When a scientific expedition brings together a group of school children into their conservation work, you can be sure it's a serious affairs, writes Elena Koshy With a land area of approximately 1,800 hectares, Pangkor Island, off the coast of Lumut is considered tiny. But don’t let its diminutiveness fool you: big things are happening here. Over the past week the island had become the site of a quiet, but grand conservation experiment.The experiment isn’t just about the 150-
Shorea lumutensis or balau putih is only found in several parts of Perak. THE CRITICALLY endangered tree species Shorea lumutensis only found in Perak must be conserved, and promoted as an eco-tourism product to prevent IT from going extinct. Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (Ecomy) co-founder and CEO Andrew Sebastian said the species, locally known as balau putih, can only be found at the high conservation value forests (HCVF) of the Sungai Pinang Virgin Jungle R
"Stop getting yourself confused with Algae, Mosses are not Algae". - Dr. Nik Norhazrina, Pangkor Scientific Expedition 2017. Upon hearing her research on moss, I skeptically asked myself “Why moss?” as many of us usually considered moss as a 'non revenue' plant. But moss in fact is a big contributor to our planet's ecosystem according to Dr. Nik Norhazrina Nik Mohd Kamil of UKM. "Moss is a pioneer plant, they are the first to lay the footing of a future forest. They trap and
“Tak Kenal Maka Tak Cinta..” a popular and old malay saying, roughly translates to “One only loves what one knows/understands”. This awareness as well as an appreciation for the island’s natural assets is the key to inculcating a love for one’s environment and a sense of ownership over it. Islands are, today, the forefront of conservation battles. Of 724 known animal extinctions in the last 400 years, about half were of island species, and of the bird species that have become
Presentation of the mock check from Watsons Malaysia to Ecomy, in aid of ‘Treasure Our Tapirs”. (From left) Sebastian, Safe Tree marketing manager Daniel Leong, Watsons Malaysia customer director Danny Hoh, Loh, Watsons Malaysia finance and IT director and A.S. Watsons Group CSR ambassador Low Siew Hui and Watsons Malaysia head of trading Foo Hwei Jiek. NATURALS by Watsons, a brand under Watsons, raised over RM18,900 through a nationwide campaign. Resonating to the brand name
Tragic incident: The young elephant that was found dead on the Gerik-Jeli Highway. -Picture by Alicia Solana-Mena/MEME IPOH: A two-year-old elephant was found dead in a pool of blood by the roadside of the Gerik-Jeli Highway in Gerik, some 130km from here. Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) director Loo Kean Seong said state officers found the carcass at around 7am last Friday. “While incidents like this do not happen often, we would like motorists t
It’s a historic moment. Our first day of what’s to be the first time that a NGO is running a privately-owned ecopark. We look forward to engaging with our partners, our fellow NGOs, students and everyone to promote the wonderful swath of primary coastal rainforest and its amazing fauna!