Heading off on some Jungle Adventures

Heading off on some Jungle Adventures

First, Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski, an award-winning wildlife photographer and television presenter, introduced us to the heroic men and women who are helping save Sabah’s endangered wildlife. He did so in a series of short online documentariesJoin called “Borneo Wildlife Warriors” with stunning camerawork and revealing interviews. Now the intrepid conservationist has…

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…

Let Puntung’s Death be a Lesson

Let Puntung’s Death be a Lesson

To her keepers, Puntung, one of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinos, was a precious animal beloved for her gentle nature. To animal lovers across the country and farther afield, she was no less precious: she was one of her species’ very last Mohicans in Malaysia. Her loss has dealt a…

Puntung the Rhino will be Put Down

Puntung the Rhino will be Put Down

First the news was bad: Puntung, one of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinos, was gravelly ill. Then came better news: after undergoing life-saving surgery, she managed to pull through. Her recovery delighted animal lovers and conservationists alike. Sadly, here now comes yet more bad news: Puntung has terminal cancer. According…

Saving Sabah’s Proboscis Monkeys

Saving Sabah’s Proboscis Monkeys

Even in Sabah’s biodiverse forests with their cornucopia of exotic animals, proboscis monkeys are stand-outs. The reddish-brown primates are famous for their flamboyant looks, thanks largely to their large and elongated nozzles. They use those mighty sniffers to amplify the sound of their calls through the canopies of forests they call…

Tusks seized in Kalimantan may have come from two dead Jumbos in Sabah

Tusks seized in Kalimantan may have come from two dead Jumbos in Sabah

As often, science can come to the rescue. This time for determining whether pygmy elephant tusks seized a few days ago in North Kalimantan, Indonesia, belonged to two male pachyderms that were recently killed in Sabah. Indonesian officials stopped a woman who was carrying five elephant tusks in Nunukan in North Kalimantan last week, and Malaysian officials…

Poachers and Ivory Smugglers must be Stopped

Poachers and Ivory Smugglers must be Stopped

They’re a persistent lot, are they not? Wildlife traffickers, that is. Malaysian authorities have been stepping up their efforts to clamp down on international smuggling networks that use the country as a regional transit point for the trafficking of ivory from Africa. That, though, has clearly not deterred ivory-smuggling syndicates. And so 2017 has started pretty…

Crocs remain both a Risk and at Risk in Sabah

Crocs remain both a Risk and at Risk in Sabah

To cull them or not to cull them –  that remains the question in Sabah, regarding the state’s unruly population of saltwater crocodiles. The reptiles have been protected from being killed by law, but as a result their numbers have increased to such levels that local people living beside croc-infested waters have asked…

Sun Bears remain at Risk in Malaysia

Sun Bears remain at Risk in Malaysia

Another day, another development involving one of Malaysia’s perennially beleaguered sun bears. Thankfully, though, this one was a welcome one. Wildlife Department officials in Sabah captured a one-year-old runaway sun bear cub that escaped from her owner in Kg Pangkalan Abai. The young bear, a female, is now safe and…

Sale of Bushmeat carries on in Sabah

Sale of Bushmeat carries on in Sabah

Many locals in Sabah seem to view the state’s forests as their own backyards: the animals that inhabit those woods, these people apparently believe, are simply there for the taking – through the barrels of hunting rifles. Reportedly, the bushmeat trade in the state continues to flourish despite a ban…

Orphaned Orangutans See their Numbers Drop in Sabah

Orphaned Orangutans See their Numbers Drop in Sabah

Malaysia’s endangered orangutans need all the help they can get. Yet in the unending struggle to save these highly intelligent and unique apes from extinction in the country’s forests, at least some of them need a little less help than they once did. That is according to Dr Sen Nathan, assistant…