The Absolute Dream

After nearly eleven months, my time in Asia has come to a close. The visa I arranged for Australia a year in advance needs to be activated before October 10. I made this application so long ago for logistical reasons; if they need extra documentation, health checks, evidence of anything… this would be easier to … More The Absolute Dream

Rotation 5: Clinic #2

Back in clinic with the babies! My favourite rotation. This was another full on week! Whoever said never work with children or animals forgot the most manic option of all: infant animals…. the definition of a handful! The week was crazy! Poor little Archie (my favourite little fuzzball) was sick all week and Goman and … More Rotation 5: Clinic #2

Diving, Disaster and not doing Rotation 3: Jungle Trek

On my first three day break away from being an orangutan mother, I stole away for a slice of island life and a chance to take a day’s taster course in scuba diving. Discovery Scuba is an opportunity to see how comfortable you feel diving before committing to a full PADI qualification. After a five … More Diving, Disaster and not doing Rotation 3: Jungle Trek

Rotation 1: Husbandry

Week one; hands on with the orangutans, was a very exciting time. We had been cooped up in our guesthouse under “quarantine” for seven days and we’re starting to go stir crazy. Although we had gone into Sandakan to buy some groceries and wellies that we will need for work, as well as tour the … More Rotation 1: Husbandry

First Day Jitters

And suddenly it’s real. Lush greenery everywhere (Including the palm oil forestation surrounding me whilst landing which was not such a welcome sight). I had landed in Borneo. After 18 months of waiting, I was here. This bucket list item was about to be ticked off. And I was petrified. I hadn’t given it much … More First Day Jitters