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MELISSA WARDROP
Australian

Orang-Utan & Sun Bear Conservation at Sepilok Rehabilitation Center in Borneo, Malaysia

         

I can't believe I've nearly finished my second week of work, it is going way to fast! The new enrichment program is brilliant.

I never realised how intelligent the orang-utans are. We've made a collection box for the tourists that visit the center to donate empty water bottles which we give to the orang-utans with a little bit of honey in the bottom, we then give them a stick and they've learnt to scoop out the honey! Sometimes we also fill the bottles with bits of fruit, beans leaves and sticks, flatten the bottles and watch the orang-utans find a way to get the fruit out.

During the afternoons of our jungle trekking week, we've just helped make a new play area for the younger orang-utans with a platform up and ropes connecting to all the surrounding trees. The orang-utans love it and it is a great way to get the orang-utans like Rosalinda, which are normally frightened of climbing into the trees.

The other jobs we have been doing includes feeding and bathing the orang-utans, comfort and care sessions (basically cuddle time), cleaning and sweeping, and jungle trekking where we survey the orang-utan's nests in the forest.

So far It's all been amazing!

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