Program & Schedule
The Zoo is currently home to more than 180 species of animals totalling - 1,300 individuals. These include Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Hippopotamus, Giraffes, Hornbills, Orang-Utans and others.
Participants will be working with the Orangutans and helping the staff to treat and care for the animals.
A good level of fitness is required to participate on this project. The work is physical, the heat and humidity make this more challenging. There is a working schedule and plan for each participant at the project. We ask the participants to be flexible and tolerant of potential delays in or changes to the planned work as different projects may get re prioritised.
When working around the animals, you will be expected to follow best practice guidelines which include: No food or drinks (outside of the diet provided by the staff) to be given to the animals at any time. Always listen to and follow the instructions of your supervisor/the animal keepers. These guidelines are for the safety both of yourself, and the animals that you are coming to help.
Aims & Objectives
The aims and objectives of this project is to spread awareness about animals endangered, prevent them from going extinct, provide opportunity for students to study the importance of caring and making their lives comfortable for some of them who are not able to be on their own.
Today, after breakfast, you will visit the zoo and have an introductory tour of the place and your work for the rest of the week.
Tuesday to Friday
Much of the work on this project is physical, and the heat and humidity add an extra challenging layer to this. You will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, construction work, enrichment, and maintenance. Your daily schedule will be as below,
- Preparation for cleaning tools and cleaning of Primate areas
- Assisting the medical officers in checking the condition of primates
- Preparing the primates to be placed into the respective display area
- Ensuring the safety of the primates while moving them into the display area
- Cleaning the display area and disposing of all previous food
- Creating Enrichment content ( food for the primates ) where it makes the primates think instead of just general feeding and replacing the water for the primates
- Releasing the primates into the display area
- Cleaning and preparing the cages where the primates sleep at night
- Preparing the food and feeding the primates based on the prescribed diet
- Tracking & Record all food and behavior of primates
- Construction of Hammock and toys for the primates to engage with
In addition, depending on the requirements you will have to do the following activities,
- Primate count check
- Animal behavior ( mating & others )
- Primate Physical ( wounds, faeces, fur )
- Diet & food waste
- Safety Concerns ( Primate, Primate keeper, Visitors )
- Prepare and display materials for their Tourist Information Centre within the zoo vicinity
- Presentation about Primates to group of school students as and when available.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: No
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
Participants below 18 should have the parental consent letters and participants above 65 should produce their medical clearance.
Living & Location
Taiping is a town located in Larut, Matang and Selama District, Perak, Malaysia. With a population of 217,647, it is the second largest town in Perak after Ipoh, the state capital.
Taiping is a town located in Larut, Matang and Selama District, Perak, Malaysia. Taiping took over Kuala Kangsar's role as the state capital from 1876 to 1937, but was then replaced by Ipoh. Its growth slowed down after that, but in recent years the town has been developing rapidly again. Perak State Museum is located in the town.
Taiping also receives some limelight for being the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. The average annual rainfall is about 4,000mm in Taiping while the peninsula's average is 2,000mm – 2,500mm. Its unusual rainfall has also led to a fertile collection of flora and century-old rain trees in the Taiping Lake Gardens.
Accommodation in Taiping has comfortable rooms with shared bathroom.
Malaysian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes include wanton noodles (noodles and pork dumplings either dry or soup), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or roti canai (is a type of Indian influenced flatbread found in Malaysia. Breakfasts are varied and and include toast, cereals, etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink water straight from the tap.
The centre is surrounded by plenty of shops, banks, atms, 7-11, supermarket and a shopping mall within 5 minutes walking distance.
Supermarket, salon, Laundromat, money exchange, ATM, sim card shop, and photocopy shops are all located within 1 kilometers radius.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
The working week is Monday to Friday and you will have weekends off. For many people, this will be a once in a lifetime trip to Malaysia, and they generally take advantage of the weekends to explore the surrounding area.
After a tiring work, you may visit Bukit Merah Water Theme Park by the beautiful lake to enjoy sunset view and even try to taste the freshness of coconut water and also ABC (Ais Batu Campur), local dessert with local food at the stalls.
On weekends, you can try to do a visit or do some other activities such as :
- Taiping, Perak one of the oldest town in Malaysia where the first train station was built in the 19 century.
- Night market
- Wet market
- Kuala Sepetang, for eagle sighting and mangrove site visit
With ETS train service often available, it is possible to head further into the field for your weekend. Other destinations where you can go explore are:
Kuala Lumpur– Malaysia’s capital city where the Twin Tower is located
Penang Island – Georgetown which was founded by British in 1786, is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Federation of Malaysia
Population: 31 million
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Language: Bahasa Malaysia
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Time zone: MST (UTC +8)
Malaysia is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in the world. It is filled with contrasts, and it is here where you meet friendly people from different cultural backgrounds in the either vibrant cities, beautiful beaches or even in tiny authentic villages in the rainforests of Borneo.
Malaysia boasts a tropical climate, temperatures usually range from 26°C to 32°C year-round. However, as many of the countries in the area, sunny days get interrupted by monsoon season that occurs between November and February in Borneo and the east coast. Likewise, the rest of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur region) gets showers from April to October.
Malaysia is a wonderfully diverse country. Malays make up 52% percent of the population, while Chinese are also abundant covering a 27% percent. Indians make up 9% and the rest is covered by indigenous people (Orang Asli) and the portuguese clan in Maleka.
Religion is incredibly varied as well. In Malaysia, you will find Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism and many other faiths scattered around.
Malaysia is an incredibly diverse country and so is its cuisine. With a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and even portuguese cuisine, there is at least a dish in the country that will suit even the pickiest palettes.
Malay Cuisine is characterized by its use of spices, ranging from cinnamon, coconut milk, star anise, fresh herbs and more. Malay dishes are mostly curries and stews. Staple dishes include Nasi lemak, a typical breakfast that consists of rice cooked in coconut milk or cream topped with peanuts, cucumber and chilli and Rendang, which is meat stewed in curry paste.
Peranakan or Nonya cuisine
A blend created by Malay and Chinese communities. Some dishes to try are Ayam pongteh, which is chicken flavored with soy bean paste, dark soy sauce and sugar. Another dish is chilli crab!