10 Animals You Will See While Volunteering at Tasikoki

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There are many different animals that call Tasikoki home. Some you will work with on a volunteer team like macaques and sun bears, and others you won’t work directly with but will be able to see while making your rounds at the rescue center.

Here is a list of 10 animals found at Tasikoki.

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1. Orangutans

Tasikoki has 2 resident orangutans, Is and Bento. Is was rescued directly from the illegal wildlife trade, and Bento was rescued from a family who was keeping him as a pet.

Bento is still standoffish towards humans, but Is enjoys interacting with the volunteers. You will probably find yourself playing his favorite game of keep away with a stick at least once while you are at Tasikoki.

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2. Macaques

You most certainly will hear and see the macaques! Their chirps can be heard throughout the rescue center, and with so many different enclosures, they are very hard to miss!

Right now Tasikoki has just under 100 macaques, but hopefully a good number of them will be released soon.

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3. Longtail Macaques

Tasikoki has 6 longtail macaques living at the center. Some of them can be quite shy to humans maybe because of their past working as tourist attractions……who could blame them.

My personal favorite is the all white long tail macaque named Hanoman (featured on 8/14 Photo Friday). He’s a very handsome monkey!

4. Sun Bears

You will find 3 sun bears living at Tasikoki, Bin Bin, Bon Bon, and Jelly, and you more than likely will fall in love with them. I mean look at that picture…..how cute is he!?

The volunteers work more closely with Bin Bin and Bon Bon because of their calm demeanor. Most of the time is spent making their enrichments and cleaning their enclosure.

Jelly is a bit aggressive right now, so he is separated from the other 2, but hopefully over time he will calm down be able to live with Bin Bin and Bon Bon.

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5. Crocodiles

There are 5 crocodiles at Tasikoki at the current moment. I personally did not get to see them, but if you ask on the right day, you might just get to watch them being fed….that is if you have a strong stomach.

I’ve heard it’s a bit unnerving hearing them crunch on the chicken bones.

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6. Cockatoos

Cockatoos make up a big part of the animal population at Tasikoki. The exotic bird trade is huge, and many illegal trade boats have been caught in transit with hundreds of birds that have been taken from the wild.

Like the macaques, hopefully some of the cockatoos will be able to be release in the future, but until then volunteers will keep making enrichments for them. 

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7. Cassowaries

Cassowaries are my favorite of all the birds. They are so interesting looking and they remind me of dinosaurs, which is probably why I like them so much. 

As intriguing as they are though, be sure to keep your distance. Cassowaries are known to be one of the top 10 most dangerous animals in Australia. One look at their massive claws, and you will see why.

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Sorry for the blurry pic, but the gibbons do not stay still for long. It’s the best I could do.

8. Gibbons

Tasikoki is home to 4 gibbons. 2 sisters live in a large enclosure near the orangutans and the other 2 are in separate enclosures by the enrichment house.

I only worked with the gibbons once, but I sure heard them every day…..or should I say, heard 1 of them. 

If you find yourself at Tasikoki for even 1 day, you will hear Betty the gibbon calling out.  

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9. Snakes

There are a couple of rescued snakes at the center, but snakes are on the list because there are so many living wild in the jungle itself. 

I think I saw at least 1 snake every week.

You shouldn’t be scared though. They normally will run away as soon as they see you.

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10. Barbirusa

Known as the “pig deer” you’ll actually find the rescued barbirusa in the enclosure with the herd of deer. They are a very interesting animal in deed with their 4 tusks, 2 that grow out the sides of their mouth and 2 that grow out of the center of their snout. 

Barbirusa numbers are declining due to habitat loss and poaching for their meat and tusks.

 

If you would you like to volunteer at Tasikoki and see these animals, check out their website for info on how to sign up. 

 

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