Last week we heard from Jenny who had just returned from a MYCAT walk in the Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor. This week we have a report straight from the field from the MYCAT team in Malaysia detailing how their outreach programme is deterring tiger poachers.
It is invaluable to hear from the local communities how outreach programmes like this make a huge impact on the future survival of tigers.
Threat to wildlife: people who poach. Hope for wildlife: people who care.
In April, the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) returned to Merapoh, the small town nearest to the Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor to conduct our third community outreach programme in the area.
The corridor is an 11 km stretch of forest that joins the two largest tiger habitats in Malaysia. This is vital for the future survival of tigers as it forms the world’s fifth largest tiger landscape. While development remains a threat, the greatest menace is poaching.
MYCAT, together with a team of 18 volunteers from all walks of life, were bringing the conservation message to persuade the community to see the forest and wildlife as a natural heritage resource. But first, we all went on a Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) Walk to experience first-hand the Sungai Yu forests that we are working to save.
The outreach started in the colourful local night market and our bright yellow booth with its display of wildlife parts and poaching paraphernalia drew crowds, while yellow-clad volunteers fanned out to meet the people. More....