08:00 hrs. - Pick-up from your city hotel in Kuching and transfer to Matang Wildlife Centre, where you will have the unique chance to join the team of the NGO 'Orangutan Project Sdn. Bhd.' and spend time with experts in the field who will share their experiences and knowledge about wildlife conservation with you.
After a welcome briefing and an introductory talk about Matang Wildlife Centre and orang utan rehabilitation, you will be brought on a tour of the centre. Get to know the individual animals that reside at Matang Wildlife Centre. Besides orang utans this centre also houses other endangered wildlife such as sun bears, clouded leopard and binturong. The vast majority of these animals have been confiscated or surrendered from illicit pet trade. Listen to the explanations about the work at the centre, challenges to rehabilitation and problems for wider conservation.
After lunch, check-in at the Chalet and freshen up before you start with orang utan enrichment work. Boredom can be a huge stress for captive animals and the importance of enrichment cannot be overstated. Help to create diverse enrichment items for the orang utans, distribute them to the different enclosures and observe how the orang utans demolish your hard work!
Some of your activities at Matang Wildlife Centre might see you in close proximity to the orang utan, and other animals at the centre. However please note that most primate care centres, especially those attempting rehabilitation and release in accordance with the IUCN guidelines, prohibit tourist and volunteer contact with any and all animals for two main reasons: risk of zoonosis (the risk of us passing diseases to our primate cousins) and habituation & behavioural implications (detrimental impact of having a large, ever-changing human presence around apes which might lead to a reluctance to return to their natural habitat).
In the evening, after your dinner, you may join the tracking team on a night walk trying to catch a glimpse of nocturnal animals that have been released into the surrounding forest, such as slow loris or porcupines.
Overnight at Matang Wildlife Centre, Chalet (simple accommodation).