HOW VOLUNTEERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Thanks to the devoted support of two voluntary helpers, work in the rescue and rehabilitation station of our Sumatran-Orangutan-Conservation-Programme, has been considerably made easier in recent months.
The British couple Nigel and Sara Hicks have devoted themselves to volunteering. For the protection of the orangutans, they founded a foundation: OVA – Orangutan Vetenary Aid. The couple spends around six months a year as volunteers in Indonesia or Malaysia. They provide their knowledge and energy as veterinarian and veterinary assistant. This year, Sarah and Nigel operated and nursed many orangutans in our rescue and rehabilitation station.
In addition to this support, Sarah and Nigel’s organization OVA made it possible to upgrade medical devices. The new mobile X-ray unit has allowed the SOCP team to ensure that the patients of our station can be treated as precisely as possible and without delay. In addition, a more cautious method of anesthesia could be introduced: thanks to the donation of a new anesthesia device, the orangutans are sedated for an imminent operation using isofloris gas instead of an injection. This means less stress for the affected patients. Last but not least: A heart rate monitor completed the upgrade. It facilitates veterinary medicine and allows improved treatment of our orangutans.
We would like to thank OVA and all volunteers who spend time, sweat and money in our projects! Without their support, our way would sometimes be a lot more difficult, sometimes even impossible!