Celebrated World Wetlands Day at Vale Eco Centre, Teluk Batik, Perak

The World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated every year, in the first week of February to appreciate and raise awareness on protecting our wetlands ecology. This year for the first time, Vale Eco Centre (VEC) celebrated World Wetlands Day (WWD) at its ecological centre on 24th February, 2018. A total of 54 students from University Technology Petronas and Polytechnic Sultan Idris Shah, lecturers as well as members of the public participated in the WWD programme, ably facilitated by the Vale eco centre personnel and a representative from the Pangkor Nature Guides (PNG) in Teluk Batik. The day commenced with an introduction of the history of WWD and the group was then led to the beach to get up c

Malaysian insects digitised in international collaboration

Malaysian dragonflies, beetles, grasshoppers and crickets are being digitised for research. Museum digitisation specialists are working with Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY). The team is aiming to digitise representative specimens for 5,000 species across a range of taxonomic groups. The focus will be on insects such as damselflies, dragonflies, praying mantids, grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, stick insects, moths and beetles. Data will be available to download via the Museum's Data Portal, and a copy will also be stored in Malaysia. A Malaysian leaf insect ready for digitisation (Phyllium giganteum Hausleithner) Read more: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2018/march/m

19th century Indiana Jones impacts Malaysia's conservation efforts

Wallace's and Darwin's journeys which led to their breakthrough theories of evolution. IN the 19th century, the island of Borneo was still one of the most remote places on earth. This was the place where all forces of nature merged to create an environment so unique that through the eyes of an intrepid Englishman, there were animals unlike anywhere else on earth. Rainforest-covered volcanoes soared out of an ocean with ecosystems meeting to create unrivalled biodiversity. This was Sarawak. A place where Alfred Russel Wallace spent eight years of his life exploring, from Nov 1, 1848 to Jan 25, 1856. This was the place where he made some of the most important scientific discoveries of all time

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