U.S. Living Treasure and Nature Conservationist shares his knowledge with Malaysians

Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor for the Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi, Dr. Samuel M. ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa Gon visited several diverse ecological spots in Malaysia such as the Weston Wetlands, Tanjung Piai National Park as well as Gunung Ledang National Park and also shared his knowledge on conservation to a diverse group of Malaysians including those from academia, non-profit organizations, national park authorities, ...
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Dr. Zac Forsman visits Sabah

  Dr. Zac Forsman , a coral recovery specialist and researcher from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, was in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu from Oct 16-20. He was funded by the Embassy to work with Sabah Parks, and during his time in Sabah he met several local NGOs and marine biologists undertaking coral rehabilitation at Pulau Gaya and Pulau Mantanani. ...
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Capacity building efforts in Sabah by Smithsonian National Zoo

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur sponsored a research visit to Sabah by three elephant experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.  Elephant research specialist Erin Latimer, Senior Curator Bryan Amaral and Veterinarian Dr. James Steeil visited the Sabah Wildlife Department in Lok Kawi and Sepilok from July 31- Aug 5. Their goal was to improve the ability to diagnose Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) in the current ...
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Erin Zanre visits Sabah

Erin Zanre, a consultant who specializes in development and implementation of community-based sustainable livelihoods and natural resource management programs, visited Tun Mustapha Park in Sabah on July 3 – 7. Her trip was funded by the Embassy and Sabah Parks in support of community-based fisheries management initiatives. She met community stakeholders, NGOs, government agencies and delivered a ...
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Fulbright Senior Scholar Supports Orangutan Conservation

Fulbright Senior Scholar Dr. Wendy Erb visited an orangutan rehabilitation center in Sabah, East Malaysia on June 21 – 23 to meet wildlife experts and support research efforts and develop educational programs. Dr. Erb is currently conducting research in Indonesia to promote the conservation of wild orangutan populations.
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Portland NGO Supports Park Management in East Malaysia

The executive director of Portland’s Forest Park Conservancy , Renee Myers , visited Miri, Sarawak on June 12-21 to work with a local nature reserve and national park on building community involvement and public awareness. She also visited a public school in Sandakan, Sabah to develop a recycling and education program.
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Visits Sarawak

Ambassador Lakhdhir made her first official trip to Sarawak on April 20-23, 2017. She visited the secondary school SMK Semerah Padi to meet with students, teachers, and American Fulbright English Assistant Jay Sullivan. She traveled to the Semenggoh Wildlife Center and the Sarawak Biodiversity Center to discuss environmental conservation. She met with library staff of ...
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U.S. Embassy Co-Hosts Wildlife Conference April 10-12

The U.S. government funded a “Multilateral Workshop to Combat Wildlife Trafficking” in Kuala Lumpur on April 10-12, 2017, bringing together investigators and prosecutors with experience in handling wildlife trafficking and related environmental cases from Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The workshop aimed to strengthen enforcement against wildlife trafficking, reduce demand for Illegally traded wildlife, ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Visits Sabah

Ambassador Lakhdhir made her first official trip to Sabah on April 1-5, 2017. She visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center , Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center , Rainforest Discovery Center and Danau Girang Field Centre in Sandakan. In Kota Kinabalu, she met Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman, and Minister of Tourism and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun. Her trip reiterated the close relationships with the Sabah State government ...
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YSEALI YOUnified Across Malaysia

On December 3, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) celebrated its 3rd anniversary by organizing a series of simultaneous community projects throughout Southeast Asia.  The event – YOUnified 2016 – included 13 projects to promote environmental sustainability, civic participation, economic empowerment, and accessibility to education in 11 states and 2 federal territories across Malaysia.  As a part of YOUnified Malaysia , ...
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PERHILITAN Certifies Officers as Experts in the Identification and Use of Snares in Wildlife Prosecutions

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur’s Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) joined with Director General Abdul Kadir bin Abu Hashim of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN) for a ceremony certifying four PERHILITAN officers as expert witnesses in tiger snares. The certification was a result of a recent Department of Justice, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) workshop, held in ...
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Borneo Eco Film Festival Celebrates Borneo’s Bio-cultural Diversity

The festival, held October 8-9 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, is a non-profit program to share knowledge on ecological and cultural issues through workshops, talks and environmental film screenings free to the public. An integral part of the festival is the Suara Community Filmmaking Program that brought together over 40 participants from local communities around Sabah ...
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Support for Borneo Rhythms of Rimba Wildlife Festival

The festival on August 20th and 21st was a celebration to promote biodiversity and a deeper understanding of the natural heritage on Borneo island. The festival held at the world famous Sepilok rainforest in Sandakan gathered scientific experts and conservationists to share a wealth of information through their studies and research. The festival was officiated by ...
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A Real Jungle Gym – Biodiversity Conservation in Sarawak and Sabah with US Science Envoy Dr. Lovejoy

“A real jungle gym” is how U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Tom Lovejoy described watching orangutans from Sabah’s Orangutan Rescue Center exercising in the rainforest. The rescue, rehabilitation, and return to the wild of over 700 orangutans throughout the center’s history was just one of many biodiversity conservation success stories that Dr. Lovejoy heard during his four day tour through ...
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Lincoln Corner Kelantan’s English Program Centers on Environmental Protection

On April 18, after Kelantan’s Chief Imam opened the Corner’s English program with remarks about the importance of learning the English language, Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) Kiranjit Kaur and Jake Klingensmith, and U.S. English language and leadership trainer Khidar Abdullah engaged about 40 Kelantan secondary school students aged 16-17 (mostly from Islamic schools), in ...
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