Elephant conservation in Sumatra
Lampung, Sumatra May 30 - June 8, 2015
Volunteer project: Currently the conflict between elephants and humans is rising because there's less area for the elephants to live in. Elephants are being squeezed into a smaller area, since the local farmers plant the crops and elephants like to eat them. The elephants frequently raid and destroy the crops which causes a conflict between people and elephants. Due to this reason, the local government and organizations, concerned about the wildlife are working together to save and conserve the elephants and reduce the conflict.
This volunteer project aims to assist the conservation efforts of the Elephant Conservation Centre in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province, southern Sumatra. Presently, there are about 65 tamed elephants being taken care of by the conservation center, while 200 elephants live wildly in the forest.
The volunteers will help local mahouts daily to take care of the elephants including bathing/showering, feeding, health checking and grassing the elephants. One local mahout will be accompanied by one volunteer in doing the daily job.
Leisure time: During the free time, the volunteers may have a forest safari with a local mahout with a camp fire, fishing, as well as swimming in the middle of the forest. The volunteers can enjoy the beauty of the landscape and wildlife around the project site.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the Elephant Conservation Centre, dormitory style accommodation (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed). Food will be provided with catering service.
Location: The project will take place in Lampung, on the southern tip of the island of Sumatra.
Terminal: Tanjung Karang or Raden Intan II, Lampung
Age range: 18 and over
Extra fee: 290 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.
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