"You will be surprised by how much you are capable of and you will inspire your friends back home to follow their dreams too".
"My 4 weeks at Matang not only achieved a life long dream for me, but also helped me mature and grow in confidence. "
"Yes, it's hard work, but the satisfaction you get from knowing you are helping to make a difference in these animals' lives makes it all worthwhile."
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!
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
Today is World Orangutan Day! Unfortunately both Bornean and Sumatran orangutans have been classified as critically endangered. Like so many other species they are in very real danger of extinction as a direct result of our actions. But its not too late to turn that around!
This world orangutan day why not make a pledge to our red-haired cousins that we will change our behaviour. Meaningful behavioural change will have a positive effect on the health of our planet and hence wildlife.
Our societies are plagued by the vicious cycle of rampant consumerism and a 'throw away' culture. Boycotting one ingredient for instance will not help our planet if we still want to consume everything at the same rate, another ingredient with its own environmental costs will simply replace the first. We must instead curb our rampant consumerism or our wilderness areas will continue to vanish and our wildlife will suffer.
This world orangutan day why not choose something that is achievable for you, anything is a good start; you could reduce your meat consumption or go vegan, stop using disposable plastics, buy second hand clothing, buy second hand electronics, buy second hand or refurbished furniture and/ or get political and lobby your governments to ensure that they make environmentally friendly choices. All of us have an impact on the planet, none of us are perfect but now is the time to stop throwing up our hands and making conservation someone else's problem, we all have to be part of the solution. ...
Isn't little Ronnie just lovely. This #enrichment was first designed for the #gibbons by Kerrie and it was an absolute hit with Ronnie! He seemed to really enjoy himself even if it was a bit of a challenge to get all his lychees out of that pesky bottle! ...