Snow Leopards are on the Rebound

Snow Leopards are on the Rebound

Snow leopards are elusive creatures facing a host of challenges. They continue to be poached regularly and they also have fewer prey animals. It doesn’t help either that many of them live in armed conflict-prone areas in countries like Afghanistan where they are at increased risk of being killed. Yet…

Seeking to End Tiger Poaching in Malaysia

Seeking to End Tiger Poaching in Malaysia

Ending all poaching of Malayan tigers is an august goal, and key players in Malaysian have set out to do just that. Several governmental bodies (including the Malaysian Armed Forces, the Royal Malaysian Police and the Forestry Department) have joined forces with conservationist groups like  WWF-Malaysia to save the nation’s…

Taking stock on Endangered Species Day

Taking stock on Endangered Species Day

Malayan tigers. Malayan sun bears. Bornean orangutans. Bornean pygmy elephants. Sunda pangolins. Clouded leopards. Marbled cats. Helmeted hornbills. Hawksbill turtles. The list goes on. The list of endangered animals in Malaysia, that is. May 20 is Endangered Species Day, which has been held for a dozen years worldwide by conservationists…

Protecting forests for Malayan Tigers

Protecting forests for Malayan Tigers

If Malaysia’s beleaguered tigers have something to fear more than poaching, it’s habitat loss. The majestic predators have seen their numbers drop precipitously over the past decades in tandem with the loss of the country’s forests and jungles. Once there were thousands of tigers roaming vast swathes of jungle. Today, a mere 340 tigers (at most)…

Cheetahs, like Tigers, are going Extinct

Cheetahs, like Tigers, are going Extinct

Among the big cats of the world, it isn’t just tigers that are in serious trouble. Cheetahs, those iconic speedy predators, are “sprinting towards the edge of extinction,” according to a team of experts from the Zoological Society of London, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the conservationist group Panthera. The team’s study shows that only…

If you love Tigers, help Save Them

If you love Tigers, help Save Them

Some of Malaysia’s most iconic and beloved animals are also its most endangered. They are beloved not because they are endangered; rather, they are endangered despite being beloved. This simple fact is something worth pondering. Take tigers. The very national identity of Malaysia is predicated on the majestic predators. Tigers are featured on the…

Scrambling to Save Malaysia’s Wildlife

Scrambling to Save Malaysia’s Wildlife

In its newly released Living Planet Report 2016, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has painted an alarming picture of the impending prospects of the planet’s wildlife. Unless we change course, the numbers of wild animals will have declined by a staggering 67% by the year 2020, a mere…

Wildlife Bans must be strictly Enforced

Wildlife Bans must be strictly Enforced

In a move hailed by conservationists as a major milestone, CITES has imposed a total worldwide ban on the sale of pangolins. Does that mean pangolins, including Malaysia’s own Sunda pangolins, are saved? That depends. A ban will only work if it is enforced vigorously in countries like Malaysia. And…

Poachers in Pahang may have just Killed a Tiger

Poachers in Pahang may have just Killed a Tiger

The images are graphic and their contents are certain to upset any animal lover. The photos, allegedly taken in Pahang and widely shared on social media by outraged Malaysians, show several young men posing with the body of a dead tiger. In one of the images a man is seen…

We destroy Biodiversity at our own Peril

We destroy Biodiversity at our own Peril

For most people, especially those living in urban areas, “biodiversity” is an abstract concept. It’s a term they may hear used by biologists and environmentalists but one that does not seem to have any relevance for their own lives. How wrong they are. The loss of biodiversity affects us all….

SAM head: Leave Wild Animals Alone!

SAM head: Leave Wild Animals Alone!

If you needed any more proof of the wanton disregard people worldwide have for wild animals, you got it recently when news came of a jaguar being shot dead following an Olympic ceremony in Brazil. What was the jaguar, not being a sports fan presumably, doing there? The feline was used…

Tiger poaching incident in Indonesia serves up a Warning to Malaysia

Tiger poaching incident in Indonesia serves up a Warning to Malaysia

The ruthless murder of wild tiger continues, this time in neighboring Indonesia. Three men, who are believed to have been members of a wildlife smuggling ring, were arrested for poaching critically endangered Sumatran tigers in the protected forests of Mount Leuser National Park in Sumatra. Police officials found tiger bones,…

A Pregnant Female Tiger is Killed in a Road Accident

A Pregnant Female Tiger is Killed in a Road Accident

Barely a week seems to go by these days with yet more bad news about Malaysia’s beleaguered wild tigers. First came news of the death of a tiger at the hands of three poachers in Terengganu. Then came word of a blatant case of wildlife trafficking with a man carrying…