south east asia

Work Begins

This month we started on the pre requirements for the proposed electric fence we plan on building during march.

The first step in providing a safe and healthy environment for the conservation center elephants in Seblat, North Bengkulu, Sumatra is to make sure there is a good food supply. The first step is to repair the fencing for the 2 hectare lot that was once a flourishing plantation of king grass of which the mahouts would readily cut klumps for overnight food for the elephants. Sadly the fence is in disrepair, which allows the wild pigs to get in and feed on crops and nothing much remains.

This will soon become the main food source to provide the elephants when they settle inside their home each night. Once all the holes are discovered and patched new crops will go in and soon flourish. Time to get to work…

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How to Volunteer in South East Asia

Volunteering in SE Asia, a How-to Guide

250-adWhile at first glance, South-East Asia seems a calm and tranquil region, there are many problems that lurk just below the surface, both humanitarian and ecological. This article hopes to serve as an advisory guide to help you make a difference in the region, from helping to protect the endangered orang-utan from extinction in Borneo, to teaching English in Phnom Penh, to helping the orphaned and poverty-stricken children of Vietnam, there is much work to be done, and much that you can help with. If you don’t have the ability to volunteer personally, this guide will also show you other methods to make a difference.

The Plight of the Orang-utan

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Illegal Pet Trade – Sun Bears

Illegal pet trade of sun bears in and around South East Asia.

Astronomers are still in search of an exoplanet that is as fertile with rich diversity of flora and fauna as planet Earth. Instead of protecting this planet by understanding its true worth, engaging in activities to plunder the nature and its inhabitants in the form of illegal wildlife trade is certainly a folly. However, given the fact that illegal wildlife trade is worth of nearly $10 billion, morals and ethics of people who plunder the wildlife take a back seat.

Legally, one can obtain permit for import or export of some wildlife species, but, generally, wildlife trade is a matter of conservation of endangered species. Illegal pet trade is active in Europe, Asia, Arabia, and North and South America. The most rampant of all is the illegal pet trade of sun bears in and around Southeast Asia. Sun bears – smallest of the bear species with a crescent on its chest – are on the verge of extinction in tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. Since the past few decades, the population of sun bears in Southeast Asia has gone down drastically with a decrease of 30% of the overall population

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