‘Honeybees are Livestock,’ not Wildlife

‘Honeybees are Livestock,’ not Wildlife

Bees. Don’t we love them? Well, many of us certainly don’t. They have an annoying habit of hovering around our sugary drinks with their sting at the ready when you try swatting them away. Yet these flying insects perform invaluable functions in ecosystems by pollinating flowers, thereby helping plants to…

Let’s Mend our Wasteful Ways

Let’s Mend our Wasteful Ways

Often it seems we’re drowning in waste. In some cases, literally so. In the world’s seas and oceans, plastic waste has been accumulating at alarming speeds, engulfing large swathes of water and choking marine life in the process. On land too, there is way too much waste, putting great strains on…

How did Elephants get to Borneo? Now we may Know the Answer

How did Elephants get to Borneo? Now we may Know the Answer

Bornean pygmy elephants, the planet’s smallest living elephants, are a unique subspecies whose origins have long puzzled experts. The million-dollar question is when and how Asian elephants got to the island, there to split off into a subspecies of their own over time. Now a group of scientists say they…

Coral Reefs are getting KO’d by Climate Change

Coral Reefs are getting KO’d by Climate Change

Coral bleaching is bad news for fragile marine ecosystems. Mass bleaching of corals on a wide scale is worse news still. Yet bleaching en masse reefs around the seas are, according to scientists who have surveyed bleaching records of 100 reefs collected between 1980 and 2016 from around the tropics….

Let’s make Chinese New Year Greener: Say No to Shark Fins

Let’s make Chinese New Year Greener: Say No to Shark Fins

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and lots of Malaysians are gearing up for the days-long festivities. The festive spirit of New Year will pay homage to the idea of renewal, yet sadly some time-honored old practices are bound to persist across Malaysia. Take the use of disposable…

New Hope for Malaysia’s last Rhinos?

New Hope for Malaysia’s last Rhinos?

For a while it seemed that the condition of Malaysia’s last female Sumatran rhino was touch-and-go, but it appears now that Iman is now on the mend. According to a senior wildlife official in Sabah, she has regained some of her appetite and is responding well to treatment at the…

Wildlife-trafficking Kingpin is finally Nabbed in Thailand

Wildlife-trafficking Kingpin is finally Nabbed in Thailand

One of the world’s most notorious wildlife traffickers is now behind bars. Boonchai Bach, a Thai Vietnamese man who operated out of Thailand for more than a decade, has finally been arrested by Thai authorities. “It is like catching one of the Corleones,” enthused Steven Galster, the founder of the…

It’s a Girl! Malaysia Welcomes another Panda Cub

It’s a Girl! Malaysia Welcomes another Panda Cub

Malaysia’s own giant panda couple, Liang Liang and Xing Xing, have just welcomed their second cub. The female newborn, which weighed a mere 190gm at birth, is the second daughter and the younger sibling of the two adult pandas’ first cub, Nuan Nuan, who was born on August 18 in 2015…

Malaysia decries EU ban on Palm Oil as unacceptable ‘Crop Apartheid’

Malaysia decries EU ban on Palm Oil as unacceptable ‘Crop Apartheid’

“Crop apartheid.” It is with this strange neologism that Malaysia’s plantations minister Mah Siew Keong has branded the European Union’s decision to ban on the use of palm oil in biofuels from countries like Malaysia, where the mass cultivation of the crop has inflicted grave and irreversible harm on the natural…

SAM: Stop the Wanton Deaths of Wild Elephants

SAM: Stop the Wanton Deaths of Wild Elephants

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is astounded at the death of yet another wild elephant in Gerik, Perak. The incident occurred on January 3rd when a 40-year-old female elephant was electrocuted by a live wire on a roadwork construction site. Herds of wild elephants come into populated areas while foraging for…

Perhilitan: Nothing Untoward at Kemaman Zoo

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

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…

Iman’s Fate hangs in the Balance

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…