Biodiversity

Animals

Volatile Mekong threatens birds’ nest

Just 50 metres from the Mekong, in the shadow of a discarded plastic cup, a lone chick sits camouflaged on the sand. It is a newly hatched small pratincole in Bueng Kan province, northeast Thailand.  “I recorded 15 nests on the beach, smaller numbers compared with previous ...

Tyler Roney

Big cats dwindling from Cambodia’s forests

Indochinese leopards and tigers seem to have disappeared from their natural habitat in Cambodia, a conservationist told Khmer Times yesterday. “There is no scientific evidence since the 2010s to give us hope as conservationists to believe that Indochinese leopards and tigers still survive,” said the Cambodian conservationist who ...

Sar Socheath

Cambodia’s Mekong river believed to be a healthy habitat for endangered giant freshwater stingray

Cambodia’s Mekong River from Stung Treng to Kratie and Prey Veng is believed to be the healthiest habitat of the endangered giant freshwater stingray. The notice was shared recently with AKP by Dr Zeb Hogan, an American biologist and a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) fellow who ...

Endangered crane absent from Vietnam's Ramsar site

Losing their natural habitat and food source, red-crowned cranes no longer call a national park in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta home. For three decades, Tram Chim National Park in the reed fields of Dong Thap Muoi in Dong Thap Province has been famous as a natural habitat ...

Hoang Nam

Local efforts help protect the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins in Myanmar

Irrawaddy dolphins can be seen in three major rivers in Southeast Asia: the Ayeyarwady (Myanmar), the Mahakam (Indonesian Borneo) and the Mekong. In Myanmar, the dolphin is known for its close relations with local fishers as they often help to drive shoals of fish towards ...

Thinn Nay Chi Sun

Cambodia's rare vultures remain on the edge of extinction: conservationist group

Critically endangered vultures in Cambodia remain on the brink of extinction as the population has subsequently declined in recent years, conservationist group said on Saturday. “There were only 127 vultures recorded in June this year, a remarkable drop from about 280 during a census in 2015,” ...

Xinhua; Editor: huaxia

Tiger sightings in Thailand boost conservationists’ hopes

A century ago tigers were kings of the jungle across much of Southeast Asia. Literally so. The striped predators ruled supreme at the top of food chains in thick forests from Laos to Malaysia and from Burma to Vietnam. No longer. Most of those forests have ...

Solar Power Can Help Halt Dramatic Decline Of Migratory Fish

A report issued last week revealed that, worldwide, migratory freshwater fish have declined by 76% since 1970. This result joins a growing and dispiriting list of dramatic declines for biodiversity and wildlife. However, it also highlights a continuing threat to food security for many regions of the world.  Freshwater fish provide the primary ...

Jeff Opperman

Tiger, pangolin farming in Myanmar risks ‘boosting China demand’, conservationists warn

Conservationists have warned a sudden change in Myanmar’s law allowing the commercial farming of tigers, pangolins and other endangered species risks further fuelling demand in China for rare wildlife products. The Southeast Asian nation is already a hub for the illegal trafficking of wildlife, a trade ...

Agence France-Presse (AFP)

New monkey species found hiding in plain sight

FOR MORE THAN a century, scientists considered banded langurs, a type of reclusive, tree-dwelling monkey, to be a single species—but new research points to three separate ones. They’ve been hiding in plain sight, due to differences that couldn’t be readily observed. Found throughout Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, ...

RACHEL NUWER

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