Nature Is Our Best Antiviral

The Seychelles, a string of 115 verdant, rocky islands in the Indian Ocean, recently announced – in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic – that it would protect 30 percent of its glittering turquoise waters from commercial use.Safeguarding some 410,000 square kilometres (158,000 square miles) of the sea will benefit wildlife on the shore and in the water, including 100,000 giant tortoises and some of the world’s last pristine coral reefs.

18 May 2020

Two tonnes of ivory and pangolin scales seized

Vietnam seized more than two tonnes of ivory tusks and pangolin scales hidden inside wooden boxes shipped from Nigeria, state media reported Tuesday.The bust comes at the end of a year of big wildlife seizures destined for communist Vietnam, a hotbed of the illicit but lucrative trade in animal parts from elephants, pangolins, tigers and rhinos.Authorities in northern Hai Phong city found 330 kilograms of ivory and 1.7 tonnes of pangolin scales after checking three container shipments from Ni

25 December 2019

Hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises

Newly-hatched tortoises take their first steps at a Bangladesh conservation park, their feet barely visible under hard shells that carry the weight of the species on their backs.These tiny new-borns – 41 in all – belong to a species thought to have gone extinct in the country until seven years ago, when they were rediscovered by conservationists with the help of locals in the south-eastern Chittagong hills.Once abundant across dense tropical forests in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Thailand, the p

1 December 2019

Malaysia’s appetite for shark fin

A recent report that Malaysia is the world’s second-largest importer of shark fin should come as no surprise judging by the government’s seemingly indifferent attitude towards shark conservation.Appetite for shark fin soup has seen populations of some species crash by over 90 percent in recent years, and Malaysia is playing a large role in that decline with its imports of shark fin – which are now ahead of China.Sharks can be consumed in Malaysia because they are listed as ‘fish’ under Malays

26 September 2019

What I learned From A Beach Weekend With Lush And Turtles

There’s only one way to describe a weekend filled with fun activities including a visit to a turtle conservation centre, a bath bomb workshop, not to mention all-you-can-eat buffets: TURTLE-Y AWESOME!The trip, hosted by LUSH Malaysia and Club Med Cherating Beach, was to highlight the plight of turtles and other sea creatures.

5 August 2019

ASEAN’s natural heritage under threat

The recent nomination of five protected areas to join the ASEAN Heritage Parks network marks another milestone in the region’s efforts to conserve its rich but highly threatened biodiversity – and sheds more light on this valuable network of nature reserves and marine parks.Managed by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), ASEAN Heritage Parks are defined as “protected areas of high conservation importance which preserve complete spectrums of representative ecosystems of the ASEAN region.”A

15 July 2019

Japan and Iceland to kill whales again

Recent news reports that Japan and Iceland will be resuming their whale hunting programmes are going against the international trend of whale conservation and have been met with international backlash.Last December, Japan announced it would be withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resuming commercial whaling this July.

10 March 2019

Looking out for Malaysia’s marine resources

Following the landmark electoral victory of the new Alliance of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) government in the 14th Malaysian general election on 9 May, 2018, the new cabinet has wasted no time in making changes.

17 December 2018

Dolphin-enabled livelihood on the Ayeyarwady

On a stretch of the Ayeyarwady river, also known as the Irrawaddy river, near Myanmar’s Mandalay, fishermen from six villages work hand-in-fin with 26 Irrawaddy dolphins in a unique collaboration. Taught to do so since childhood, the fishermen cooperatively fish the river with the assistance of the dolphins. The tradition, origin unknown, is said to have been in practice since the 1860s.

2 October 2018

Ghost fishing threatens marine life

Over the years, a number of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing nets have found their way around the coral reefs of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Concerned that this may impact their business, divers operating within the protected marine park have removed the discarded fishing gear.

6 August 2018