1 independent reviews for Wildlife conservation in Borneo

Reviews for Wildlife conservation in Borneo


review 6 Mar 2017

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!

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