The crocodile-like reptile False Gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii) has become extremely rare due to habitat destruction, but the captive breeding programme in Malaysia's ZOO NEGARA in Kuala Lumpur spawned an unexpected success.
For some less accessible indigenous Orang Asli villages deep within the Malaysian rainforests, a group led by Jungle Geckoes is helping to bring in medical assistance and nutritious supplements by volunteer 4WDs. WILD ASIA goes along for a ride.
What does it take to revive a fading culture? Sometimes all it takes is a large dose of courage and conviction... and a few cool kids. SU MEI TOH visits ex-journalist Diana Rose, who gave up the big city to breathe new life into her Melanau culture in mangrove-clad Mukah.
The EC-UNDP Small Grants Programme aims to promote the sustainable use of forest by local indigenous communities. WILD ASIA reviews the programme's projects in Malaysia: in Bau, Sarawak, Sg Goyok in Sabah, and Pulay Carey and Tasik Bera in Peninsular Malaysia.
Wild Asia's Naturalists-in-the-lodge programme was set up to help local wildlife lodges improve their natural history knowledge base. ROBERT DECANDIDO & DEBORAH ALLEN, the programme's first volunteer naturalists describe their expectations and experiences at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah.
Easily recognised by its yellow upper lip and black bands covering its blue base colour, the large amphibious sea krait is highly venomous, WILD ASIA provides some info on these land and sea reptiles.
Coral reefs are massive structures made of limestone deposited by living organisms, with 34% of the world's total found in Southeast Asia alone. Unfortunately, NASRAH NUR writes, coral reefs are fragile systems,
sensitive to environmental fluctuations. They are now currently facing their biggest threat of extinction from human activity.
The Setiu wetlands offer a rich variety of mixed swamp forest, dryland hills, and beach ridges, RICK GREGORY visits a conservation project in these hodgepodge habitats.
Waterbirds are an important component of most wetland ecosystems, HILLARY CHIEW explains their role in the environment.
Traditional Malay architecture is finely adapted to Malaysia's natural surroundings and hot tropical climate. DAVID BOWDEN deconstructs the vernacular design and shows you where to find some fine examples in Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak.