“Trio under threat: Is there hope for Rhinos, Elephants and Tigers in Malaysia?”
By Reuben Clements
Species Conservation Manager
Friday, 18 Sep 2009: 7.00pm
This will be a talk, Q&A and discussion session.
Venue: Conference Room
Block S3, Level 5 (next to the general office),
Department of Biological Sciences,
National University of Singapore.
Please let me know you are coming:
Register at http://tinyurl.com/bejc-19sep2009
Host: N. Sivasothi
Abstract – “Three of Malaysia’s charismatic large mammal species are experiencing diverging fates.
Populations of the Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) have been decimated by chronic hunting and loss of lowland forests to the point costly management interventions are being developed to prevent its extinction.
Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) populations appear to be stable and even increasing in some areas. However, escalating levels of human-elephant conflict due to land conversion will eventually threaten their long-term survival.
The Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris) is at a crossroads – the National Tiger Action Plan for Malaysia was recently initiated by the federal government to double the current wild population by 2020. However, this can only happen if illegal hunting of both tiger and prey species in important tiger habitats is arrested as soon as possible.
Reuben will discuss these threats and associated scientific, management and policy challenges. He will also highlight recent conservation initiatives (e.g., the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary, Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers) that can help secure the future of these species in Malaysia, as well as other range states within Southeast Asia.”
About the speaker – Reuben Clements completed his BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees with the Department of Biological Sciences in 2007, publishing 14 scientific papers on animal behaviour, biogeography, conservation science, ecology and systematics. A member of with the IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group and IUCN Cave and Karst Task Force, he has reviewed papers for Animal Conservation, Biological Conservation and Journal of Biogeography and his work has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Nature, CNN and the Straits Times and of course, this blog!
As a student he volunteered with the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore programme and participated in salvage operations on Pulau Ular and Tanjung Chek Jawa, Singapore.
He joined WWF-Malaysia in late 2007, where as Species Conservation Manager, he manages the Malayan tiger and the Sumatran rhinoceros projects in Peninsular Malaysia. His team implements activities involving large mammal monitoring, identification of ecological linkages, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, anti-poaching and community outreach.
His journey in conservation started locally and went regional under the mentorship of his professors in NUS, Li Daiqin, Peter Ng and Navjot Sodhi and shaped by his volunteer activities on the ground in Singapore.