Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers
MYCAT is a collaborative partnership of the Malaysian Nature Society, TRAFFIC, Wildlife Conservation Society-Malaysia, Wildlife Society of Selangor and WWF-Malaysia, supported by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (DWNP).
MYCAT was formed on the 4th of September 2003, the first Malaysian partnership focused exclusively on the conservation of tigers, their habitats and prey species. This unique partnership was a first, not just here in Malaysia but in tiger conservation globally. It is a platform for communication and collaboration with an emphasis on sharing information and resources and working together towards a common goal.
Through this partnership, MYCAT developed the country’s first National Tiger Conservation Action Plan (NTCAP). Completed in 2008, this plan is the common roadmap that details the direction and specific actions required to secure a future for wild Malayan tiger populations.
Since its formation, MYCAT has successfully campaigned for better wildlife laws in Malaysia, including the development of Malaysia’s Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 and the International Trade in Endangered Species Act 2008. MYCAT also helped to push for a change in the legal status of sambar, a key prey species for tigers, from a hunted to a totally protected species.
MYCAT organises countless activities to spread the love for our Malayan tiger and other wildlife, from holding outreach programmes in schools and night markets next to tiger habitats to organising the Wild Tiger Run, a 10km fun run in the city in support of the Malayan tiger.
Of all the activities MYCAT has been involved in, none has captured the imagination more than the CAT Walk. Conducted in the Sungai Yu (Yu River) Ecological Corridor, a critical area connecting the tiger ranges of Taman Negara and the Main Range, volunteers hike through tiger habitats, putting them directly on the ground where illegal trapping, logging and encroachment into the park may be happening. Over the years CAT Walks have brought in 1900 ‘voluntourists’ from 35 countries to Sungai Yu.