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Sumatra Conservation Program - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 29 March - 05 April 2020
Sumatra Conservation Program Walking Holiday

This life-changing program gives you direct access to the grass roots conservation groups and locals who help protect fragile ecosystems and endangered species in Way Kambas National Park. We meet in Denpasar, Bali, and fly to Southern Sumatra where our base for the duration is the comfortable Satwa Eco Lodge, conveniently positioned at the gateway to the park. Daily activities and field trips are coordinated with ALeRT Indonesia, a non-profit organisation, dedicated to nature conservation through the facilitation of SIES (Save Indonesia Endangered Species). Through direct assistance, presentations and hands-on activities, we engage with local communities, park rangers and land owners to assist with environmental and eco-tourism projects. Discussions focus on deforestation, forest fire, elephant-human conflict, reforestation and evaluating how village ecotourism can help conservation. It’s not all work and no play as we spend time pampering orphan elephants - bathing, walking and feeding these precious creatures. We lend a hand at the Bungur reforestation area with tree planting, seed collection and water supply. Early morning forest walks, following the sounds of Siamang gibbons and other endemic species, allows us to hone our observation skills. We spend time with ecologists, veterinaries and scientists at the Elephant Conservation Centre and Rhino Sanctuary, learning about animal behaviour and breeding programs. The program raises funds for life sustaining items such as food, ongoing medical and professional care for endangered wildlife and rehabilitation of habitat destruction. Your energy, compassion and skills can make a real difference to the environment, animals and the lives of the people you meet.

Overview

This life-changing program gives you direct access to the grass roots conservation groups and locals who help protect fragile ecosystems and endangered species in Way Kambas National Park. We meet in Denpasar, Bali, and fly to Southern Sumatra where our base for the duration is the comfortable Satwa Eco Lodge, conveniently positioned at the gateway to the park. Daily activities and field trips are coordinated with ALeRT Indonesia, a non-profit organisation, dedicated to nature conservation through the facilitation of SIES (Save Indonesia Endangered Species). Through direct assistance, presentations and hands-on activities, we engage with local communities, park rangers and land owners to assist with environmental and eco-tourism projects. Discussions focus on deforestation, forest fire, elephant-human conflict, reforestation and evaluating how village ecotourism can help conservation. It’s not all work and no play as we spend time pampering orphan elephants - bathing, walking and feeding these precious creatures. We lend a hand at the Bungur reforestation area with tree planting, seed collection and water supply. Early morning forest walks, following the sounds of Siamang gibbons and other endemic species, allows us to hone our observation skills. We spend time with ecologists, veterinaries and scientists at the Elephant Conservation Centre and Rhino Sanctuary, learning about animal behaviour and breeding programs. The program raises funds for life sustaining items such as food, ongoing medical and professional care for endangered wildlife and rehabilitation of habitat destruction. Your energy, compassion and skills can make a real difference to the environment, animals and the lives of the people you meet.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Visit Way Kambas National Park’s Elephant Conservation Centre & Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary
  • Bathe, walk & feed orphan elephants
  • Enjoy early morning wildlife spotting walks
  • Connect with grass roots conservation groups
  • See reforestation, community farming & ecotourism programs in action
  • Understand how village ecotourism can help animal conservation
  • Meet rangers from the Elephant Response Unit who manage human-elephant conflict
  • Learn about daily challenges facing villagers & park rangers
  • Contribute to protecting endangered species

Details

Details:

29 March - 05 April 2020 (7 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Denpasar)
Regular: A$3,450 (includes conservation contribution)

Single Supplement: On application based on availablility
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 6 guests

Accommodation:
3 star hotel & comfortable eco-lodges with private western facilities

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Botanical, Conservation, Culture

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 2-8km per walking day (humidity, swamp crossings, agility required for entry into safari vehicles). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.



Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Dr Claire Oelrichs
    Dr Claire Oelrichs is a scientific advisor, founder of “Save Indonesian Endangered Species Fund (SIES)” and veterinary surgeon. SIES supports conservation of National Parks, protected areas and other wild places of Indonesia by working with communities and supporting local Indonesian initiatives in long term development projects. To save Indonesia’s unique wildlife including orangutans, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, birds and turtles, SIES has projects to protect and reforest the great rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. As conservation coordinator, she travels to Indonesia several times a year to monitor these projects, working closely with national parks and guide training courses to raise awareness of protecting local wildlife and their habitat. With intimate knowledge of wildlife and conservation issues, she has a true connection with local people from all walks of life and is the driving force behind numerous grass roots projects that have delivered true change to the lives of local communities and increased the safety of wildlife. On tour Claire utilises the services of specialist local guides and National Park Rangers to enhance the touring experience.

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