3 spaces left for the Citizens Action for Tigers Trek – 22 to 25 Sept 2016, Malaysia

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3 places left in the upcoming CAT walk. Support tiger conservation and get the chance to walk where tigers still roam! If you can’t make it to this one, the next one is in Nov.

What is CAT?

The Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) program involves participants walking on the trails where the Malayan Tiger and other wildlife have been recorded. Since 2010, more than 200 CAT walks have been done by more than a thousand volunteer participants from over 31 countries. The CAT program is run by the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT).

Malayan Tiger Corridor Trek Trip

For this 4 Day 3 Night trip – Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September 2016:

Cost per adult/non-student, based on a group of 8 pax = RM$960 (S$320)

Cost per adult/non-student, based on a group of 7 pax = RM$1097 (S$366)

Cost per adult/non-student, based on a group of 6 pax = RM$1280 (S$426)

Cost per student/repeat cat walker, based on a group of 8 pax = RM$720 (S$240)

Cost includes car transfers KL-Merapoh, guided treks, night drive, and village guesthouse accomodation.

Cost excludes coach Singapore-KL, and meals.

Why Support CAT?

In Peninsular Malaysia, there were about 3000 Malayan Tigers  in the 1950s. Presently there are less than 300 individuals. This sub-species is now on the extreme edge of extinction.

The presence of walkers on these trails will discourage illegal and destructive activities such as:

-poaching of wildlife

-cutting of forest trees

-burning of forest

-clearing forest for illegal plantation

 

Our survey walks will:

-report on animal snares and traps encountered so that they can be de-activated

-submit evidence of wildlife poaching activities encountered to the Wildlife Crime Hotline so that they can be investigated and stopped

-look for signs of wildlife such as Sun bear claw marks on trees, tiger paw prints and hoof marks on the trails, and observing wildlife encountered while on the trek.

-we support the local Batek Orang Asli native people community by engaging them as our guides.

 

Itinerary & program:
Day 1 Thursday 22 Sept:

8.00am – Board coach to KL

1.00pm – Arrive in KL, have lunch.

2.00pm – Pick up by van transfer to Merapoh, Sungei Yu.

5.00pm – Check-in village guest house.

7.00pm – Dinner in village

 

Day 2 Friday 23 Sept:

7.30am – Breakfast in village, pack lunch to go on whole day survey-trek.

8.00am – Leave for tiger survey-trek Trail 1

4.00pm – Back in village

7.00pm – Dinner in Gua Musang (Civet Cave) town

 

Day 3 Saturday 24 Sept:

7.30am – Breakfast in village

8.00am – Leave for tiger survey-trek Trail 2

1.00pm – Back in village for lunch

2.00pm – Visit MYCAT Sungei Yu Reforestation Site (refer below for details on our fun activities there)

7.00pm – Dinner in village

8.00pm – Night drive to look for wildlife

11.00pm – Back in village house

 

Day 4 Sunday 25 Sept:
7.30am – Breakfast in village

9.00am – Leave for KL

2.00pm – Arrive at KL coach station, lunch

3.30pm – Board coach for Singapore (actual time to be confirmed)

9.00pm – Arrive in Singapore

 

Visit to the reforestation site:

The MYCAT reforestation project site was recently launched on 29 July 2016. The site is under a portion of the longest elevated viaduct at Sungei Yu. The aim is to cover the de-forested site with native vegetation to encourage wildlife to use it as a green corridor to travel between the Titiwangsa central forests and Taman Negara. Participants will get a crash course on how to hands-on do maintenance on such a site to ensure the planted vegetation will survive and grow, and learn about native plants and their specific symbiosis with wildlife. We may also get to do some planting at the site with saplings sourced from the nursery of the Batek Orang Asli village nearby.

 

To join the trip, contact MYCAT: mycat.so@malayantiger.net

Joint Master of Science in Communication – NUS & ANU

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The NUS-ANU Joint M.Sc. in Science Communication aims to foster in its participants the skills necessary to:

  • be competent, confident, effective communicators of science and technology to the general public and school-age audiences
  • develop materials for effective communication to non-specific audiences
  • propose and supervise project work and other scientific activities
  • develop strong lifelong learning habits

Applicants seeking admission to the course for the NUS-ANU Joint M.Sc. degree program in Science Communication must have a Bachelor degree in Science with Honours (or equivalent) from a reputable university.

http://www.science.nus.edu.sg/education/graduate/pg-joint-msc-science-comm

Real Life Pokemon of Singapore – Sean Yap

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Besides otters, Singapore has plenty of wildlife to look out for instead of virtual cartoons. Sean Yap, a student at NUS, started the Real Life Pokemon of Singapore page to show the cooler and real life versions of Pokemon characters. Here are some of my favourites:

Sandslash // Pangolin

 

 

Ferroseed // Durian
From Sean “Paras & Parasect are cicada nymphs infected by Cordyceps fungus. Ever noticed that when Paras evolves into Parasect, its eyes become all blank and possessed-looking? If you thought the pokemon you were training was a bug, guess again – it was a fungus the whole time! Zombies may not walk among us yet, but they sure plague the insect kingdom. Most fungi obtain their nutrients from decaying organisms, but Cordyceps prey on insects that are still alive and kicking – they NEED to. What the diabolical fungus does when a spore lands on an insect is to send its root-like mycelium into the insect, invading and eventually replacing host tissue. Some of these have the ability to alter the insects’ behaviour, encouraging them to climb to higher ground and hang on to an exposed branch with the last of their strength in order to put the growing fungus in the optimal position to spread its spores and further infect other insects. For every group of insect there is, there is likely a specific cordyceps species that targets it. Thankfully, this hasn’t latched on to mammals yet, otherwise a zombie outbreak would be VERY real (this is the entire premise of the game The Last of Us). “

 

Click here for the full Straits Times article on Sean and his love of Pokemon and nature.

Moth Workshop Weekend , Malaysia – 11 to 13 Nov

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Learn how to observe, document and conserve moths! This workshop will introduce participants to the magical world of mothing in one of the world’s most exotic and easy to access tropical moth recording locations, in the heart of montane forest just 100km from Kuala Lumpur. Moths are a critical component of the food web and provide key ecosystem services for humans, as well as being the major component one of the megadiverse insect orders (Lepidoptera).

The workshop introduces moth ecology, how to observe, photograph and record moths, and will guide you through the major South-east Asian moth families. Field sessions (weather permitting) will allow participants to get hands on practical experience and give the opportunity to put skills to the test. Whilst no collecting of specimens is allowed during this workshop, there will be thought given to this issue.

Workshop Registration Cost: 500 MYR (payable in advance to ReallyWild Place).

Email reallywildplace@gmail.com for booking and payment. ONLY 15 places available

Accommodations: http://www.fraserhill.info/

More info on the workshop: https://www.facebook.com/events/165980480491848/

OCBC NParks Cycle-In Movie – Sat 20 Aug, 4 to 10 pm, Parkland Green

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The International Bicycle Film Festival x Singapore Eco Film Festival (SGEFF)  partnership will kick off this Aug 20 at the Ride Safe event. Drop by their booth to find out more about cycling, sustainability and the 1st SGEFF (10 to 13 Nov)!

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