Community Engagement Project

School Visit 3

Orangutan Appeal UK recognises that it is crucial to collaborate with the local community when working to meet our objectives in Borneo. We have carefully designed our approach to engender a sense of ownership over local nature and to highlight the environmental, economic and cultural benefits of living in close proximity with orangutans. In line with this ethos we recruit our staff from the local community and have also developed environmental education programmes for local school children.

School Visit 1

Lack of awareness among the local population can be one of the biggest problems for orangutan conservation. This is because many locals may simply be unaware of how endangered orangutans actually are. They also might not realize how their actions can cause harm to wildlife and endanger the orangutan’s future survival.

We have therefore been working with the Sabah Environment Education Network (SEEN). This is a scheme which consists of interested government agencies, educational institutions and NGOs wanting to enhance environmental education in the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Our team have been delivering tailored education programmes to local children aged 6 to 18 years old since 2012. Since then they have presented to thousands of youngsters throughout Sabah. The team have found that the children have lots of enthusiasm and are easy to engage. This is partly because the orangutans tell their own story by just being so charming and full of character. Our team members teach the children about their careers as wildlife wardens and provide fantastic role models for the students.

We hope that this work is inspiring the next generation of wildlife guardians and decision makers and enhancing the perceived value of a career in wildlife conservation. Our current staff members are dedicated and knowledgeable individuals who bring expert knowledge of the local environment and wildlife to their roles. Their confidence and motivation can in turn inspire the younger generations to stand up for wildlife.

School Visit 2

Community Engagement is just one of the many ways that we help orangutan conservation. If you would like to support this and other projects that we run, you can donate to the charity by visiting our Donations Page. Thank you.