On Oct 26, Lipis District Forestry Office, Lipis District and Land Office, the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) and members of the public planted more than 100 tree seedlings in the Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor, Pahang. (File pix)

On Oct 26, Lipis District Forestry Office, Lipis District and Land Office, the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) and members of the public planted more than 100 tree seedlings in the Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor, Pahang. The corridor is the last linkage between Malaysia’s largest tiger landscape — the Main Range and Greater Taman Negara. The trees for tigers were planted at Puncak Botak, a clear-felled patch of forest on a hilltop discovered by MYCAT volunteers in April last year.

Straddling over the corridor are the three eco-viaducts of the Central Spine Road. Despite the foresight of the government in building the green infrastructure, the forest surrounding the viaducts has become sparse and unable to support wildlife population due to poaching and illegal clearing.

Puncak Botak is located adjacent to the world’s longest viaduct built for wild tigers at the centre of the corridor.

In the valley between Puncak Botak and Sungai Yu are illegal rubber plantations, some of which are mature enough for tapping for its latex.

Since 2010, MYCAT has coordinated anti-poaching and anti-deforestation surveillance walks, called Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) Walks, in the corridor.

CAT Walks are conducted by citizen conservationists with support from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

In July last year, MYCAT in collaboration with Lipis District and Land Office launched a reforestation project with the support from the Pahang royal family.

These collective efforts between the government and the public send a strong message that saving the critically endangered Malayan tigers and its forest requires everyone to work together. It is extremely encouraging to note that the Lipis Forestry and Land Office took the initiative to reforest this Puncak Botak.

With support from the government and members of the public, we are determined to restore the tiger population and forest at the Sungai Yu corridor.

Illegal felling and mining continue to threaten the corridor. We support the Pahang state’s decision to eventually gazette Puncak Botak as a forest reserve and hope that this will come into effect sooner than later.

While hundreds of citizen conservationists continue to patrol the corridor to deter poaching and deforestation, MYCAT envisions to restore 52ha of the degraded Sungai Yu watershed for implementation of the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan and Central Forest Spine master plan.

MYCAT’s citizen conservation programmes at Sungai Yu receives financial support from the National Conservation Trust Fund, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Wildlife Reserves of Singapore.

The saplings planted were supplied by the Forestry Office.

MYCAT Secretariat‘s Office

Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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