WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The Frontier-Malaysian Borneo project aims to give volunteers an introduction to animal husbandry and conservation in a key area of the world that has critically endangered ecosystems and species.
Situated on 110 acres of land the vast zoo has more than 5,400 individual animals made up of more than 470 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. This project gives volunteers like you the opportunity to help the locals look after this large number of species and help improve their living standards. The zoo’s long term objective is to develop into a world class zoo; with the help from volunteers like you it will be possible.
The second half of your adventure focuses on increasing community awareness of environmental issues and conservation including threats to forest habitats and wildlife in Sabah, in northern Borneo. You may also have the opportunity to contribute towards our reforestation programme whilst living in the rainforest and contributing to our conservation efforts.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your first two weeks will be spent working at the National Zoo of Malaysia, helping out with whatever is needed. Your detailed work programme will be agreed with your project leader upon arrival but the kinds of activities you may find yourself involved in could include hands on work such as helping to prepare food for the animals, feeding, creating enrichment programmes, cleaning enclosures, making improvements to animal habitats, carrying out renovation works and guiding the public around the park. You may even get the chance to learn some Malay whilst helping the local zoo keepers develop their English. Activities could change depending on the weather, season, festivities, zoo and project requirements. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who are enthusiastic and willing to get stuck in.
The final two weeks of your adventure will see you take an internal flight over to Borneo where you will set off on an expedition into the Malaysian Borneo rainforest. You will get an experience of life as a member of the local indigenous population staying in the Orang Sungai village in Sabah, home to the people of the river. You will visit the orangutan rehabilitation centre, live amongst the local tribal community and contribute to a local reforestation project, as well as learn about local crafts and take regular treks into the forest to collect important wildlife population data from the river. You will get the opportunity to help the local community by working with them to improve their understanding of the complicated conservation world that has descended upon them. You will have the chance to record Sabah’s spectacular wildlife along Kinabatangan River with a major focus on orangutans and pygmy elephants, in addition to contributing to the reforestation project where you can plant trees and help maintain planting sites important for orangutan and pygmy elephants.
*Please be aware that the cost of the internal flight from Kuala Lumpar to Sandakan is not included within the price of this project. Flights between Kuala Lumpar and Sandakan typically cost between US$68-US$102.