Another Pygmy Elephant is Shot Dead

Another Pygmy Elephant is Shot Dead

The wild pygmy elephant was found dead near a small river at an oil palm plantation in Tawau. The pachyderm’s remains were riddled with three bullets. It doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to figure out what happened: the bull elephant had been killed either by plantation workers or local farmers…

Bushmeat Traders are Nabbed in Sabah

Bushmeat Traders are Nabbed in Sabah

The bushmeat trade in Sabah is an acute problem, posing as it does an grave threat to the continued survival of endangered species in the wild. Poachers around the state’s forests carry on killing protected animals just so that someone can eat them. Encouragingly, however, local authorities are aware of…

Planting Trees to save Malayan Tigers

Planting Trees to save Malayan Tigers

One hundred newly planted saplings may not seem like all that many, yet these new saplings could now serve a vital function in helping save Malaysia’s last few wild tigers. That is because the saplings were planted at a strategic location in Puncak Botak within Pahang’s Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor….

A new Environmental Quality Act is in the Making

A new Environmental Quality Act is in the Making

When the current Environmental Quality Act was enacted in 1974, Malaysia’s environment was in a significantly better shape. Most of Sabah and Sarawak were still covered in thick forests, while mainland Malaysia, too, boasted large swathes of virgin forest. Air and water pollution were yet endemic and the nation’s marine…

Three Sunda Clouded Leopards were Caught … on Camera

Three Sunda Clouded Leopards were Caught … on Camera

Sunda clouded leopards aren’t just rare. They are also highly elusive. They are so elusive in fact that mere sightings of them can qualify as newsworthy occurrences. Thus the feat of a foreign photographer in capturing on camera a female clouded leopard walking through a forest with her two cubs…

Pangolin Traders are Nabbed in Sabah

Pangolin Traders are Nabbed in Sabah

A man and a woman at a parking lot in the town of Donggongon, in Sabah. That seems innocuous enough. Except the pair were there to sell a live pangolin, which is illegal. “They were trying to sell the pangolin to a ‘customer’ at the parking lot, where the transaction…

In its Fight against Floods, Penang needs to Stop Hillside Developments

In its Fight against Floods, Penang needs to Stop Hillside Developments

Large parts of Penang are prone to occasional flooding. Climate change makes weather patterns more erratic and exposes tropical islands like Penang to increased risks of severe flooding. There’s next to nothing people on Penang can do about climate change, which is a global phenomenon and needs a global response….

A Third Species of Orangutan has been Identified in North Sumatra

A Third Species of Orangutan has been Identified in North Sumatra

In the highland forest of Batang Toru in North Sumatra live a small colony of orangutans. They are largely isolated from other orangutans. It turns out they’re not just any orangutans but an entirely different and hitherto unknown species of the great apes. So say scientists who have sequenced the…

Let’s have Environmental Education in Schools

Let’s have Environmental Education in Schools

The sooner young Malaysians become aware of environmental issues, the better. And we can’t just expect children to develop a passion for the environment on their own. We have to teach them to appreciate the natural bounty of Malaysia and we have to teach them how to be good stewards…

Building Wildlife Crossings to Save Animals from Ending  up as Roadkill

Building Wildlife Crossings to Save Animals from Ending up as Roadkill

Forests continue to shrink, boxing animals into ever smaller living spaces. More and more roads continue crisscrossing areas thick with forests. These developments lead inevitably to similar outcomes: more animals will end up as roadkill while they seek to cross from one wooded area to another. Just this past August…

British Academic: Toughen Wildlife Law Enforcement in Borneo

British Academic: Toughen Wildlife Law Enforcement in Borneo

Many poachers do not go about killing wild animals out of fun. Nor do many farmers take revenge on wild animals just because they feel like it. Rather, there are routinely economic reasons behind both wildlife poaching and revenge attacks against animals, like elephants, that destroy crops, thereby unwittingly inviting…

Dozens of new Rangers ‘will be on Patrol’ in Sabah

Dozens of new Rangers ‘will be on Patrol’ in Sabah

Across Malaysia’s wildlife reserves and national parks rangers and officers are invariably undermanned and underfunded. Yet in the Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon this will change. Teams of 50 wildlife rangers, armed and alert, will be taking turns to hunt down poachers in the areas falling within the…

Thieves of Songbirds are now Jailbirds

Thieves of Songbirds are now Jailbirds

For many Indonesians, songbirds aren’t just pretty little things that gladden the heart with their joyful chirps. They are invaluable parts of their culture and very identity. Many of these hobbyists will go to great lengths to acquire prized birds. Those lengths include poaching rare songbirds relentlessly from forests. And…

Wild Elephants ‘can Inflict Harm on Plantations.’ So What to Do?

Wild Elephants ‘can Inflict Harm on Plantations.’ So What to Do?

Millions of ringgit in losses over an area of 30 hectares. That’s how much damage a herd of feeding elephants can inflict on a plantation, according to the Sabah Wildlife Department. In just a single night elephants can destroy six hectares of crops, the department’s head Augustine Tuuga explained. “Elephant…