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Buffy Fish Owl
Singapore
 

 
     
   

Lesser Sheath-tailed Bat
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 
     
   

Malayan Colugo
Singapore
 

 
     
   

White-handed Gibbon
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 
     
   

Black-headed Cat Snake
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 


 

The Southwest monsoon is now setting in. Typically at this time of the year the prevailing winds are generated in the Indian Ocean, bringing rain to northern parts of Southeast Asia. For southern parts of the region this is when countries such as Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia suffer haze from forest burning in Sumatra.

I can remember a time back in the 1980's when there was simply no haze being generated in Sumatra. The skies of Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia were clear year round. Now, people and governments expect this terrible environmental pollution to appear without fail. The Singapore government even distributes a quota of N95 face masks free of charge to its people. Every year governments in the region sit around tables and talk about this problem, but is still continues. And what future is there for the dwindling forests in Sumatra and the wildlife it supports ? Truly, this is a depressing, annual feature of life in Southeast Asia.
 

 
   
  

Last update : 28th August 2014
 

  
  Of Prawns and Men on the Bali Strait
  Singapore on key trade routes for illicit bear bile products
  Biologists confirm new Philippine tarsier species
  Struggling to save Myanmar痴 national parks
  Orangutan Transboundary Action Plan must be honoured
  Vietnam tightens control over wildlife imports to prevent Ebola
  Parts of 2800 bears seized in Asia over a 12-year period
  From dolphins to tigers, Thailand's animal shows taking their toll
  Thailand: stunning wildlife photographed in flooded Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  Vulture decline recorded in Cambodia
     

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

 


So what's new on my website ? I've spent some time updating my primate pages (some are still under construction) with some helpful images from Andie Ang. I always prefer photographs taken in a natural setting as they give clues to the way of life, diet and habitat of the species. There are no zoo photos on Ecology Asia ... actually that's not quite true, there is one and I challenge you to find it !


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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.