Bats! Who on earth would want to know more about such strange, scary creatures? Well believe it or not, bats may actually be more important to us than we realise. TIGGA KINGSTON explains it all to us as she tells us more about the Malaysian Bat Conservation Research Unit (MBCRU).
Apart from Borneo and northern Queensland, the Ficus albipila has become almost non-existent throughout its original range. Lamenting the quiet disappearance of one of Malaysia's rarest trees, REZA AZMI revisits the story of this handsome fig the Australians call the Abbey Tree.
Taman Negara National Park is a critical conservation area for Malaysian tigers, yet until now, scarce ecological data existed to support its conservation. Here, researcher KAE KAWANISHI writes on the progress of her tiger research, the first long-term, intensive ecological study of tigers in Malaysia.
Dugongs (Dugong dugon), once mistaken for mermaids, are now in drastic decline due to intense pressure from human activities. At Sabah's Mantanani Island, GILLIAN ELLIOTT experiences these fascinating marine mammals up close.
After a sustained period of camera-trapping in Taman Negara, KAE KAWANISHI, MELVIN SUNQUIST and SAHIR OTHMAN provide us with an insight into the status of the tapir (Tapirus indicus) in one of Malaysia's oldest protected areas.
Yes, elephants are found on Borneo. But how did they get onto the island? Are they descendants of their mainland cousins brought over by humans in colonial times? This question has puzzled scientists for decades...until now. Finally, WWF MALAYSIA reports, DNA evidence shows beyond a doubt that the Bornean 'Pygmy Elephants' are a 300,000-year-old subspecies unto themselves.
Elusive and cryptic, the mysterious Bornean Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) was almost written off as extinct...until an exciting camera trap shot provided the world with irrefutable proof that Borneo's endemic wild cat still lurks in the depths of the Sarawak rainforest. MOHD AZLAN reports.
That beautiful ornament may tempt you into purchasing it as a fine gift, but STELLA MELKION explains that by contributing to the notorious trade in wildlife, you are helping to nudge a very threatened animal onto the brink of extinction.
REZA AZMI presents a shortlist of noteworthy birds in Peninsular Malaysia and endemic birds in Borneo, including simple habitat notes, and briefly reviews their conservation status.
A recent sighting of the rarely seen Tawny-Breasted Parrot-Finch (Erythrura hyperythra) was recorded Maxwell Hill in Perak. Here, GLENDA NORAMLY reveals the enigmatic history of the bird and shares her field notes of the sighting.