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 […]

It’s been a big month of highs and lows for the macaques and gibbons housed in the quarantine area of Matang Wildlife Centre. In late 2015, Orangutan Project received permission to begin castrations on both long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques. We have been wanting to do this after long acknowledging that many of the macaques we […]

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 […]

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  • 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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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Thanks to #volunteer Ayano For this gorgeous pic of the lovely Triton and his interesting rock star hair ...

A huge thanks to the wonderful Liz Whiter and the team at the Healing Animals Organisation who are doing a fundraiser for us and BSBCC this weekend. It’s sure to be a great evening, if you’re in the area do head along 🙂 ...

The handsome wee Monkey aka Gandalf chillin and appreciating his dinner and his new branches. First thing he did was inspect the knots and do a bit of a stress test. However, three days on and everything is still in place so the volunteers did well with their decorating. ...