With the onslaught of tourism, the pace of life on Malaysia's idyllic Tioman Island was bound to change. But are the changes taking place for the benefit of Tioman and its people, asks SERINA RAHMAN.
"Man plays golf to be with nature." Is that right? PAUL SPENCER SOCHACZEWSKI looks into the sport's relationship with nature and the new trend in golf course development, which, done right, can justify the phrase.
4am wake-up calls, roadkills and tea-stops marked WILD ASIA's first charity bike tour when the team joined the Malaysia AIDS Foundation fundraiser "Ride for Life" from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.
Sharks, the charismatic killing machines of the seas, are today in danger of extinction due to human activity. In Malaysia alone, 30 species have been identified by the IUCN as being under threat. Whether through direct conservation action or heightened harvesting control, NASRAH NUR explains what sharks in this country need to be saved.
Removing man from Sipadan is seen as an immediate solution to prevent further degradation of the island. However, there are many other issues stemming from this move that have to be tackled such as illegal fishing, rehabilitation of the island after man has left and the social issues including loss of job for those resort workers.
A gleam of hope charts the way for the future of Sipadan. According to SERINA RAHMAN, education and enforcement are two of the most important elements to ensure the sustainability of Sabah's most celebrated island in years to come.
With the demands of five resorts and a human tide of more than 100 divers a day, an island as small as Sipadan, off Sabah's coast, is bound to suffer some form of environmental degradation, writes SERINA RAHMAN.
Far from being just another idyllic diving destination, Sipadan's past is as colourful as its marine life, as SERINA RAHMAN describes how guerillas, territorial disputes and environmental degradation once took their toll on Sabah's small oceanic island.
Sipadan Island, south of Semporna, Sabah, has been known to be an important wildlife sanctuary since 1933. In this first in a series of stories on Sipadan, SERINA RAHMAN dives back to the island's history and finds marine and terrestrial treasures.
In August and September each year in Sri Lanka, herds of wild elephants converge in 'The Gathering'. GEHAN DE SILVA describes about the grand seasonal phenomena and provides travel tips for wildlife enthusiasts.