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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
Talk by Dr Kae Kawanishi: Conservation of Critically Endangered Malayan Tigers – 4pm, Weds 27 Jan, NUS
Dr Kae Kawanishi is a tiger biologist and General Manager of the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT). She is a strong advocate of partnerships between governments, NGOs and civil society for wildlife conservation. Come find out about the threats faced by the surviving 300 critically endangered Malayan Tigers and what people living in Singapore are doing to safeguard a critical tiger habitat from poaching and deforestation.
Date: 27 January 2016, Wednesday
Time: 4PM – 5PM
Venue: SIM University, 461 Clementi Road at LT B.5.03 (Blk B Level 5)
If you are interested, please register at: http://goo.gl/forms/yaDqZ4i1Yb
More info on (MYCAT)
Challenges to tiger conservation are multi-faceted and finding solutions to the problems faced by the species requires an integrated conservation approach, which is the foundation of the establishment of MYCAT in September 2003.
MYCAT is an alliance of the Malaysian Nature Society, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society-Malaysia Programme and WWF-Malaysia, supported by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia for joint implementation of the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan for Malaysia.
Support them by purchasing 2016 calendars on the MYCAT website.