Wildlife Rescue Centre, Indonesia

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Beautiful accommodation
Javan Dinner at the house of a local
Javan Dinner at the house of a local
White bellied Sea Eagle
White bellied Sea Eagle
English Class for the local community
English Class for the local community

About

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. You will have a direct hand in animal rescue and rehab, and impact the local community.

FUZE volunteers pay a fee in order to cover the cost of their stay and to contribute to FUZE's programs. Your fee will feed an orangutan, rescue a sun bear, give someone a job, and help save our planet and animals. It helps us make an impact in the community and provides you with an amazing Indonesian experience!

Highlights
  • 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 lessons.
  • Become personally acquainted with the 7 orangutans currently living at the Centre.
  • Shadow the centre's animal keeper - experience firsthand and ask questions directly.

Impact

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

FUZE ECOTEER has:

• Reached out to 10 families through Javan dinners
• Contributed RM3,600 to those families for hosting the dinners

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Reviews

9.54 Rating
based on 24 reviews
  • Impact 9.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 8.7
  • Safety 9.8
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing opportunity

I had an amazing time here, it was so cool to be up close to the wildlife. All of the keepers are nice and make the time in the animal area even more exciting. I got to work alongside keepers, vets and also help with tasks like enrichment and maintenance as well as animal feeding! Javan dinner, english community and Kids club are great activities and keep the weeks different and interesting. I was able to help monitor the orang-utan and sun bears and help cleanup the turtles ponds. There is plenty of places to visit on the weeks: Waterfalls, temples, city centre, forests and lakes.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Got to help observe the orang-utans and sun bears.
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Cindy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I didn't want to leave my Indonesian family

My first ever experience at volunteering and I was so nervous. I wasn't to sure what to expect before I left. I had read all the information, twice or more. Fortunately there was full contact with the volunteer coordinator at WRC and all my odd questions were answered. On arrival all my fears disappeared as I was introduced to my new family and shown all I needed to know. I really felt welcome and loved/appreciated. The excitement I felt the following morning waking in a jungle to gibbons calling but still having those essential creature comforts. I was only able to stay 2 weeks and time flew by so fast. All I want to do now is return and give all my babies that I looked after big cuddles. Once a volunteer always a volunteer. Thank you WRC for letting me have this amazing experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn't change a thing.
Courtney
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Interesting experience

I had the chance to actually get to know one of the keepers quite personally. He shared stories of his hardships and family. It allowed me to understand how difficult life can be for a Javan native and the fear of their own children never moving beyond the village they are born in. Although poverty stands out, the richness of the land, its animals and its culture stands out.
I had the chance to get close to Dwi, a former animal vet at the sanctuary, and she told me of her dreams to leave the island and do something more. I even experienced a wedding party and was amazed how people with little can give so much and feed a village as a blessing for their wedding day. I dont have just one story, I have a collection of events that shaped my thinking. Today, Parjono, lives ten minutes away from me married to a former volunteer and so a piece of Indonesia will always be here with me in America.

What would you improve about this program?
I think it would be nice to have had more time to socialize with the Indonesian employees to get to know them more.
James
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a lifetime

Was just overwhelmed from the start with how friendly and helpful the locals and staff at the centre were with assistance from getting in out of Jogjakarta and driving us to Mount Merapi, plus everything in between. Would definitely recommend this program if you are after a social immersersion experience aswell as working with a wide range of animals including Orangutans, Sun Bears, Eagles, Slow Lorris and many more.

What would you improve about this program?
Comfier beds and cushions for social area.
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Sarah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My WRC Adventure

I could write an essay about my experiences but I wont. I have had a brilliant 2 weeks working with the Animal Keepers and Vet. The keepers are very patient and try hard to communicate in English. Accomodation and food is good and you definitely won't go hungry. I was a bit shocked that there were air cons in each room.

The staff, keepers and volunteer coordinators truly care for the animals wellbeing here.

I was lucky enough to help work on the baby sun-bears indoor enclosure and see her transition to this bigger cage.

The volunteer coordinator is very helpful, especially weekend day trips and transport. Seeing I was at WRC by myself for the first week this was very helpful and reassuring.

I actually wish I was staying an extra week. You definitely need to stay more than one week as you really get the hang of things.

What would you improve about this program?
Just remember there is a lot of cleaning and mosquitoes so cover up. I found long sleeves and long pants.
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Gracie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2 weeks at the wildlife centre Jogja

I volunteered at the wildlife centre Joga for two week in January and it has been an amazing to work with the staff and meet and learn about all the incredible animals they have here. The mornings here start with a wake up call from the gibbons, macaques,orangutans and birds- what better way to start the day! The animal keepers are very welcoming and have answered any questions I have had about the centre, Java and most importantly the animals themselves, this is also true of the project co-ordination Renea who has made me feel extremely welcome as well as being a great source of knowledge about the culture,traditions and language of Java and Indonesia.
You are provided with everything you need at the centre good accommodation, amazing food, great company and incredible animals, the local people are very friendly and accomdating and I settled into the way of life with ease.

They have over 150 animals at the centre and I loved meeting all of them, but my favorites were defintely the orangutans they are just incredible animals and are cared for very well at the centre. Enrichment for the animals is also a large and very rewarding part for the programme, stuffed bottles, bamboo fruits parcels and frozen treats are but a few of the food enrichment treats we gave to the animals, frozen treats being a particular favorite of hot and humid days.
I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone who loves animals, wants to learn and try something a bit different. My experience here has been one the most rewarding trips I have ever had and provided me with more confidence and experience to continue my studies and career in working with animals.

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing I would change is to get the sunbears enclosure built so he had more room and the orangutans enclosure expanded so they could be separated.
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Jess
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Everyone should volunteer here!

I volunteered at the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Jogja through the Ecoteer program. I originally chose this program because of the comfort level that I felt in with all my correspondence with the Ecoteer staff and founder Dan Quilter. However, I went back for a second stay because of how wonderful my experience was. I was drawn to the Centre by the animals, but I found that the staff and locals were the ones that made the most impact on my experience. The Centre is very beautiful with many surprise amenities, such as air conditioning in the rooms, wifi on site, and a private local chief to make all the meals for the volunteers. Each morning is spent with a different animal keeper, where you act as their assistant while they care for their specific animals. The afternoons were for “special assignments”, which could consist of animal enrichment activities, building nests, assisting the onsite Veterinarian, and other necessary daily tasks for the well-being of the animals. After the work day is finished, the volunteer coordinator has cultural activities set up for each evening. During my stay there was the option to learn to play Gamelan (Music of Indonesia), visit a local animal release site, kids club with local school children, teaching English to local adults, and participate in a batik arts class. The volunteers have the weekends off so they can explore the local area. The volunteer coordinator will also set up a local driver for you to go wherever you desire, at a very fair and low price. Over all, the energy at the Centre is tranquil, welcoming, and secure. All of the staff are so friendly, easy going, and happy to assist with any needs you may have. And my favorite is that there are constant sounds from animals that became like a harmonious song always playing in the background. If you decide to volunteer at the Animal Rescue Centre in Jogja… be prepared to work, be prepared to learn, and be prepared to leave a better person.

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Helen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An incredible two months

I stayed at WRC for two months in May-July 2015 and I can't recommend it highly enough.

The staff and the greater community are incredibly welcoming; they both taught me Indonesian words and made me the most delicious food. Joining in the kids' club and community English sessions was a great chance to experience the local culture, and the staff from WRC were great at showing volunteers around and helping us see some of Jogja's hidden gems.

Small volunteer groups means you really get to interact with the animals and actually feel like you're making a contribution to the centre.

I loved everything about my stay and will definitely be back.

What would you improve about this program?
Volunteers should definitely be made aware that this is a wildlife centre, not just an orangutan centre. There are currently only 7 orangutans in almost 200 animals.

The centre is doing everything it can to raise much-needed funds - it will be great to see bigger enclosures and more facilities in the future.