Orangutan Internship in Malaysia

Taiping, Malaysia

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Work and gain experience as an intern at our Orangutan conservation program. Help with various conservation activities to save these wonderful and extremely intelligent and gentle creatures which have the ability to reason and think.

This conservation project is designed to protect and preserve the orangutan and its habitat. This is not only decisive for the orangutans but also for thousands of other threatened animal and plants species.

Overview

The focus is purely orangutan conservation and research. Enrichment, husbandry, organic planting as food source, construction, and maintenance of the sanctuary.

The project site is located on a 35-acre island nestled within a 7000-acre freshwater lakeside. It has progressed from being a sanctuary, where visitors experienced first-hand awareness and education on the orangutan, to a recognised ex-situ conservation facility and referral centre for the endangered Bornean orangutan.

The internship project is catered for participants with relevant academic knowledge/study in the fields of veterinary science, animal science, or conservation biology where they are either undergraduates from 2nd year onwards, fresh graduates in the relevant fields, or already started working in animal conservation elsewhere but would like to have an experience in Orangutan Conservation. Activities in the internship are very different as you will be involved in periodical health check, behavioral observation/research, laboratory tests etc. These activities are conducted periodically or at regular intervals.

There are two type of internships:

Conservation Biology & Activities
  1. Phenology
  2. Herbarium
  3. Insect Collection and preservation
  4. Behavior Study
  5. Research Plotting
Veterinary Medicine & Activities
  1. Basic veterinary medicine in orangutan
  2. Restraining of orangutan
  3. Faecal examination
  4. Blood collection
  5. Blood analysis and haematology
  6. Preventive medicine
  7. Vital signs monitoring
  8. Parasitology
  9. Clinical microbiology

To have a full insight of the conservation project, you will be involved in the following activities:

Construction

  • Climbing structures for orangutan
  • Building boardwalks for easier tourist and keeper access around the centre

Maintenance

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.

Enrichment

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

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 tourism and internship, 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.

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

Jan 2nd

Feb 6th

Mar 6th

Apr 3rd

May 1st

Jun 5th

Jul 3rd

Aug 7th

Sep 4th

Oct 2nd

Nov 6th

Dec 4th

During 2018

Jan 1st

Feb 5th

Mar 5th

Apr 2nd

May 7th

Jun 4th

Jul 2nd

Aug 6th

Sep 3rd

Oct 1st

Nov 5th

Dec 3rd

Aims & Objectives

The aims and objectives of this conservation project is to spread awareness about these intelligent 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.

Schedule
Week 1

Monday

After reaching Taiping, you will get an exposure into intercultural learning in Taiping on the first day. You will also get to know more about Malayan people’s culture and traditions.

Tuesday to Friday

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” obs are not saved for the interns - you will be treated as pseudo staff members during the duration of your internship. You will be required for assistance wherever the need may arise at the sanctuary.

Weekend

These days are your off days to relax and absorb all the energy needed for your following week of intern work.

Week 2 & Onwards

Monday to Friday

The following week you will continue with your intern work as per the required activities at the sanctuary.

Saturday

If this is your last week, today is the end of you intern journey. Departure day. Otherwise just lean back and relax.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        On Signup

Required qualification:        Experience in wildlife biology

Additional Requirements

Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.

Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.

Additional Equipment
  • Lightweight clothes that you do not mind getting dirty/ruined.
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Poncho or waterproof coat – this is personal preference. If you are caught in a proper tropical downpour, nothing is really going to keep you dry! Lightweight cotton clothing will dry very quickly anyway, and we always find that an extra layer simply makes you sweat more, so you end up wet regardless.

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

Flights, Travel Insurance, Visa, Vaccinations or Personal Spending Money

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