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.
- Return airport pickup from Yogyakarta International Airport (JOG)
- All activities as per itinerary
- Accident Insurance
- English-speaking program facilitator
- Donation to the project
What's Not Included
- International and internal airfare
- Visa application/fees
- Private transfers
- 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.
Due to the rapid destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests, hundreds of orangutans and other critically endangered species are dying or losing their homes. The orphaned young are frequently sold into the illegal exotic pet trade, condemned to spend their lives in cramped cages, eating unsuitable diets and performing dangerous and demeaning tricks for human entertainment.
The rescue facility receives animals confiscated from illegal ownership under the Protected Wildlife Law and wherever possible, preparing them for rehabilitation. Those who cannot be returned to the wild due to health or behavioural conditions may make the Centre their permanent home.