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Festival of Biodiversity Speaker Series – May 27 & 28

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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:

Enough is Enough! No More Dead Tigers – Deadline 29 July

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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

“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

(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

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Green Drinks Singapore

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.

Big thanks to Nor Lastrina of Singapore Youth for Climate Action for helping to coordinate this session, and to SingJazz Club for hosting us once again.

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.

To address the conflict between human and orangutans, the OIC has been involved in various…

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Welcome the Monkey Year with!

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monkeyear 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:

Yellow-Cheeked Crested Gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae) feeding | Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam from Andie Ang on Vimeo.

Croeni Foudation $5k Award for #almostfamous ASAP species – Deadline End Feb 2016

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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:

  1. Post about one of the ASAP species on your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
  2. Your post MUST include a link to the species’ profile page generated with the URL Builder below, as well as a hashtag #AlmostFamous.
  3. 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 species profile page, generated with the URL Builder below), there is no limit on how many species you can or want to champion.
  4. Your posts need to be accessible to the public, i.e. they can be viewed by anyone and not have any special privacy settings.
  5. By the end of February 2016, select your 3 most popular posts and email us their screenshot and link.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 or get in touch via info @