Help to protect some of Malaysia’s most threatened jungle species, including tigers, leopards and elephants, on this important and adventurous conservation project. During your first week, you’ll join a team working on the outskirts of one of the oldest rainforests on the planet; the ancient Taman Negara jungle is thought to be over 130 million years old and is home to leopards, sun bears, elephants and Malayan tigers. Learn how to identify animal tracks as you trek through thick jungle, helping to deter poachers and spot traps. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit amazing limestone caves and join the indigenous Batek ladies on foraging walks. Get back to nature with an overnight jungle camp, and help run a Conservation English session for the local village children.
For the second and third weeks of the project, you’ll head to the Perhentian Islands, named by CNN in 2013 as the ‘number one beach location in Malaysia’, where you’ll volunteer to help conserve turtles. You’ll swim and snorkel in the sparkling seas, taking non-intrusive photos of turtles to contribute to important identification research. You’ll also help to guard the eggs of nesting turtles on the beaches at night, making sure that poachers can’t steal them. On this conservation project you’ll have the chance to explore some of the most beautiful parts of Malaysia whilst also learning about and helping to protect its fantastic wildlife.
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Pioneering Research and Conservation Work: Help to gather vital data by photographing sea turtles in the waters around the Perhentian Islands, and help to reduce poaching in the Taman Negara area. Contribute to research which will be important for conserving threatened tigers and turtles in the future.
Tiger Tracking: Learn how to spot animal tracks and signs, and watch as the forest reveals its hidden secrets. Follow in the footsteps of poachers and try to find their fatal snares so that the traps can be removed from the forest and one more Malayan tiger might be saved.
Rainforest Camp and Caving: Learn more about indigenous ways of life and enjoy the sounds of nature’s orchestra as you camp under the forest canopy with the Batek people. Visit the unique labyrinthine Merapoh caves and discover hidden waterfalls, rivers and cave drawings.
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What makes this experience sustainable?
Some of Malaysia’s most iconic and defining wildlife are under threat. On land, only around 250-340 Malayan Tigers are thought to remain in the wild, whilst below the water two of four sea turtle species (the Leatherback and the Olive Ridley Turtle) face extinction. The survival of several species including Malayan tigers, leopards, elephants and sun bears, depends on whether or not they are able to pass safely through the jungle corridor that connects the Taman Negara National Park with West Malaysia’s main mountain range in order to breed. This project works alongside the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) and the Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) to share data that can help reduce human impacts (both legal and illegal) in the area.
Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are home to a significant population of green sea turtles, but due in part to oil spills from production platforms and tankers in the area’s waters there are only approximately 300 nestings each year. Volunteers on this project help to carry out photo identification research which will be used to establish ‘movement maps’ for the island’s turtle population; data is passed on to relevant bodies for use in the creation of management plans. Volunteers also carry out crucial night-watches on the island’s beaches, helping to deter poachers and allowing government officials to safely move the turtle eggs to a hatchery at the Department of Fisheries.
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- 3 meals per day
- Accommodation (mixed dormitory with shared bathroom in a staff house)
- Tribal Guide and English speaker guide
- Tribal village visit
- Half-day limestone caving
- Donation of Rm200 for 2 additional poacher surveillance trekking days
- Travel from Taman Negara, Merapoh to Kuala Besut
- Return ferry
- Mixed sex dormitory with shared bathroom
- Snorkel tour and snorkel gear
- All activities as per itinerary
- Turtle conservation
- Transport to Merapoh
- Transport from Kuala Besut
- Travel Insurance
- Spending money for personal purchases, evening socializing, and pre and post project travel
- Expenses of a personal nature (soap, laundry, snacks etc)
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- If the company receives notice to cancel 30 days or more before the date of departure, an administrative fee of approximately £18 per person will be levied.
- If notice of the cancellation is received 29 days or less before the date of departure the following charges will apply: 15 - 29 working days before the date of departure = approx. £45 per person; 8 - 14 working days before the date of departure = 20% of full cost; 3 - 7 working days before the date of departure = 40% of full cost; 2 working days or less before the date of departure = 100% of full cost.