Time to get Tough on Animal Trafficking

Time to get Tough on Animal Trafficking

When even seasoned experts are taken aback by the scale of wildlife trafficking across Malaysia, you know we’re in trouble. Yet taken aback experts are at TRAFFIC, an international anti-trafficking watchdog. And rightfully so. Recent arrests of several wildlife traffickers by Malaysian authorities have provided further evidence (not that any more was…

Peacocks lose out to Traditional Medicine

Peacocks lose out to Traditional Medicine

Peacocks are flamboyantly ostentatious birds with giant iridescent tails of blue, green, gold and red that they deftly employ in courtship displays. Unfortunately for the birds, their flashy tail feathers have also caught the eyes of people. Peacocks have long been hunted as trophies and kept as pets. Sadly, the birds are…

A Proboscis Monkey is saved in Sibu

A Proboscis Monkey is saved in Sibu

There he sat, the young proboscis monkey, on the veranda of a home in Sungai Mera in Sibu, Sarawak. Luckily the animal did not have to languish there for long. A local resident alerted officials who came to save the monkey from potential harm in the residential area. “The monkey…

Say a Prayer for Leopards

Say a Prayer for Leopards

If you thought Malaysia’s tigers have had it hard, you might want to spare a thought for leopards. They’ve had it just as hard, if not worse. Here comes a new study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, that confirms just that. Indochinese leopards (Panthera pardus delacouri), which are a…

Foreign Poacher is nabbed in Sabah

Foreign Poacher is nabbed in Sabah

One down, plenty more to go. Poachers, that is. A special unit of Sabah’s Forestry Department has nabbed a poacher who is believed to have been part of a six-member gang of foreigners who were poaching protected species within local animal sanctuaries. Better yet, the man, who comes from an…

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….

Traditional Medicine is a Total Menace

Traditional Medicine is a Total Menace

Traditional Chinese medicine – or most of it at any rate – is utter tosh. Rhino horns, whether consumed in powered form or any other, do not cure gout or rheumatism, much less cancer. Ground tiger bones or whiskers do nothing to alleviate meningitis or malaria, nor does the consumption…

Ivory bound for Malaysia is seized in South Sudan

Ivory bound for Malaysia is seized in South Sudan

Wildlife traffickers have a global reach. We’ve long known this sad fact, of course, but if any more proof of it is needed, here it comes: 1.2 tons of African elephant ivory was recently seized at Juba International Airport in South Sudan. The shipment had originated from Entebbe in Ethiopia…

New Zoo is planned for Sabah. Should we be Happy?

New Zoo is planned for Sabah. Should we be Happy?

One of Malaysia’s greatest natural assets is its world-renowned wildlife. That, though, is not always immediately apparent from the way native animals are treated and protected. The country boasts scores of national parks and protected forests, large and small, but much more work is needed to provide truly sage and…

Meet the Maroon Langur

Meet the Maroon Langur

The Maroon Langur, also known as the Maroon leaf monkey, is a threatened primate species endemic to the island of Borneo.  Of medium size and rusty red color, they swing from tree to tree feeding on leaves, seeds and fruits.  Their appetites are quite exploratory – they may sample more…

Malaysia’s First Environmental Magazine

Malaysia’s First Environmental Magazine

Malaysia’s first-ever environmental magazine is here (has been for a few years) – and it’s available for free, around the world. EcoMalaysia is an online magazine focused on all things green in Malaysia. Wildlife conservation, Eco Education, sustainable shopping, environmental NGOs, Eco Transport – all these topics and more are…

Endangered Orangutans Suffer from Haze 2015

Endangered Orangutans Suffer from Haze 2015

The terrible costs of the massive forest fires currently raging through Indonesia are most often calculated in tons of CO2 emitted, acres of tropical forest destroyed, human suffering and economic loss.  These factors are indeed great, but there is another victim of this circumstance – the endangered Orangutan. Borneo, an…

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…

Wildlife Corridors: The Secret to Conserving Biodiversity

Wildlife Corridors: The Secret to Conserving Biodiversity

It’s becoming painfully evident that setting aside a few national parks just isn’t enough to save endangered species in Malaysia.  Sure, there may be a hopeful-sounding number of pygmy elephants in Malaysia (FIND THE NUMBER), but if they’re marooned in separate plots of land, they either can’t find each other…