Wildlife conservation in Borneo
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our extraordinary wildlife conservation and reforestation project in Malaysian Borneo. You’ll get to work alongside the local communities of the Kinabatangan River and amongst its wildlife including orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and more…
Wildlife conservation project Sabah wildlife Sandakan Orang Sungai community Kinabatangan river Tree planting and habitat restoration Orangutans Pygmy elephants Proboscis monkeys macaques
US $1200 excluding flights
Description of Wildlife conservation in Borneo
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travelers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.
6 Reviews of Wildlife conservation in Borneo
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2020 by Matthew PerryIncredibly meaningful and unforgettable..... Working with all the dedicated, passionate team members and volunteers -- and seeing orangutans in the wild were the most memorable parts! Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jan 2020 by Paolo CatalaniA great human and environmental experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2019 by Elisabeth MeringSeeing the difference in a site after a mornings work was really rewarding and of course seeing so much wildlife was also of course a highlight Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2019 by Doreen WatsonI had a great time, met some lovely people and would certainly recommend this vacation to others. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Apr 2018 by Conrad BlakemoreThe most memorable was working in a tropical downpour and seeing a mother and baby Orangutang climbing a tree near the work site. An interesting and insightful look at conservation in Sabah, Borneo. A bit short though - two full weeks would be better. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Mar 2017 by Sue JarrettSeeing a large wild male Orangutan eating figs in a tree by the Kinabatangan River was the most memorable - we were so close to him and he looked so relaxed! What a beautiful special creature. A fabulous experience. Read full review
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This project is all about conserving the dwindling natural environment in Borneo - and hopefully enabling it to regenerate and survive for many more generations to come. Orangutan populations are plummeting, mainly thanks to palm oil plantations and deforestation. On this project, volunteers help to plant new rainforest and maintain it, ensuring that animals have safe places to live and thrive.
Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travelers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
PeopleMeeting local needs
This project engages directly with the local community. Meals are provided by local families, boat and bus drivers do all transfers and the guest houses are rented from local families. In addition to this there is an active local education and immersion scheme which allows families to get to know their friendly hosts. Volunteer spending is spread around the local community by engaging a large range of local individuals and businesses. Saplings are bought from locals who grow them to help regenerate the rainforest.
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural Borneo. Volunteers are briefed on the local cultures and customs. Our policy is to send people in small groups, which minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.
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