Wildlife & Rainforest Conservation, Merapoh, Malaysia

Company : Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
Activities: Animal Volunteer Projects / Community Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Summer Volunteer Programs
Country: Malaysia
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 250 to 1000 £ Pound (UK)

Based in the Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor, linking Taman Negara and the main Tittiwangsa Range of rainforest, we patrol a large area of rainforest.

This work deters poachers, dearment of illegal traps and snares, and document poachers camps and activities and helps elephants, tapir, sun bears, gibbons and tigers

Merapoh is a small village at the western gate of Malaysia’s premier national park –Taman Negara. The western gate to Taman Negara is great for the adventure seekers and independent travelerslookingfor a true rainforest adventure. The village is surrounded by numerous limestone outcrops which provide a dramatic backdrop to the area. 

The rainforest here has been protected by the government and is the last connection of unbroken rainforest between Taman Negara and the main spinal forest of Malaysia.  The Malayan Tiger has only 250-340 individuals left in the wild and the corridor that we protect is vital for their survival.  The forest is also home to local tribes people, the Batek, who still practicea hunting and gatheringlifestyle. 

In 2015 we have helped them to establish their own bamboo school and started English, maths and Malaysian Language lessons 3 times a week. We are also helping them to document their culture –language and creating a foraging and forest usage map.


Conservation Activities

  • Poacher Patrols
  • Destroying illegal traps and snares
  • Reporting above data to government, including location of poacher encampments
  • Trekking in areas off traditional routes to cover as much area as possible.
  • Work with University of Science, Malaysia to expand research in the area.


Community Activities

  • A community-based conservation project with the local Batek community, and this project is in its early developments – making this a very exciting stage!
  • Teaching English in their school, to help Batek become guides
  • Purchasing traditional craft, whilst bringing in visitors who respect their way of life
  • We pay for local Batek guides
  • Bring custom to a range of local community vendors

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