More information about this Rainforest Conservation Practical CourseRainforest Conservation Practical Placement
Learn how to look for, and recognise animal traps in the rainforest and assist with the collection of presence data (scratching, pug marks etc). As well as looking for signs of animal movements and whereabouts, students also locate and remove discarded and new snares to prevent them from catching and injuring animals. Valuable tracking information is recorded and analysed by University Science Malaysia and passed onto various researchers.
Students have a unique opportunity to trek, forage and camp with the nomadic Batek people. The Batek people involved with this project are still very connected to the rainforest and are some of the few people who during hot spells can live in the forest for months without outside help. Learn authentic bush and survival skills like cooking in bamboo and sleeping under a traditional natural shelter. Unfortunately, the ‘developed’ world is catching up on the Batek as their forests are being cleared for plantations.
This project enables these people to gain an income while continuing to live in the forest. Merapoh is famous for wild limestone karsts, probably some of the best in Peninsular Malaysia (there are over 70 limestone caves in the region). Students will be able to join a local cave excursion team to explore these many caves that still have species yet to be documented and named by science. Some of the caves have rivers and waterfalls inside and volunteers will also be able to see Batek cave drawings.
Many of the caves are in the process of being cut down and quarried for their lime. An increased tourism presence at the caves demonstrates to the government and local people that the caves have great potential for tourism and this, in turn, promotes a reason for their preservation.
This is a fantastic way of gaining hands-on conservation experience. We include the accredited Level 3 Certificate in Wildlife Care and Conservation as part of this practical course.
Please note that a medium level of fitness is required for the Jungle treks which are typically 3 - 5 hours long. You will be walking through tropical rainforest wither humidity can reach 90 - 100 % and have to contend with leeches, so this is not a placement for the faint-hearted!