Wildlife Conservation Practical

Orangutan with trainer
Wildlife rescue

Wildlife Conservation Practical Placement
 Java Indonesia

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Wildlife Conservation Practical

Placement Fee: 

£950 for 2 weeks placement

Placement Fee includes:  

  • Return airport pickup from Yogyakarta International Airport (JOG)
  • Food and accommodation
  • Accredited Level 3 Wildlife Care and Conservation course
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Accident Insurance
  • English-speaking programme facilitator
  • Conservation contribution to the project (your fee helps to pay for the food for the animals)

Deposit:  £292

Remainder of £1058 to be paid 1 month before attending the project

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This is a 2 week practical Wildlife Conservation placement with the Wildlife and Orangutan volunteer project in Java, Indonesia.

This practical placement involves helping orphaned and injured animals back to health and then re-released to the wild – this is one of the most satisfying things you can do.

This is a fantastic way of gaining hands-on animal care experience.  We include the accredited Level 3 Wildlife Care and Conservation Course as part of this practical placement.

This Wildlife Conservation Rescue Centre is providing animals poached out of the wild rain forests of Borneo a second chance. They currently have 5 orangutans each with a sad story of how humans have mistreated them but all with one thing in common, they are orphans after poachers killed their parents in the lush tropical rainforests of Borneo. The centre is home now for 3 of these Orangutans who don’t stand a chance of being able to be rehabilitated back to the wild. However, two of the younger orangutans are on the waiting list to join a rehabilitation centre back on their home island, Borneo.

Rehabilitation centre

Sadly as a result of the rapid destruction of Indonesia’s rain forests, hundreds of orangutans and other critically endangered species are dying. The orphaned young are frequently sold into the illegal exotic pet trade, condemned to spend their lives in cramped cages, eating unsuitable diets and performing dangerous and demeaning tricks for human entertainment.

This Wildlife Conservation rescue facility receives animals confiscated from illegal ownership under the Protected Wildlife Law and wherever possible, prepares them for eventual rehabilitation. Those who cannot be returned to the wild due to health or behavioural conditions will be cared for by the Centre.

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Please note this is not a zoo and tourists cannot come on day visits unless they are volunteers or come as part of a group using the centre’s conference facilities or outward bound areas.

One of the most satisfying things about the Wildlife Conservation centre is how 25 out of 31 staff are from the local villages. This allows the local villages to benefit, through employment, from helping animals and this helps spread environmental and animal welfare awareness amongst the villagers.

The centre is famous for rehabilitating and releasing injured eagles and other raptors including the highly endangered Javan Eagle. They also have gibbons, crocodiles and many other species of birds.

Javan Eagle
Orangutan with volunteers

Many of the animal enclosures are small and not intended as permanent accommodation.  Volunteers assist with building new cages as a part of this placement as required.

This amazing Wildlife Conservation Centre doesn't receive any  external funding and has to make do with limited resources. Every effort is made to continually improve the facilities and enrich the environments for all wildlife in the Centre's care. By volunteering here you will not only be enriching the lives of the animals undergoing rehabilitation, but in addition, your financial support through enrolment helps to improve the future for these animals.

Working with a different group of animals and with various keepers each day, you will experience the full spectrum of wildlife at this Centre. You will participate in cage cleaning, feeding, food preparation, maintenance and cage enrichment and spend a morning with the Centre's vet; this provides the perfect opportunity to observe and learn about the animals and wildlife conservation.

As a wildlife conservation volunteer you will not only get your hands dirty by cleaning cages of the animals, but also help to provide greater benefits to the local villagers. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience with wildlife in a rescue environment. This programme is perfect for any animal lover who wants to interact with the local villagers of Jogja. On your days off there are plenty of temples to visit and some beautiful beaches where Sea Turtles nest.

Wildlife helper
Rescued Animal

This is a 2 week placement at the Centre and the fees include dormitory accommodation, 3 meals per day and airport pick up.

The Centre

Volunteer Lounge Area

The Centre

Volunteer Accommodation

There is a communal lobby area with a television, where wildlife conservation volunteers can socialise and also enjoy meals together. All meals are included and volunteers have access to a stove, refrigerator and washing machine.

Twin rooms with en suite

Volunteer Dormitory Accommodation

Shared (single sex) twin rooms with en suite (cold) shower and Western style toilet. Rooms come with air-con, drinking water dispenser and tea / coffee facilities.

All rooms have private balconies where you can dry laundry or simply relax overlooking the forest.

Internet access is available at the volunteer accommodation.

Project Requirements

  • The minimum age requirement for this project is 18 years old.
  • Volunteers must able to speak English or Bahasato be able to communicate with the staff / facilitator.
  • Volunteers will need to provide evidence of the relevant vaccinations and medical tests including Hepatitis A, B and C and TB.

What does the 2 Week Placement Include?

What's included:

  • Return airport pickup from Yogyakarta International Airport (JOG)
  • Three meals per day
  • Shared single sex dormitory accommodation
  • Accredited Level 3 Wildlife Care and Conservation course
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Accident Insurance
  • English-speaking programme facilitator
  • Conservation contribution to the project (your fee helps to pay for the food for the animals)

Not included:

  • International and internal airfare
  • Visa application/fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance and luxuries
Rescued animal

Please note that your placement fee does NOT include the following: International and internal airfare, Visa application/fees, Vaccinations, Insurance and luxuries. Deposit non refundable.



Rating: 10/10

Gracie, Bedfordshire, England

2 weeks at the wildlife centre (02/04/2016)

I volunteered at the wildlife centre for two week in January and it has been an amazing to work with the staff and meet and learn about all the incredible animals they have here. The mornings here start with a wake up call from the gibbons, macaques,orangutans and birds- what better way to start the day! The animal keepers are very welcoming and have answered any questions I have had about the centre, Java and most importantly the animals themselves, this is also true of the project co-ordination Renea who has made me feel extremely welcome as well as being a great source of knowledge about the culture,traditions and language of Java and Indonesia.

You are provided with everything you need at the centre good accommodation, amazing food, great company and incredible animals, the local people are very friendly and accomdating and I settled into the way of life with ease. They have over 150 animals at the centre and I loved meeting all of them, but my favorites were defintely the orangutans they are just incredible animals and are cared for very well at the centre. Enrichment for the animals is also a large and very rewarding part for the programme, stuffed bottles, bamboo fruits parcels and frozen treats are but a few of the food enrichment treats we gave to the animals, frozen treats being a particular favorite of hot and humid days.

I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone who loves animals, wants to learn and try something a bit different. My experience here has been one the most rewarding trips I have ever had and provided me with more confidence and experience to continue my studies and career in working with animals. How could this program be improved? The one thing I would change is to get the sunbears enclosure built so he had more room and the orangutans enclosure expanded so they could be separated.

 Rating 8/10

Phil Shove, Manchester: 06/12/2015

Highly capable animal keepers . Lots of animals in need of care. Your involved daily with the enclosure cleaning, feeding and enrichment of the animals you're responsible for on that given day - one day you'll be birds, orangutan etc. What this place needs is financial backing. This place has taken on that many animals in need there isn't enough enclosures to suit each amimals natural habitat. More help is needed to acquire release sites. This place does a great job but could be making an exceptional difference given the funding.

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