southeast asia

Talk – Rainforest Bird Diversity Origins in Greater Sunda Islands by Dr Fred Sheldon, Fri June 2 @ NSS Office

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This Friday we have a special guest, Dr Fred Sheldon from Louisiana State University, who will be speaking about Rainforest Bird Diversity Origins in Greater Sunda Islands. The talk will be 730pm at the Nature Society (Singapore) office. For more details, please click here.

Where do hornbills come from? Why do most endemic species occur in mountains? And what the heck is a Rail Babbler? Come meet Fred this Fri and find out likely reasons to these questions and about other birds. There will also be wine, beer and snacks if you get there early!


Fred and students

Enough is Enough! No More Dead Tigers – Deadline 29 July

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The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) is calling for 100,000 signatures to seek justice for the Malayan tiger by Global Tiger Day on 29 July 2016.

The online petition also calls for strengthened prosecution against wildlife crime and better protection for Tiger habitats and can be signed online, not just by Malaysian citizens at

“Time and again Malaysia has seen Tiger traffickers and traders get away with a slap on the wrist, although the law allows for so much more. Why should they get away with lenient sentences, when Tigers get the death penalty?” said Dr Kae Kawanishi, Tiger biologist and MYCAT General Manager.

Read the FULL petition at

(Read the full article from TRAFFIC here)

Announcement: 1st Singapore Eco Film Festival in Nov 2016

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Get excited .::. The 1st Singapore Eco Film Fest #SGEFF is taking place this year and Biodiversity Connections is one of the community partners!

The fest will showcase films on environmental issues relevant to Singaporeans and our regional neighbours e.g. haze, food and e-waste; just as importantly, there will be workshops, panels, children’s activities and more to engage and inspire participants. All activities held throughout the festival will aim to engage participants creatively on how they can contribute to sustainable changes locally and globally.


Our mascot for SGEFF is (what else?!) a pangolin so here’s a little Friday doodle from Nikhita Venkateish, one of the lovely volunteers helping SGEFF get up and running.

Check out the website for more information and updates. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved!


Croeni Foudation $5k Award for #almostfamous ASAP species – Deadline End Feb 2016

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To raise awareness on the little known Critically Endangered vertebrates identified by the Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP!), the Croeni Foundation will be giving $5000 to the winner of their Almost Famous competition according to the following guidelines:

  1. Post about one of the ASAP species on your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
  2. Your post MUST include a link to the species’ profile page generated with the URL Builder below, as well as a hashtag #AlmostFamous.
  3. You can make as many posts as you like, on any of your social media channels, as frequently as you wish. The post content should aim to raise the awareness of the species, provide information about it or the threats it faces. You can make posts about different ASAP species (remember to include the link to the correct species profile page, generated with the URL Builder below), there is no limit on how many species you can or want to champion.
  4. Your posts need to be accessible to the public, i.e. they can be viewed by anyone and not have any special privacy settings.
  5. By the end of February 2016, select your 3 most popular posts and email us their screenshot and link.
  6. The post popularity is measured by the number of ‘shares/re-tweets’ and ‘likes’ it receives. Each ‘share/re-tweet’ (or its equivalent, depending on the social media channel) is worth 2 points, while each ‘like’ (or its equivalent, depending on the social media channel) is worth 1 point.
  7. The points from the ‘shares’ and ‘likes’ of your 3 most popular posts will be added up together and the person/organization with the highest points total will be declared a winner.
  8. Croeni Foundation reserves the right to announce your or your organization’s name as the prize winner on our website, social media, printed materials, and other communication channels.
  9. The prize will be transferred to the winner by a direct bank transfer within 1 month from the date of the winner announcement.

For the Species URL Builder and more details, please visit or get in touch via info @

ASAP website launched –

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Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP!) is an interagency coalition to address the extinction risk among the most threatened non-marine vertebrates of Southeast Asia. Organizations within the international conservation community are joining forces to minimise impending extinctions in this area of the world, where habitat loss, trade and hunting has contributed to a dramatic loss of its rich and incredible biodiversity.

How Will the Asian Species Action Partnership Work?

As a matter of urgency, reverse the declines in the wild of Critically Endangered freshwater and land vertebrates in South-east Asia.

Map of Threatened Species / Burmese Roofed Turtle
Left: Map of Threatened Species / Burmese Roofed Turtle Left: Global map of threatened mammal species (Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List) (Jenkins et al. 2013). Right: Burmese Roofed Turtle Batagur trivittata © Brian Horne, once thought to be extinct; its rediscovery in 2002 underscores the need for additional surveys for this species so that extant wild populations and their habitats can be effectively protected. There is also a pressing need to diversify the captive holdings of this species as all the captive individuals are housed in Myanmar.

ASAP aims to:

  • catalyze urgent actions to reduce immediate threats causing the decline of ASAP species by filling knowledge gaps, initiating new initiatives for species recovery
  • strengthen ongoing conservation action by facilitating partnerships, raising profiles and increasing financial support
  • convene and support dialogue among stakeholders by helping coordinate and streamline action
  • improve efficiency and impact of conservation action by promoting conservation best practice for species planning and impact monitoring

ASAP’s key role will be in catalyzing action to meet the conservation needs of a critical list of species. Shortfalls which are currently failing these species need to be identified and addressed, like improved access to funding, better species-specific information and gaining higher-level political leverage to influence policy and shape interventions.

ASAP will also help to identify and prioritize what the needs of species are on the ground, for example, determining the specific threats that need to be removed or mitigated and how – often through one or more of securing critical sites and breaking trade networks. ASAP also needs to facilitate safeguarding of populations where threat reduction may not now be enough e.g., through captive breeding programs.

In summary, ASAP faces some very stiff challenges by targeting high-risk species already facing a serious threat of extinction. Through the development of, for example, a strengthened network of specialists, a heightened global awareness of the urgency of action required, and an increased commitment to conservation by donors or governments in the region, ASAP aims to save species rather than witness their accelerated loss.