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  1. In 2015, rhino experts agreed that there might be only 30 sumatran rhinos left: 2 in Kalimantan, few or none in Bukit Barisan, less than 15 in Gunung Leuser and same in Kay Wambas national parks. They also agreed that at this state, it was urgent to capture wild breeding rhinos and relocate them in a breeding center with at least 20 rhinos. Unfortunately, the decision maker - the Indonesian government - has not taken any decision up to know. Neither decided to send semen to Sabah to try in vitro techniques. I let you the story here:
  2. ~ These news articles from the Bangkok Post and ABC News provide details of a raid by Indonesian navy personnel on a warehouse in Sumatra where more than 200 pangolins were found. Many had died from stress and dehydration. They were bound for Malaysia. At the Belawan port in Medan it was found that two dozen of the pangolins had already been skinned.
  3. ~ This article, from Agence France Presse, details the grave impact of Southeast Asia's severe haze crisis on the daily lives of residents in Palangkaraya, Indonesia. Clearing land for palm oil plantations is cited as the cause. Slash and burn farming in Sumatra and Borneo has overloaded the atmosphere with particulates to the point where headaches, diarrhea, and severe respiratory ailments are widespread.
  4. The slow boat chugged away from the busy harbor and a skyline of concrete buildings that heralded the town of Kumai. It veered into Sekonyer River. Before the bend, a huge statue of an orangutan with raised arms welcomed us into the national park. On our right was the 4,150-acre Tanjung Puting National park edging the mouth of Kumai River. the town of Kumai is flourishing, thanks mainly to the growth of tourism. Concrete blocks with holes are spread around the town. Inside are swallows building nests - birds' nest which are gathered to sell for a high price as a delicacy for Asians. For a small town in Kalimantan, its streets were quite busy with people and traffic, signs that things have begun looking up for its people. Kumai is the gateway into Tanjung Puting National Park in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Tourists who want to see orangutans in the park have to come through this town. To get to Kumai, you could either fly into Pangkalabun from Jakarta, which my group and I did, or take the cruise ship NatGeo Lindblad, which runs wildlife cruises in Southeast Asia until the end of this year. I'm sure there are other routes to the town but I didn't find out.
  5. Great development to cut back illegal logging! hope it works for poaching as well. When a tree falls to illegal loggers in the forest of the Kalaweit Supayang Nature Conservation Reserve for gibbons in West Sumatra, Indonesia, it most definitely makes a sound—and generates a text message to alert reserve managers. Last summer a tiny, nonprofit start-up calledRainforest Connection installed a handful of old, donated smartphones, each tricked out with a solar charger and reprogrammed to conduct audio surveillance, into the forest canopy. The system quickly brought logging to a halt, says Topher White, a 31-year-old physicist.....

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