Animals Wildlife protection billboard near Belum-Temengor, Malaysia (c) WWF-Malaysia

Published on November 22nd, 2011 | by Rhishja Cota-Larson

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No Excuses: Wildlife Protection Billboards Installed in Malaysia

November 22nd, 2011 by

In Malaysia, wildlife criminals can no longer claim ignorance as an excuse for their destructive activities, thanks to the installation of billboards in the heart of illegal wildlife trafficking hotspots.

Photo © WWF-Malaysia

The huge signs are located near the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, one of the world’s oldest rainforests, located in northern Peninsular Malaysia.

“The billboards are part of WWF-Malaysia’s overall efforts to support the enforcement authorities in addressing the poaching crisis which we are now facing at Belum-Temengor,” said Dato’ Dr. Dionysius Sharma, Executive Director/CEO of WWF-Malaysia.

Wildlife crime crisis

According to the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, Belum-Temengor’s wildlife is being plundered at an alarming rate.

During the last three years, more than 400 animals, including pangolins, tigers, elephants, gaur, and Sambar deer have been killed in Belum-Temengor.

In addition, 142 snares have been removed and “numerous foreign poacher camps” were discovered inside a protected area.

Last month, two wildlife smugglers were caught with 12 pangolins in an area near the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex.

Photo © WWF-Malaysia

Enforcement needed

The billboards clearly state the penalties under Malaysia’s new Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.

Dr. William Schaedla, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia‘s Regional Director, explained that Malaysia has enacted some of the region’s strongest wildlife protection legislation.

With the inception of the new Wildlife Act, Malaysia now has some of the strongest anti poaching and wildlife protection laws in the region. It’s time to get the message out that this country is serious.

However, he cautioned that the billboards alone would not solve the problem: Authorities must enforce the laws.

The billboards are a great start, but after they go up the authorities will need resources to follow through on the message with action.

Indeed, with Malaysia’s wildlife protection laws clearly posted for all to see, there are no excuses left for criminals – or for the authorities.

Report wildlife crime

To report wildlife crime, members of the public can SMS to 019-356 4194 or email to report@malayantiger.net. The information received will be channelled directly to the Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), and caller’s identity will remain anonymous.

Source: Elizabeth John, Senior Communications Officer, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia; photos © WWF-Malaysia

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About the Author

Rhishja is the founder of Annamiticus, a nonprofit organization which provides educational information and news about wildlife crime and endangered species. Rhishja has journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. At CITES CoP16 in Bangkok, she joined colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species from economic exploitation. When Rhishja is not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, she enjoys gardening, reading, designing, and rocking out to live music.



  • http://elliemei.africa@yahoo.co.uk JADE TRAVERS

    yes? biggest downfalll we in the global society are not doing anything…and certainly so un educated…
    how do we become involved when no one listen’s and all the corruption…..
    i say bring back vivi section laws..now enforce this with high demand and all poacher’s and greedy corrupt people should die by the sword……how many million’s and billion’s is it gonna take to wake up society and humanity about all the killing’s of wildlife…and then which country has the balls to stop this in the country…its all greed and monies////so goodluck

  • george ng

    Many thanks to you for your dedication. Billboards are up and hope that enforcement is critical.
    With the rot of corruption at its highest in this country, I really hope that change will come soon.

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