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

  • 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
  • "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
  • "My 4 weeks at Matang not only achieved a life long dream for me, but also helped me mature and grow in confidence. "
    Sophie, UK
  • 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

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***Competition Time***

Attention graphic designers and illustrators! Our current fundraiser t-shirts sell very well but we are looking to add another t-shirt design to our merchandise in time for Christmas.
We would love to encourage those of you with graphic design skills to submit a t-shirt design to us.

Volunteering is what we live and breathe so we wouldn't be offering a financial reward to the winner just the satisfaction of seeing your design go to print and knowing that you've used your skill to help conserve wildlife, as if that feeling wouldn't be cool enough we will throw in a free t-shirt to the person with the winning design ;)

If you would like to submit an entry please private message me Bron Browning or Orangutan Project for details.
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A massive thank you goes out to Anji! Anj recently headed back home to the UK after four years of #volunteering in our charity bars. Our non-profit businesses are integral to our organisation as they enable us to raise money for #conservation endeavours. Thank you so much Anj for your contribution to Orangutan Project and the wildlife of Borneo and beyond!

If you too would like to do your bit for conservation by volunteering at one of our non-profit businesses send us a message! 😃🌴🍻🥂🍸🍽
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The very handsome Winnie bear out and about enjoying his new enclosure. Thanks to #volunteer facilitator Kaisha for the lovely pic of this gorgeous boy. ...