Rampant road building has shattered the Earth’s land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife.

The impact of roads extends far beyond the roads themselves by enabling forest destruction, pollution, the splintering of animal populations and the introduction of deadly pests. New roads also pave the way to further exploitation by humans, such as poaching or mining, and new infrastructure.

MYCAT is looking for a motivated Malaysian to raise public consciousness and facilitate public participation in wildlife conservation with the Malayan tiger as the flagship species. The major functions of this position focus on MYCAT volunteer and outreach programmes, initiated in 2005. The relevant training and mentorship will be provided.

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This year, we will be conducting five Turtle Awareness Programmes (more affectionately known as “Turtle Camps”) in selected rural schools in Kemaman, Terengganu.

The 3-hour Turtle Camps will expose the Primary 5 students (11-year-olds) to the basic knowledge on sea turtles, terrapins and tortoises; factors that cause their decline; and conservation efforts that are currently more...

One of the main reasons is to clear land to make way for palm oil plantations. The oil is used to make a vast array of different consumer products from crisps, pizza, noodles and donuts to toothpaste, shampoo and biodiesel.

In just 25 years, more than a quarter of Indonesia’s forests – 76 million acres, an area almost the size of Germany – have disappeared.

It has recently emerged that anyone with RM3 can buy a government licence that enables them to go to a pet shop and purchase a snake, turtle, parrot and countless other wild animals, even though they have no previous experience of caring for the species or knowledge of suitable habitat in which to keep them. How stupid is that?

RM3 is the price the government puts on the heads of wildlif more...

In this edition: field stories from some of MEME’s members, including indigenous people’s views of elephant trails in the forest, field stories about meeting tigers in a cave, studying the fruits that elephants eat, views on ivory crushing in Malaysia, and more about elephant conservation in Peninsular Malaysia.

Any law, no matter how comprehensive, is nothing but words on paper unless it is rigorously enforced. And often it’s precisely enforcement of wildlife laws that has been found wanting in Malaysia. In 2013, for instance, a local man broke the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 by being found in possession of eight tiger pelts and 22 bags of tiger bones in his house in Peninsular Malaysia. Yet he was sentenced to a mere year in prison and a fine of MR200,000.

[…] the Act should be amended to cover the online sale of protected animals, a practice that has reached epidemic proportions across Malaysia.

Malaysia’s Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 is tough on lawbreakers but not tough enough. In order for the law to serve as more of a deterrent to poachers and wildlife traffickers, it will need to have harsher penalties for both.

The project has a 29-storey block of affordable housing (350 units), and eight blocks of serviced apartments ranging from 42 to 54 storeys (1,766 units).

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