Indonesian Store sells Python Meat

Indonesian Store sells Python Meat

Many people want wild animals as exotic pets. Other people like to eat them. And some people’s penchant for exotic “meat” is so great that they will go to great lengths and expenses just to obtain the meat of rare and endangered animals. What’s worse is that some otherwise reputable…

Setting out to Save Sabah’s Clouded Leopards

Setting out to Save Sabah’s Clouded Leopards

In order to save endangered animals across Malaysia, we need action. And in order for that action to work, it needs to be planned comprehensively. That’s why it’s a welcome development that a group of scientists, conservationists and officials came together in Sabah to work out a new action plan for…

Setting the Record Straight: Penang’s Green Council Responds

Setting the Record Straight: Penang’s Green Council Responds

Ask environmentalists and opposition politicians in Penang, and the island state’s environment is in a parlous state and under constant threat from development. Ask local government officials, however, and Penang is a paragon of environmental protection in Malaysia. To wit: Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, vice-president of the Malaysian People’s Movement…

Two Turtles head back into the Ocean

Two Turtles head back into the Ocean

Few things gladden conservationists and animal lovers more than seeing animals captured from the wild released back into their natural habitats. And so it was in high spirits that members of the Sabah Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Rescue Unit released two green sea turtles back into the sea near Pulau Mabul….

Let us Report Wildlife Crimes

Let us Report Wildlife Crimes

If you participate in wildlife crimes, directly or indirectly, you should stop. If you do stop, you will be let off lightly. If you continue breaking wildlife laws, however, you risk getting nabbed and possibly slapped with a severe penalty. That’s the message that Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, director-general of…

Climate Change will bring more and more Heat Waves

Climate Change will bring more and more Heat Waves

The heat in Malaysia often feels next to unbearable. For days on end, the sun is scorching and the heat is sweltering. That, of course, isn’t a surprise. Malaysia is a tropical country, after all. But here is bad news: heat waves are set to become ever more common, and…

Imposing a Fine on people who Fail to Separate their Waste

Imposing a Fine on people who Fail to Separate their Waste

If you live in Penang and fail to separate your trash, you may well have to pay for it. Literally: RM250, by way of a fine. The fine came into effect on June 1 and is aimed at encouraging locals to abide by the island’s recycling drive. “The council will conduct…

‘Stop Selling’ and Buying Shark Fins

‘Stop Selling’ and Buying Shark Fins

There they stood shoulder to shoulder, several dozens of them, dressed in rubber shark costumes with the dorsal fins cut off. The activists who gathered outside a high-end restaurant in Hong Kong Harbor bore placards and shouted “stop selling!” They meant shark fin soup, which remains a popular dish in…

Penang is ‘becoming Less Green’

Penang is ‘becoming Less Green’

It seems that not a week goes by without yet more revelations, or at least claims, that there is continued land clearing on Penang, presenting an ever graver threat to the island’s scenic but fragile ecosystem. Sadly, this week is no different. According to Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, vice-president of he…

A Black Panther dies on a Pahang Road

A Black Panther dies on a Pahang Road

A dead panther was found lying by the side of the road near Sungai Yu Forest Reserve in Merapoh, Pahang. The predator had likely been trying to the other side of the forest near a wildlife crossing when it was hit and killed by a passing vehicle. The black panther’s…

Plants alone can’t Heal the Planet

Plants alone can’t Heal the Planet

One way of mitigating the adverse effects of man-made climate change is to plant trees. The more trees there are, the more CO2 they absorb from the atmosphere, thereby alleviating the greenhouse effect because plants build their roots, stems and leaves from the CO2 they suck out of the air….

Thai Police seize two baby Orangutans smuggled in from Malaysia

Thai Police seize two baby Orangutans smuggled in from Malaysia

A routine police check of a Malaysian citizen’s vehicle travelling in the southern Thai border town of Hat Yai revealed two illegally transported passengers: a pair baby orangutans. Also in the car with the man were scores of turtles, which had been wrapped tightly in plastic tape so they could…

A Baby Elephant is Killed on a Highway in Perak

A Baby Elephant is Killed on a Highway in Perak

Malaysia’s beleaguered wild elephants face a variety of daily dangers. They may be poached for their body parts. They may be poisoned by smallholders and plantation owners to keep them off their properties. And they may be killed in road accidents. A young elephant calf has just suffered that fate…

Let’s Stop Littering Once and for All

Let’s Stop Littering Once and for All

Malaysians are notorious litterbugs. Not all of them, to be sure, but enough of them to have made the country’s roads and streets into trash-strewn eyesores. Beaches, parks, forest trails and mountain passes have not escaped the blight of habitual littering, either. The question is why? The answer: bad habits…