From Elephant Conflict to Coexistence

This article was written by Nadiah Rosli, Communication Lead for Malaysia of Earthworm Foundation. Support Malaysian people and Bornean elephants with Plan A. The villagers of Ulu Muanad, in Beluran, Sabah on Borneo Island, Malaysia are predominantly farmers – first-generation smallholders who harvest rubber, rice, fruits, vegetables and palm oil. Sometimes birds and even monkeys would disturb their crops, but these […]

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Heartbreaking images show endangered orangutans driven from homes by forest fires

These heartbreaking images show endangered orangutans made homeless as farmers jeopardise their habitat. The pictures show a troop of these magnificent creatures gathered near water at their reserve on Salat Island, Borneo, after being driven from wooded areas by illegal land clearing. Satellites show that the number of such blazes across Borneo and Sumatra are […]

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Pregnant orang-utan pictured clinging to final tree as bulldozers destroy rainforest around her

A starving, heavily pregnant orang-utan clings to a solitary tree high above what had been pristine rainforest for ­millennia – till giant bulldozers moved in and flattened it in days. Boon-Mee was too weak and frightened to leave the trunk where she had sought sanctuary as the machines tore down her ­jungle home in Borneo, […]

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Ground-feeding birds in Southeast Asia may be going extinct outside protected areas

Nature reserves in large parts of Southeast Asia may be the last strongholds for charismatic ground-feeding birds such as quails, partridges and pheasants, together called galliforms, according to a recent study in Conservation Letters. Researchers estimate that five species of galliforms no longer survive outside protected areas in Sundaland, a region comprising the Malay Peninsula […]

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Video: A Rare Look at the Secret Life of Orangutans

In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, new research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans. Photographer Tim Laman, researcher Cheryll Knott, and National Geographic Young Explorer Robert Suro have documented rarely-seen unique orangutan behaviors such as making pillows, fashioning umbrellas, and displaying regional greetings. With orangutan habitats disappearing […]

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