The Great Orangutan Project Is Feeling Scent-imental After Providing New Enrichment Activity!

The Great Orangutan Project Is Feeling Scent-imental After Providing New Enrichment Activity!

Posted by Ellie Hutchin on 20th Jun 2017

As many of you are probably aware, enrichment activities for animals in rehabilitation are key for their progress in eventually being able to be returned to their natural habitat. Our most recent update from The Great Orangutan Project informed us that those great apes along with their other furry friends at the site have relished in their new enrichment activity!

essential oils orangutans in borneo enrichment

Healing Animals Organisation (a non-profit company based in the UK) kindly provided the project with some essential oils, which have been used for scent enrichment. Scent enrichment is a great way to stimulate natural behaviours within the animals, helping them to become familiarised with scents that they may discover in the wild. Additionally, this educational activity encourages the animals to establish whether they can eat the sources of these exciting aromas in the wild.

Matang Wildlife Centre Orangutans In Borneo Volunteer

This is the rehabilitation area at the project site.

The wildlife at the project site engaged fantastically with the enrichment! All the orangutans immersed themselves in the activity and became quite playful, and two of the bears rolled around in them for almost two hours! The most fascinating of all was how the binturongs reacted; for those of you that are unfamiliar with this creature, they are furry friends that somewhat resemble racoons. These little fellows had a whale of a time as one of them was even still playing with his enrichment ball more than 24 hours after they were given it!

Orangutans In Borneo playing

Bronwynn, our project coordinator says; “We place a huge importance on enrichment of our sanctuary animals and it is always something volunteers will be involved with making and watching the animals enjoy. There’s nothing more rewarding than discovering some enrichment that lights up the day of a sanctuary animal.”

volunteer with sun bears in borneo

If you would like to help with the enrichment at the project site, we have some last-minute availability for The Great Orangutan Project this summer, so if you would like to know some more information then please view the project in our project page.


Share this Article...

Share this article with your friends and followers by using the social media buttons below.


Leave a Comment...

Wanting to add something to this story or just let us know your thoughts? Just leave your comments below. Please be aware that all comments will be moderated: abusive behaviour or self-promotion will not be allowed.

500 characters remaining

Has this blog inspired you to volunteer? If so, why not enquire today? Simply fill out an enquiry form, and allow a member of our travel team to assist with your query! Please note that blog comments are not monitored by the travel team, so any questions related to bookings may be missed.


Featured Blog Arcticles


Featured Videos


Experience The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

See what you could get up to as a volunteer at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary! This volunteer project offers you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the country's most iconic species.

Discover The Great White Shark Project

Come face to face with one of the world’s most misunderstood predators whilst aiding great white shark conservation. As a volunteer, not only will you get the incredible opportunity to dive with sharks, but you will also assist the team in raising awareness of the great white as you work alongside tourists and local school children to provide them with knowledge of the local environment and the importance of living in harmony with South Africa’s marine life.

Volunteers Review Their Experience at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary

Volunteers talk about their recent experience at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo.

Latest Blog Arcticles


Achievements at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project in 2022

Achievements at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project in 2022

After 2 difficult years, we finally welcomed volunteers...

Merle’s Orangutan Experience at Samboja

Merle’s Orangutan Experience at Samboja

Merle shares her experiences from her time spent...

An Invasive Species: The Lionfish

An Invasive Species: The Lionfish

Many invasive species have made their way to all corners of...

Sun Bear Update From Samboja Lestari

Sun Bear Update From Samboja Lestari

After a lot of hard work by the June 2022 volunteer group,...

The Latest From The Great Orangutan Project!

The Latest From The Great Orangutan Project!

The Great Projects volunteer coordinator, Jess, is...

An Update from the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project!

An Update from the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project!

Samboja Lestari welcomed back volunteers this month, and...

Kathy & Drew's Great Gorilla Experience

Kathy & Drew's Great Gorilla Experience

Kathy and Drew joined The Great Gorilla Project in January...

Raja Ampat Diving Project - Magical Manta Ray Moments!

Raja Ampat Diving Project - Magical Manta Ray Moments!

Manta ray season is at its peak at the Raja Ampat Diving...


Where you can go
Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 7DX
United Kingdom

Opening hours:
   Mon-Fri 8:30am–5:30pm
   Sat 10am-4pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987