Photo Credit: Lim Wee Siong

Trailblazer conservation

31.05.2012

Tramping through the forest with a large backpack, slashing through the bush with a machete, providing food for bloodthirsty mosquitoes and leeches, and conducting trail maintenance work… what kind of holiday is that? Well, that’s what ‘volunteering’ in the CAT Trailblazer is all about.
Watch a video diary blog of a volunteer participating in trailblazing, a creative conservation activity that the SOS-funded tiger conservation project in Malaysia applies.

Creative way to cross a stream
Credits : Paul Colclough

 “I have walked and camped in my fair share of jungles but this TRAILBLAZER trip was one of the few rare occasions where a jungle experience was stretched a few notches up. An absolutely satisfying experience with a sigh of relief at the end of it all. This is an area in Taman Negara that has neither been logged nor seen much human activity. A place inhabited by flora and fauna of all shapes and sizes – where humans are probably the aliens and misfits. The sort of place that stretches your comfort zone and tests your ability to mentally overcome challenges.”

MYCAT’s (Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers) Trailblazer programme lets the public trek into Taman Negara National Park, an ancient rainforest where few have been. For five days Trailblazer volunteers backpack and maintain the Park borders with rangers from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia, while deterring poachers and preventing encroachment. MYCAT’s Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) programme began in 2010 with guided CAT Walks in the forests outside Taman Negara, where volunteers conduct recreational activities in encroachment hotspots while keeping an eye out for illegal activities. In 2011, CAT was expanded to include CAT Trailblazer.

Read the story on IUCN blog here.

MYCAT’s Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) programme began in 2010 with guided CAT Walks in the forests outside Taman Negara, where volunteers conduct recreational activities in encroachment hotspots while keeping an eye out for illegal activities. In 2011, CAT was expanded to include CAT Trailblazer

CAT is supported by Save Our Species — a joint initiative of IUCN, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank which aims to ensure the long-term survival of threatened species and their habitats.

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