Why bother to clean it up when you can just move the Capitol to another less-polluted city. Indonesia is not exactly at the forefront of conservation as within its boundaries their sub-species of tigers, orangutans, elephants and rhinos (there are others) are at risk in that country wherever they occur, due to habitat loss, palm oil plantations, other types of farming and development, poaching, pollution,climate change, illegal logging, etc, etc; and I guess just not caring enough.
Indonesia is the worlds most populated country on a square foot basis- this is not the wildlife’s fault, though!
Last week I was fortunate enough to see the premiere of ITV’s new documentary, Wild Borneo Adventure featuring Judi Dench on a David Attenborough-style expedition observing some of the oldest rainforests in the world. Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty cool but what on earth has this got to do with travel? Well, […]
“Face to Face in a River in Borneo.” While looking for wild orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia, we witnessed the amazing sight of this huge male crossing a river, despite the fact there were crocodiles in the river. Rapid growth of palm oil farming has depleted their habitat, and when pushed to the […]
Three days in Malaysian Borneo “I think that we are the luckiest people in the world,” my son announced as he tossed me an impish smile from the front of our boat. Yesterday, we’d been thrilled to find a pygmy elephant down by the river’s edge – our guide said it was the first he’d […]
Last World Rhino Day we announced the launch of Sumatran Rhino Rescue, a groundbreaking collaboration between five of the world’s leading conservation groups to support the Government of Indonesia’s Emergency Action Plan to save the Sumatran rhino. Today on Endangered Species Day, we are pleased to welcome three new strategic partners to the Sumatran Rhino […]
Where there are people, expect to find few leopards. That’s because the apex predator suffers from man hunting for their pelts, from habitat loss and fragmentation, and from retaliatory killings due to real or imagined losses of human or livestock lives. Similarly, where there are tigers, expect to find few leopards. In this case, it’s […]
World deforestation, biodiversity crisis, Cyclone Kenneth and a peckish 83 year old protestor http://bit.ly/2ZKtztC In Forests News last week: Earth Day: Can Sumatran elephants and people coexist? This multimedia story equipped with beautiful shots of Sumatran elephants, takes you on a journey through their past to present day. A new study aims to help the […]
We are a nation inhabiting diverse amount of flora and fauna. So, there is greater reason for us to conserve them in their natural habitat. Globally, a lot of faunal Indian species (e.g. Gray Wolf (Canis lupus pallipes), Kalij pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) have been categorized in IUCN red list as “least concern”, but in India […]
Rhinos are broadly split into two categories – grazers and browsers – based upon their style of feeding and the types of food they eat. Grazers White rhinos are grazers who prefer grasses and typically feed low to the ground. Grazers might be likened to lawn mowers, heads held low and broad mouths sweeping the […]
Elephants are the largest land mammals. While the Asian elephant is the smaller of the two species, they still weigh a hefty 2.25-5.5 tons and stand 6.6-9.8 ft. tall at their shoulders. On the other hand, African elephants, the larger species weigh from 2.5 tons to 7 tons and are 8.2-13 ft. at their […]