In 1995, through a Malaysia-Denmark country agreement on environmental collaboration, the Danish Agency for Cooperation and Development (DANCED) provided support to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Malaysia (MOSTE), by assisting in developing a master plan for the DWNP. The project, “Master plan of Capacity Building and Strengthening of the Protected Areas System in Peninsula Malaysia”, recommended a follow up project “Development of a management plan of Krau Wildlife Reserve” (The Krau Project). This project was initiated in 1998 and by its completion in 2001 one of its key recommendations was to increase the research on Malay tapirs.
Since DWNP, Copenhagen Zoo and Copenhagen University were collaborating partners in the Krau Project the general consensus was to implement a tapir conservation project. Subsequently, in 2002 Copenhagen Zoo in collaboration with DWNP provided the funds for a pilot study project where the project team tested various types of trapping methods and radio-collaring of a single individual. Following up on the results from the pilot study, Copenhagen Zoo continued funding the project and by 2005 the team had caught and radio-collared five tapirs.
The first phase of the project formally was completed by the second half of 2006. The positive results and fruitful collaboration between DWNP and Copenhagen Zoo led to proposing a Phase 2 of the project. Phase 2 will maintain focus on our study site at Krau Wildlife Reserve and add a location in Taman Negara to the project.
The project remains based in Krau Wildlife Reserve in the state of Pahang Darul Makmur where the DWNP has state of the art research and training facilities.