This SOS - Save Our Species project, implemented by MYCAT, will take place in Taman Negara National Park (4343 km2) - the largest and most important protected area in Malaysia, and Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor - the only connection between Taman Negara and the largest forest landscape (20,000 km2) in Peninsular Malaysia.
The Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) programme deters poachers by organizing tourist and naturalist activities at poaching and encroachment hotspots around the national park. While carrying out recreational activities and border maintenance work, they also search and deactivate snares and document the presence of endangered species. CAT has two types, depending on the fitness level of the volunteers:
1. CAT WALK is a moderate recreational walk lasting for several hours. While trekking and bird watching on various routes at the state land forest adjacent to the national park, they become eyes and ears of the enforcement agencies. Information on possible illegal activities is instantly relayed to the authorities through the MYCAT managed Wildlife Crime Hotline. Information from CAT Walkers in 2011 led to the arrest of a local trader in possession of protected species and removal of 56 snares which saved many lives.
2. CAT TRAILBLAZER consists of intense bushwhacking along the Taman Negara border for five days with park rangers to maintain the border trails and signs. It is jointly conducted with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.