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Wild Asia's Seed Grants was established in 2006 as one of the ways in which we directly support conservation. WILD ASIA caught up with the 2009 recipients for the progress of their projects.
Wild Asia in partnership with HSBC recently organized Responsible Journalists Programme, aimed at highlighting environmental and social issues in a different light. SHARYN SHUFIYAN shares.
Recently, Wild Asia partnered with Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Lifeworks to provide hospitality training to a group of youths from shelter homes.The program was exemplary of a committed corporate responsibility. SHARYN SHUFIYAN provides an insight.
This is a story of how a remote village in Sabah with some help from NGOs and donors, built their own micro-hydroelectric system to generate electricity. RUSASLINA IDRUS writes of how the village of Buayan came 'online'.
Organised by EcoKnights, an environmental NGO, the Eco Film Festival is the first of its kind in Malaysia and now in its third year, the festival is reaching out to international filmmakers from Britain, India, Spain, Netherlands and more. SHARYN SHUFIYAN features Yasmin Rasyid and Eco Film Festival, from the early days to the international success they received thus far.
Sharp as a knife talons, curved ominous beaks, magnifying glass-like visions...the raptors are coming! Follow SHARYN SHUFIYAN as she tries to catch a glimpse of these vicious birds at Raptor Watch 2009.
On a tropical island off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia lives a displaced population, a population without a country. NAZERI ABGHANI and a small band of photographers journeyed to this island to capture the spirit and plight of the Sea Bajau and their children.
Is there such a thing as a good zoo? And how can we tell? As part of Wild Asia's 2008 Responsible Tourism Awards, ACRES (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society,) an NGO from Singapore, recently ran a ZooCheck workshop. LORETTA ANN SOOSAYRAJ shares what she learnt.
SHAFINAZ SUHAIMI joined Wild Asia's recent tree planting event in Johor to see how the Kulim oil palm estate is supporting our Natural Corridor Initiative.
It has been 3 years since PUAH SZE NING met the Gerai OA (see Crafting Culture), where she fell madly and deeply in love with the mystical motifs and ingenious traditional uses of crafts by the indigenous peoples of Malaysia, the Orang Asal. Puah now invites the socially conscious consumers to go dot com and support rural artisans.
'What Rainforest?' is a collective of individuals and NGOs concerned about the state of the Malaysian rainforests and its inhabitants. They aim to highlight the human rights violations, loss of native customary rights (NCR) land and the poverty entrenchment of the indigenous people of Malaysia that has been at the heart of deforestation since 1970s. JULES ONG reviews their recent film.
The unusual and endangered Proboscis monkey lives in the forests of Borneo. SHAFIZ AZMAN shares his knowledge of this interesting species.
When FAYE OSMAN got the opportunity to join a trek into the jungle of Sarawak, East Malaysia, she hoped the experience would give her a better understanding of the indigenous people of the place; the Penans. Here, she gives us an insight into the simplicity of their lives and the struggles they face.
RIVER FOO, WWF-Malaysia's Terengganu Turtle Conservation Programme Community Liaison Officer, shares an uplifting story about many people working together to save a turtle - a tale to motivate us all to participate in turtle conservation.
So, how do you follow a turtle? WWF-MALAYSIA fills us in on the techniques they use in their current research to find out where turtles go for feeding and migration.
Marine turtles, plying the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca, usually nest on Malaysia's east coast, but RICK GREGORY finds a spot on the west coast that is a sanctuary for endangered Hawksbills.
Four species of sea turtles in the world can be found nesting on Malaysian shores: the olive-ridley turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the green turtle and the leatherback turtle. All of these are currently listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered. NASRAH NUR tells us what we need to know to conserve them.
The gentle creatures that once lived with ancient sea creatures are now facing extinction. WWF investigates the causes of decline of turtles in Malaysian shores, lists the ongoing efforts that are in place to help monitor and conserve the current populations, and suggests the ways that we as individuals can follow to protect turtles.
The seahorse is a fascinating creature, having earned the name 'sea monster' from its unique appearance and behaviour. MOHALA SANTHARAMOHANA lays out the history of this special animal and helps us understand its plight faced today.
The Gerai OA is a mobile, non-profit stall carrying Orang Asli and Orang Asal craft from 17 different ethnic groups in Malaysia. The crafts are sourced directly from the villages where possible and 100% of the money from sales goes back to the community. After 3 successful years, REITA FAIDA RAHIM and PUAH SZE NING take stock .
An unexpected visit to Kuala Gandah village in Pahang, Malaysia gives SHAFINAZ SUHAIMI an introduction to the Orang Asli who live there and how the nation's development projects to tackle future water crises will affect them.
In Puerto Princesa, in the Philippines there is a centre for conserving endangered crocodiles. ANTONIO GRACEFFO looks at some of the issues they face.
What does environmental conservation mean to you? According to Dr Reza Azmi, changing the mind-set of people is a key task in dealing with environmental issues. KHOO HONG YEE talks to the founder of Wild Asia and finds out more about the organisation's conservation activities and Responsible Tourism initiative.
Burma's Long Neck Karen Hill Tribe chose exploitation in a tourist village rather than go back to a civil war which borders on genocide. ANTONIO GRACEFFO visits such a village and learns of the situation the Karen People are faced with.
The world's smallest bear once thrived from India to China. MARCUS NG chats with a researcher who shares the perils of his rainforest endeavors in Borneo to study these dwindling mammals.
Irshad Mobarak, also known as "The Jungle-Wallah of Langkawi", is well known for his passion and enthusiasm towards nature and the environment. "CARROL LAWRENCE" tells us about a self taught naturalist who has dedicated his time to promote conservation on Langkawi Island off the northwestern coast of Peninsula Malaysia.
The world's smallest bear once thrived from India to China. MARCUS NG explains how this tropical rainforest bear is nearly gone from Vietnam, Thailand and other parts of its range, but holding out in Borneo.
A love for the environment and sharing it with students led science teacher Kenny Peavy to write a book on conservation. NURJEHAN MOHAMED talks with Kenny about his new book and his hopes for the next generation of conservationists.
The Philippine city of Puerto Princesa is proud to have a leader who has taken a personal interest in the well-being of his people and the environment. ANTONIO GRACEFFO opens our eyes to the progress this city has made through the efforts of Mayor Edward Hagedorn.
How do you know if wood products are sourced from sustainable tropical forests? RICK GREGORY explains how some Malaysian businesses are keeping track.
On the northern end of Seram, Indonesia, lies the Kembali Bebas Avian Centre, a rescue centre for parrots and other exotic birds illegally trapped for the pet trade. LIZ PRICE visits the sanctuary, climbing high into the treetops to spot an abundant range of amazing birdlife.
The water buffalo is an integral part of life in rural Vietnam. Sadly, many buffalo succumb to disease, costing more than a year's income for an entire village. To assist these farmers BUFFALO TOURS has created the Water Buffalo Fund.
What is the future of Asian rainforests? MARCUS NG finishes with this final chapter on University of Hong Kong researcher, Richard Corlett's, insights on species distribution and gene flow, and the effect of climate change and species loss on rainforest restoration.
The Wildlife Asia Film Festival, the first of its kind in Asia, celebrated wildlife and conservation filmmaking. SCOTT O'CONNELL shares some insights from wildlife filmmakers, nature conservationists and television broadcasters brought together for this noteworthy event.
After driving through a long dirt road to find herself scrambling away from leeches, PUAH SZE NING goes off the beaten track to find a little secluded campsite managed by the local Jakun community at the edge of the Endau-Rompin state park, in the south of Peninsular Malaysia.
Who thought snakes and geckos could fly? L. LEE GRISMER concludes his look at the flying reptiles of Asia's tropical rainforests in this final chapter on the unexpected aerodynamic skills of snakes and geckos.
What is the future of Asian rainforests? In this second instalment, MARCUS NG shares University of Hong Kong researcher, Richard Corlett's insights into species distribution and invasion, and the loss of megafauna.
After a hectic year chasing birds, culminating in 582 of 742 species seen, Dennis Yong reflects on his flight of fancy with SU MEI TOH, who finds out that even the best naturalist cannot see them all.
What is the future of Asian rainforests? MARCUS NG listens in and gives us the skinny on ecology and biodiversity concerns from a researcher with 25 years of experience in tropical jungles.
The rainforest is full of reptilian acrobats; L. LEE GRISMER explains how lizards, snakes, and geckos take flight under the canopy to escape prey and survive in the jungle. This is the second part in a three part series.
The rainforest is full of reptilian acrobats; L. LEE GRISMER explains how lizards, snakes, and geckos take flight under the canopy to escape prey and survive in the jungle.
Aboard a research ship in the Straits of Malacca, RICK GREGORY observes the thrill of discovery as scientists explore the faraway land and marine frontiers of Jarak and Perak Islands.
Invited to an Orang Asli village to recognize efforts to revive a dying lake ecosystem, RICK GREGORY tries to find his way around the corporate machinery in action.
Working in the jungle, not the university, is a true education in itself. SU MEI TOH follows the learning curve of one of Malaysia's foremost naturalists.
Nutrition and nature protection are a seemingly odd pairing, but SERINA RAHMAN finds out that for the price of a cup of coffee, a child can be fed for a day and how these contributions help support and preserve island cultures and environments.
Financial support is usually the first stumbling block in getting conservation projects off the block. WILD ASIA offers a list of links to organisations with funding opportunities as a starting point.
Christmas Island is a faraway outpost in the Indian Ocean, birdwatcher LIM KIM CHYE finds a special assemblage of sea and land birds that makes this tropical isle a hot attraction for birders.
A naturalist's low-tech, high-spirited search for Malaysia's birds reaches a watershed figure. SU MEI TOH gets a Big Bird Year update from Malaysia's consummate birder.
News of natural destruction is overwhelming, but are we losing even more than rainforests, fisheries and wildlife species in Asia, MATT SALLEH finds another elemental loss amid the collapse that may even be greater.
For tourists, camera shots document a good holiday outing. RICK GREGORY finds out how a single image can change the conservation picture for Malayan tigers in Peninsular Malaysia.
Sending postcards is a traveler's tradition, MEERA SUPRAMANIAM finds out how you can also send a message to save the Belum-Temengor rainforest of Peninsular Malaysia.
Ecotourism, arrogance and the tribulations of ethnic peoples, PAUL SPENCER SOCHACZEWSKI covers two separate examples on the Asian continent.
The black-necked cranes are endemic to the Tibetan Plateau, and are revered by Buddhists as a symbol of peace. However, they are threatened by the loss and destruction of their wetland habitats.
Darwin went to the Galápagos Islands, MENNO SCHILTHUIZEN and his team found exciting examples of evolution on display in a natural laboratory in Sabah's Kinabatangan Valley among its intriguing limestone outcrops.
An ancient bird seeks protection through ecotourism; ALEX MARSTON discovers how villagers in China endeavour to protect its wetland habitat to bring good fortune for all.
An avid marine enthusiast, SERINA RAHMAN stays dry long enough to discover what the fascination is all about for winged creatures, as she encounters the ornithological crowd.
A decade ago, a dam was built to raise the waters in Lake Chini to benefit tourism with damaging consequences to trees, fish, wildlife species and indigenous communities. RICK GREGORY provides an update on the efforts to save this unique lake ecosystem.
When the city expands and habitats shrink, where does the wildlife go? They adapt and improvise. Bats in Singpore are making flyovers, water tanks, houses and WW2 relics their homes, as RICK GREGORY finds out from two Singaporean conservation officers training in Malaysian jungles to learn more about the behaviours of this flying mammal.
AMY TAN chats with Eugene Lee, the usually low-profile Regional Projects Coordinator at TRAFFIC, South East Asia on why Malaysian tigers are dying out and why it is so important to save them. Find out about tiger poaching, tiger habitats, tiger eating, tiger hunting, tiger laws and oh, a little bit about ourselves.
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.
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.
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.
Once thought to be extinct, the Red Ape or Orang Merah is believed
to be mankind's nearest cousin, even closer than the chimpanzees of
Africa, SCOTT O'CONNELL checks out a recent sighting.
Few records exist of fishing cats from Peninsular Malaysia, and the origin of these specimens is not clear, KAE KAWANISHI finds evidence in the wild of these elusive mammals.
Each year millions of migratory shorebirds travel great distances to and from breeding areas, WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL launched the East Asian - Australasian shorebird network to protect these farflung birds.
Combating the illegal and often-shady wildlife trade calls for a great deal of guts, ingenuity and proactive actions, MEI finds out how nature conservation group WildAid's dynamic and hard-line style heads the trend in wildlife protection.
Mangroves along the shoreline in Sri Lanka saved lives during the Boxing Day tsunami, GEHAN DE SILVA comments on the popular view among environmentalist, but is this story true or is it merely a myth?
The Malaysia Reefs and Islands Conservation Project (MRICP) is a British-Malaysian partnership between Coral Cay Conservation and the Marine Parks set up to conserve and protect fragile coral reefs and island forests. WILD ASIA checks out its activities on the east coast.
There is a future for traditional buildings in Malaysia, but first the younger generation has to be taught to understand and appreciate them. AMY TAN visits a programme led by Terengganu's master architect Raja Bahrin that aims to do just that.
KENNY @ MATT SALLEH hears a bark on a recent hike in the Gombak forests near Kuala Lumpur, but instead of a dog, he gets his first ever sighting of a Barking Deer. (A recording of a barking deer's call is included.)
Few of us in Malaysia would have known of her, but sadly, Annelisa Kilbourn, who worked for many years on the conservation of primates, elephants and rhinos, passed away late last year (2002). She was only 35 years old. In a tribute to this remarkable and determined lady, SOS RHINO revisits Annelisa's inavaluable contributions to wildlife conservation across the world.
SOS RHINO is a non-profit, international foundation dedicated to preserving the five rhinoceros species in their natural habitats. They develop and fund rhino conservation and awareness programs appropriate to individual countries, providing education and tools to build lasting rhino conservation.
The MALAYSIAN NATURE SOCIETY's Bird Conservation Council has been driving the conservation of Malaysian birds. Read on to find out about their projects, activities, and their bi-monthly publication, Suara Enggang.
A special report on Sri Lankan wildlife after the tsunami, GEHAN DE SILVA tells us about Yala National Park and the impacts on animals and the tourism industry.
A private breeder in Kampung Janda Baik, Pahang is under scrutiny for his breeding programme for endangered species, which is assisted by Malaysia's Department of Wildlife and National Parks. HILARY CHIEW reports.
Herbariums serve as scientific showcases to help plant identification, PERPETUA GEORGE shows how saving old medicinal plant parts instils pride and passes on knowledge to community youth.
Afraid of snakes? Most snakes are secretive, shy and cautious animals, JEET SUKUMARAN tries to allay fears and give sound advice on these reptiles with a reputation.
The rainforest is not a friendly place, but its main threats and dangers are not tigers, snakes, etc., JEET SUKUMARAN unveils the real monsters as the ones that torment you on each jungle trek.
Afraid of the tiger or leopard? JEET SUKUMARAN surmises that dread of carnivores is somewhat misplaced since these species don't see us as prey. Read on at your own peril!
What are you afraid of in the rainforest? Torments and the true horrors of the rainforest are not tigers or venemous snakes, they are leaches, mosquitoes, centipedes and rattan that you have to watch out for. Read on for more insights into the real horrors of the rainforest. This is part of a series of articles that break down the myths of rainforest "horrors" and gives you some insight into what is really scary!
The rainforests of Peninsular Malaysia house a plethora of carnivores, yet so much is still unknown about these elusive creatures. With the threat of extinction looming large, ANDY JENNINGS talks about why international biologists are now seeking answers deep within Krau Wildlife Reserve.
From traders of yore to present-day sun-worshipping tourists, people over the centuries have sought shelter at Malaysia's Perhentian Islands. Yet despite all this human traffic, biodiversity has received scant attention. With this in mind, Coral Cay Conservation has initiated a research study to document the Perhentian's marine and terrestrial species. RICK GREGORY reports.
A total of 195 species have been recorded in Kuala Gula, half of which are migratory birds. LIM KIM CHYE describes some of these birds that use Kuala Gula as a stop-over.
LIM KIM CHYE introduces us to the common waterbirds found at Perak's Kuala Gula, from the common species to their habitats, and lays down the basics of Kuala Gula's waterbirds.
Fancy birdwatching at Perak's Kuala Gula mangroves? LIM KIM CHYE describes the two main trails used for birdwatching at Kuala Gula along with some tips on what species to look out for and where.
While the diversity of bird species in Borneo is well-known among resident bird-lovers, little is known outside those circles. PETER
MALIM provides the uninitiated with a little background to the basic diversity of Borneo's birds.
Waterbirds undertake annual migration along flyways that span the length and breadth of the globe. HILLARY CHIEW explains how the layperson can help in the conservation of these birds and the wetlands that they depend on for survival, by collecting data on waterbird populations, distribution and status in the wild.
What are you afraid of in the rainforest? JEET SUKUMARAN offers insights into all things dangerous and dark as he explains what is really scary in tropical forests.
Climbing, creeping, high and low, orchids display a dazzling array of stunning variety! In Malaysia alone more than 3,000 species can be found in just about every size, shape and colour. RICK GREGORY delves into the fascinating family of this queen among flowers.
When people think of bats, the usual image of a dark exodus pouring from a cave springs to mind. Few of us realise that bats are found in the dense foliage of tropical forests too, and are increasingly threatened by extinction. CHRISTINE FLETCHER explains how a project at Krau Wildlife Reserve, Pahang, is attempting to understand more about these important but fragile members of the forest ecosystem.
Tasek Bera was the first site in Malaysia to be nominated as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. In this brief introduction, WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL talks about the plant and animal species that make this lake such an important ecosystem to be protected and conserved.
CORAL CAY CONSERVATION runs hands-on volunteer-supported field conservation projects on the reefs and rainforests of Pulau Perhentian on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
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.
Botanist REZA AZMI recounts his surprise discovery of a rare new species of Begonia in the ravaged Kinabatangan, which to his culinary delight, is used by the locals as a tasty vegetable called "riang".
Fifty percent of migratory raptors won't survive their annual journey, but they are merely following instincts to make the best of available resources. And every year, a migration spectacle can be witnessed in Tanjung Tuan, Melaka, where thousands of eagles, buzzards and hawks fly pass on their way home to northern climes. GLENDA NORAMLY muses on this spectacular phenomena.
Having spent his time a volunteer on a number of conservation projects, REZA AZMI started a list to entice others seek rewarding experiences in the jungles and oceans of Malaysia.
Coming to do research in Malaysia, REZA AZMI has some pointers on how to go through OFFICAL channels to ensure proper collecting and protocols for leaving biological specimens.
Take in the orang-utans first and then soak up some rainforest facts, REZI AZMI shows you the way to the Rainforest Interpretation Centre at Sepilok.
The annual occurrence of sea turtles emerging to nest is a marvelous spectacle of nature. Join RICK GREGORY as he visits one of only six locations in the world that receives large leatherback turtles.
The Rafflesia is one of Malaysia's most well known icons of the tropical forest, join REZA AZMI as he explains its conservation and attraction for tourists eager to observe the world's largest flower.