A vast Haul of Ivory from Malaysia is Seized in Hong Kong

Just when we’ve thought that Malaysian officials have managed to successfully roll back international ivory-smuggling syndicates using the country as a transit point, here comes a reminder that ivory smugglers remain relentless and continue to use the country for their nefarious activities. To wit: customs officials in Hong Kong discovered…

We have Three Years to save the Planet

Three years. That’s how much time we have left to save the planet. Unless we permanently lower our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, we may well reach a threshold on climate change beyond which we will be able to do little to save ourselves and the planet from irreversible harm….

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

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

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

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

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…

‘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’

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 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

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….