We actively support and seek out initiatives in the following areas with the aim of contributing to the conservation of biodiversity.
The Habitat Foundation, supports researchers that are undertaking relevant and timely studies of species and natural ecosystems.
We are deeply committed to conserving biodiversity and natural environments in close cooperation with government agencies, experts, conservation practitioners, and community partners.
Responsible travel to natural areas can be an effective approach to achieving conservation and improving local livelihoods and wellbeing.
Education and Community Engagement
Our education programmes seek to capture the imagination of the young and enlist the wider public in actions to protect the environment and help conserve biodiversity.
Environmental Education Workshop to enable leading EE practitioners to learn and share innovative new tools for developing effective and impactful programmes.
Video editor and producer Melissa Salpietra and irrepressible host Haley Nelson produced daily coverage of the surveys for subscribers of JASON Learning who followed the coverage from classrooms all over the world.
Students aged 12 to 18 years from all over the world are encouraged to participate to this year’s competition with the theme: “Conserving our Precious Wildlife: Primates – a Global Perspective”.
The Habitat Foundation is helping to fund the Penang Government’s bid to nominate the forests of Penang Hill and adjacent protected areas as a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. In addition to providing recognition for its outstanding biodiversity values and the diverse social landscape of this area, a UNESCO listing would provide a foundation for an ongoing quest to seek balance and sustainability in the interactions between human society and the natural environment.
A routine night survey involving nocturnal mammal researchers and bat researchers during the Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017 has produced an important funding. Researchers based at USM’s School of Biological Sciences, Priscillia Miard and Lee Sim Lim stumbled upon an unusual ultrasound call when out looking for insectivorous bats. This call was distinctly different from the …
Malaysian biodiversity gained some deserving publicity as details of exciting findings were covered by the local and international media. The captivating images of rainforest species, some of which are new to science, have kindled new interest and regard for the biodiversity in our backyard.
The Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017 greatly benefitted from the participation of so many subject specialists whose fields ranged from microscopic fungi in the earth, to plant and animal species of the forest canopy. The Habitat Foundation provided research grants to support their participation
In October 2017, The Habitat Foundation supported the Penang Hill BioBlitz which involved more than 117 scientists and researchers from local as well as international institutions. The findings have helped enlighten us on the species richness of these forests and enlivened interest among the general public about rainforest research.
Events at The Habitat
Our Habitalk this May features the amazing work being done by the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok, Sabah. Penang-born Wong Siew Te, the founder of the BSBCC, the only dedicated sun bear rehabilitation centre in the world. He will be with joining us on 11th May 2018 at 11 am at The Habitat Café.
Wong and his team have been working tirelessly since 2008 to rehabilitate orphaned sun bears. This is a labour of love which involves taking in tiny, and often traumatized, bears and providing a nurturing environment that enables them to heal and eventually to thrive!
The experienced team provide a stimulating environment which enables them to learn the essential skills they will need to survive on their own in the wild. It takes about 5 years and lots of care to prepare these motherless sun bears for release.
That day came recently for two sun bears in BSBCC’s care. Listen to Wong as he recounts that the excitement of release day and the bittersweet moment when they had to part with their young charges. He will provide an update on how the released sun bears are faring.
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