Help with Primate Husbandry as a Gibbon Rehab Volunteer in the rainforest!
It cares for gibbons that were victims of the illegal wildlife trade. The rehab process is long and intensive. It requires 5 to 10 years for each gibbon to learn natural behaviours. Then they have a chance to be released back into the wild.
The role of a Gibbon Rehab Volunteer is to assist the primate keepers with food preparation, feeding and enrichment. You will also do daily cleaning of the enclosures. Moreover, there is scope to do animal observation studies.
Responsible interaction with primates to allow release into the wild
This project follows professional guidelines for rehabilitation and re-introduction into the wild. So, you will learn that physical contact must be kept to a minimum. Not just because primates need to learn natural behaviour, away from human contact. There is also a risk of transmitting diseases between humans and primates. So proper vaccinations are required for a gibbon rehab volunteer.
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” It was all fantastic and is worth so much more than the cost. The amount you learn and get to help is very encouraging”
Joe, from the U.K.
” We had an awesome experience here. We could -most excitingly- also help to build a new enclosure from scratch“
Alex and Lena , from Germany
8.30am – BREAKFAST (for the adults and young primates at the kindergarten)
- Fruits and vegetables (avoid acidic/sour fruits. Also, food must be at room temperature/not from refrigerator)
- Weigh all food accordingly.
10am – DAILY CLEANING OF ENCLOSURES
- Clean the food and water container before feeding.
- Clean any stains/excrement in the cage area.
- Collect and deposit organic waste to composting area.
Also, INSPECTION OF ENCLOSURES AND ANY MAINTENANCE
- 3 times a week alternately (11am and 3pm)
- Health data collection – Everyday
1.00pm – SNACK TIME AND ENRICHMENT
- Nuts/insects/vitamins/grains/dates/raisins/eggs/rice balls
- Prepare leafy vegetables/edible leaves for playtime
- Prepare inedible but safe enrichment.
- Take a photo (for report) and write any progress in the note book
4.00pm – EVENING FEEDING
- Gibbon – Fruits and vegetables / rice
- Weigh accordingly
PRICING FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS
Accommodation and Food
You will be staying in a small village house, typical for this part of Malaysia, within a tropical forest area. The house is well-ventilated, with gaps at the roof level. It is basic but has all essentials such as electricity, toilet, shower and kitchen facilities. There are three bedrooms, and normally no more than 4 people stay in the house.
As a gibbon rehab volunteer, you will get cooked meals on 2 or 3 days of the week. This will be a mixture of communal meals, with the gibbon team. Or meals offered by local villagers. This allows them to earn some extra income and develop relationship with the visitors. Remember that most villagers rarely have any guests from abroad.
The other days, you can cook at the volunteer house and eat with the volunteer team. Volunteers are responsible for their own breakfast, snacks or extra drinks.
For a weekly grocery shop, you will be given a lift to the nearest town, Raub. There you can find all the basic amenities such as banks, supermarkets, specialty shops, food stalls and restaurants. The town is one of the oldest in the state of Pahang and has a population of almost 100,000. It is located between the capital Kuala Lumpur, 110 km to the East, and the capital of Pahang, Kuantan, 265 km to the West.
- You will need comprehensive insurance coverage and proof of insurance must be provided along with flight details.
- Vaccinations – Tetanus, Hepatitis A & B, Tuberculosis (doctor’s note to certify clean bill of health).
Further location and transport details
Further details about getting to project base will be given during booking.
Successes to date… A first for West Malaysia
One of the notable facts about the project is that this is the first non-profit NGO-managed wildlife rescue centre in West Malaysia. This is groundbreaking, because before, there was simply nowhere for any rescued primates to be housed, apart from government holding kennels. Actually, the establishment of the centre in 2019, has been the result of a very long and arduous process to obtain approval and cooperation from the national wildlife department. Now, the gibbon team are aiming to build a productive working relationship with the authorities to expand the centre and its crucial work for the welfare of primates in West Malaysia.
Release into the Wild
The long-term aim is to release complete gibbon family groups, as they occur in the wild. This is what the team is preparing for, by trying to match males and females. Then they need to monitor how the animals get along. The whole process of re-habilitation is long and labour-intensive. But there is a clear goal in sight, as some of the gibbons have been in training for more than 4 years. So they are almost ready for release into the wild.