conservation

Selangor, Malaysia: Meeting the Malayan Tapirs of Sungai Dusun Wildlife Conservation Center

Posted on June 13, 2016

Is that a pig? An elephant? A panda? No, it’s a Malayan tapir! Named after a bordering river, the Sungai Dusun Wildlife Conservation Center (Pusat Konservasi Hidupan Liar Sungai Dusun) in Kuala Kubu Bharu – located 120 km north of Kuala Lumpur – was established in 1964 as a conservation program for the Sumatran rhinoceros. Today, the reserve houses the Malayan Tapir Conservation Centre (MTCC), which cares for a dozen of these adorable animals. It’s an excellent place to seeRead More

Arroceros Forest Park

Posted on November 1, 2008

Beneath the soothing shade of century-old rubber trees, you can feel the damp air rise from the tree-stump fungi and rich humus where black ants, millipedes and snails went about their business on their own pace. Sparrows and bulbuls flitter past pink frangipani and bright palm fronds. For a few seconds you felt far away from the city, until you hear LRT cars rumble overhead and see tugboats shuttle through the river, transporting you back to where you actually are:Read More

Manila Ocean Park (Oceanarium)

Posted on March 16, 2008

The buzz-worthy upgrade to Manila’s tourist belt is the new Manila Ocean Park, the country’s first world-class oceanarium and the first in the world to include a boutique hotel, mall and open water habitat (all still under construction). This is probably the best thing that has happened to the city since the Planetarium. The oceanarium, situated in stark contrast above the unappealing waters of Manila Bay, opened last March 1. With an area of 8,000 square meters, the spacious park boastsRead More

Pawikan Festival (Morong, Bataan)

Posted on March 9, 2008

Let’s go to turtle town! Along the western coast of the historic peninsula of Bataan sits the sleepy town of Morong, where every late November local townsfolk celebrate marine turtle conservation with their annual Pawikan Festival. Its sandy shores are vital nesting grounds for the endangered Olive Ridley species, the smallest of the world’s eight sea turtle species. Interestingly, what was once a site of rampant poaching and illegal egg collecting has become a successful community of environmental advocates for theRead More