Why Choose This Project?
- Your participation not only helps in deterring poachers, but it also helps to fund patrols to protect the last vital connection of forests and its inhabitants between the two main patches of rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia.
- Your participation through volunteering and moral support will also help with the Bateq education project and providing alternative livelihoods for the Malay Community.
About the Project
This rainforest research volunteer project is run by Malayan Rainforest Station and is located near the Sungai Yu wildlife corridor which connects the two significant conservation areas of Taman Negara and the Titiwangsa Range. The rainforest here is thought to be over 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Under the ancient canopy, there is an explosion of wildlife that calls this place home. Particularly impressive is the area’s birdlife, including colourful hornbills, trogons and bee-eaters, all busily going about their lives in the rainforest.
One of the goal of MRS and the rainforest research volunteer project is to protect the area’s wildlife from poaching, which is a problem in Malaysia’s rainforests. As a rainforest research volunteer, you will join the team on patrols, in which they search for evidence of human activities and deter poachers by their presence in the rainforest. On these treks, you will also learn to identify and record tracks left by the jungle’s giants: elephants, tigers, sun bears, tapirs and gibbons. Learn more about the project and its impacts in 2019.
The station’s first peer reviewed paper is as follows
Sighting of Petaurista petaurista on limestone hills in Merapoh, Malaysia
Volunteer Project Details
Arrival | Briefing and Orientation | Biodiversity and Conservation Training
Start of the week
Conservation Trek at Site 1 | Community work & Night market visit | Assist with research project | Caving | Community engagement | Nocturnal Survey
Conservation Trek Site 2 & 3 | Community engagement | Assist with research projects | Nocturnal Survey
End of the week & Weekend
Camping | Plogging @ Kg Merapoh | Precious Plastic & Science class with Malay Kids | Nocturnal Survey | English class for Kids & Adults | Departure
* Detailed itinerary will be provided after booking with us.
Walks are generally 3-4 hours long depending on the group and the route chosen. These jungle walks are fascinating and will really allow you to feel like one of the animals in the forest. You will get to document pugmarks, collect camera trap data and lookout for signs of humans and poachers. If any snares are found, the GPS locations will be recorded and the snares will be destroyed. Even old discarded snares continue to catch animals so it is vital that they are removed to prevent any further harm. This is an effort to deter these activities in what is essentially a wildlife highway. Our presence in the forest acts as a useful deterrent.
A medium to high level of fitness is required for these Jungle walks. The walks are supposed to be slow to enable the guides to search for tracks and animal signs. It is advisable for you to talk to your doctor if you have health concerns and/or to train before you come to join us to ensure that you can enjoy and participate fully in this project.
There are over 70 limestone caves in the Merapoh region. The caves are fantastic – some even have rivers and Waterfalls inside! These caves are home to various animals including thousands of swifts that group together at sunset. The Batek people have also used these caves for centuries so you may spot some of their many cave drawings on your visit.
We visit these caves to support local ecotourism efforts and to show the government the importance and significance of saving limestone hills and its diversity from the threat of mining.
Overnight Camp in the forest
On Saturday night we will camp over night in the forest. You will either go with our team or with members of the Bateq people. Either way you will have a night to remember. Think, pitching tents, cooking on a fire and listening to the sounds of the forest. Camping is the best way to experience the tropical rainforest!
**Closed for 2020**
Project fees include staff wages for both conservation and Bateq education project and house maintenance and rental for 12 months, patrol fees when no volunteers present, research equipment and upkeep etc.
The volunteer programme package includes all daily meals:
Breakfast – We normally take breakfast in the house, cereals, toast etc. You can also try some local breakfast at the nearby food stalls.
Lunch – You will be provided with packed lunches. The packed lunches are normally traditional bread (Roti Canai), rice, with fish or chicken and some veggies. If you have any diet restrictions please inform us.
Dinner – The team normally cook and eat at home in the evenings. You will however have opportunities to eat out at both Merapoh (Monday) and Gua Musang (Thursday) night markets. You will also have the pleasure of eating a traditional Malay meal with a Malay family on Wednesday.
When Camping – On Saturday you will camp out eating bamboo-cooked rice, vegetables and chicken.
You will be staying at the project house in Merapoh, which is located at the heart of Malaysia. Basic services and facilities available.
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