The Wildlife Rescue Center in Jogjakarta provides a safe haven for an array of 'at-risk' animals from the rainforests of Borneo. The center is dedicated to rescuing, and where possible, rehabilitating wild animals so that they may one day return to their natural habitats. Some of the animals being housed at the center include orangutans, Siamang gibbons, crocodiles, raptors including the Javan eagle, and many other bird species. All of these special animals share similar devastating stories. The Wildlife Center seeks to provide them with a safe space to recover. The center is also famous for rehabilitating and releasing injured eagles, including the endangered Javan Eagle.
It is important to note that the center is not a zoo and tourists cannot come on day visits unless they are volunteering on the project and playing an active role in the care of these animals.
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Indonesia, in Southeast Asia, is the largest archipelago in the world. The country is made up of a range of stunning islands and is known for its natural biodiversity despite heavily populated areas. The center is located in Jogjakarta, a city on the Indonesian island of Java. It's known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage and its beautiful lush rainforests, which are home to many extremely rare species.
Volunteers at the center will help with a variety of different tasks related to animal conservation and rehabilitation, including the cleaning of animal enclosures and preparing food and enrichment for the animals. Volunteers will also assist in conducting informal English lessons to advance the villagers' and children’s English and environmental awareness.
Volunteer tasks may include:
- Shadowing an animal keeper: Working with a different keeper and group of animals each day in order to experience the full spectrum of wildlife at the center. You will participate in cage cleaning, feeding, food preparation, and maintenance and cage enrichment. You may also get to spend a morning with the center’s vet, observing and learning about the animals.
- Building cages: Building sturdy and spacious cages is essential for the animals' well-being. Thus whenever needed, volunteers will be assisting the animal keepers to build cages for the animals.
Conservation English Club (for kids): Every Wednesday you will go into the village to teach an informal 90-minute ‘Conservation English’ class for the local school children – using environmental topics to improve their English vocabulary and raise awareness. A typical lesson consists of:
- 30 minutes – simple games (using English vocabulary)
- 30 minutes – focus on an environmental topic (through games, discussion or worksheets)
- 30 minutes – arts and crafts (related to an environmental topic)
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Minimum age 18
- Willingness to work hard and get your hands dirty
- Interest in wildlife conservation
- Open mindedness
- Appropriate medical checks