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Since his elephant Ramu died last week, a distraught Dharanidhar Bhumiz has been unable to sleep. Ramu was one of three bull elephants Bhumiz kept in the dusty village of Da Pam, 170km north of Guwahati, in north-eastern India. He died after breaking his hind leg and suffered a severe bout of a parasitic infection.
The return of the tin mining industry to the Kinta Valley is good news for tin miners, but it is not so for the Kinta Nature Park bird sanctuary here.
Wildlife, especially elephants, need adequate buffer zones to protect them from the threats posed by development and poaching. WWF-Malaysia national programme director Dr Dionysius Sharma said it was vital that protected areas in the country provided such buffers between wildlife and human settlements.
A Taiwanese fishing vessel detained for poaching in waters off Layang Layang Island sank after a fire broke out on board while it was being escorted back to the island here.