Overview

Orangutan Project Sdn Bhd is a conservation company offering alternative solutions and sustainable funding opportunities for the endangered wildlife on Borneo. We also specialise in ethical volunteering and tourism experiences working with the magnificent orangutan and other protected species such as the clouded leopard, binturong, sun bear and false gharial, among others.

Tourism and volunteering in developing countries with endangered wildlife is littered with ethical problems and exploitative practices, though is attracting participants that are seeking a meaningful experience where they are able to help animals. We have chosen to focus on developing tourism and volunteering projects as one of our facets, not only for the significant revenue we can generate for conservation but also to create a standard of ethical tourism that we hope to see become the norm across the tourism market.

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We are based on Borneo, predominantly in Matang Wildlife Centre which is close to Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia. However we also spend a significant amount of time in Ketapang, which is in Kalimantan, the Indonesia part of Borneo. Orangutan Project is a Malaysian company created by Leo Biddle, though owned by our local staff.

All of our Western staff are volunteers in the truest sense of the word. They receive no salaries or benefits, though will generally have living expenses met. One of our goals is to maximise employment of local staff, and we do not wish for foreign staff to occupy positions and take salaries that can be given to local people. Our Western staff are incredibly dedicated individuals who care passionately about trying to make the lives of animals better. They ask for nothing in return for this and we believe this is what it takes to truly make a difference – a disregard of the materialistic and consumerist Western culture and willingness to simply do a job that desperately needs doing, for no real recognition and no financial remuneration.

Anybody can help the cause of endangered animals – the truth is most people want some level of recognition or reward for doing so. Our Western team is simply willing to help, and to do whatever is necessary for progression of our projects. They are making sacrifices every day to be on Borneo fulfilling these roles, and they are making a difference.

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Testimonials

  • "You will be surprised by how much you are capable of and you will inspire your friends back home to follow their dreams too".
    Carlene, NZ
  • In the past 2 weeks I've done more than I ever thought possible. I've helped with enrichment and husbandry at Matang Wildlife Centre with orangutans, sun bears, gibbons and many others. Seen flying lemers glide, wild pigs run on the beach, sunsets like no other, been bitten by a leech, mixed cement by hand, carried wheel barrow after wheel barrow and shovelled so much s*?it I'm considering adding it to skills on my c.v. I've learnt so much and it's been a truly life changing experience and to top it off I've met some amazing people! I'll be back Borneo! Volunteered April 2016
    Jade Galley
  • "...The whole experience was amazing, the keepers were  so friendly and taught us so much about the animals... It was one of the best experiences of my life and would do it again."
    Erika, UK
  • I've been every year since 2009 and will continue to visit every year until I become too old and doddery to get on a plane. The most life changing experiences of my life!!
    Elaine
  • Going to Borneo to work with orang-utans has always been an ambition of mine and it was definitely worth the wait! I loved my experience at Matang and I would go back in a heartbeat. It is hard work but so worthwhile and I surprised myself by how much I could push myself. I feel privileged to have worked with such an amazing array of wildlife and such a dedicated, passionate team of people. Volunteering at the centre has been the most wonderful experience and it has made me even more passionate and determined to work in the conservation sector. I can't wait to go back! Rach

    Rachel Harper

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A lovely portrait of Lollie, the youngest pig tailed #macaque at the centre with cheek pouches bulging full food. Thanks to Dom for the photo :) ...

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Its all go construction wise here at the moment. Old #sunbear nightdens are being repaired and work has resumed on the new #macaque enclosure. Cement mixing is yet again imminent! ...

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Ting San's baby, doing great at 5 days old Photo by Dominic Kelundek Dom ...

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