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KERRIE BAYLISS
British

Volunteering at the Orang-Utan Conservation Project in Sepilok Rehabilitation Center in Borneo, Malaysia
         

The work gave us amazing responsibilities and the hands on nature of the work was more than I had expected.

It is very hard to pick one thing as my favourite highlight, as working with the babies in the indoor nursery was magical, but it was a wonderful feeling to watch the older ones on their way to "freedom" at the outdoor nursery, because this is what the project is for.

The most amazing moment was standing in the forest with one of the rehabilitated mothers swinging with her baby right over my head.

I would recommend this placement to anyone with an interest in conservation and primates. I couldn't speak highly enough about how enjoyable the experience was for me. I gained invaluable experience in all aspects of orang-utan conservation, behaviour and care. I learnt a lot about the species and the threats to their survival. I also gained an insight into the care of Sumatran Rhino's.

As well as the conservation side, I experienced a new country and culture where I tried new foods and came home knowing how to speak a little Malay.

What type of Person do you think this placement would suit?

Volunteers need to be reasonably fit; enjoy working as part of a team; enjoy experiencing new cultures and meeting people; but above all, have an interest in orang-utans and enthusiasm for working towards their conservation. They should be up for getting "stuck in", no matter how hot, dirty or tired they get!

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SEPILOK ORANG-UTAN Project in Malaysia
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Volunteers and Staff at Sepilok practice monkeying around on the climbing ropes!