Conservation

Kenyir believe it?!

Kenyir believe it?!

Malaysia… I’m back. Somehow I just couldn’t stay away. But, while it’s only been a week, I’ve got to admit that I’m glad I chose to come back to the Merapoh Rainforest Station.

It’s hard to believe how much has changed in the 10 months since I was last here. As a conservationist, the place left a lot to be desired previously. The extent of the conservation efforts was basically being involved in two anti-poaching treks a week and a little bit of community education work. While this is all important stuff, it was definitely a lot less, nor the kind of experience, that I was expecting. Merapoh, and Malaysia, have lots to offer in terms of conservation, and it’s only now that I’m beginning to discover the full extent of what that means.

Changing the Destiny of the Farmer of the Forest

Changing the Destiny of the Farmer of the Forest

Malaysia’s tropical rainforests host an incredible array of wildlife, recognised as one of the worlds leading ‘biodiversity hotspots.’ Spending time trekking through the forests, you can see, hear, and sense the presence of this diversity all around you. The huge variety has led to some truly remarkable adaptations and quirks in evolution. Some of these little oddities have seen their owners pushed right to the brink of extinction. One bird species in particular has seen their numbers plummet in a very short amount of time, jumping from being ‘Near Threatened’ straight to ‘Critically Endangered’ in 2015 when the IUCN re-evaluated their conservation status. At this point in time, no one is sure how many of these majestic birds are even left in the wild. The Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) is truly one of the most amazing birds across South-East Asia, but also one of the most endangered.