An interview with Will Duckworth: “There’s something about Asia”

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Will Duckworth is the ASAP Species Advisor. He has been involved with ASAP since the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Southeast Asia Campaign of 2011-2013. How did you get into conservation? Will: As a small child growing up in England in the 1960’s there were a number of important influences for me. I became interested in mammals first through being read to and seeing them in zoos. I grew up in a small town where a leading British birdwatcher had…

IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group meets for the first time in Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

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The dramatic crash in songbird populations brings together a group of experts committed to ensuring that Southeast Asian forests remain filled with birdsong for decades to come.  The sad plight of songbirds The songbird trade has caused massive declines in many species in the region. Because of it, ASAP bird species such as the Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush Garrulax rufifrons, Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus and Javan Green Magpie Cissa thalassina have disappeared in many of their old haunts. The Javan Green Magpie has practically vanished…

In one Indonesian province, songbird trade is on the decline

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Planet Indonesia’s integrated approach has been successful at tackling some of the biggest regional conservation challenges. Read more about their methodology in the article they’ve kindly penned for us below. Check out their website to find out more about their songbird trade work! Article by Planet Indonesia “A real man has a wife, a horse, a house, a dagger and a songbird.” A Javanese saying that highlights the cultural value of songbirds in Indonesia, where they’re used in competitions and…

ASAP launches 2018-2023 strategy for species on the brink

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Read our 2018-2023 strategy Today, the Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) launches its 2018-2023 strategy, outlining how it will work towards its vision: Species extinctions in Southeast Asia have been averted and wild populations are secure and thriving across their natural range Averting species extinctions in Southeast Asia is now widely recognised as an important component to maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being. The region is incredibly important on a global scale for biodiversity, but it sadly has very high…

Freshwater fish – the importance of updating conservation status

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This week ASAP Director, Nerissa Chao, is attending an IUCN Red Listing workshop for Freshwater Fishes in the Sunda region. For the entire week, experts are discussing and reviewing the status of freshwater fish species. But why is this important, and what does IUCN Red Listing lead to? A focus on freshwater fish According to Mittermeier et al., 2010, freshwater ecosystems cover an estimated 0.8% of the world’s surface, yet support up to 12% of the world’s known species. Despite…

Singapore’s national plan to save the Sunda pangolin

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Being the world’s most trafficked mammal has brought the pangolin to the brink globally. But a new national strategy will ensure the Sunda pangolin will continue to find refuge in Singapore.   Conservationists from Singapore and beyond have developed a Sunda pangolin National Conservation Strategy and Action Plan. The document sets out a 50 year road-map for securing a thriving future for the Sunda pangolin in Singapore. Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for…

Conservation plan to save the Helmeted Hornbill launched

Helmeted Hornbill. Credit: SANJITPAAL SINGH/JITSPICS.com
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Today we launch a new 10-year conservation strategy and action plan to protect the Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil). It includes calls for increased funding to scale-up conservation attention on a bird that has seen a recent surge in international trade. About the bird The eye-catching Helmeted Hornbill has a relatively short bill, with a distinctive red helmet. The unique call of the male can be heard over a huge 2 km distance. Adults can grow up to 1.2 metres, and…

Palawan Forest Turtle breeding success gives hope for critically endangered species

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First-ever critically endangered Palawan Forest Turtle hatched under human care Recorded for the first time, the critically endangered Palawan Forest Turtle (Siebenrockiella leytensis) has been hatched under human care. The success means new hope for the ASAP Species, which is highly sought after for the illegal wildlife trade. The turtle is currently teetering on the brink of extinction. After nearly five years of conservation breeding efforts, two ASAP Partners, the Katala Foundation Inc and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, have announced the news….

Daunting Scale of the Illegal Trade in Native Birds in Indonesia

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TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, recently launched a report detailing the massive scale of illegal trade in Jakarta’s bird markets. A comprehensive survey of Jakarta’s sprawling bird markets shows the daunting scale of the illegal trade in native birds and raises the alarm for Indonesia, home to the highest number of threatened bird species in Asia. In the Market for Extinction: An inventory of Jakarta’s Bird Markets released by TRAFFIC found over 19,000 birds representing 206 species for sale…

Sumatran Rhino Likely to Go Extinct Unless Action Is Taken Urgently, Warns IUCN

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With fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos surviving in the wild, the species will likely become extinct unless the Indonesian Government urgently implements the Sumatran rhino recovery plan, warns IUCN on World Rhino Day. The remaining 100 Sumatran rhinos represent less than half of the population size estimated during the last IUCN Red List assessment of the species in 2008. Listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, the Sumatran rhino is now presumed extinct in the…