Going the Whole Orang : Less Tears More Action!
When the opportunity to write an article on orangutans with Eco Companion came about I jumped at the chance. After recently watching the BBC documentary Red Ape, I along with much of the nation were left feeling heart broken, overwhelmed and most of all helpless, staring in the face of our critically endangered forest cousins while sat in our living rooms feeling wholly disconnected.
However I’m not writing this to depress you. In fact quite the opposite. I’m writing this to say it’s time to not be sad but to be proactive. Let’s turn that passion into action! Our generation has never been more connected and more able to do something about the plight of the gentle ginger apes.
We have the knowledge and the insight to learn from our past and build a much brighter future while feeling inspired to be the change on the ground and help support our extraordinary ginger relatives. Here are some amazing ways you can be a part of that to.
Protect their habitat
There are plenty of opportunities to help protect wild spaces. Deforestation in Indonesia is happened at an alarming rate with a football field sized area being cleared every 45 seconds. This is an important part of helping conserve our furry relatives for the future and now you can help to!
Do your bit by helping to restore rainforest in East Kalimantan. Not only can you get a once in a life time experience with these animals but you are also able to be pro active and know that you’re giving something back. Or if 1 week isn’t long enough take a look at the long version below. Click here for the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project
Conservation is for anyone and everyone and so if you and all your family are inspired to help the future of Orangutans this is perfect for you. Get your hands dirty with the kids and help restore the biologically important Corridor of Life while being immersed in its natural beauty. Click here for the Family Borneo Wildlife Safari
This 27 day long experience is for anyone who really wants to get lost in the natural wonders of Borneo’s jungle and feel reconnected. Spend time in their world on the Orangutan islands and get hands on providing a haven for these animals to thrive. Click here for the month long Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project
While providing the opportunity for orangutans to live wild in the forest is paramount, it is equally as crucial that those orangutans orphaned, injured or whose habitats have been destroyed are gently helped to prepare for life in the wild! Get involved and see this rehabilitation with your very own eyes!
The award winning Matang Wildlife Centre allows you to help this species have a second chance at life with a rehabilitation program that aims to release orangutans back where they belong. Get an all round experience of what it takes to conserve while getting hands on with expanding the project. Click here for The Great Orangutan Project
Or have an intimate and personal encounter with these incredible animals at the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java. You will play an important role in this species lives as they learn how to be Orangutans. Not only that but you will help bridge the gap between today’s conservation issues and future generations as you work alongside local children. Click here for the Orangutan, wildlife rescue, and community project
Immerse yourself in the life of the orangutan
With today’s rapid destruction of habitat and huge decline in numbers of orangutans it’s easy to get depressed about conservation. So if you’re looking for an experience to reconnect with nature and be inspired to make a difference here are some projects where you can immerse yourself among jungle life, alongside local people or with some of our planets most iconic species.
This trip will leave you feeling inspired. Not only do you get to aid to continued survival of two iconic species of mega fauna – the orangutan and the pygmy elephant – but you also get to witness the breath taking ‘Corridor of Life’. With only 1,500 wild pygmy elephants remaining, orangutans on the decline, and habitats being destroyed this is a really valuable project. Click here for the Great Orangutan and Pygmy Elephant Project
Restoring the relationship between humans and orangutans is vital to ensure we can coexist with our ginger relatives for the future. This tour will give you the opportunity to do by working among the indigenous Iban tribe and seeing these gentle ginger giants in the wild with your own eyes. Click here for the Orangutan and Tribes Tour
Borneo is home to some of the planet’s most iconic fauna, flora, natural beauty and of course orangutans. If you’re looking to be entirely immersed, challenged, excited and relaxed all in one then this is the experience for you. Click here for the Borneo Adventure Holiday: Mountains and Jungles