Orangutans in the wild are only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra and their population remains critical. Wildlife experts, The Great Projects, run one of the largest orangutan conservation projects in the region playing a vital role in species’ survival.
The Samboka Lestari project is in a region of restored rainforest in Indonesian Borneo. The reserve was created as a place to rescue and rehabilitate orangutans and offer a source of income to local people. The idea of the project is to release the orangutans back into the wild, but during their stay at Samboka Lestari, they have over 2,000 hectares of safe rainforest reserve inhabited by a million trees and 137 species of other wildlife. At night, they can return from their semi wild surroundings to safe enclosures to sleep at night.
The Great Projects is currently running an orangutan enrichment competition with one lucky winner receiving a fully paid two-week volunteering trip to the Samboja Lestari Sanctuary in June 2017. Entry to the competition ends on 31st March 2017. Find out more and enter the competition here.