In the last couple of years Sumatra has seen a rise in incidences of human-tiger conflict, despite there being less than 500 tigers left in the wild. Habitat destruction for timber and palm oil production, combined with poaching of tiger prey species for food are thought to be the biggest contributors. In November last year […]Read More A Wild Life funds tiger conservation project
Residents living close to the Semidang Bukit Kabu protected forest in the Seluma regency have reported the death of a Sumatran tiger. Inspection of the body shows that the animal had been trapped in a snare. The Seluma police chief said they received a report from 38 year old Ridwan Fauzi who discovered the body […]Read More Sumatran tiger killed in snare
Bali has a rich diversity of reptiles and amphibians so I teamed up with Bali Reptile Rescue to look for species I have never seen before. Bali Reptile Rescue as its name suggests removes problematic snakes from peoples’ properties and relocates them to safer areas. I met up with Agus Putra in Ubud and from […]Read More Searching for reptiles in Bali
Anyone who has visited Indonesia will no doubt have witnessed the enormity of the country’s plastic waste problem. Visit any beach in Bali and you will likely see countless plastic bottles, cups and straws littering the top of the shore. Visit the Gili islands off Lombok and you will see much less plastic waste. On […]Read More Straws! – Don’t contribute to Bali’s plastic problem
The following true story is re-blogged with permission from Thea Litschka-Koen from the Swaziland Antivenom Foundation. It’s early February, the weather is unbearably hot and humid. I am absolutely exhausted after a long day at Simunye Club; and call-outs to remove problematic snakes have been endless. It’s only 18:00, but I have already rescued 6 […]Read More Relocating Black Mambas in Swaziland
Snakebite is a neglected ‘disease’ of circumstance, that primarily affects some of the world’s poorest people. Bites are common in rural areas of tropical and sub-tropical developing countries and often affect agricultural workers and children. Antivenoms are essential in the treatment of dangerous snake bites, yet they are expensive and require refrigeration, making them difficult […]Read More Snakebite in Swaziland: Q&A with Thea Litschka-Koen
It sounds like an unlikely statement but could poaching actually help spider conservation? As someone who has kept and bred critically endangered tarantulas, it is not lost on me that many of the species we see in captivity are probably descended from illegally collected adults. But is this necessarily a bad thing from a conservation […]Read More Could poaching be helping tarantula conservation?