KUALA LUMPUR: Find out where the wild things are – and help to save them – at the upcoming Wild Tiger Run 2016.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja and the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (Mycat), the Aug 14 run aims to both raise funds for and awareness of Mycat’s work to save the Malayan tiger.
“There are only about 300 tigers left in the wild in Peninsular Malaysia, so the situation is critical,” said Wong Pui May, Mycat coordinator.
“Tigers are an umbrella species. They need large, intact forests for survival and so when we save wild tiger species, we are actually saving a whole lot more.”
That’s one reason runners are encouraged to come to the 10km run at KL’s Perdana Botanical Gardens dressed as their favourite Malaysian wild animal.
“We want to highlight the fact that tiger conservation is not just about one species. Saving tigers means saving large forest areas and all wildlife that live within,” said Wong.
“We also want to place a focus on our own wildlife. I’ve met children who know more about pumas than tigers, and toucans than hornbills! We too often forget about the wonders that we have right here in our own backyard.”
All proceeds from the run will go to Mycat, and Wong said that the conservation coalition is hoping to raise as much as possible to help its work.
“Just RM10,000 would support a week-long outreach programme in a rural area, where we would go to schools and teach children about the importance of wildlife and forests. And RM3,000 would enable the purchase and maintenance of an infra-red camera trap for one year, which will help us to monitor wildlife at our project site in the Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor,” said Wong.
For students below 18, the joining fee for the run is RM30; otherwise, it’s RM50 per person.
“There is also a 1km VIP, for those who would like to make a larger contribution to the event. They will have access to the VIP tent,” said Wong.
The Wild Tiger Run 2016 will also see various booths combining fun and education, as well as a performance by the Xavier Cheerleaders of SMK Convent Bukit Nanas.
“Indie singer-songwriters Markiza and Peter Hassan have a penchant for songs about the environment and have expressed interest in performing on that day too,” said Wong.
To register for the run, go to bit.do/wildtigerrun2016.
Mycat is an alliance of the Malaysian Nature Society, the wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic, Wildlife Conservation Society-Malaysia Programme and WWF Malaysia. Formed in 2003, it sees the conservation NGOs joining together and working with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (Perhilitan) to save the Malayan tiger.
Ongoing projects include a 24-hour Wildlife Crime Hotline (019-356 email@example.com), Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) Walks (www.citizenactionfortigers.my) and outreach programmes.