Orangutan Project’s journey over the years has taken a few turns. After establishing a truly responsible volunteering project at Matang Wildlife Centre and showing that this project could sustainably fund the running costs for the animals living there, it became time to reflect on what we want to achieve moving forwards. Helping the animals currently […]

Anyone who has volunteered at Matang over the last 5-6 years will have seen the daily excursions of Matang’s youngest orangutan to the forest. This is not an activity that volunteers take part in or observe, but during the morning husbandry routines it has been common to see the local keepers leading the young animals […]

Through March and April, Orangutan Project have been hosting the Tree Monkey Project – an American based non-profit organisation, bringing the art of tree-climbing to people that need the skill around the world. The creator of the Tree Monkey Project, James Reed, joined us as a volunteer on our project in Ketapang a couple of […]

A little over six months ago Orangutan Project staff decided to take the plunge into the world of hen care-giving and we haven’t looked back! As an organisation we are primarily focused on the conservation and care of endangered wildlife on Borneo. However, as people who care about animals we strive as individuals as well […]

Though we are called Orangutan Project, as a group we are motivated to help conservation efforts for and improve the welfare of any animal species that it may be within our capabilities to do so. We strongly feel that all conservation and welfare issues are intricately linked, and that for there to be any hope […]

One of the centres where we work currently houses 47 macaques – 30 of these are long-tailed, the remaining 17 are pig-tailed. On arrival at the centre many of our volunteers are quite rightly very upset about the plight of the macaques and can find the reality of the situation to be quite confronting. Orangutan […]

This month saw the youngest orangutan at Matang enjoy another week’s camping trip into the national park. The aim of these trips is to allow the youngsters to further acclimatise to the rainforest environment, and to realise that the trees are a fine place to bed down for the night. One orangutan having no such […]

Over the last two years we have been developing our organic fruit and vegetable farm with the objective of producing a significant percentage of the food required for the animals ourselves. As a conservation organisation we are obviously not in the business of converting the rainforest to farmland, so we purchased a plot outside the […]

At the end of January this year, a disturbing video was shared through news and social media channels of a sun bear, obviously suffering from extreme malnutrition and other possible ailments, being frightened away from workers on a palm oil plantation near Sibu in Sarawak. Though a team was sent to the area to try […]

We recently posted a video of two of the sun bears at one of the centres we work at meeting each other for their first play date. Most responses to the video were very positive from volunteers who know the bears and were happy that the introduction was a huge success. However, we also received […]

We are constantly amazed by the generosity of our volunteers and supporters. We are so appreciative of this support that we are hesitant to ask for extra items as we feel that our network of supporters already contribute so much. However, many people have requested that we make a wish list so that if they […]

Matang is currently holding two adult slow lorises in the quarantine area, in purpose-built cages in a small forested area to reduce stress for the animals (see our blog for information about these cages). Unfortunately, this is a fairly common species that Matang receives, in part due to the popularity of this animal in illegal […]

This month was a happy one for BFF gibbon duo Sibu and Sibau who moved out of quarantine into the outdoor enclosures next to their new female neighbour, Among. For the last few years, Orangutan Project has hosted volunteer groups from the Orangutan Species Survival Program in association with the AZA in the USA. These […]

All of the bear species around the world are documented as being solitary animals in the wild, and sun bears are no exception. However, this does not always mean that the species is inherently anti-social. Social structures of wild animals are often formed on account of external environmental pressures, rather than simply the personal preference […]

During routine orangutan husbandry this week, a slight error (!) led to Ohm wandering out the front door of his cage, pounding through the roof of the orang dens and climbing along the wall of the sun bear enclosure to have a little look at the forest. Since his arrival to the centre back in […]

One of the most important jobs our volunteers complete at the centres where we work is enrichment for the animals that are resident. Enrichment can take a long time to craft, and in some cases can be hard work to install – for centres whose staff and resources are already stretched, a good volunteering project […]

Matang Wildlife Centre is currently the only centre on Borneo that opens its doors to all protected wildlife species in need. This makes the potential of Matang to be a conservation tool for endangered species almost unlimited – however it also presents a huge challenge as it is almost impossible to be adequately informed about […]

One of the many positive aspects of a well-managed volunteering project is the financial contribution that can be made thanks to the money that people pay to participate as a volunteer. As of February 2014, we have spent over $1 million at Matang, where we have been working the longest. Pretty awesome really! For many […]

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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
  • "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."
    Sue, AU
  • 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
  • "Going on the 2 week volunteer trip to the Matang Wildlife Centre will remain one of my top 5 life experiences".
    Tessa, AU

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Bunyau’s response to the rain...
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Catherine is the sweetest to the younger orangs. Here’s little Bunyau giving his surrogate mum a kiss. Thanks again to Skye for the awesome picture ...