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Phuket’s beaches get a clean up

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Thailand’s ruling NCPO (National Council for Peace and Order) has put operations in place to clean up Phuket’s beaches. 

The country’s largest island and a huge magnet for tourism, Phuket has suffered from squatters occupying its beaches with sunbeds, umbrellas and tables, while setting up stalls to sell various items to ...

Police Arrest Man Attempting to Sell Turtles to Bali Restaurants

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

(7/19/2014) The Bali Police have arrested a man captured trying to sell 17 protected green turtles (chelonia-mydas) to Denpasar restaurants. According tot, under arrest is a man named Sangkalan, captured when police inspected a van he was driving on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai in Sanur on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Police ...

Whaleshark spotting in Donsol, Philippines

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

"Butanding interaction" is the Philippines' official term for swimming with whalesharks. Butanding, a Bicol dialect word, means blind shark, which is how local fishermen once thought, incorrectly, of these creatures. Local whaleshark guides are known as Butanding interaction officers - or BIO - a somewhat pompous term for a good ...

New Anti-Rhino Horn Campaign in Vietnam

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Please pass this on to all your Vietnamese friends and acquaintances! [caption id="attachment_3203" align="alignleft" width="660"] Wild Aid's new Anti-Rhino Horn campaign for Vietnam[/caption]

Fun facts about Borneo Wildlife

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Did you know that the Borneo Pygmy Elephant is the world's smallest elephant? Each sun bear has their own unique chest mark pattern, there are no two identical patterns. Similar to how unique our fingerprints are to us!

New Frog Species Identified in Vietnam

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

A new species of frog has been identified in the high elevations of Vietnam’s Mount Fansipan by a team of Australian and Vietnamese researchers. The amphibian has been named Botsford’s leaf-litter frog (Leptolalax Botsfordi) as a tribute to Christopher Botsford for his role in amphibian biodiversity research in Asia.[caption id="attachment_2995" ...

Pilot Whales return to North Sulawesi

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Pilot Whales have returned to Northern Sulawesi again this year. September is often considered to be "Cetacean Season" on the northern tip of the Indonesian island and add an extra dimension for visitors coming to dive the world class dive spots of Bunaken Marine Park, the Bangka Islands and, or ...

Rare Spiny Turtle found at Namtaloo Cave in Khao Sok, S Thailand

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand always manages to deliver thrills for nature lovers. This week, a rare Spiny Turtle was found just outside the Namtaloo Cave by Dave and his team. If you are visiting Thailand and are a wildlife enthusiast, a visit to Khao Sok should be high ...

Singapore/Malaysia Haze update

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The regional haze map released by Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) showed thick smoke/smog emanating from open burning for land clearing in Riau, Central Sumatra, Indonesia and wind blowing from southwest has brought haze to the central and southern parts of peninsular Malaysia. According to a statement issued by the ...

Cambodia pressures Laos to halt work on Xayaburi dam

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

By Radio Free Asia Cambodia has called for an immediate halt to the construction of the Xayaburi dam in an official protest note to Laos, officials said in a statement last week, as opposition to the hydropower project gained momentum in Thailand. Full story at Asia Times Online

New Shipwreck for divers at P Tioman, Malaysia

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Pulau Tioman, the towering, tropical forest-clad, coral-fringed island off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, has a new shipwreck to dive. The former Royal Malaysian Navy warship KM Sipadan was sunk on 28th March 2012 to become an artificial reef.   KM Sipadan was commissioned some 48 years ago under the original ...

Endangered Turtle Released Into Cambodian River

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Conservation agencies have released one of the most endangered turtles — a Southern River Terrapin — back into the wild, with officials, conservationists, and local residents attending the release ceremony on January 16. The release was first announced Monday by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and Wildlife ...

Shangri-La to implement responsible seafood policy

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has launched a Sustainable Seafood Policy. The new policy, which includes the commitment to cease serving shark fin in all of its operated restaurants, as well as accepting new orders for shark fin products in banqueting, is with immediate effect. Shangri-La also has plans to phase out ...

Psychedelic gecko, “Elvis” monkey in new Mekong finds

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

A wildly-coloured gecko, a fish that looks like a gherkin, and a monkey with an Elvis-like hairstyle are among the more than 200 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region last year. The area's diversity is so astonishing that a new species is found every two days, but regional cooperation ...

Philippines to restore Ifugao terraces

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The Philippines Department of Agriculture is putting in 30 million Piso to restore the 2,000-year old Ifugao Rice Terraces, often described as the 8th Wonder of the World, to their former glory. [caption id="attachment_2221" align="alignleft" width="660" caption="Batad Village & Rice Terraces in 1990 before typhoons and neglect destroyed sections of them. ...