Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most important and biodiverse regions, with high levels of endemism. However, the biodiversity in the region is also under serious threats and these include deforestation and poaching, resulting in the highest concentration of species on the edge of extinction compared to any region in the world.
Recognising the urgent need for sustainable conservation initiatives, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) has supported over 50 projects across the region in the last 10 years. This was achieved through funding support, capacity building as well as conservation planning workshops that bring together global experts engaged in tackling biodiversity loss.
Once widespread throughout Java, the black-winged myna is on the critically endangered list. The current population of black-winged mynas in the wild is so small, it will be practically impossible for them to bounce back without help.
Way Kambas National Park in Indonesia is a 125,000-hectare sanctuary for the critically endangered Sumatran elephant. Its abundant natural resources, however, have attracted illegal logging, poaching and other such activities. These have compromised the integrity of the reserve and the safety of the elephants.