Top conservation scholarships!


Conservation Careers  have put together a brilliant list of 60 conservation scholarships to take financial barriers away from career success for conservationists. Meet the scholarships here!  They say: At Conservation Careers, we know that money can be a big barrier, and sometimes even prevent talented conservationists from furthering their careers. But we believe all conservationists should be able to pursue the best training opportunities, have the best experiences, conduct meaningful research and lead impactful conservation projects. We hope this list…

ASAP welcomes the Year of the Rat

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Happy Lunar New Year! In the Chinese zodiac cycle, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. The rat represents wealth and abundance, primarily due to rats’ amazing ability to multiply their populations by rapid production of many offspring. Unfortunately, not all species of rats are blessed with the gift of abundance. To many people, rats are pests, associated with back alleys and dustbins. But rats are actually the mammal group which is most rich in species. Most are not pests…

The 2nd International Mahseer Conference 2020


The 2nd International Mahseer Conference 2020 will be held at Maejo University on the 11th to 15th of February 2020. The focus of the meeting will be to share the latest research results, build up bonds of collaboration and promote the development of studies on Mahseers. The conference will include oral presentations and posters, and will feature a field excursion to Mae-Ngao River, Mehongson Province. Important dates Abstract submission deadline: October 31, 2019 Abstract submission notification: November 15, 2019 Full…

Action Planning to save threatened species in Central Philippines


ASAP Partner, Talarak Foundation Inc., is based on Negros Island in the Central Philippines and works to provide the long-term protection of threatened and rare Philippine biodiversity through conservation programmes. Recently, they organised and hosted the Western Visayas Conservation Workshop to develop a multi-species conservation strategy to identify the main conservation needs and recommended conservation approach for five key species endemic to the region. Of these, three are ASAP species: the Visayan Warty Pig Sus cebifrons, Rufous-headed Hornbill Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni…

Interview with Megan Cromp, Founder and Director of Key Conservation


We are pleased to be partnering with Key Conservation, a conservation tech non-profit established to help conservationists gain real-time support and funding. Founder and Director Megan Cromp answers our questions about the app and how ASAP Partners can get involved. What led you to come up with the idea for Key Conservation? While I was working for a sea turtle organization in the Caribbean, we received a call on our sea turtle hotline that a nest was being washed out…

Focus on the Philippines

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Elevated endemism & extinction risks The Philippines is an archipelagic nation, composed of over 7,640 islands, situated in the west Pacific. Its long isolation has resulted in high levels of endemism in its flora and fauna. The fact that the country comprises the entirety of its own biodiversity hotspot is a testament to this! However, this unique biodiversity is under threat. Forest loss in the Philippines has left only 12% of historical primary forest cover remaining (Verburg & Veldkamp 2004)….

Challenges and opportunities for Helmeted Hornbill conservation – article by ASAP Advisor Madhu Rao

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The Helmeted hornbill is highly threatened by poaching for its unique red casque. Find out more about the challenges and potential opportunities for its conservation by reading ASAP Advisor Madhu Rao’s article, following her participation at the CITES CoP18 meeting in Geneva, here! Featured image © Bonie Dewantara Share this news story

Update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: trends for ASAP Species

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Southeast Asia is a global hotspot for species richness and diversity. Sadly, much of this biodiversity is increasingly threatened. As of July 2019, 221 land and/or freshwater vertebrate species found in Southeast Asia are now listed as Critically Endangered (CR) by the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM – indicative that these species face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. This is an increase from the previous count of 199 species from earlier this year, with freshwater…

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


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…