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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: email@example.com
The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) is calling for 100,000 signatures to seek justice for the Malayan tiger by Global Tiger Day on 29 July 2016.
The online petition also calls for strengthened prosecution against wildlife crime and better protection for Tiger habitats and can be signed online, not just by Malaysian citizens at bit.do/mycatpetition
“Time and again Malaysia has seen Tiger traffickers and traders get away with a slap on the wrist, although the law allows for so much more. Why should they get away with lenient sentences, when Tigers get the death penalty?” said Dr Kae Kawanishi, Tiger biologist and MYCAT General Manager.
Read the FULL petition at bit.do/harimau.
(Read the full article from TRAFFIC here)
Green Drinks: Addressing Human-Orangutan Conflict in Agricultural Landscapes around the Leuser Ecosystem, Northern Sumatra – 7pm, 30 March
This month, we are delighted to have Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founding Director of Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), with us. He will share how his organisation addresses the conflict between humans and orang utans in the Leuser Ecosystem of North Sumatra.
Background to Panut’s talk
The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) is an Indonesian conservation NGO working for the protection of rainforests, the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and thousands of other species sharing their habitat. The OIC promotes conservation amongst communities living adjacent to the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) of the Leuser Ecosystem, helping them protect and improve their livelihoods and, in the process, safeguarding an ecosystem of vital importance in the global fight against climate change.
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Primatewatching.com is a website set up by Andie Ang “to support primate watching and appreciation” and to help monitor primates, as many species are quickly slipping towards extinction. She was one of the researchers that helped to compile the list of Top 25 Most Endangered Asian primates, which will be released later this year. This specialist group meeting was hosted by WRS and organized by their Conservation Research Team. Great job once again!
In the meantime, you can check out the most recent publication on 25 of the World’s Most Endangered Primates, Primates in Peril – on this list, five species are from Madagascar, five from Africa, 10 from Asia, and five from Central and South America.
Any one interested to learn more and/or help with Andie with her efforts should get in touch with her. We’ll be hosting a storytelling and sharing session with her soon so stay tuned!
In the meantime, here’s one of many videos by her. Chill for a minute with this Southern Yellow-Cheeked Crested Gibbon:
To raise awareness on the little known Critically Endangered vertebrates identified by the Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP!), the Croeni Foundation will be giving $5000 to the winner of their Almost Famous competition according to the following guidelines:
- Post about one of the ASAP species on your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
- Your post MUST include a link to the species’ www.speciesonthebrink.org profile page generated with the URL Builder below, as well as a hashtag #AlmostFamous.
- You can make as many posts as you like, on any of your social media channels, as frequently as you wish. The post content should aim to raise the awareness of the species, provide information about it or the threats it faces. You can make posts about different ASAP species (remember to include the link to the correct www.speciesonthebrink.org species profile page, generated with the URL Builder below), there is no limit on how many species you can or want to champion.
- Your posts need to be accessible to the public, i.e. they can be viewed by anyone and not have any special privacy settings.
- By the end of February 2016, select your 3 most popular posts and email us their screenshot and link.
- The post popularity is measured by the number of ‘shares/re-tweets’ and ‘likes’ it receives. Each ‘share/re-tweet’ (or its equivalent, depending on the social media channel) is worth 2 points, while each ‘like’ (or its equivalent, depending on the social media channel) is worth 1 point.
- The points from the ‘shares’ and ‘likes’ of your 3 most popular posts will be added up together and the person/organization with the highest points total will be declared a winner.
- Croeni Foundation reserves the right to announce your or your organization’s name as the prize winner on our website, social media, printed materials, and other communication channels.
- The prize will be transferred to the winner by a direct bank transfer within 1 month from the date of the winner announcement.
For the Species URL Builder and more details, please visit www.croeni.org/almostfamous or get in touch via info @ croeni.org
Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP!) is an interagency coalition to address the extinction risk among the most threatened non-marine vertebrates of Southeast Asia. Organizations within the international conservation community are joining forces to minimise impending extinctions in this area of the world, where habitat loss, trade and hunting has contributed to a dramatic loss of its rich and incredible biodiversity.
How Will the Asian Species Action Partnership Work?
As a matter of urgency, reverse the declines in the wild of Critically Endangered freshwater and land vertebrates in South-east Asia.
ASAP aims to:
- catalyze urgent actions to reduce immediate threats causing the decline of ASAP species by filling knowledge gaps, initiating new initiatives for species recovery
- strengthen ongoing conservation action by facilitating partnerships, raising profiles and increasing financial support
- convene and support dialogue among stakeholders by helping coordinate and streamline action
- improve efficiency and impact of conservation action by promoting conservation best practice for species planning and impact monitoring
ASAP’s key role will be in catalyzing action to meet the conservation needs of a critical list of species. Shortfalls which are currently failing these species need to be identified and addressed, like improved access to funding, better species-specific information and gaining higher-level political leverage to influence policy and shape interventions.
ASAP will also help to identify and prioritize what the needs of species are on the ground, for example, determining the specific threats that need to be removed or mitigated and how – often through one or more of securing critical sites and breaking trade networks. ASAP also needs to facilitate safeguarding of populations where threat reduction may not now be enough e.g., through captive breeding programs.
In summary, ASAP faces some very stiff challenges by targeting high-risk species already facing a serious threat of extinction. Through the development of, for example, a strengthened network of specialists, a heightened global awareness of the urgency of action required, and an increased commitment to conservation by donors or governments in the region, ASAP aims to save species rather than witness their accelerated loss.