Rainforest, orangutan, gibbon and wildcat conservation

Project name:

Borneo Nature Foundation

Project purpose:

Rainforest, orangutan, gibbon and wildcat conservation

Project activities:

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South-East Asia

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Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • ​publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work


dormitory huts



food and accommodation included, washing and toilet facilities, office, kitchen and cooks

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

The 2019 Volunteer Groups will run over four four-week groups

Group 1: 1st - 29th April 2019 - $1825 

Group 2: 29th May - 26th June 2019 - $2090

Group 3: 14th August - 11th September 2019 - $2090

Group 4: 3rd - 31st October 2019 - $1925

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to develop new skills as you learn about field research techniques and contribute to BNF’s conservation and educational activities.


Volunteers will be based in the Sabangau Forest (580,000 hectares of peat-swamp), the largest area of lowland rainforest remaining in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.

Peat-swamp forests are remarkably diverse and home to over 30% of the remaining population of wild orangutans in Borneo. Other animal life, includes gibbon, sun bear, clouded leopard, sambar deer, civets, tree shrews, water monitors, pythons, over 200 species of bird, including the rhinoceros hornbill and Wallace’s hawk eagle, and a large and diverse invertebrate community.

Peat-swamp forms under waterlogged conditions through the incomplete breakdown of organic matter – dead leaves, branches, trees – which has built up over many thousands of years to create a thick peat layer up to 18m deep. Standing atop the peat is a rich tropical rainforest, with a huge diversity of plant life, including large timber trees, such as ramin and swamp meranti, a wide variety of pitcher plants and sustainable commercial species, such as rattan and rubber trees.

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