MALAYSIA: Care for Animals in Gorgeous Wildlife Park!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects
Countries: Borneo / Malaysia
Location : Borneo
Duration: 4 weeks to 4 weeks
Approx Costs: 2500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Get up close and personal with Borneo’s native wildlife and threatened species. You’ll work with Elephants, orang-utans, monkeys, tigers, nears, leopards and more.

YOUR PROJECT

Many species in Borneo are endangered and so the Wildlife Park has a very important role in educating the public in conservation and awareness of environmental issues.
On this project you'll assist in the following areas;
• Elephants
• Primates (Orang-Utans and Monkeys)
• Carnivores (Clouded Leopards, Tigers, Otters, Civets and Sun Bears)
• Children's Zoo
• Rhinos, Deer and other Hoofstock
• Birds

The Wildlife Park is set in a 280 acre forest reserve is in the district of Penampang, just 15 kms south west of Sabah's capital, Kota Kinabalu. It is run by the Sabah Wildlife Department and has been developed with education and fostering awareness of conservation issues in mind. Unlike some other zoo's in the region, the Wildlife Park has a large amount of space and is able to focus on providing animals with enclosures which imitate natural conditions as much as possible whilst still providing visitors with a wonderfully close encounter. For children the petting area provides a hands on experience and the chance to learn about conservation.

The park aims to;
• Increase Public Awareness
• Provide World Class animal facilities and enclosures
• Start an environmental education programme
• Make captive breeding of endangered species possible
• Allow research activities to take place

At Lok Kawi, keeper and animal interaction is an important part of keeping the animals well looked after and healthy. Your role will be to assist keepers in their daily duties in looking after the animals, however, not all of the animals are tame and therefore you'll only be allowed hands on contact with some of the animals.

Travellers have worked closely with the Sabah Wildlife Department for several years and are very proud of their successful partnership. In the past, several volunteers that have joined Travellers Orang-Utan project have been invited by the Sabah Wildlife Department to help with various projects to set up the Wildlife Park. One Travellers' volunteer assisted in the design of the sun bear enclosure and another who had experience in graphic design produced the Wildlife Parks information pamphlet. Travellers are delighted to have been involved in the Wildlife Park since it's early development in 2003.

Travellers are proud to have had the opportunity to donate £5,140.00 from the Bridge The Gap Foundation (The Phil Perkes Trust) to sponsor the Children’s Zoo. The Children’s Zoo is first and foremost an educational facility with an information centre currently under construction that will boast live exhibits. Brightly painted murals engage attention and the petting zoo allows children to have hands on contact with domestic animals and wildlife to encourage learning about conservation. Within the petting area there are animals such as Rabbits, Tortoise, Miniature Ponies and Goats. Travellers' donation reflects their commitment in education and raising awareness about conservation.


YOUR WORK

Working hours are generally between 8.00am - 12.00am and 2.00pm - 5.00pm. This project is for a fixed period of 4 weeks and group departures leave every 4 weeks or thereabouts.

All contact with animals will be supervised by staff at the Wildlife Park, and hands-on contact will be restricted only to the tamed animals.


ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation has been arranged within staff quarters on the grounds of the Wildlife Park. One of the staff quarters has been released for the sole use of volunteers. This accommodation 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. Meals will be prepared for you by a caretaker and you'll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with others.

Malaysia has lovely weather all year round with lots of sunshine and you will have some time during your free days to explore the local region and visit some of the tourist attractions.


WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure!
► The rewards from helping others and Making a Difference!
► New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
► An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
► And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


WHAT TO DO NEXT

►If you’d like to apply for this project, please go to our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.
 

Start Dates

All year round, you choose your start and finish dates.

Costs / Benefits

The cost for four weeks is £2595. You can participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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