Orangutan conservation in Indonesia

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Responsible tourism: Orangutan conservation in Indonesia

Environment

The progress of this project is allowing staff and the centre to rescue and care for an increasing number of orangutans; some only tiny infants whose mothers have died trying to protect them, others fully-grown adults that have spent years in confined spaces due to human capture.

This project is working tirelessly towards the completion of a rehabilitation centre for such unfortunate orangutans to find a safe haven, become rehabilitated, and hopefully be released back into the wild. This centre can only be completed, and subsequently, run day-to-day with the help of volunteers. When finished, the centre will be a world-leading orangutan conservation sanctuary, with facilities including large quarantine areas for new arrivals, a fully-equipped veterinary clinic, an education centre, indoor accommodation and an outdoor play-area for infants and spacious, forested enclosures where rescued orangutans can develop the natural skills they will need to survive once back in the wild.

Community

Whilst volunteering abroad is largely a positive thing, participants must be wise with the organisations they select. There are, unfortunately, a number of organisations who simply want to meet the demand of individuals looking to help, without considering the impact an influx of volunteers can have on host communities (particularly in developing countries.) With that in mind, we are careful to consider all elements of our projects, adhering to the strict Responsible Travel policy and providing volunteer communities that are beneficial to all involved.

An understanding of the host community and their needs is paramount to the success of any project. Thus, we will continue to respect a number of long-term commitments designed to aid these local communities. These commitments include pledges such as: the adoption of good environmental, ethic and social practices; valuable support; the employment of as many local people as possible; and the creation of an overall socially-sustainable volunteer initiative. These elements are key to keeping the host community’s needs at heart and allow us to maintain our promise of providing ethically sound volunteer activities.

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