Shifting from street to street in Kuala Lumpur, PUAH SZE NING catches up with the Gerai OA, a mobile stall selling indigenous handicrafts, such as a wooden xylophone or welded brass earrings, from 16 ethnic groups in Malaysia. Besides the decorative crafts, she also explores some of the unique aspects of their life.
Dennis Yong, Malaysia's birder extraordinaire, celebrates the new year by launching his Big Bird Year. SU MEI TOH will keep you posted as he tries to see all 742 bird species on the national checklist in 2006.
In the hinterlands of Irian Jaya, PAUL SOCHACZEWSKI found out how confusing it is for people caught in the middle of a globalization sandwich. When missionaries in an isolated valley asked for contributions for a new church, one villager chipped in with the most valuable thing he could find - a bird of paradise. What would conservationists think?
Bali exudes the essence of mass tourism with its endless stream of seaside hotels and throbbing nightclubs, find out how WILD ASIA's Seed Grant supports villages that offer a glimpse into the genuine ways of Balinese life.
Stealth, strength and beauty: the tiger is the embodiment of all things mysterious and mighty, but these animals are in trouble. Trying to save them is a responsibility that the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) shoulders proudly. LORETTA ANN SOOSAYRAJ gives an insight.
Bird of paradise: highly-coveted find prized by naturalists, or meal-ticket? PAUL SOCHACZEWSKI discovers that both are valid as the complex realities of native life in the remote islands of New Guinea unravel before him through the eyes of two indigenous men struggling to survive.
Handmade singhorra tiles are only found on the roofs of traditional Malay houses in Kelantan and Terengganu in northern Malaysia. Demand for these delicate tiles has been constant, writes AMY TAN, which is good news for the last singhorra-making family in Kelantan.
WILD ASIA presents a compendium of Malaysian wildcats: profiling the species, their distribution and natural history, and discusses the conservation challenges faced.
One of the world's largest freshwater fish is also Southeast Asia's most endangered one. ZEB HOGAN reviews the fate of the Mekong giant catfish, Pangasianodon gigas, which faces massive threats along its migratory route from Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake to Lao PDR and/or Thailand.
Spotting sharks at close range during a dive usually evokes heart-stopping excitement and awe. Not always. Diving in Kakaban Island, East Kalimantan, HELEN BRUNT stumbles into a gruesome find and shares her encounter with the unseen side of the shark fin trade.