Our animal friends need us, it's high time we do something to save them.
Posted on 10 May 2019
Malaysia is another country that is blessed with a wide variety of unique wildlife such as orangutans, tapirs, rhinoceroses, tigers, turtles and hornbills. But, little that most of us know, the majority of our wildlife are facing extinction… and that is one of the reasons why more NGOs are urging us to reduce plastic usage and waste in order to save our environment, and similarly important, to save our endangered species. Other than wildlife animals, our streets are always seen to have stray cats and dogs too, wandering around looking for food.
While reducing plastic waste for the good of endangered animals and giving food to stray cats and dogs are GREAT ways to help our animals, there are a number of places in Malaysia where you can volunteer to care for our endangered animals and also to care for our stray cats and dogs.
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Usually, you would go to Zoo Negara to see the animals there, but how about joining volunteer activities at Zoo Negara for an even more up-close experience with the animals there. Volunteers are able to help care for the wildlife there through the zoo’s daily operations by cleaning their shelters, plant trees, feeding the animals, bathing the animals and more! The volunteer programme is open to all aged 16 and above. For volunteers, there is a registration fee that will be charged and the fee will also be contributed for their wildlife environmental education programme!
For more volunteering details: http://www.zoonegaramalaysia.my/volunteerprogram.html
Located in Petaling Jaya, PAWS Animal Welfare Society is a non-profit animal shelter in Petaling Jaya that shelters stray cats and dogs. They accept unwanted cats and dogs which they will vaccine, deworm, neuter and then put the animals up for adoption. PAWS regularly welcome volunteers to help take care of the cats and dogs at their shelter. Volunteers can feed, bath, take the animals for a walk and even bring a furry friend of their choice back home!
For more volunteering details: https://www.paws.org.my/volunteer/
Lang Tengah Turtle Watch
Take part in the movement to save our endangered turtle from extinction! Located in a small island at Terengganu, Lang Tengah is a turtle nesting place where volunteers are needed to safeguard the turtles. Volunteering here allows you to be involved in nightly beach patrols, collecting data from adult turtles, nests and hatching and more. You are needed to stay for at least 2 weeks in order to be trained for their turtle and marine projects. Volunteers will also be charged a certain fee (Malaysian or Non-Malaysian) according to the duration of their stay, the fees are made to cover for volunteer’s food, accommodation, project training and leisure activities
For more volunteering details: http://www.langtengahturtlewatch.org/the-project/
Turtle Watch at Lang Tengah
MYCAT Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor CAT Walk Programme
The Malayan tiger is currently facing critical extinction with only 3,500 tigers left in the wildlife! The extinction of the tiger is mainly caused by illegal poaching in the forest. Take action to save our big cat’s extinction by signing up for MYCAT’s CAT Walk programme. In this programme, volunteers will patrol with an experienced and certified MYCAT leader along the poaching hotspot areas in Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor, which is a narrow stretch of forest in Pahang. Volunteers will need to look out for signs of illegal activity, snare and traps along with animal tracks. Volunteers eligible for this programme must be 18 and above and have a healthy fitness level. The participation fee will be charged differently for Malaysian and Non-Malaysian, and 25% off for full-time student.
For more volunteering details: http://mycat.my/catwalk/
Matang Wildlife Centre Orangutan Project
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Located in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Matang Wildlife Centre is a rescue centre for protected wildlife which includes orangutan rehabilitation centre. The Orangutan Project have been committing to help this centre by providing food, building infrastructure, assisting with releases, commissioning research where required and more. Volunteering with Orangutan Project means serious commitment to help our loving orangutans as volunteers are not allowed to touch any orangutans to avoid transmitting of human diseases, instead you will work more on physical activities such as husbandry, construction work, enrichment, maintenance and farming. Before the day you can start your work, you will be given a tour around the park to get to know all the resident orangutan. The duration of volunteering with Orangutan Project is up to 14 or 28 weeks with a cost to be paid according to the number of weeks decided. The fee paid will cover the cost of your food, accommodation and transportation with 11% contribution to Sarawak Forestry Corporation and 58% is a donation to the orangutan and their work on Borneo.
For more volunteering details: https://projectorangutan.com/tour/matang-wildlife-centre/
There are a lot more animal conservation centres around Malaysia that are in need of volunteers to help the process of protecting the animals there. If you don’t know it yet, Packist is all in to supporting ecotourism for the wellbeing of our nature, wildlife and ultimately you. Aiding our nature and wildlife will reward yourself with a healthier environment to live. So, we are urging you to go and volunteer to save our animal friends before it’s too late!
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