre’s care. Therefore, we ask the participants to be flexible and tolerant of potential delays or changes to the planned work as different projects may get reprioritized.

The work at the project site is always varied and a working schedule will be arranged for each participating group, ensuring that you will be set on a different task each day. Some work is physically demanding in the outdoors, meaning you also have to cope with the tropical elements. You should truly be prepared for anything! The following are some examples of the works, the actual work maybe

  • Climbing structures for orangutan
  • 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 responsible tourism, 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
Saturday 8:00am-2:30pm
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.

Starting Dates
Every Saturday

Minimum 1 day and maximum 1 day

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements
Minimum age: 4 and above (4-16 year-old must be accompanied and supervised by parent/guardian/teacher)
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: Yes
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements
Due to the nature of the work, a minimum physical fitness is required

What is Included:

  • Volunteer placement
  • Transportation on demand at additional cost
Location and Arrival Airport

Meet in Taiping Town, Perak, Malaysia

7:15am Every Saturday

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 Conservation 1 Day for Family with Kids, West Malaysia

Animals / Environmental Conservation