Wildlife Centre on Java Island Projects
This project is essentially about saving as many animals as we can from the illegal pet trade in Indonesia. We care for animals like orangutans and sun bears that are unable for release back into the wilds of Borneo or Sumatra.The centre began operation in 2003, one of 7 wildlife rescue centres built by The Gibbon Foundation to encourage law enforcement against the illegal trade of protected wildlife. The central mission is to rescue wildlife from illegal trade and rehabilitating through our wildlife release program.
As well as orangutans, the centre cares for their one and only sun bear cub, named Bedhu. Sun bears are in high demand in the pet trade as people believe their gall bladders have some kind of medicinal value. Although this myth has been unproven, it’s been the cause of countless and endless suffering for many sun bears. It is our goal to educate others, leading them into compassion through an understanding of the importance of their species and their habitat, rather than owning them for social status or using them as a means of financial gain. As over 80% of staff are employed from the local village, this is a good start in raising awareness whilst also having a positive economic impact within the community.
Overseas volunteers are crucial to the centre as it depends entirely on income received from donations, meeting room rentals, conservation education packages and the volunteer programme. Volunteers care for the animals by preparing food, cleaning cages, and teaching the staff and local community English. The volunteers participate in running a weekly kid’s environmental club in the community. The locals interact and improve their English, learn about conservation and it cements links between the villagers and the centre. There have been on average 25 children this year attending each week. Join us and volunteer from 1 to 4 weeks at our centre. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most lovable wildlife and more importantly, to give something of yourself. A lot of us think we have no talent or special ability. But we all have something to teach, just as we all have something to learn.
Catherine, Douglas and Amber
"Thanks for the postcard. Here's a donation for Bedhu."
"Good luck with the fundraising Sian - wishing you every success for not so little Bedhu xxx"
"Siantastic effort.. Hoping that you can get to target and get building!! "
"Let's do this for Bedhu!"