Volunteer with us and help us to save the slow loris! Keep on reading!


What do our volunteers do?

Three to four research assistants at a time are required to collect data on the behaviour and ecology of wild slow lorises, using radio-tracking, nocturnal behaviour observation and habitat assessment. During the day, volunteers may help with our education and community projects. Volunteers are welcome any time of the year subject to availability. More information can be found in our volunteer guide below.

Where are we?

The field site of Cipaganti is situated in West Java, near the town of Garut. The accommodation is in our field station ‘Rumah Hijau’ (Green House). Students and assistants will all be responsible for housekeeping, cooking, and costs are shared. Local mobile networks are well-developed. Internet Cafe is located a short 15 minute motorbike ride down the hill.


Ideally, volunteers will have experience with foreign travel (ideally in the tropics); basic experience of working on a scientific research project (e.g. undergraduate dissertation), collecting and working systematically with data, and have a passion to watch animals (even lazy ones on a cold dark night!). They must be mature, responsible, reliable, open, flexible, healthy, able to work independently but also as part of a team, be highly motivated. Nocturnal work can be hard, especially in rainy and cold nights, and when animals decide that they do not want to be seen. Life in the research station may not permit a lot of personal space (rooms have to be shared). The applicant should have above average social skills, and must be happy to take her/his share in housekeeping and cooking. Although there is good mobile phone and e-mail communication, sometimes things do not work and the applicant must be comfortable being unplugged. Applicants must have a tolerance towards local customs and beliefs (women have to be dressed appropriately and cannot smoke/drink in public) and be comfortable with other conditions and risks like Indonesian-style bathrooms or rare confrontations with noxious plants or animals. Applicants must be willing to learn about the methods used to study the lorises, their environment and the people they live alongside. Applicants must also realise that this is not a holiday, but that they may be working 40 or more hours a week to follow animals, maintain the field station and enter the data.

This is a volunteer position and the applicant is responsible for their return flight to Jakarta, visa, comprehensive travel and medical insurance. The current field station rate is available on request, and varies depending upon length of stay, but includes two vegan meals per day six days per week, accommodation, use of project equipment and guides. We recommend that volunteers, however, bring their own headlamp and we will suggest appropriate models, as seen here but with added red filter. We can provide volunteers with information on how to fund raise before their trip.

Term of Appointment:

  • – Academic interns/placement students (>6 months)
  • – Short term volunteers (<2 months)

Application Deadline:


Contact Information:
Sharon McCabe, Field Station Coordinator
Anna Nekaris, Project Director


LFP_Application Form 

LFP Volunteer Guide

Volunteer and Field Staff Outputs

Your time with LFP will contribute to a valuable scientific, popular, education and possibly academic literature on the ecosystem in which slow lorises live in West Java, as well as they people with whom they live. Click on the links to see the work of our previous volunteers.

Ecology and Conservation – Java

Rode-Margono EJ, Nekaris KAI. (2014) Impact of climate and moonlight on a venomous mammal, the Javan slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus). Contributions to Zoology.

Spaan D, Williams M, Wirdateti, Semiadi G, Nekaris KAI (2014). Use of raised plastic water-pipes by Common Palm Civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus for habitat connectivity in an anthropogenic environment in West Java, Indonesia. Small Carnivore Conservation.

Philips J, D. Spaan, Wirdateti, & KAI Nekaris. Does the Critically Endangered Javan slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus) reuse sleeping sites? Summer Meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain. Winner of the student poster presentation.

Putri PR, Wirdateti, & KAI Nekaris. Javan slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus) behavioural response toward observer and habitat use in a human-dominated habitat. Summer Meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain. Received a scholarship from the Student Conference on Conservation Science Cambridge.

Ecology and Conservation – Asia

Fuller G, Grow N, Iryantoro, Wirdateti, Nekaris KAI (In review). Use of chemical weapons in predator-prey interactions by venomous mammals, the slow lorises Nycticebus coucang and Nycticebus javanicus. Toxinology

Moore RS, Wihermanto, KAI Nekaris (2014) Compassionate conservation, rehabilitation, & translocation of Indonesian slow lorises. Endangered Species Research.

Grow N, Wirdateti, Nekaris KAI (2015). Does the fatal impact of slow loris venom on arthropods relate to an ectoparasite defense function? Toxicon

Gray A, Wirdateti, Nekaris KAI (2015). Use of exudate-based enrichment to improve the welfare of captive slow lorises (Nycticebus spp.) rescued from the illegal pet trade in Indonesia. Endangered Species Research

Wildlife Trade

Musing L, Nekaris KAI  (in press). Crossing international borders: the trade of slow lorises, Nycticebus spp., as pets in Japan. Asian Primates.

Nijman V, Nekaris KAI. (2014) Traditions, taboos and trade in slow lorises in Sundanese communities in southern Java, Indonesia. Endangered Species Research.

Osterberg P, Nekaris KAI. (2015) The conservation implications of the use of photo prop animals for tourists in Thailand: a slow loris case study (Nycticebus spp.). TRAFFIC Bulletin.

Social Networking and Education

Webster S, Musing L, Gil Vázquez A, Nekaris KAI. 2015. Recent trends in perception of threatened slow lorises (Nycticebus spp.) on Web 2.0 site YouTube and implications for social media reporting policies. Summer Meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain. Winner of the student poster presentation.

Musing L, Cannon T, Nekaris KAI. 2014. The modern social organization of primates and its implications for primate conservation. Winter Meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain.

Gil Vázquez A., Nekaris KAI. 2014. Primates in movies: perceptions and alternatives to using real primates. Summer Meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain.

What Previous Volunteers Said about LFP:

Peter Roberts, 2015 Volunteer– “Project Fireface has been an amazing first experience in field research and has taught me that community outreach is an essential part of any conservation effort. Go Team Fireface!”

Anna Zango Palau, 2014 Volunteer – “Working in this project allowed me to learn about research, conservation and daily life: without a doubt it has been one of the best experiences that I have ever had.”

Josie Phillips, 2013-14 Volunteer – “The biggest and boldest decision I ever made was to go out to Java and work for LFP. I don’t think any of it felt real until I opened my eyes on the first day in Cipaganti. I received such a warm reception from the Java team that I immediately felt welcomed onto the team. The experiences I had during my time with LFP are comparable to nothing else. I made some wonderful friends who I would travel the world to see again in a heartbeat. I cried when I saw my first loris in the wild and I cried after I saw my first loris from the wildlife trade. Fighting for the slow loris will forever be ingrained into me and not a day goes by where I don’t think about those little firefaces in the forests of Java. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to work with LFP. The whole experience made me a much braver person and I wouldn’t have to think twice about diving into another adventure with the project” 


9 thoughts on “Volunteering

  1. Hi there,

    what a fantastic website, cant belive it has taken so long for me to find it.

    Anyway todays news of the loris species update has prompted me to contact your org. I own a simple eco camp in Sabah, next to the Poring National Park, we have resident slow loris around the camp, I would welcome to chance to collaborate in anyway be it accepting some volunteers to study the loris at Lupa Masa or any other suggestions/ideas you may have.

    The Loris are there very often and usually easy to see of course.

    I look forward to your reply,

    Best regards,

    Tom Hewitt

  2. Recently attended one of Dr. Nekaris’ lectures at Bangor Venom day and would love to get involved! A friend and I are considering volunteering over the Summer, are any placements available?

  3. Recently viewed Dr Nekars’s documentary on the plight of the slow loris and found it heart breaking , as I have with the plight of many other species on our planet . No worse situation could nature have allowed than man being the top predator . Humanity ? Where ?
    I don’t have the qualifications to volunteer for a trip to Java unfortunately , but if I could help in any other way I would be more than happy to assist .

  4. I am a flight attendant and have access to travel. What other volunteer opportunities besides the specialist position are available? I am not qualified for that however, I would love to donate my time. I keep seeing the YouTube videos circulating and have referred The Little Fireface Project to all of my FB friends. Also, if you can come up with some kind of educational/volunteer opportunities about the Slow Loris for people, I can post flyers’ within our ops network. Thank you and I hope to be of some assistance

    • thanks for your kind message! if you can email us at littlefireface@gmail.com we can talk about possibilities. We also are very happy to write articles and provide photographs for inflight magazines. If we can discuss what is needed in a flier we can look into making something. Thanks!!!

  5. This research is great! I’m currently doing a project on the Javan slow loris at Washington University and was hoping to get more information on your field site in Cipaganti, as well as other commonly used field sites in Java! Thanks!

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