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Bridging the gap: Mandai Nature’s mission to tackle biodiversity loss in South-East Asia

Biodiversity loss presents one of the most pressing challenges of our time. However, despite growing recognition of its importance, there exists a stark geographic misalignment between the magnitude of biodiversity loss and the financial and institutional resources allocated to address it. Singapore-based Mandai Nature is here to shift that and be a catalyst for the protection of some of South-East Asia’s most underrepresented species.

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Born to be wild: A quest to save the singing apes of South-East Asia

Gibbons are renowned amongst primates for their loud and unique vocalisations. However, unfortunately, their extraordinary songs are an easy way for poachers to find them, and today, their numbers in the wild are drastically dropping, while they are popular pets purchased on the black market.

But could there be a way to successfully rehabilitate and give gibbons that were rescued from the pet trade their freedom back? We hear the answer from two of the best gibbon experts in Thailand and Malaysia.

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Turning the tide for Vietnam’s primates

Vietnam is home to highest diversity of primate species on the South-East Asian mainland. However, 90% of these spectacular designs of nature are facing extinction threats due to the high demand for wild meat and wildlife parts used in traditional medicine.

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, and release of Vietnam’s rare primates, many of which have been confiscated from wildlife traffickers.

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Protecting the underrepresented

Although rather small in size, Nepal is home to an outstanding diversity of plants, animals and ecosystems in a remarkable physical setting. The altitude varies between 60 m ASL in the subtropical Terai Arc to Mount Everest at 8849 metres. Within this range and diverse habitats, Nepal hosts almost 12,000 different species of flora, iconic animals such as the snow leopard, clouded leopard, bengal tiger, one-horned rhino, asian elephant, red panda and the pangolin. But what about those species and areas which don’t make the spotlight? Friends of Nature Nepal, a small team of passionate conservationists has been venturing into uncharted territories, rediscovering long-unrecorded species and stands up for the protection of many underrepresented or neglected species. 

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