Volunteer with Orangutans, gibbons, a baby Sun Bear, Crocodiles and various birds. This centre near the city of Yogyakarta is making good strides towards helping the animals brought into the centre.
Java is the main gateway for wild animals being smuggled illegally from the islands of Borneo and then shipped off alive and dead around the world. The centre works closely with the government and royal family to help confiscate wild animals smuggled in from Borneo and other forests.
- Yogyakarta is the cultural capital of Java and there are plenty of things to see and do on your days off
- Join a range of traditional and local cultural experiences including gamelan lessons and batik lesson
- Become personally acquainted with the 7 orangutans currently living at the Centre
What to Expect
Volunteers will provide care for orangutans and other orphaned and injured wild animals who are preparing for rehabilitation and eventual release back to the wild. Volunteers will also be helping in cleaning enclosures as well.
Following your arrival, airport transfer, orientation and safety briefing, a typical day will look like this:
6:30 Breakfast & Brief
7:00 Meet Your Keeper – Prepare for work
7:30 Enclosure Cleaning
9:30 Coffee Break and Snacks
10:00 Feeding Time
11:00 Enrichment or Maintenance
13:00 Working with your keeper or Enrichment
14:30 Feeding Time
15:00 – 17:30 Kids Club English/Community English/Cultural Engagement/Release site
An individual daily schedule, including free days for sightseeing, will be created based on your length of stay and the animals’ needs at the time.
English-speaking program facilitator
Donation to the project
Meals and accommodation when traveling independently
Insurance and luxuries
Housing & Meals
Shared (single sex) twin rooms with en suite (cold) shower and Western style toilet. Rooms come with air-con, drinking water dispenser and tea / coffee facilities.
There is a communal lobby area with a television, where volunteers can socialize and also enjoy meals together. All meals are included but you will have access to the stove and refrigerator in the kitchen should you require them, as well as a washing machine.
All rooms have private balconies where you can dry laundry or simply relax overlooking the forest.
Internet access is available at the volunteer accommodation..
Three meals per day plus snacks, tea and coffee and free drinking water. The food is fresh and healthy and our in-house chef can even cater to vegans.
Since the Jogja Wildlife Rescue Centre has been running we have…
Rescued & housed 186 animals
Confiscated & rescued 38 animals from illegal wildlife trade
Released 20 animals back into the wild including a Javan eagle in 2016
Initiated & developed the successful kids club, focussing on environmental sustainability
Continued teaching at the community English club
Held information booths to teach tourists about animal welfare and keeping endangered animals out of the pet trade
Reached out to 10 families through Javan dinners
Contributed RM3,600 to those families for hosting the dinners