Why our research is important: Massive coverage by The Star!

Hi folks! Our latest media coverage comes to you courtesy of Natalie Heng from The Star. We were pleasantly surprised to find that she’s written not one, but two different articles on Rimba and our work. The first one, ‘Hooking up for science’, talks about what Rimba is all about – what we are, why we were set up, and how we function. The second, ‘The viability of animal crossings in Malaysia’, puts the spotlight on the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor Project, and is a very well-written, excellently researched piece on the issues surrounding roads and how they affect wildlife movement. It helps to explain why the work that’s being done by Reuben and Ahimsa is so important.

Big thanks to Natalie and The Star!!!


Project update 2: Kudos to Wildlife Department for nabbing pangolin hunters

Rimba would like to give a special shout-out to the Terengganu State Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP or its Malay acronym PERHILITAN) for conducting a successful raid that netted Vietnamese and Cambodian poachers plundering Tembat Forest Reserve, one of the research sites in the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor Project. The poachers were caught red-handed with pangolin meat and scales.

DWNP trailed the poachers for 70 km from Sungai Ketiar Elephant Sanctuary, after the poachers were initially spotted leaving the forest reserve by car. The fact that these foreigners were able to easily access the forest using a vehicle is yet another example of how roads can facilitate entry for illegal hunting and collection of forest produce.

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