Rimba’s Current Projects

1. Harimau Selamanya

This project aims to conduct scientific research to help conserve three large carnivore species in and around habitat linkages of the Central Forest Spine: the Malayan Tiger Panthera tigris jacksoni (‘Harimau belang’ in Malay), the Leopard Panthera pardus (‘Harimau kumbang’) and Clouded Leopard Neofelis nebulosa (‘Harimau dahan’). This project is jointly funded by Panthera and Woodlands Park Zoo.

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2. Project Pteropus

Fruit bats such as flying foxes (Pteropus spp.) are under severe threat in Peninsular Malaysia due to hunting (for food and medicine) and extermination (as agricultural pests). They are often viewed negatively, and are not charismatic flagship species, so there is little motivation to conserve them. Yet the decline of flying fox populations could have some serious implications for Malaysia’s forest ecosystems, as well as people’s livelihoods and wellbeing. This is particularly important as flying foxes still do not have total legal protection in Peninsular Malaysia. See here for further information on these issues and how Rimba has been involved.

Pteropus hypomelanus

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3. A Lifedesk for Malaysian terrestrial molluscs

We have set up a ‘Lifedesk’ on Malaysian terrestrial molluscs under the Encyclopedia of Life Program. This online database contains information on Malaysian terrestrial molluscs from literature and reference collections. In the end, we hope to complete a corpus of literature for each land snail species from Malaysia for public access on the internet. This endeavour will allow scientists and the public to better understand molluscan systematics through the development of identification resources and tools to manage molllusc classifications and synonymies.

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4. Ecology and conservation of blackwater fishes under land-use change

Peat swamp forests are one of the most unique, but at the same time, one of the most critically imperiled ecosystems on Earth. Despite being rich in fish species — many of which are strict endemics found nowhere else — Southeast Asian peat swamp forests are being lost at unprecedented rates. While previous studies have surveyed the fish communities in the peat swamps of Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak, the ecology of peat swamp fishes with respect to their spatial/temporal species richness patterns, community structure, and response to habitat degradation remains unknown.

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