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White-bellied Rat Snake


Black Marsh Terrapin


Buffy Fish Owl


Lesser Sheath-tailed Bat
Peninsular Malaysia



With nearly 600 pages of wildlife on Ecology Asia you may be forgiven in thinking that this website presents a comprehensive summary of the amazingly diverse wildlife in Southeast Asia. Think again ... this figure probably comprises just 20% of the vertebrate species in the region. Thus I have barely scratched the surface. As an example, worldwide there are now 10,000 species of reptile formally described, and there are surely thousands more to be discovered, so the few hundred species on Ecology Asia is merely an introduction. I find this diversity truly staggering.

Unfortunately so much of Southeast Asia's wildlife is under threat from habitat loss, poaching, overconsumption and the wildlife trade. Add to that the threat of global warming - in 2014, CO2 is reckoned to have reached its highest level in recorded history - and one wonders what the future holds for our beleaguered planet. 


Last update : 11th October 2014

  Thailand : Animal rights groups call for end to wildlife tourism
  US reduces Indonesian debt in exchange for wildlife protection
  Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo
  Malaysian palm oil co. destroys Borneo forests, despite zero deforestation commitment
  Largest biosphere reserve in SE Asia: Vietnam's success story or a failure?
  Indonesia : High Court denies appeal by palm oil company that cleared protected forest
  Officials bust one of the biggest players in illegal Indonesian manta ray trade
  Malaysia : Development along Johor coastline affecting bird migration
  Tigers recorded in Thailand's Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary for the first time
  Malaysia : Continued development of Lesong Forest may cause extinction and conflict.
  Malaysia : Bridging a forest: Animal crossings that reduce the perils of roads
  Take a Good Look at This Rare Malayan Tiger悠t May Be One of Your Last
  Thailand痴 tortoise seizures significant but insufficient follow-up to quash illegal trade

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


So what's new on my website ? My primate pages have been updated, and I definitely need to add more info on elusive carnivores ... but they are becoming harder and harder to find in what are increasingly being called 'empty forests', meaning forests where the wildlife has all but disappeared due to poaching. Sad but true.



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.