Animal and poacher tracking

Project name:

ECOTEER (2)

Project purpose:

Animal and poacher tracking, rainforest conservation, wildlife conservation,

Project activities:

  • community awareness
  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Terrestrial

Malaysia

South-East Asia

Forest
1 Ratings

1

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

651

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • development goals (supporting local community)

Wild Sun Rescue Center

Accommodation:

same gender dorm house

When does the project run?

All year

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included, some phone signal, near-by wifi, local town, local shops, drop toilet, transport within the project

How long can I stay?

minimum 1 week of volunteering

Requirements:

None

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Undertake jungle walks whilst looking out for signs of poachers. If any snares are found, the GPS locations will be recorded and then they will be destroyed. Even old discarded snares continue to catch animals so it is vital that they are removed to prevent any further harm. If you’re keen to develop the skills needed for rainforest conservation, you will also be taught how to use GPS for location recording! Here, you will learn how to log the coordinates of any pug marks, snares, land clearings or road kill found.


Walks are generally 3-5 hours long depending on the group and the route chosen, and are at a slow pace to enable the guides to search for tracks and animal signs.


In 2018 we’ll have even more activities, from using SMART for anti-poaching patrols, to earning a tree-climbing certificate. Not to mention learning GIS skills (geographic information system).


Volunteers staying for 1 week or more will learn bushcraft skills from the Bateq tribe and may get the chance to go camping with the tribe and learn how they live in the jungle! If you come for a minimum of 2 weeks, you will have the opportunity to help teach the Bateq children basic English, maths and science through educational activities. These sessions are great fun but serve an important function, as the area has been earmarked for an increase in tourism and without being able to speak English, these tribal people will not be able to benefit from the new industry. You will get to have a taste of authentic Malay cooking and also local hospitality.

Reviews & ratings

Francisco

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

leslie

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

great experience

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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