Volunteer Update From Samboja In April 2023

Volunteer Update From Samboja In April 2023

Posted by Kate Helliwell on 19th Apr 2023

This month, we welcomed our first group of 2023 back at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project and we’ve been working on a lot of maintenance and enrichment tasks so far.

We started off the first week by cleaning and repainting the holding area for one of the sun bear enclosures.

Cleaning Sun Bear Holding Areas

Then this week, we have been back in the banana garden that we planted last year, clearing and composting around our banana trees to help them grow faster.

Banana Garden Clearing

We even gave the finishing touches to the scarecrows which were put up as a strategy to deter the wild monkeys in the forest from destroying our trees. As well as the fruit, we plan to use the leaves and the trees for enrichment for the orangutans.

Scarecrow

Another fun job has been making lots of hammocks to be installed in the orangutan areas.

Hammock Making

We even had time to visit the nearby primary rainforest and take a trek in the rain, getting the full rainforest experience!

Canopy Bridge

We finished the week by fixing and starting to rebuild platforms in some of the existing sun bear enclosures, for the bears to rest and play on.

It’s been a great start to the season back at Samboja with a great bunch of volunteers.

Thank you all for your amazing contributions to the project!


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