Perhilitan: Nothing Untoward at Kemaman Zoo

The pictures of several animals at Kemaman Zoo in Pahang are heartrending. The  images, which have been shared widely on social media, show chimps, a juvenile orangutan, an elephant, and a tiger kept in what appear to be dismal conditions. Animal rights activists say the photographs, which were taken recently…

Indonesian Smugglers Drown hundreds of Songbirds in Malaysia

Cornered by Malaysian authorities who were in hot pursuit, the Indonesian wildlife smugglers decided to act: They drowned the 300 songbirds in their possession, presumably in a bid to rid themselves of the incriminating evidence of their trafficking activities. Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers managed to apprehend the three…

Denmark sets a Record for Wind Power

As wind power is coming into its own across Europe, ever newer records are being set on the continent. The latest record involving wind power comes from Denmark: Wind power accounted for a record high of 43.4% of the Scandinavian nation’s total electricity consumption last year. Denmark, a northern European…

Iman’s Fate hangs in the Balance

Iman, Malaysia’s very last female Sumatran rhino, has been sick for over a month now. In mid-December her keepers discovered that she had been bleeding from her uterus and the elderly female rhino was soon diagnosed with a uterine tumor. Vets are keeping a close eye on her, but her…

Ivory Smugglers remain Relentless

One hundred forty-eight kilograms. That’s how much African elephant tusks confiscated by customs officials at an international airport in Bangkok weighed. The large haul of ivory, which is worth around 15 million Thai baht (RM1.9 million), was comprised of three large tusks and 31 tusk fragments. They had been flown…

NGOs: End the Abuse of Animals at Kemaman Zoo

Two Malaysian animal rights organizations are up in arms over what they say are the appalling conditions in which several animals are kept at Kemaman Zoo in Terengganu. Malaysian Friends of the Animals and Friends of the Orangutans are calling on the management of the zoo, which started operations in…

‘Exotic’ Turtles remain at Risk

“Exotic” turtles have long been at risk in Malaysia. Exhibit A: Four Indian men were detained last year in two separate sting operations for possessing a total of 1,070 exotic and endangered turtles belonging to several species. In one of the raids, two Indian nationals were nabbed by Wildlife Crime…

Yet Another wild Elephant Dies, in Gerik

These aren’t good times for Malaysia’s wild elephants. Over the past few months several of them have died, having been poached for their ivory, run down on roads by cars, or gunned down by irate plantation workers. Now yet another elephant is dead. An elderly female pachyderm died after being…

Plastic Waste is a Threat to Sea Turtles

Plastic bottles and bottle caps. Plastic candy wrappers and plastic shopping bags. Plastic cups and plastic boxes. Plastic shoes and plastic flip-flops. Plastic cigarette lighters and plastic toothbrushes. There are billions upon billions of such random pieces of plastic waste floating around in the ocean and marine animals have ended…

Cow Dung as Renewable Energy? Yes

Cows, like all large herbivores, produce lots of manure. Some of that manure can be used as a fertilizer or, when dried and caked, as fuel. Yet most of the dung produced by cattle still goes to waste. The Japanese automaker Toyota now wants to change that by making good…