MWC does not have nearly the number of orangutans as the other three rehabilitation centers do. The primary reasons for this are lack of enclosures, old, shoddy enclosures, and the other species that are housed at the center. Due to the lack of enclosure space, MWC sometimes has to turn down orphaned orangutans, which then go to other rehabilitation centers. The main reasons the volunteer program was established at MWC were to bring in outside money and have the volunteers build and repair enclosures, among many other duties, so that more orangutans could be rehabilitated there.
The other animals, besides orangutans, at the MWC are sun bears, binturongs (bear cats), civets, leopard cats, long tailed macaques, pig tailed macaques, sambar deer, gibbons, false gharials, crocodiles, and a few other animals. Although these animals were not the focus of the volunteer program and my practicum, we all pitched in to do behavioral enrichments for the animals. I couldn't prepare the food or other materials most of the time because watching Gus is more than a full time job. I did, on occasion, get to help with feeding when Gus was in a calm, relaxed mood. On her calmer days, I would have her in one arm and feed the other animals with my free hand. I don't have any in-depth, detailed stories about the other inhabitants of Matang Wildlife Center because they were not the focus of my practicum.
For my blog series, I am providing you with pictures that I took and explaining the significance of the photos. I introduce the orangutans that I feel are important to mention and the stories that go along with the pictures to aide you in my practicum experience. I close with some pictures of the cultural experience that helped shape me and my time in Borneo.