Animal care volunteer project

This project gives you the opportunity to work alongside Indonesia’s famous wildlife such as orangutans, sun bears, and gibbons. The Wildlife Rescue Centre Jogja is located in West Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and is surrounded by acres of tropical forest. 

Founded in 2010 the centre began taking in animals who are victims of illegal wildlife trafficking, there are now more than 150 animals at the centre.

The goal of the WRC is to release as many animals back into the wild as possible, however, sadly this is not always possible. Many animals in the WRC are not native to Java and must first be translocated to rehabilitation centres in their native home.

You will help with activities such as enclosure cleaning and enrichment and by doing so you will be helping the animals on their rehabilitation path. Enrichment is important to maintain natural behaviours that they will need in the wild! You are helping some 150 animals on their journey back to the wild!

FROM GBP712 per week 

  •  Up to 10 Persons
  •  All Meals Included
  •  6 – 55 Nights
  •  Care for injured and confiscated animals
  •  Start any Monday all year
  •  Minimum Age 18
Animal care volunteer project in Indonesia

Project Impacts in 2019

Volunteer with wildlife animal care project

Volunteer Project Details

Daily Activities

Volunteers at the wildlife rescue centre, Jogja work for five days and rest for two. Each morning you will work with a keeper to clean enclosures, there are four areas you will get to work in, and these are: orangutan, small primates, birds and in the nutrition room.
You will rotate through these and during your second week you will be able to pick areas you would like to focus more on. The first area you will work in is the nutrition room where you’ll help Bob prepare the foods for all of the 150+ animals secondly, you’ll work with Dedi cleaning the small primates, this includes the sun bears, gibbons, siamang, macaque, and binturong.
Third, you will work with Sangsang cleaning out the birds, fourth will be spent will Ramelan cleaning the seven orangutans.
After the break is feeding time for the animals, you can pick which animals you want to help feed such as orangutan, crocodile, macaque, siamang or eagles! If not feeding you can help clean the mice trays or make enrichment for the animals. After lunch activities include making enrichment, assisting vets, helping with enclosure maintenance such as cleaning turtle or sun bear pools or repairing enclosures. If there is time you might also be able to help with the afternoon feeding!
On Wednesday the WRC hosts a kid’s club when you can play games and help teach English!
On Thursdays you will experience a Javan dinner at a local Javanese family’s house, they will show you around and also cook traditional food.
Fridays are when the WRC has their Community English, you will be able to help locals enhance their English skills!
Weekends are your free time, you can explore Yogyakarta or rest, see your Yogyakarta guide for ideas.

7 days 6 nights     GBP712
14 days 13 nights   GBP1,050
21 days 20 nights  GBP1,404
28 days 27 nights  GBP1,754


Start Dates

Every Monday 52 weeks a year


Each room comes with air-conditioning to keep you cool, a balcony and drying rack as well as a pillow, duvet and 2 plug sockets (at minimum). There is also a wardrobe where you can hang clothes and a wet room style bathroom with a shower, western toilet and a sink. All rooms come with a key so you can lock up while out to ensure the safety of belongings. The WRC has 24hour security at the entrance, so you are always safe. There is a lobby area with a water dispenser, tea, and coffee, a fridge, a microwave you can use, plenty of seating, washing machine, and fans! Throughout the rooms and lobby, there is WIFI that is free to use, there is also WIFI in the animal area.


Break time snack, Lunch and dinner will be prepared for you however, you make your own breakfast! At break time you will get a snack, this will be a typical Indonesian snack such as filled pastry or a sweet made from rice flour. Lunch is typically rice with Indonesian foods such as tofu, jackfruit, chicken or Javanese salad! You will also get a refreshingly cold drink such as iced tea or a fruit smoothie, you will also get a variation of fruit during the week for dessert. Dinner is similar to lunch with rice and either fish, chicken or Tempe depending on the day or you may have fried rice or fried noodles.

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