Conservation Project Sumatra

Orangutan Conservation Expedition, Sumatra

Orangutan…man of the Forest!

The Venture Force team have been lucky enough to travel to many destinations around the globe. However, during our travels we have become very aware that if we don’t actively work to save the planet and educate future generations on the importance of preserving nature, then there will be little left. The Sumatran orangutan, and indeed, all species native to Indonesia require protection. We are proud to have partnered with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP).
This expedition gives you the opportunity to work with a team of likeminded people to assist with the important work of the SOCP. The project you will undertake as a team on expedition will directly benefit the conservation efforts to save the Sumatran orangutan.

Photos: David Higgs / Title photo: H.Wright

Our conservation projects allow you to get hands-on, working on a wildlife project.  We work with selected charity partners who are specialists in their conservation field. Their expert guidance enables  our teams to take part in impactful conservation projects.

The SOCP have created Haven, a sanctuary for rescued orangutans who are unable to be released into the wild and survive. Haven provides these orangutans with a home as close to their natural habitat as possible. This requires ongoing work and maintenance and teams will assist the SOCP with this challenging task. Our expedition projects in the past have ranged from habitat restoration, construction of enrichment tools for rescued orangutans and planting and harvesting of food for rescued orangutans.

If you want to see Sumatra’s wildlife and the home of the mighty orangutan in the wild, then you’ll have to be prepared to rough it! Motorised canoe boat journeys, camps in jungle clearings, sleeping under mosquito nets in the research centres canopy, drop toilets, bucket showers and trekking through the sweaty rainforest will all be part of your adventure. Thankfully though you won’t see many tourists in the Leuser Ecosystem National Park.

The park is the workplace for many international scientists looking to preserve this stunning and threatened habitat. The expedition team will join with the SOCP’s international scientists and experienced local trackers, to find out about the important work they do. Learning about this ecosystem  you will find out how you can do your part to help in the future.

Being in the rainforest is an amazing experience.  Whilst on expedition you will have some fun doing the following activities;

  • River tubing – a fun and exciting new perspective on the jungle. Dropping through rapids, past beautiful pools, surrounded by the jungle and small rural hamlets
  • Bat caves –  The limestone jungle hills are scattered with caves, that are not only refreshingly cooler than the jungle, but also offer the chance to witness the subterranean homes of many creatures including bats, asleep high up in the caves vaulted ceilings
  • Jungle camp – A night to be remembered sleeping out under the jungle’s canopy. A chance for you to wonder at the nightlife of the jungle from within your own hammock and protective basha. Bear Grylls eat your heart out!

Expedition Project

Our conservation projects allow you to get hands-on, working on a wildlife project.  We work with selected charity partners who are specialists in their conservation field. Their expert guidance enables  our teams to take part in impactful conservation projects.

The SOCP have created Haven, a sanctuary for rescued orangutans who are unable to be released into the wild and survive. Haven provides these orangutans with a home as close to their natural habitat as possible. This requires ongoing work and maintenance and teams will assist the SOCP with this challenging task. Our expedition projects in the past have ranged from habitat restoration, construction of enrichment tools for rescued orangutans and planting and harvesting of food for rescued orangutans.

Roughing it!

If you want to see Sumatra’s wildlife and the home of the mighty orangutan in the wild, then you’ll have to be prepared to rough it! Motorised canoe boat journeys, camps in jungle clearings, sleeping under mosquito nets in the research centres canopy, drop toilets, bucket showers and trekking through the sweaty rainforest will all be part of your adventure. Thankfully though you won’t see many tourists in the Leuser Ecosystem National Park.

The park is the workplace for many international scientists looking to preserve this stunning and threatened habitat. The expedition team will join with the SOCP’s international scientists and experienced local trackers, to find out about the important work they do. Learning about this ecosystem  you will find out how you can do your part to help in the future.

Jungle Adventures

Being in the rainforest is an amazing experience.  Whilst on expedition you will have some fun doing the following activities;

  • River tubing – a fun and exciting new perspective on the jungle. Dropping through rapids, past beautiful pools, surrounded by the jungle and small rural hamlets
  • Bat caves –  The limestone jungle hills are scattered with caves, that are not only refreshingly cooler than the jungle, but also offer the chance to witness the subterranean homes of many creatures including bats, asleep high up in the caves vaulted ceilings
  • Jungle camp – A night to be remembered sleeping out under the jungle’s canopy. A chance for you to wonder at the nightlife of the jungle from within your own hammock and protective basha. Bear Grylls eat your heart out!

Embrace the challenge and remember the unique experience!

Our aim is to take you out of your comfort zone. Accommodation will be basic but always clean.  We encourage you to get involved in all aspects of expedition life and by doing so you will take away memories that will last a lifetime.

As never before, it’s time to break from normal life and do something different. Joining our conservation project expedition team gives you the chance to do something worthwhile and to take on the adventure of a lifetime.

KEY INFORMATION

Duration

12 Days (UK to UK)

Expedition Oct 2022

Available Places

Cost

£2,950 (inc. £400 deposit)

  • International Flights
  • Two Venture Force expedition leaders
  • 24/7 Operations Room support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (see our COVID info page)
  • International communications package
  • All in-country travel
  • In-country agent support
  • All in-country activities
  • All in-country food and accommodation
  • Team t-shirts
  • Heavy duty travel bag
  • Group kit and equipment
  • Online expedition portal
  • Carbon off-setting
  • Project donation (expedition dependent)
  • Team meeting (virtually or in-person depending on location)
  • Personal vaccinations
  • Personal equipment (a kit list will be provided)
  • Visa costs and passport renewal (if applicable)
  • Spending money for gifts and additional drinks/food

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To secure your place on the team please get in touch