Mass media outreach using community radio for saving oral history, nature and wildlife

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(July 23, 2021) Julia Anak Jawi (left) from Rumah Galang, Kampung Menangkin, Sri Aman, shares how Mount Lingga continues to be sacred until today as the Iban deities such as Keling, Kumang and many more are still believed to watch over the mountain and Jampi Anak Ngumpang from Rumah Edward Mamut, Kampung Langgir, Sri Aman, tells of how his late father shared a story of a sickly young man married a charming young maiden who turned out to be a ’Bunsu Mayas’ (orang-utan). This story was told by my...


Sixteen local communities take part in conserving folklore, taboos and legends

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(July 23, 2021) The book ‘Wildlife Tales and Iban Myths from Sabal and Gunung Lesong’ (left) and ‘Jerita Jelu Siga Enggau Pengidup Bansa Iban’ (right) consists of 23 stories linking Iban beliefs and culture with wildlife and sacred places.Sixteen storytellers from the Sedilu-Sebuyau and Simunjan area took part in an effort to collect folklore on orang-utan, wildlife, taboos and local history to record the oral traditions of these communities and to increase appreciation among the general...


Conserving Asian Elephants in the Endau-Rompin Landscape (ERL), Malaysia

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(April 15, 2021) Elephants in ERL are threatened due to multiple factors, including the loss of core forest habitat and essential lowland areas which provide food resources. Human development has displaced elephants and created conflict in agricultural areas, and caused deaths of elephants and people through road collisions. Even within forested areas elephants are subject to hunting and the risk of death or injury from traps and snares. Image 1. Elephant signs observed via surveys or camera traps in the la...


Siren fences: A simple, local solution for farmers afflicted by human-elephant conflict

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(March 10, 2020) Human-elephant conflict (HEC) has long plagued the indigenous farmers (known as ‘Orang Asli’) living close to the Endau-Rompin National Park in the states of Johor and Pahang, Malaysia. Crop-raiding is a main problem when it comes to HEC in this area; farmers are required to be on alert for potential incursions that happen, more often than not, at night. The cost comes the next day as a lack of sleep then becomes a burden to daytime activities and family life. The solution to the pro...


84-year-old, welfare associations, students and corporates run for conservation

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(November 17, 2019) KUCHING – An 84-year-old breaks the record of last year’s 80-year-old, as the oldest virtual runner at the Run for the Wild 2019 jointly organized by Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia), Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, and in partnership with Sarawak Biodiversity Centre. The 84-year-old former Forest Department Sarawak staff walked as a virtual runner at Kuching’s Jubilee Ground. The Run was a resounding success, with the parti...


Compromising on wildlife crimes will lead to species extinction

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(November 14, 2019) NGOs applaud recent enforcement efforts in tackling wildlife crimes.KUCHING: Enforcement efforts in tackling wildlife crimes in Sarawak must be taken seriously, for otherwise the State will continue to lose its wildlife.The Sarawak Wild Life Protection Ordinance came into force in 1998 after much approval by the legislative assembly and was passed by the State Government into law.  It was and is designed to prevent depletion of wildlife and if properly enforced, allows for wildlife to recov...


“Ops Bersepadu Khazanah essential in safeguarding our national treasures,” – WCS Malaysia

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(October 23, 2019) KUALA LUMPUR – The Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia) congratulates the National Parks and Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) and Royal Malaysian Police for the recent success of Ops Bersepadu Khazanah (OBK), a special operation against poachers which is conducted concurrently in several parts of the country. In a press conference, Deputy Commissioner Datuk Mastor Mohd Ariff stated that a Cambodian man was arrested on 16 October 2019 for poaching in Endau-Rompin Na...


WCS and Swinburne reach out to 23 English educators to tackle the pedagogies of teaching and learning in English and conservation

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(October 20, 2019) KUCHING – Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Malaysia Program have successfully concluded the “Training for Teachers in English and The Next 100” workshops for 2019. A total of 23 teachers have benefitted from the workshops organized in July and October this year. The workshops covered various pedagogies of teaching and learning English conducted by the university’s lecturers. These topics and more can be studie...


WCS Malaysia lauds Sarawak Forestry for swift action against suspected wildlife trader

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(October 09, 2019) KUCHING – The Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia) lauds Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) for its swift action in arresting a man for illegal possession of wildlife parts in Kapit over the weekend. According to news reports, SFC enforcement officers raided premises on October 5 and seized 148 pieces of hornbill ivory and 152 hornbill feathers, 192 argus pheasant feathers, 16 pangolin scales, 183 pieces of bear bile, 96 porcupine quills, six deer and three ba...


48 forestry, tourism and NGO personnel come together to review USMOSAP

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(September 27, 2019) KUCHING – Personnel from Forest Department Sarawak, Sarawak Forestry Corporation, Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia), Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB), Sarawak Research and Development Council (SRDC) and Borneo Adventure, were among the participants of the recent conceptual planning workshop held at Hilton Kuching on 25 September 2019. The workshop was jointly organized by Forest Department Sarawak and WCS Malaysia, t...


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