This is a rainforest conservation experience to remember!
Go Jungle Trekking for Conservation in one of the Oldest Rainforest Ecosystems, next to Taman Negara. Poaching plays a large part in the demise of Malaysian wildlife. So you will help reduce this by taking part in anti-poaching patrols in the Sungai Yu wildlife corridor. It connects the national park Taman Negara and the Titiwangsa range. The regular jungle patrols track clues of human activities in the forest. You will also look for animal tracks, such as pugmarks or scratch marks from elephants, tigers, sun bears, tapir, gibbons and more. The conservation team record this data using GPS. Thus giving an insight into how successful the wildlife corridor is.
Learn jungle skills with an aboriginal tribe
During your rainforest conservation experience, you will also have the incredible opportunity to learn bushcraft. Uniquely, you will go foraging and camping with the Bateq tribe. This aborinal forest tribe have called the rainforest their home for centuries. Sadly, their forests are being cleared for plantations. So this project helps them gain an income using their traditional forest skills.
Finally, you will explore the Limestone Caves, which still have species yet to be documented. The caves are under constant threat of by human activity. So showcasing their value in tourism prevents this crucial habitat from being destroyed.
Experience trekking through the Malaysian rainforest filled with spectacular and unique sight, smell and sounds. Assist the project staff with spotting any signs of animals or poaching activities. Here, you will also learn how to log the GPS coordinates of any pug marks, snares, land clearings or roadkill found.
Treks are usually 4-5 hours long depending on the group’s fitness and the route chosen. While the humidity and inevitable encounters with leeches are not for the faint-hearted, this is an unforgettable adventure!
The area is surrounded by a myriad of uniquely formed limestone caves with large internal structures and carvings, and some even have waterfalls and rivers inside. Volunteers will explore these caves and also get an opportunity to meet its inhabitants such as bats, swiftlets, etc.
There are plenty of other project activities to keep you busy during the week! You will conduct nocturnal surveys, help with English classes in the local village, play football with the Bateq children and explore the night market to try delicious local Malay food.
A full itinerary will be given to you upon arrival. Further details about getting to the project base will be given during booking.
Meet the Orang Asli
You will get the opportunity to meet the Local ‘Orang Asli’ (Malay for ‘original people’) who are from the Bateq tribe. The Bateq people are an indigenous ethnic group found in Peninsular Malaysia who have long lived within its rainforests for generations. Volunteers will learn bushcraft skills from the Bateq and will also get the opportunity to camp with the Bateq elders in the rainforest, a truly unique experience!
If you volunteer for 2 weeks or more, you will assist the project staff with teaching the Bateq kids basic Maths, English and Science. As well as being great fun, these learning sessions serve an important function since the Bateq kids do not attend the local school.
In 2018, the project achieved the following: