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Most of Malaysia's remaining rainforests are found on the island of Borneo—peninsular Malaysia's primary forests are presently limited to a few national parks. The extent of the forests of Borneo (Sarawak and Sabah) was seriously reduced during the 1980s and 1990s when large amounts of timber were exported from the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

Despite these losses, today Malaysia has a number of forest-oriented tourist destinations including Danum Valley in Sabah and Taman Negara in peninsular Malaysia. Most of these pictures were taken in these locations. Malaysia is also known for its world-class snorkeling and diving both off the peninsula and the island of Borneo.

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Canopy Walkways

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Woman who spotted Asian giant softshell turtle in a Malaysian Borneo market bought it; turned it over to wildlife experts, who released it to the wild.
Sarawak has lost much of its primary forest to development. Photo taken in Gunung Mulu National Park by Morgan Erickson-Davis.

The arrest warrant came after Sarawak Report published stories detailing how a sum of about $700 million was transferred to the ...

No more than 100 of the creatures still live in Indonesia's forests, with nine more in captivity.

Genting, IJN are also being divested from because of rainforest destruction in Indonesia.
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How is it that this “singing, swinging” great gibbon, with the retro, roaring ‘20s hairstyle, isn’t a primate conservation rock star?

Workers from as far as Bangladesh tell of abuses on Felda's estates.

The Malaysian government plans to build 12 hydropower dams and two coal-fired power plants by 2030 in the state of Sarawak ...

Every year, more companies pledge to stop using ingredients whose production cause tropical deforestation. Retailers and brands making voluntary commitments – ...

Palm oil growers who plan to convert peatlands and rainforests for new plantations have been warned: one of the world's largest ...

BLD Plantation Bhd, a Malaysian palm oil company, plans to clear some 14,000 hectares of peatlands in Sarawak, on the island ...

'One percent of the world's population,' veterinarian Zulfi Arsan says as he nods towards Bina, a 714-kilogram, 30-year-old female Sumatran rhinoceros ...

Biologists and conservationists have studied the effects of habitat degradation on individual species, but have rarely investigated how logging and conversion ...

With global sea levels going up at a rate of about 9 millimeters per year, the livelihoods of many coastal people ...

Sabah, a state in Malaysian Borneo, is weighing a proposal to produce only palm oil certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable ...

In choosing sites to target for protection, conservationists often turn to what they call bioindicators: species, or small groups of species, ...

A crackdown on illegal logging in Peninsular Malaysia's largest continuous forest complex has uncovered three timber 'mass graves' – burial sites ...

Some countries, such as the U.S., have imposed legislation at the consumer level, banning the import of illegally sourced wood through ...

In this commentary, David Dellatore, Program Manager at the Sumatran Orangutan Society, questions the value of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council's ...

Sarawak's leader has allegedly pledged to stop granting industrial timber and palm oil concessions in the Malaysian state's increasingly endangered rainforests, ...

Conservation efforts in Borneo's embattled rainforest may get a boost with the launch of the newest version of an advanced airplane-based ...
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