Mention Pangkor, and you’d probably think of the seaside resorts and satay fish snacks that are so often associated with this small island, just off Lumut, Perak. Nobody could’ve imagined that in mid-July, over 115 researchers from 14 different institutes in Malaysia would have convened here for the Pangkor Island Scientific Expedition 2017 (PISE 2017).
They were joined by 300 local primary school pupils. Only a 10 minute boat ride from the mainland, this island is home to over 82 species of reptiles and amphibians (herpetofauna). PISE 2017 was a seven-day event hosted by the Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Malaysia (Ecomy) and supported by Vale Minerals Sdn Bhd.
Its aim was to document the local flora and fauna, and help the local community better appreciate the rich biodiversity on the island.