Pedal away for Sharks and Orangutans

Pedal away for Sharks and Orangutans

You can run for sharks. And now you can ride for sharks too. On bicycles, that is. This year’s Ride for the Wild 2017 in Kuching will take place at Swinburne University of Technology’s Sarawak campus on May 20, and its organizers are inviting local bicycle enthusiasts to come and pedal away…

Surgery saves Putong the Rhino

Surgery saves Putong the Rhino

Putong the rhino looked like she might not make it. Now it appears she will pull through. One of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinoceroses is on the mend, thanks to nonstop medical care. In March, Putong fell critically ill after she had developed a bad abscess on her upper jaw. The infection did not respond well…

Let’s turn Earth Day into Earth Year

Let’s turn Earth Day into Earth Year

April 22 is Earth Day. Time to celebrate. Yes, but what? Earth Day was established in 1970 in the United States, at the height of America’s boisterous counter-culture revolution, with the aim of fostering a renewed environmental consciousness among Americans to better protect Planet Earth. In 1990, Earth Day went global, extending its reach to 141…

The “Bridge to Extinction’ in Sabah has been Cancelled. Hallelujah!

The “Bridge to Extinction’ in Sabah has been Cancelled. Hallelujah!

Ladies and gentlemen, chalk one up for conservationism in Malaysia. And a big one too: The government of Sabah has decided to scrap the construction of a controversial bridge over the Kinabatangan River inside the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. Many locals had been campaigning for the new 250m bridge, insisting it would…

We need to Start treating Water as a Precious resource in Malaysia

We need to Start treating Water as a Precious resource in Malaysia

If there’s something Malaysia doesn’t seem to lack, it’s water. The country is blessed with abundant rivers and each year more than 900 million cubic liters of the life-giving substance fall from the sky, ready for the taking. And yet Malaysia, or at least large parts of the country from Peninsular Malaysia…

Protect Sharks and Rays in Sabah

Protect Sharks and Rays in Sabah

Better protecting some species of sharks and stingrays is a must in Sabah if the state is to ensure their survival in its waters. Encouragingly, several marine and shark experts realize this and have recommended adding several species of shark to the state’s Fisheries Act as endangered species. The protected shark species,…

Plant yet more Trees in Shah Alam

Plant yet more Trees in Shah Alam

Conservation isn’t an event. It’s a process. But it can also be a series of events. Like planting trees in Shah Alam. In March a young local environmentalist spearheaded a tree-planting event in town. If you missed out on that one, however, despair not: you can now join another tree-planting event organized by Bernard…

Sabah ‘will launch’ Action Plans to tackle Environmental Woes

Sabah ‘will launch’ Action Plans to tackle Environmental Woes

Land, air, water, biodiversity and social dimension. These are the five areas of environmental conservation that the state government of Sabah has set out to target in a set of comprehensive policies. The Sabah State Policy on the Environment at the State Assembly, which has been launched by Chief Minister…

Climate Change will worsen Turbulence

Climate Change will worsen Turbulence

Turbulence. Don’t we all hate it? There we are, nice and easy in our seats on a flight, when suddenly the plane starts rattling like it’s going to come apart in midair. All we can do is buckle up, grab the armrests and ride it out. Turbulence is a routine part of…

Rhino Horns continue to be Smuggled into Malaysia and Southeast Asia

Rhino Horns continue to be Smuggled into Malaysia and Southeast Asia

The shipment this time was from Mozambique, via Doha in Qatar, and consisted of 18 rhino horns. Alert Malaysian authorities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport managed to seize the horns, which amounted to 51.5kg and would have been worth almost RM14 million on the black market. Acting on a tip, Malaysian customs officers conducted a search of…

Putong the Rhino is gravelly Ill in Sabah

Putong the Rhino is gravelly Ill in Sabah

Once, in blissful times past, Sumatran rhinos roamed far and wide in the depths of forests in Sabah. Today a mere three of the animals are left, and all three of them are in captivity. Now Putong, one of the state’s last three rhinos, has fallen gravely ill. Two weeks…

The Great Barrier Reef is ‘Doomed’

The Great Barrier Reef is ‘Doomed’

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders and its largest living structure. Now brace yourself: it’s in a “terminal” state of decline. Shocking news? Yes. But not all that unexpected, sadly. Two successive mass bleaching events last year and this year across much of the reef have pushed…

MYCAT’s Hotline lets You help tackle Wildlife Crimes across Malaysia

MYCAT’s Hotline lets You help tackle Wildlife Crimes across Malaysia

Back in 2010, the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT), an association of prominent conservationist groups, set up a wildlife crime hotline. People could now report crimes against the country’s iconic but increasingly endangered tigers simply by dialing a number. The hotline has been busy ever since. Callers can report crimes…

Time to get Tough on Animal Trafficking

Time to get Tough on Animal Trafficking

When even seasoned experts are taken aback by the scale of wildlife trafficking across Malaysia, you know we’re in trouble. Yet taken aback experts are at TRAFFIC, an international anti-trafficking watchdog. And rightfully so. Recent arrests of several wildlife traffickers by Malaysian authorities have provided further evidence (not that any more was…