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For decades the giant leatherbacks of Rantau Abang in Terengganu were a crowd-puller as nesting females drew tourists by the thousands. But today, the beaches are deserted. The impending extinction of the leatherback has brought scientists and policy makers to examine what went wrong, and start the course to protect other viable turtle species.
Indonesian forests constitute one of the world#8217;s megacentres of biological diversity. However, these forests #8211; 10% of the world#8217;s remaining tropical forests, second largest to Brazil #8211; are being increasingly degraded, leaving ever fewer natural resources and causing significant ecological damage.
When a research team led by a tenacious Japanese scientist went into uncharted terrain in Taman Negara for the first ecological study of tigers in Malaysia, little did they know that they would be in for a gruelling expedition that stretched them to the limits - physically and mentally. Many adventures and almost three years later, they emerged from the woods bearing good news: our national park is a relatively safe haven for the endangered tiger.