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Responsible tourism: Wildlife conservation in Borneo
Our placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this, but we make sure that the project directly benefits local people and wildlife too.
Wildlife - Borneo is a popular country to visit due to its diversity and beauty. Unfortunately development and agriculture have had a negative impact on some areas. We work hard to promote habitats for wildlife through planting trees and cultivating jungle. Wildlife numbers and populations are monitored to help maintain the area in which we work as a conservation area. Animals currently being protected are orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, hornbills, sun bears and much more!
Waste- all participants are encouraged to bring a flask with them to avoid the over-reliance on plastic water bottles, which are not easy to dispose of environmentally. We work to free the land of any rubbish in areas in which we are working.
Conservation- we make sure that we plant trees, clear areas overtaken by foreign weeds and promote environmental development in all of the locations in which we work.
Environmental commitment- our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas, electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid.
Community Meeting local needs - We work with locals throughout the community to ensure that volunteer presence will benefit a larger group of people. Locals will drive the boats, provide meals and accommodation, give tours and drive vehicles for the volunteers. Many locals have even started helping out in the conservation efforts too. There is an education programme run in the local school to encourage youngsters to protect their natural environment and its biodiversity.
You will be staying in local guest houses throughout this project. Meals are provided either by your guest house hosts or by members of the local community, thus helping to ensure that money earned stays within the local community.
Cultural sensitivity - We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. It is important to us that participants work well with the teams in Borneo, and we help them as much as we can with this. We get to know all of the people that go away with us, so that we know as much as we can about them to give them a warm welcome on arrival. Volunteers are made aware of religious and cultural differences to help respect and abide by these.
Reviews of Wildlife conservation in Borneo
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 06 Mar 2017 by Sue Jarrett
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Seeing a large wild male Orangutan eating figs in a tree by the Kinabatangan River - we were so close to him and he looked so relaxed! What a beautiful special creature.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Get fit before going! The machete for me was hard to master and the heat and humidity make physical work more demanding. Thinking about future generations of orangutans swinging and feeding from the trees that we would be planting was my inspiration to carry on when I felt that I was beyond exhaustion!! Take a travel plug so you can wash your clothes as you will get very dirty! Also good binoculars are essential to participate fully in the wildlife monitoring - its so much fun and when you can identify species for yourself (especially if you can find them before eagle eyed Mark!) it's really rewarding.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Definitely yes. The community day and eating with locals, as well as the boats being captained by locals, made sure that they knew what we were doing and why. It provides jobs for local people. Seeing trees planted 4 years ago now being visited by elephants, as evidence by their dung and rub marks on the trees indicates that this planting is working and that is very inspiring for me.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
A fabulous experience. APE Malaysia who run this project are an organisation that I can highly recommend. Mark Louis Benedict who led the project that I was on is a hugely knowledgeable and passionate person, for whom no question raised was too much trouble to answer. He went to considerable effort to make sure we saw as much wildlife as possible and explained in detail to us the challenges that Borneo faces to preserve is remnant rainforests. If you care about this precious environment and the creatures that make it their home please do this vacation!