Solid Trails Borneo Tour 2017 is now fundraising to to help the Sintang Orangutan Centre (SOC) in Indonesia in their mission to rehabilitate the critically endangered Orangutans of Borneo. We need YOU to help secure the future of Borneo's wild orangutans.
Since 2011, the Sintang Orangutan Rescue Centre has made great progress, and is now ready to go to the next stage in their work to rescue, rehabilitate and release wild orangutans.
Your support will give the Rescue Centre the chance to:
#1 build a second Forest School to rehabilitate rescued orangutans,
#2 start the release program to safely release orangutans back into their tropical rainforest home.
Orangutans are custodians of the rainforest ecosystem, helping the rainforest to grow and function healthily. Sadly, due to many threats, orangutans have become critically endangered.
Over the past two decades, Borneo has lost over half of its tropical rainforest habitat that the orangutans call home due to deforestation from the palm oil industry, forest fires, logging and mining. Because of this, orangutan populations have drastically declined.
Immediate help is needed to save their habitat, their forest knowledge and their populations from extinction.
The Sintang Orangutan Rescue Centre (SOC) helps rescue, rehabilitate and release orangutans in West Kalimantan, Borneo, following its carefully designed three-step program.
The first step is the Rescue Centre in Sintang. The Rescue Centre saves orangutans that are being kept as illegal pets, illegally traded or wild orangutans that are causing disturbance to human communities and activities. At the same time, local communities are educated on the importance of forest and orangutan conservation, to help stop the threats to orangutans and their habitat in the first place.
Very often the rescued orangutans arrive incredibly weak, traumatised, undernourished and sick. The first few weeks they spend in quarantine to assess their medical and behavioural needs and treatment is given. When they are emotionally and physically healthy again, they are gently introduced to the socialisation enclosures to find a first friend. Although orangutans live mostly in the wild, social interaction is important and having an orangutan buddy can help give comfort and support during the rehabilitation process. In the final step of rehabilitation, the rescued orangutans are brought to the Forest School. To go to the Forest School, the orangutan must show some first nest making skills, be socially capable, show enough interest in different food types and have basic problem solving abilities. You can see there is a lot of learning and work involved!
The Forest School is an enclosure of wild tropical rainforest where the orangutans can practice all their forest survival skills. This is the final phase in preparing the orangutans for release back into the wild.
The first Forest School was built in the village of Tembak. The peoples of Tembak have great enthusiasm for orangutans and are fighting tirelessly to save their forest and livelihood.
When the orangutans are healthy and capable of surviving in the wild, they are released into suitable and safe tropical rainforest habitat. Release areas are carefully assessed and must have a good existing ecology as well as meet safe and legal protection status criteria. Released orangutans are tracked using microchipped telemetry, which provides useful information about the development of the rewilded population and helps in future decision making for successful orangutan release.
A major achievement of the SOC is that there are now 5 orangutans ready for release into the wild! Release of these orangutans will start in 2017. As the SOC program powers ahead and more rescued orangutans come in, the Tembak Forest School is at capacity so a new Forest School is also needed quickly!
I am raising funds for two critical purposes:
New Forest School
Build a second Forest School at Jerora to rehabilitate rescued orangutans
Funds will be used to:
- Build an electric fence to enclose 2 hectares of wild forest
- Electrical equipment to provide the fence with electricity
- Canopy feeding platforms
- Canopy observation and babysitter platforms
- Field clinic and staff housing facilities
Starting the Release Program to safely release orangutans back into their wild tropical rainforest home.
Funds will be used for:
- Two speedboats to access basecamp and release sites for monitoring
- Telemetry devices to track the orangutans
- Building the first basecamp for ongoing monitoring
- Financing monitoring, medical, technician and basecamp teams
- Staff training
Please donate today
to help the orangutans on their journey back to the wild!
Hello everyone! My name is Cassie, I’m 24 years old and in August this year I am leaving the comfort of central Queensland and jetting off to the heart of Borneo! During my travels with Solid Trails I will experience the indigenous culture of the Dayak people, sleep in the village Tembak on the frontline of the palm oil planation expansion and see the incredible Sintang Orangutan Centre. The Sintang Orangutan Centre rescues orangutans, victims of forestry activities, oil palm plantations or those kept illegally as pets and provides much needed rehabilitation so they can return home to the wild. That is where you and I come in! The Sintang Oranutan Centre requires constant funding to cover its operational costs, orangutan rescues, veterinary equipment, staff training, infrastructure development and so much more. With your help, I am looking to fundraise $1000 for the Centre before my journey. Every donation you make goes directly to the project! Help make a difference today and join me on this incredible adventure of lifetime!
Testimonials from previous groups
"THANK YOU! :)
This trip gave me an amazing insight into the possibilities of what I can do to take action, not only with palm oil but local issues in my area.
Being in a team of like minded warriors also showed me that there are many others wanting to do the same thing.
I think my life is still slowly being changed as I churn up the memories :) “
"Loved it! Really loved it! It is an honest trip and I felt supported yet not babied. we had freedom and choice and i think that gives the trip more of a raw and real feel. I felt that i was seeing parts of Borneo that are not tourist attractions. things you would never ever have the privilege to see without being a member of this group!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!”
"This trip was special and unique. I loved and cherished every moment. Kodi Twiner did a truly wonderful job as our fearless leader. She made everyone feel comfortable and safe.
Bagus sekali saya suku!!! “
"This was a truly exceptional experience. I learnt a lot not only about Indonesian cultures but also about Australian culture. I was very impressed with the way things were handled when managing the trip. I am very grateful for all the new and interesting people I met throughout the trip and spending time with those who I have previously met. I am very much looking forward to the next trip.
The vegetarian restaurant in Pontianak was the most delicious thing I have ever had. Enak Sekali!
"I loved the trip. I have made new friends and had such an amazing experience.
Kodi you are amazing and made this trip such an amazing experience.”
“Life changing, challenging but rewarding. Amazing organisation, awesome job!”
Solid Trails is a travel company providing tours to Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia.
Founded by Kodi Twiner in 2015, with a vision to provide profoundly unique travel experiences that empower guests as global citizens, benefit local communities and forge partnerships that span seas and cultural chasms.
For more information about the tour and to book online visit our website.