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Cream-coloured Giant Squirrel
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 
     
   

Blue Malayan Coral Snake
Singapore
 

 
     
   

Cave Nectar Bat
Singapore
 

 
     
   

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 
     
   

Norhayati's Flying Frog
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 


 

Reasons to be cheerful ? Mongabay.com, the world's leading source for forest-related and environmental news, recently published an article entitled 'Top Ten happy environmental stories of 2014'. It's worth reviewing the progress made in 2014 on issues such as climate change, forest destruction, wildlife protection, ocean reserves etc. Rhett Butler, who runs Mongabay, acknowledges that his website is sometimes perceived as 鍍he single most depressing site on the Internet. So are we finally seeing cause for hope ? Read his article and judge for yourself. Click here.


Lately I've spent some time photographing the antics of bats. In particular, I've been documenting the activities of the Cave Nectar Bat (or Dawn Bat) Eonycteris spelaea as they feed on the nectar of inflorescences of the Petai Tree Parkia speciosa. This feeding activity results in the bats being covered in pollen, and it makes for some interesting photos. Clearly the flowering structures of the Petai have evolved to precisely accommodate bats of this size. Click here.
 

 
   
  

Last update : 20th March 2015
 

  
  Riau misses deadline on 'village forest' project as zoning deadlock continues
  Indonesia's small islands being rapidly damaged by industrial activities
  Malaysia : Tech-savvy youth the biggest players in illegal wildlife trade
  Philippines : Negros species vulnerable to extinction
  Brunei : Saving Pangolins From Extinction
  Singapore : Shop owner fined S$41,000 for possession and sale of illegal wildlife
  Wildlife Reserves Singapore and TRAFFIC launch campaign to battle illegal wildlife trade
  Cambodia leader says work on mega-dam will not start until at least 2018
  Singapore : More dead fish, marine life at Pasir Ris beach
  Reports slam Malaysian timber companies, urge reforms in forest management
     

(For links to older news articles, search the news links)

 


The Lunar New Year is upon us now, and it's the 'Year Of The Goat' or the 'Year Of The Sheep' (it's not quite clear which is correct).  And what of Southeast Asia's wild goats, in particular the endangered Serow.  Click here to read more about the threat to this species in Peninsular Malaysia.

I wish 'Gong Xi Fa Cai' to all those who celebrate the Lunar New Year ... and that includes me !


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Thanks to : Sophia Sak Baker, Andie Ang, Chan Kwok Wai, Vilma D'Rozario, Christine Fletcher, Horst Flotow, Con Foley, James Gan, Graeme Guy, Dave Haylock, Tim Jackson, Benjamin Lee, Leong Tzi Ming, Joseph Lim, Kelvin Lim, Norman Lim, Celine Low, Shawn Lum, Ng Bee Choo, Tony O'Dempsey, Mark O'Shea, Bruce Paterson, Timothy Pwee, Subaraj Rajathurai, Stephen Richards, Morten Strange, Ria Tan, Andrew Tay, Robert Teo, Noel Thomas,  Yeo Suay Hwee  ... I get by with a little help from my friends.