Malaysia is home to a wide range of wildlife and ecological systems. Unfortunately, the rapid rate of global development is resulting in animals going extinct at an alarming rate. A conservation group’s ultimate goal is to achieve long-term sustainable goals like restoration, preservation and protection. Getting children involved in conservation is both meaningful and educational, and is a great family activity.
Check out these amazing conservation centres where you can experience conservation as a family and contribute to worthy causes.
Malay Tapir Conservation Centre (MTCC)
Location: Sungai Dusun Wildlife Conservation Centre
Animal: Malayan Tapir
The MTCC houses about a dozen tapirs and serves to nurture and preserve this endangered species by keeping them safe and healthy, and there’s also a breeding programme. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities where researchers and students can study the animals, and visitors can get up close to observe these gentle (unless threatened) creatures.
Pusat Konservasi Hidupan Liar Sungai Dusun,
Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor
Tel.: 03-6046 2400
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
Location: Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve
Animal: Orang Utan
The centre was founded to rehabilitate orphaned and displaced orang utans by looking after them until they are ready to return to the wild. Visitors can observe these primates when they are in the final stages of rehabilitation, and one of the most fascinating experiences is to watch them at feeding time. The cold truth is that with their habitat diminishing and poaching, these primates are endangered. Visiting reserves like this not only educates but ensures that future generations carry on the fight to save these animals.
Batu 14, Jalan Labuk Sandakan
Tel.: 08-953 1180
The Hornbill Conservation Project
Location: Belum Temenggor Forest Reserve, Perak
Large flocks of Plain-pouched Hornbills migrate to Belum Temengor between July and November every year. The Hornbill Volunteer Programme is an initiative to record and document these birds and is the only hornbill conservation programme in Malaysia at the moment. Participating in this programme means travelling to the Belum Temenggor jungle in Perak so this would be appropriate for families with older kids.
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS),
JKR 641, Jalan Kelantan,
Bukit Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur
Tel.: 03-2287 9422
Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA)
Location: Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Animal: Sumatran Rhino
Sadly, there are only two Sumatran rhinos left in Malaysia and they are officially considered extinct. These rhinos (Tam and Iman) are being cared for at the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary and their foremost task right now is to preserve the species by setting up a breeding programme and capturing any remaining animals to keep them safe. Any help is appreciated here including contributions of money, time, skills and getting the word out. In June 2017, the cancer-stricken female Puntung was put to sleep to end her suffering.
Fakulti Sains dan Sumber Alam (FSSA),
Universiti Malaysia Sabah,
Jalan UMS, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel.: 08-848 8080
Turtle Watch Camp (TWC)
Location: Batu Batu, Pulau Tengah
Animal: Sea turtle
The Turtle Watch Camp was created to increase the survivability of Green Turtle and Hawksbill Turtle eggs, which are being laid on the pristine beaches of Pulau Tengah and the surrounding islands. Batu Batu is a stunning resort on the island and the TWC holds talks, activities and organises interesting volunteer programmes lasting between a week and a month. This would be a fantastic family holiday and introduction to volunteering for a good cause.