Rainforest Conservation Merapoh

Rainforest Conservation Course Practical Placement in Merapoh Malaysia

Rainforest Conservation Practical Placement  
Merapoh Malaysia

Placement Fee: 

£950 for 2 weeks placement

Placement Fee includes:  

  •  All Food 
  • Dormitory accommodation with shared bathroom
  • Accredited Level 3 Wildlife Care and Conservation course

Deposit:  £220

Remainder of £730 to be paid 1 month before attending the project

Course Fees:  £220

This is a 2 week rainforest conservation practical placement where volunteers can get involved in the protection of forest wildlife and also support the development of the Batek tribe.

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience and learn first hand about rainforest conservation and at the same time get involve with assisting to preserve its animals, plants and people.

This project concentrates on poacher surveillance patrols. Volunteers assist the team to decipher clues of human encroachments in the forest in order to deter or at least reduce poaching.  As well as analysing human activity, volunteers also get to identify signs of elephants, tigers, sun bears, tapir, gibbons and more through the observation of pug marks, scratch marks and other signs. 

The Sungei Yu Forest Reserve forms part of a tiger corridor which connects Taman Negara and the main mountain range – Titiwangsa Mountain Range. Poaching was high in the area but has decreased thanks to these sorts of patrols. This work is on-going as unfortunately significant poaching still does exist in the corridor.

Snare removal carried out by volunteers

Snare removal carried out by volunteers

Animal trap

A well designed animal trap laid on a trail by a poacher and destroyed by the volunteer team

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, volunteers also locate and remove discarded and new snares to prevent them catching and injuring animals.


Animal tracks and scratching are measured and recorded by the team

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Valuable tracking information is recorded and analysed by University Science Malaysia and passed onto various researchers.

The project also enables volunteers to have the unique opportunity of trekking, foraging and camping 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 whilst 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).  Volunteers 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.

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Cave excursions

Cave drawings

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  Wildlife Care and Conservation Course as part of this practical placement.

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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!

Rainforest Conservation Project Requirements

Volunteers will need to be able to speak English or Bahasa Malaysia to be able to communicate with the facilitator. Minimum age requirement is 18 years old without parents and any age with accompanying parents. Volunteers should also have medium fitness, a positive attitude and willing to participate in all tasks and walks.

Volunteers will need to provide evidence of the following vaccinations and medical tests: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, typhoid, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus-diphtheria. Anti Malaria pills are encouraged to be brought even though cases of Malaria are seldom recorded.

Visas: UK Visitors will receive a 90 day free tourist visa upon arrival.

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Tribal craft

You will be staying in shared accommodation in the small village of Merapoh.

The flat has 3 bedrooms, a kitchen and a great roof top for stars watching!

Phone reception is available in the accommodation area.

3G internet is available and also a very slow wifi connection.

What does the 2 Week Placement Rainforest Conservation Course Include?

What's included:

  •  All Food 
  • Dormitory accommodation with shared bathroom
  • Accredited Level 3 Wildlife Care and Conservation course
Tribal food

Not included:

  • International and internal airfare
  • Visa application/fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance and luxuries
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Please note that your placement fee does NOT include the following: International and internal airfare, visa application/fees, vaccinations, insurance and luxuries. Deposit non refundable.

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