Keep up the Fight on Wildlife Smugglers

Keep up the Fight on Wildlife Smugglers

Illicit wildlife products have been pouring into and out of Malaysia: elephant tusks, pangolin scales, deer antlers, tiger claws, sun bear teeth and claws. We know because in the past few weeks alone Malaysian authorities have managed to seize tons of such items at ports and airports from Sabah to…

Tapirs end up as Roadkill … Again

Tapirs end up as Roadkill … Again

The road carnage must stop. Shortly after an adult elephant died after being hit by a tour bus on the East-West Highway in Perak, two Malayan tapirs suffered a similar fate when a passing car barreled into the animals at high speed on a carriageway in Pahang. The two Malayan…

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…

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)…

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…

Protections versus Corruption – Can Malaysia Save its Wildlife?

Protections versus Corruption – Can Malaysia Save its Wildlife?

The battle to save Malaysia’s wildlife has been a long and troubled one.  Throughout Malaysia’s history, its rarified environments and exotic variety of life have been a source of both pride and agitation.  Rare and endangered species in Malaysia – in fact, all animal species in Malaysia – are caught…

New Survey to Reveal the Fate of the Malayan Tiger

New Survey to Reveal the Fate of the Malayan Tiger

Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) recently approved a survey of the country’s tiger population.  Six times more thorough than the last such estimate, this survey will reveal the Malayan tiger’s true chances of survival. Covering 20,000 square kilometers (20 plots of 1,000 sq km each), the proposed…

Malaysian Government Uses Social Media to Crack Down on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Malaysian Government Uses Social Media to Crack Down on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Four men were recently arrested – and the two juvenile Orangutans they were trying to sell were saved – thanks to a social media program the Malaysian Government is using to ambush wildlife traders. Code-named Ops Taring III, the social media crackdown is showing promise. In March, seven other wildlife traffickers were caught. They…