The Orangutan Foundation
Focus: Animal care and Conservation.
The Orangutan Foundation is a UK registered charity working to conserve the threatened orangutan and its globally important habitat, the tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra.
Since its foundation in 1990, the Orangutan Foundation has developed a diverse range of programmes. Key stakeholders who include local communities, grassroot NGO’s, local business and regional government are at the heart of the Foundation’s work. With their inclusion comes conservation success and sustainability.
Being the first organisation in the UK to raise awareness about the plight of the species, the Orangutan Foundation continues to actively engage the public, worldwide media, corporate and governmental organisations. It is on the Executive Committee of the UNEP/UNESCO GREAT APE SURVIVAL PROJECT, a member of the APE ALLIANCE (WWW.4APES.COM) and plays an active part in international networks to promote the conservation of orangutans through the protection of their tropical forest habitat.
Costs & Benefits
We need your help and volunteering opportunities exist in the UK both at our office and at various events, and also in Indonesia via our Volunteer Programme.
Our Volunteer Programme promises some exciting opportunities for adventurous individuals! Not only do volunteers participate in fieldwork that really makes a difference to our conservation work, they also get a chance to see orangutans in their natural habitat.
The Orangutan Foundation Volunteer Programme was established in 2000 in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo).
Our programme is like no other and promises exciting opportunities for adventurous individuals; volunteers participate in conservation fieldwork that really makes a difference, whilst getting a chance to see ex-captive (and hopefully wild) orangutans in their natural habitat. It has never failed to be a success; not only does it provide the Foundation with a base of committed supporters, but past volunteers all agree that taking part was an unforgettable and amazing experience.
The location of the programme depends on the needs of our field operations at the time and hence volunteers have worked in TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK (ex-orangutan release site), the LAMANDAU WILDLIFE RESERVE (current release site) and BELANTIKAN, home to the largest remaining population of orangutans in an unprotected area. Past projects have included; the construction of Guard Posts, an orangutan release site, and building dams with piping to supply villagers with clean drinking water.
GB £600 for food, accommodation, park permits, building materials, internal transport. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs to Borneo. There are no fees to volunteer in our UK office or at events, volunteers however must meet their own expenses.
Previous experience in the field is desirable but not necessary. Good health, physical fitness, team spirit and a willingness to do manual work. Volunteers aged 18 years old and over.
7 Kent Terrace, London, NW1 4RP, UK
Tel: ++44 (20) 7724 2912
Location:Tanjung Puting National Park - Central Kalimantan - Indonesian Borneo
Average cost per day:£20
Focus: Animal care and Conservation
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old