Use your skills to help animals & assist with wildlife rescues, health care and wildlife keeping at SRI's Wildlife Centre in North Sumatra!
As the loss of habitat has seen increasing rates of human-wildlife, the environment and it's animals are in danger.
Therefor the Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) currently has two projects:
-Pusat Transit Satwa (PTS) - Wildlife Centre: Provides short term quarantine, ongoing healthcare, behaviour monitoring & "beginner" socialisation for rescued wildlife. The most common inhabitant of the PTS is the Sumatran gibbon species.
-Sumatran Wildlife Action Team (SWAT): This team consists of a Biodiversity Protection Coordinator, Wildlife Officer, Forest Protection Officer, Conservation Specialist, Wildlife Keeper & Wildlife Rescue Vet (contracted). Other SRI staff are also trained for wildlife rescues. This team is responsible for caring for wildlife at the PTS, assisting the BBKSDA in illegal pet confiscations, investigating illegal activities in the community to do with wildlife, human wildlife conflict mitigation, community awareness & education.
The Loss of habitat has seen increasing rates of human-wildlife conflict in and around the national park buffer zones. This conflict, in conjunction with a growing demand for rare animal parts and pets has seen further pressure on endangered populations. The WRU seeks to mediate instances of human wildlife conflict through education about using deterrents rather than hurting or killing the animal. This education also aims to raise awareness about the importance of sharing the forest resources with wildlife (where reasonable). In instances where it is deemed necessary, WRU will safely remove the animal with the aim of relocating to a more suitable natural habitat. WRU combat illegal poaching by assisting in the confiscation of rare and endangered animals from poachers and illegal pet owners. Most pet confiscations are endangered species of gibbons or Sumatran orangutan. WRU also assists with injured wildlife. Village heads have been informed in community meetings and posters have been provided to the villages around protected areas that provide an emergency phone number for community to call in case of wildlife injury or conflict.
SRI seeks an experienced wildlife carer, zoo keeper, veterinarian or veterinarian nurse. The volunteer must be able to handle working in a hot and humid environment - it makes the cold showers way more enjoyable! Working with SRI in wildlife rescue is a great experience for wildlife specialists who want to broaden their experiences and handle endangered wildlife of the Sumatran jungle.
In order to be accepted as a volunteer in the WRU, the volunteer must not have Hepatitis C, typhoid, typhus, active tuberculosis, dengue or any form of malaria. It is also important not be sick with the flu or other contagious disease. This is because most of the wildlife in the transit centre are primates and will easily get transmittable human diseases. Thank you for your understanding.
The surrounding jungle in Batang Gadis National Park provides for activities such as hiking , short walks along village paths, bird watching, photography and swimming in creeks. There are also many waterfalls and hotsprings in the surrounding areas closer to Mount Sorik Merapi (volcano). SRI will be able to pick up the volunteer and bring them back to Panyabungan City for the weekend. The weekend period for the village based Agroforestry volunteer is Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The volunteer might also be interested in visiting Bukittinggi (West Sumatra), the islands near Padang (west Sumatra), Bukit Lawang to see the wild orangutan or Lake Toba before or after the assignment is finished.
Our staff will pick up the volunteer from Aek Godang Airport (AEG) near Padangsidimpuan or Dr Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport (FLZ) in Pinangsori. Both airports are in North Sumatra province with flights from Medan. The Pinangsori airport (FLZ) also has flights from Jakarta. Car hire and transport is available from Padang but will need to be covered by the volunteer (8 hour drive to Panyabungan).
SRI will also provide transport to and from the project site from Panyabungan. The base for the assignment is in Panyabungan where SRI's office is.
The volunteer will stay as a guest in homestay accommodation with a private bedroom.
Please note: Sometimes overnight stays in the villages are required. In these cases the volunteer will stay with other members of the SRI team in a local family's house, sharing the space with other team members and the family. Meals will be provided in these cases.