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…

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…

NGOs: Hands off Ulu Muda!

NGOs: Hands off Ulu Muda!

The Ulu Muda forest reserve is a 160,000-hectare hotspot of biodiversity in Kedah and one of the largest swathes of lowland dipterocarp forest in Peninsular Malaysia. Its wildlife boasts well over a hundred species of mammals, including Asian elephants, Malayan tigers, Malayan tapirs, Malayan sun bears, gaur and flying squirrels….

Let’s Let our Corals Save Themselves

Let’s Let our Corals Save Themselves

When it comes to corals in tropical waters, good news is hard to come by. Battered by global warming and pollution, these fragile creatures, and their ecosystems, are increasingly under threat of mass bleaching worldwide. Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef may be doomed, and Malaysia’s own stunningly beautiful reefs, which are…

We need to Start treating Water as a Precious resource in Malaysia

We need to Start treating Water as a Precious resource in Malaysia

If there’s something Malaysia doesn’t seem to lack, it’s water. The country is blessed with abundant rivers and each year more than 900 million cubic liters of the life-giving substance fall from the sky, ready for the taking. And yet Malaysia, or at least large parts of the country from Peninsular Malaysia…

Hotels and Restaurants take Shark Fin Soup off Menus. So Must even More

Hotels and Restaurants take Shark Fin Soup off Menus. So Must even More

18,000. That’s the number of the restaurants around the world that have already taken shark fin soup off their menus. The restaurants, which include such high-end global chains as Shangri La, Marriott International and InterContinental, have done so in response to a global campaign that originated in Hong Kong. The campaign is driven…

Wild Rhinos might, just might, still be Living in Sabah’s Forests

Wild Rhinos might, just might, still be Living in Sabah’s Forests

Last year, in a development that shocked animal lovers, Sumatran rhinos were officially declared extinct in Malaysia. Yet, judging from a footprint that has just been spotted in Sabah’s Danum Valley Conservation Area, a few last specimens of the gentle beasts might still be hiding out in local forests. During a…

Sea turtles in Melaka are Losing out to Hotels, Condominiums and Malls

Sea turtles in Melaka are Losing out to Hotels, Condominiums and Malls

Sea turtles in Melaka are losing out to a usual suspect: relentless coastal land reclamation. Sandy dunes and beaches are being bulldozed and razed to make way for new luxury hotels, upscale condominiums and flashy beachside shopping malls, leaving turtles with precious little space in which to lay their eggs….

Investing in the Environment is a Must

Investing in the Environment is a Must

To protect Malaysia’s wildlife and environment, you have to invest in them. That is the gist of a call by Dionysius Sharma, who is executive director and CEO of WWF-Malaysia, on the country’s government. “Fiscal measures need to be put in place to assist the State governments in setting aside forests…

An Elephant is Killed after Trampling a man to Death. Was that Fair?

An Elephant is Killed after Trampling a man to Death. Was that Fair?

A wild bull elephant that trampled a middle-aged worker to death at a timber plantation in Tawau, Sabah, is now himself dead. The animal was shot and killed by an official of the Sabah Wildlife Department. Justice done? It depends how you look at it. The department’s director Augustine Tuuga explained…

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…

WWF: Malaysians are eating less Shark Fin Soup … At Last

WWF: Malaysians are eating less Shark Fin Soup … At Last

Plenty of Malaysians still love their shark fin soup, but not as many as used to do. The local consumption of shark fins has fallen almost by half over the past six months, according to the World Wide Fund For Nature’s Malaysian chapter (WWF-Malaysia). That is certainly something to celebrate….

Perak wants Citizens to Save its Sharks

Perak wants Citizens to Save its Sharks

To save sharks, we have to know and understand sharks. Appreciate them more too. That’s the message behind a government-sponsored campaign in Perak, which seeks to educate locals, from fishermen to school children, about the embattled predators. “We want to start by educating fishermen about the importance of shark conservation,…

WWF: Malaysians ‘Don’t really Care’ about Sharks. They Should

WWF: Malaysians ‘Don’t really Care’ about Sharks. They Should

The question is: “Do Malaysians really care about Sharks?” The answer, according to WWF-Malaysia, is disheartening: not that much. “Apart from encounters shielded by glass thicker than the Great Wall of China,” the conservationist group posits, “Malaysians’ emotional involvement with sharks has been mostly recreational or gastronomical,” it explains. In…

Treat our Water Sources much Better

Treat our Water Sources much Better

Water. Malaysians have a lot of it. Except when they don’t. In Selangor alone, on a weekend in late September, more than a million people at 30 locations did not. They found themselves without enough treated water for days. The cause: contaminants were discovered at the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment…

Seven Elephants perish in Sabah

Seven Elephants perish in Sabah

Losing one wild elephant is bad enough. Losing seven is absolutely tragic. Yet that is the number of wild Bornean pygmy elephants that died recently at an abandoned quarry in southern Kalabakan after being stuck in mud for more than a week. The pachyderms succumbed to dehydration, stress and hunger….