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…

Surgery saves Puntung the Rhino

Surgery saves Puntung the Rhino

Puntung the rhino looked like she might not make it. Now it appears she will pull through. One of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinoceroses is on the mend, thanks to nonstop medical care. In March, Puntung fell critically ill after she had developed a bad abscess on her upper jaw. The infection did not respond well…

Puntung the Rhino is gravelly Ill in Sabah

Puntung the Rhino is gravelly Ill in Sabah

Once, in blissful times past, Sumatran rhinos roamed far and wide in the depths of forests in Sabah. Today a mere three of the animals are left, and all three of them are in captivity. Now Putong, one of the state’s last three rhinos, has fallen gravely ill. Two weeks…

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…

Rhinos are on the Brink

Rhinos are on the Brink

If you are a wild animal and you have an international day named after you, you’re in trouble. Rhinos are among those animals. World Rhino Day, on September 22, serves to celebrate these majestic animals, but it also serves to remind people that unless drastic steps are taken, several wild…

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….

Rewilding Malaysia? A Student Thinks So

Rewilding Malaysia? A Student Thinks So

Rewilding Malaysia. Now there’s a thought. As a myriad of endemic species in the country’s wild are coming to be at risk of extinction, Quek Yew Aun of CEKU, an online publication of a Malaysian student organization in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, proposes reintroducing lost species…

The Banteng are on the Brink of Extinction in Sabah

The Banteng are on the Brink of Extinction in Sabah

Away from the headlines, an oft-neglected species is being driven to the brink of extinction in Sabah’s forests. Meet the Bornean banteng (Bos javanicus lowi). Largely confined to isolated patches within the Sipitang Forest Reserve and the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, the endemic wild cattle, which prefer to dwell in remote…

Malaysia Scrambles to Save the Sumatran Rhinoceros

Malaysia Scrambles to Save the Sumatran Rhinoceros

The Malaysian state of Sabah is pulling out all the stops in its campaign to save the Sumatran rhinoceros from extinction. According to human knowledge, there are only a handful of Sumatran rhinoceros left in the world.  The announcement that wild Sumatran rhinos are extinct in Malaysia has already been…