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…

Orangutans Know when you Don’t Know

Orangutans Know when you Don’t Know

Orangutans are a lot like us. They also think a lot like us. A case in point: they can tell truths from lies. Scientists now have the evidence to prove it. German researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology conducted psychological experiments with nearly three dozen great apes,…

Youngsters vie to become Green Idols

Youngsters vie to become Green Idols

Some youngsters want to be celebrities. And some of them want to be eco-warriors. It’s for these latter youths that the Penang Green Council is staging its Green Idol 2017 competition. A worthy initiative, that one. In the public speaking competition, young participants have to acquit themselves by proposing environmental policies and defending environmental causes….

Officials bust Wildlife trafficking Rings

Officials bust Wildlife trafficking Rings

Another day, another major bust of wildlife traffickers. To wit: Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) officials have busted a major network of trafficker who were operating via social media. All we can say: Hallelujah! In the latest crackdown on the exotic pet trade, Perhilitan officials nabbed a total of 11 people…

The Mass Bleaching of Corals globally may be Inevitable. We must Act Now

The Mass Bleaching of Corals globally may be Inevitable. We must Act Now

If you want to see the future of fragile marine environments being battered by climate change, look no further than Australia’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Last year the corals at the reef underwent an unprecedented mass bleaching episode, which killed off or visibly damaged huge swathes of coral for hundreds of miles….

TV presenter Showcases the Heroic work of Sabah’s ‘Wildlife Warriors’

TV presenter Showcases the Heroic work of Sabah’s ‘Wildlife Warriors’

Let Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski take you on a ride … into the forests of Sabah. The award-winning wildlife photographer and television presenter, aka the “shark selfie guy,” is in the Bornean state to headline an online documentary series for Scubazoo, a Sabah-based underwater production company. Called “Borneo Wildlife Warriors,” the series will explore Sabah’s wondrous…

Another Five Tigers are Dead

Another Five Tigers are Dead

Officials in Vietnam have just made a gruesome discovery: the carcasses of five dead tigers in a wildlife trafficker’s freezer. The internal organs of the Indochinese tigers had been removed, likely for use as ingredients in traditional medicine. And there you have it. Despite heroic efforts by conservationists and wildlife officials…

Perhilitan says Lasah is ‘doing Fine.’ Make of That what you Will

Perhilitan says Lasah is ‘doing Fine.’ Make of That what you Will

Ask animal lovers, and Lasah, a 37-year-old elephant, has endured so much abuse and neglect for years that he needs to be freed from the Langkawi Elephant Adventures Park. The pachyderm has been kept in chains most of the time and used in elephant rides in the rest. Ask management at the park, however,…

Come and Plant Trees in Shah Alam

Come and Plant Trees in Shah Alam

Some people cut down trees; others plant new trees. Which one are you? You can be among admirably green-conscious nature lovers this coming Saturday, on March 25, just by attending a tree-planting event in Shah Alam. The state capital of Selangor seeks to become a carbon neutral city and you can help make that…

Illegal Logger shoots a Forestry Officer

Illegal Logger shoots a Forestry Officer

It’s not as if we’ve needed further proof that wildlife wardens and forestry officials across Malaysia can face significant dangers, but here it is: an enforcement officer of Terengganu’s State Forestry Department was shot during a raid on an illegal logging site. The officer was part of a 10-man team inspecting an illegal logging…

Spare a thought for the little Sparrows

Spare a thought for the little Sparrows

Sparrows are everywhere. There they hop and chirp here and there, in parks, on streets and at city squares…. Or maybe not. The bubbly little birds did use to be ubiquitous, but house sparrows have gone increasingly AWOL in recent years from urban landscapes in India and elsewhere, including Malaysia. The cause: habitat loss in ever denser…

A Baby Orangutan is born at a Wildlife Center in Sarawak

A Baby Orangutan is born at a Wildlife Center in Sarawak

It’s a boy! And a beautiful one at that. An orangutan baby boy, that is. A 12-year-old female orangutan called Tingsaan has given birth to a baby boy at the Matang Wildlife Centre in Kuching. The birth has delighted animal lovers and officials alike. Baby orangutans are among the most endearing creatures, but the primates are slow-breeding animals,…

Tackling Indonesia’s forest Fires at the Grassroots

Tackling Indonesia’s forest Fires at the Grassroots

They’ve had enough and set out to stop it. “They”: an alliance of farmers, citizens, environmentalists and agriculture companies. “It”: the periodic haze caused by the widespread burning of trees, shrubs and other vegetation in Indonesia. The Fire-Free Alliance, which was set up a year ago in the wake of a massive…