Sabah’s Bushmeat Trade remains Unabated

Sabah’s Bushmeat Trade remains Unabated

It’s not as if people in Malaysia lack for meat but some of them, unfortunately, have a taste for bushmeat. And so it happened that officials from the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) in Sabah discovered a sack inside a polystyrene box. Inside were 4.6kg of deer meat, 2.3kg…

Tiger poachers are Nabbed in Sumatra

Tiger poachers are Nabbed in Sumatra

Sumatran tigers are much like their Malayan cousins: they’re rare, majestic … and critically endangered in the wild. They share another thing in common: they’re frequently targeted by poachers. A case in point: Acting on a top-off, Indonesian authorities arrested two men for allegedly trafficking in the body parts of…

NGOs: Hands off Ulu Muda!

NGOs: Hands off Ulu Muda!

The Ulu Muda forest reserve is a 160,000-hectare hotspot of biodiversity in Kedah and one of the largest swathes of lowland dipterocarp forest in Peninsular Malaysia. Its wildlife boasts well over a hundred species of mammals, including Asian elephants, Malayan tigers, Malayan tapirs, Malayan sun bears, gaur and flying squirrels….

Taking stock on Endangered Species Day

Taking stock on Endangered Species Day

Malayan tigers. Malayan sun bears. Bornean orangutans. Bornean pygmy elephants. Sunda pangolins. Clouded leopards. Marbled cats. Helmeted hornbills. Hawksbill turtles. The list goes on. The list of endangered animals in Malaysia, that is. May 20 is Endangered Species Day, which has been held for a dozen years worldwide by conservationists…

Lasah can’t be Doing that well in LEA

Lasah can’t be Doing that well in LEA

If you ask Malaysian authorities, Lasah the elephant is well fed, well kept and well and truly happy at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah, where he has been kept for years for the amusement of visitors. Recently, government-appointed wildlife officials and animal experts tasked with investigating…

Yet more Reefs may be Doomed … this time in the Indian Ocean

Yet more Reefs may be Doomed … this time in the Indian Ocean

First it was the Great Barrier Reef, off Australia, which underwent extreme mass bleaching that placed the very existence of many corals there in jeopardy. Now it’s corals in the Chagos Archipelago, a smattering of 60 small coral atolls, in the Indian Ocean that are likewise experiencing the threat of death by mass bleaching….

An Oil Spill befouls an island Beach

An Oil Spill befouls an island Beach

The black sludge of oil relentlessly made its way up the white sand of Long Beach in Pulau Redang, in Terengganu, instantly befouling it with a suffocating thick cover of oozing toxicity. The engine oil that washed upon the beach had likely been dumped deliberately into the sea. “Someone put the oil…

Hundreds of rare Tortoises from Madagascar are Discovered at KLIA

Hundreds of rare Tortoises from Madagascar are Discovered at KLIA

Another day, another seizure of exotic animals smuggled surreptitiously into Malaysia. This time alert customs officials seized 330 tortoises flown into Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which has been serving as a favored destination for international smuggling syndicates. Acting on a tip-off, Malaysian officials discovered 325 Indian radiated tortoises and five ploughshare tortoises packed into…

Traffic Pollution has reached all the way up to the Himalayas

Traffic Pollution has reached all the way up to the Himalayas

Traffic pollution is a scourge in most Malaysian cities. That’s hardly a surprise considering that the country has one of the world’s highest rates of per capita car ownership. So you might be forgiven for thinking that you would be better off escaping to a remote alpine environment for some…

Let’s get Young Malaysians to Care more about the Environment

Let’s get Young Malaysians to Care more about the Environment

In increasingly prosperous countries like Malaysia, people have been flocking to urban areas where they seek higher standards of living. In tandem, formerly rural towns are too becoming increasingly urbanized. Is that a good thing? That depends on how you look at it. Many young people in urban areas around the country…

Lasah will remain at Langkawi

Here comes bad news for friends of Lasah, the ageing work elephant: Despite public outrage at his alleged  ill treatment and a long campaign to secure his release, Lasah will remain at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah. Malaysian wildlife authorities have decided they saw no reason…

Malaysian Officials must Stay Vigilant in the Face of rampant Trafficking

Malaysian Officials must Stay Vigilant in the Face of rampant Trafficking

Malaysia is a major gateway for international wildlife traffickers into Southeast Asia. We’ve long known that, of course, but just in case here is a reminder: The country, which boasts one of the most biodiverse but also most threatened environments on the planet, is “the world’s paramount ivory transit country, with its ports serving…

Melting Ice in the Tundra could Unleash a Pandora’s Box of old-new Diseases

Melting Ice in the Tundra could Unleash a Pandora’s Box of old-new Diseases

Climate change is bound to usher in a world beset with calamities. Rising sea levels will inundate low-lying areas, displacing millions of people. Weather patterns will become more extreme and unpredictable, causing widespread devastation. Even turbulence, that dreaded foe of frequent fliers, may well get worse. But that’s not even half of it. Here’s…

A giant Haul of Pangolin Scales from Africa has been Seized at KLIA

A giant Haul of Pangolin Scales from Africa has been Seized at KLIA

Alert customs officials, acting on a tip-off at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport, made a sad discovery: a large haul of pangolin scales. Stuffed in 18 gunny sacks were the scales of an estimated 1,400 African pangolins. The haul, which weighed 712kg, would have been worth more than RM9 million ($2 million) on…

Let’s Save our Rivers … from Ourselves

Let’s Save our Rivers … from Ourselves

The health of many a Malaysian river is questionable, but it doesn’t get much worse than this: Sungai Tebrau in Johor has become so badly polluted that all marine life, save for a few resilient species of fish, has gone practically extinct in it. The cause of the pollution: the rampant…