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GIBBON REHAB VOLUNTEER

Help with Primate Husbandry as a Gibbon Rehab Volunteer in the rainforest!

Gibbon rehab volunteerAs a Gibbon Rehab Volunteer, you will help this groundbreaking rehabilitation project by GPSM Gibbon Protection Society Malaysia. The project is in their natural habitat, the tropical 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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VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:
♥ GIBBON HUSBANDRY & ENRICHMENT
♥ CENTRE
IMPROVEMENTS
♥ BEHAVIOUR OBSERVATION STUDY

EARLYBIRD: 10% DISCOUNT ,  if you book by 31 Dec. 2019:

From £ 333.-* 

or € 444.-* or RM 1,800.-   

for 14 days

– INCLUDES ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND ALL ACTIVITIES
– MINIMUM AGE: 18 and above
– DURATION:  minimum 14 days
– OPEN: All year – every 2nd Sunday from 5 Jan 2020

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

Primate Husbandry

8.30am – BREAKFAST (for the adults and young primates at the kindergarten)

  • gibbon rehab volunteerFruits 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

gibbon rehab volunteer11am – BEHAVIOUR DATA COLLECTION ( for animal behaviour studies)

  • 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

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EARLY BIRD RATES : 10% DISCOUNT if you book and pay by 1st December 2019

14 days – RM2,000 now RM1,800 (£333 / €386)

21 days – RM3,000 now RM2,700 (£500 / €579)

28 days – RM3,900 now RM3,510 (£650 / €753)

All prices are in Rm Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), so please use the currency converter to know the exact price in your own currency.

START DATES:

This programme operates all year. Volunteers start every alternate (2 weekly) Sunday from the 5th January 2020. 

MINIMUM AGE FOR THIS PROJECT: 18 years

Malaysians are welcome to volunteer for a minimum of ONE month. Accommodation provided, but food and other necessities for own account.

PRICING FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS

21 Days
RM3,000

Equivalent to:

£552*

€643*

$717*

28 Days
RM3,900

Equivalent to:

£718*

€835*

$932*

All prices are in Rm Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), so please use the currency converter to know the exact price in your own currency.

Exchange Rate

Exchange Rate: MYR

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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.

Compulsory for all volunteers

  • 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.

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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.

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