Macaques too like … wait for it … Raunchy Ads

Some like raunchy ads. Others find them distasteful. These others, though, do not include rhesus macaques, apparently. So say a group of researchers, who have done a study with the well-known Old World monkeys and found that the primates reacted better to advertising with sexually explicit imagery. Seriously. In a special…

The Amazon’s Forests are in Big Trouble

Borneo’s stunningly biodiverse forests have been shrinking at alarming rates with trees being felled unceasingly for timber or so that palm oil plantations can take their place. Yet it’s not just the island’s forests that are reaching a crisis point. So are the forests of the Amazon, which too are…

At least 150 Wild Animal Species are being Trafficked in Malaysia

Last year officials of  the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) rescued creatures belonging to 150 species. You’ve read that right: In 2017 wildlife officials handled nearly 3,000 cases of wildlife trafficking in which animals from a whopping 150 species, according to Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, minister of Natural Resources and…

Navigation App could help Save Wildlife

Hundreds upon hundreds of endangered animals perish on Malaysian roads each year. Thankfully, however, officials are doing something about it. In the works are more wildlife crossings in what is a welcome development. Such crossings alone, though, won’t solve the problem of animals ending up as roadkill while they try…

Acidification makes Corals more Brittle. It may even Dissolve Them

The world’s corals, Malaysia’s own stunning reefs included, are facing a host of environmental challenges to their continued survival as a result of manmade global warming and other harmful human activities. These include rising water temperatures, invasive forms of fishing like blast fishing, mass tourism and plastic pollution. Then there…

Drones could Help save Sea Turtles

Drones, acting as eyes in the sky, can help protect forests against illegal loggers. They can help keep better track of wildlife. And they can also be used to help save endangered species. Like turtles. Researchers at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom deployed drones to keep a…

A Dutch Supermarket goes Plastic-Free

Much of plastic pollution comes from a simple source: plastic packaging. Plastic is a cheap and versatile substance that can be readily made and used. Then again, it can just as easily be dumped after a singe use, which has led to massive amounts of plastic waste befouling more and…

KL is not all that Livable, say Expats

Living in Kuala Lumpur can be fun. But not as much fun as it used to be. That’s according to expatriates, based on a new survey about the world’s most livable cities. Conducted by the British consulting firm ECA International, the survey places Kuala Lumpur at a dismal 126th place,…

A Gang of Ivory Poachers is Nabbed in Gerik

Operation Gading in Gerik took three days and required 40 officers, but success did beckon at the end of it. Under arrest are four professional hunters who may have killed as many as 20 wild elephants for their tusks in Malaysia over the past decade. The joint team from the…