Asiatic black bears and sun bears have been kept in captivity all around Asia to extract bile from their gallbladders in the belief that it is a potent ingredient in traditional medicine. Free The Bears is an NGO which rehabilitates rescued bears and lobbies for government intervention against poaching activities. We support them by funding the construction of a 10-den bear house for rescued bears. Our contributions also support the bears’ dietary and medical needs, as well as the keepers’ salaries.
Elephant Response Units (ERUs) work in the Way Kambas National Park to herd resident wild elephants away from fields and villages. We fund the operation of the ERUs and support the expansion of these units to increase their coverage and effectiveness. Furthermore, we provide medical care for the park’s elephants, occasionally deploying veterinarians and facilitating transfer of knowledge on animal husbandry.
The Cikananga Conservation Breeding Center (CCBC) aims to breed the black-winged myna in captivity and eventually reintroduce the birds to available safe habitats. They do this through artificial nesting, close monitoring and educating the community to discourage poaching. We support the CCBC by maintaining an assurance colony of black-winged mynas in the Jurong Bird Park and providing financial support for the post-release monitoring of the birds. We have also reinforced the housing area to secure newly captured birds before they are sent to the breeding centre.
The Coffee and Primate Conservation Project (CPCP) works with villagers in Java to cultiave shade-grown coffee that helps protect the Javan gibbon’s natural habitat. We support CPCP through funding regular gibbon population surveys which creates the additional benefit of on-ground presence and providing the gibbons with extra security. We also introduced coffee consultants to help the villagers improve coffee quality, and even offer their products in our retail stores.
The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) conducts Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) walks to closely monitor the activity of poachers and remove traps in the area. We partner with MYCAT to engage the help of community conservationists to take part in regular CAT walks where they are trained to spot poachers’ snares and remove them for safe movement of the tigers in the forest, as well as track and manage human-wildlife encounters.