Care for Animals in a Wildlife Park in Malaysia with Budget Volunteering

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GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH BORNEO'S WILDLIFE in Lok Kawi Park, home to many native and threatened species, including Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants (including two very charming babies) and a Pygmy Rhino. Also Tigers, a Clouded Leopard, Gibbons, Otters, Sun Bears, Giant Tortoise and a fantastic Aviary.

Learn about animal care across a variety of species. You'll have hands on contact with some of the animals that have been hand reared.

Working hours are generally between 8.00am - 12.00am and 2.00pm - 5.00pm. You will assist on a rotation system within the areas listed below:

  • Elephants (10 days)
  • Orang-Utans and Monkeys, & Reptiles (5 Days)
  • Birds & Hoofstock (5 Days)

ELEPHANTS: All the Elephants are Pygmy Elephants and there are currently 5 female elephants, 1 male and 2 babies. Pygmy Elephants are native to Borneo, but their population and habitat is dwindling due to human intervention. You may assist the elephant keepers with the following tasks:

  • Cleaning enclosures thoroughly
  • Preparing food/milk
  • Bottle feeding and washing the baby elephants
  • Reporting to the veterinarian on behaviour/eating patterns
  • Taking the baby elephants to the Children's Zoo and assisting with visitor interaction/safety. This includes some rides for the children but only during weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
  • Inspecting animals for different behaviour or signs of illness and report to the veterinarian/other staff where necessary.

Orang-Utans are incredibly gentle, inquisitive and endearing creatures. At Lok Kawi there are 8 young Orang-Utans, living in a large unfenced enclosure with plenty of enrichment activities - bridges, hammocks, ropes and tyres to climb and swing on. Visitors are not allowed interaction with the Orang-Utans but as a volunteer you will be involved in some of the behind the scenes duties, which includes a direct hands on approach with the animals where possible.

You may assist with the following duties within the primates section;

  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Preparing food and feeding
  • Moving orang-utans from the night stalls to their outside enclosures
  • Handling other primates when required
  • To assist with feeding time at the exhibits and talk to visitors about the various different primates
  • Inspecting animals for different behaviour or signs of illness and report to the veterinarian/other staff where necessary.

ACCOMMODATION: You'll live in staff quarters on the grounds of the Wildlife Park. It has two bedrooms, a living/dining area, a western style toilet and a separate shower. There is a kitchen with a kettle and fridge for your use.

FOOD: Meals will be prepared for you and you'll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with others.

This Program is a fixed duration of 4 weeks. , minimum age is 17. No qualifications necessary, but you shouldbe reasonaly fit and able to cope with tropical climates.

Program price is $3,400 for THE 4 weekS and includes:

  • Arranging your Programme,
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance,
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Meeting you at the nearest Airport
  • Transfer to your accommodation and Project
  • Induction/Orientation
  • Full pre-departure support
  • Local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.

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Lok Kawi Wildlife ParkKota Kinabalu, Borneo 00000Malaysia



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