|CARE FOR ANIMALS AT LOK KAWI WILDLIFE PARK||
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH BORNEO'S NATIVE WILDLIFE. Care for animals in Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Borneo's newest attraction and home to many of Sabah's native and threatened species. Many species are endangered, so the Wildlife Park has a very important role in educating the public in conservation and awareness of environmental issues.
Some of the native species at the Wildlife Park include Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants (including two very charming baby Elephants) and a Pygmy Rhino. Also Tigers, a Clouded Leopard, Gibbons, Otters, Sun Bears, Giant Tortoise, Mouse Deer, Ostrich, Civets and a fantastic Aviary complete with talking birds.
"I wanted to say a big thank-you to Travellers for organisng this AMAZING experience for me! My month here ran so smoothly, so THANK YOU! Also a huge huge hat off to JB and Ronn who have been making me laugh, taking me out to dinner, introducing me to beautiful people and also just being genuinely a good friend. What an amazing experience i have had. I have learnt so much and I had the opportunity to follow the vet around participating in her countless jobs and watching on with eager eyes! Warmest regards! Prue." [Prue Sinclair]
Travellers and the Sabah Wildlife Department have arranged a structured programme at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park which will allow volunteers the opportunity to learn about animal care across a variety of species. You'll have hands on contact with some of the animals that have been hand reared.
Working hours are generally between 8.00am - 12.00am and 2.00pm - 5.00pm. You will assist on a rotation system within the areas listed below:
The baby elephants at Lok Kawi were rescued from the wild during separate poaching incidents which resulted in their mothers being killed. They have been in contact with humans since a very young age as they had to be bottle fed. Visitors and children can interact with the baby elephants at the Children's zoo.You may assist the elephant keepers with the following tasks;
Orang-Utans are incredibly gentle, inquisitive and endearing creatures. They are native to Borneo and Sumatra and found high up in the forest canopy. Orang-Utans are solitary animals and difficult to spot in the wild. At Lok Kawi there are 8 young Orang-Utans, living in a large unfenced enclosure with plenty of enrichment activities - bridges, hammocks, ropes and tyres to climb and swing on. Visitors are not allowed interaction with the Orang-Utans but as a volunteer you will be involved in some of the behind the scenes duties, which includes a direct hands on approach with the animals where possible.
Orang-utans are facing extinction within the next 10 - 15 years due in part to a loss of habitat in the wild. They also have incredibly slow reproduction rates which means that a drop in their population has an even greater effect on the rate of extinction. The Orang-Utans at Lok Kawi will not be released but will remain in captivity to raise awareness of conservation issues to the public.Proboscis Monkeys are very unusual, with round protruding bellies and huge, pink, pendulous noses - in males the longer the nose the better for attracting a female mate! They live in groups high up in the trees and usually close to a water source. In Sabah they are mainly found along the banks of the Kinabatangan river. At Lok Kawi there is a group of Proboscis monkey's living in a large glass fronted enclosure, with a water spring and plenty of vegetation for climbing. You will be fascinated watching their interactions with each other - these clever primates can even swim! Currently there are several baby proboscis monkey's that have been born in the Wildlife Park.
Gibbons are found in the subtropical forests of South East Asia and usually live in family groups of 2 - 6 individuals. They are territorial and excellent climbers and jumpers, capable of reaching up to 9 metres in a single jump. You may assist with the following duties within the primates section;
Sabah's iconic Rhinoceros Hornbill will no doubt swoop past you, making a loud whooshing sound with each wing beat - the hornbill is also famous for it's loud trumpeting calls. This black bird has a white tail and a dramatic yellow and red beak and casque. Other birds in this section include Macaws, Myna's and Hornbills.
You may assist with the following duties within the Main Aviary, the Macaw exhibit, the Myna exhibit and the Hornbill exhibit;
RHINOS, DEER AND OTHER
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into
South East Asia and Malaysian culture.
The enormous satisfaction of helping captive animals and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
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!
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into South East Asia and Malaysian culture.
The enormous satisfaction of helping captive animals and knowing that you made a difference to them.
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!
THE TRAVELLERS / SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
Travellers also donated £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. In the petting area there are Rabbits, Tortoise, Miniature Ponies and Goats. Travellers' donation reflects their commitment in education and raising awareness about conservation.
2010 saw the start of a Conservation Awareness Programme at Lok Kawi, funded by Travellers and involving over 1000 local school children in its' first year. Through this awareness programme we aim to teach the importance of nature and wildlife conservation for younger generations through exposure to Borneo's native wildlife. With the support of the Sabah Wildlife Department, two educational visits will be organised each month, for primary and secondary school children in the east coast area of Sabah. It is hoped that this programme will promote the work of Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and support it as a renowned learning centre for nature and wildlife conservation in the future.
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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.
|ARRIVAL: YOUR INTRODUCTION TO THE COUNTRY|
arrive you will be welcomed at the airport by Albert our Malaysia Manager.
He will take you to your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu where you will
spend the first few days of your trip. Albert will give you an induction
during this time, so that you can learn about the country and its
culture, as well as useful information like how to use the phones,
transport system etc.
During the first few days of your stay you will also receive an induction with the Sabah Wildlife Department, who run the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. This induction will include a briefing on the project and a chance to meet some of the key staff who you will be working with.
Our projects in Malaysia are very popular and you are sure to have a wonderful time during your stay in Sabah.
|NOTES ABOUT THE PROJECT:|
WHO CAN APPLY?
|TRAVEL, VISAS, SUPPORT & BACKUP:|
You will fly into
Kota Kinabalu International Airport where you will be welcomed by
Albert, our Travellers Organiser
and Malaysia Manager. Albert will settle you
into your accommodation in KK for the first few nights of your stay.
You have the option to arrange your own flights or we can assist you with your flight arrangements. If you would like us to do this for you, we will liaise with you regarding available flights and dates to suit you. All arrangements for your flight bookings/payments will be fulfilled by Murray Rogers Travel Limited, ATOL No. 6856. Where possible, we arrange for two or more people to travel on the same flight and we will let you have the names and telephone numbers of other volunteers on your flight, so that you can chat to each other or even meet up before leaving for your placement.
VISAS:. In countries where a visa is required, we'll send you all the necessary forms and information and make the process very easy for you.
Where possible, all flights we arrange for you have changeable return tickets because many of our volunteers choose to extend their stay once they are in their destination country. Changeable return tickets enable you to do so, within the limits of your visa and the level of your air ticket, of course. If you choose to book your own flights, you should endeavour to get a changeable ticket.
To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.
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