Malaysia is the twelfth riches mega-centre for biodiversity in the world and we have over 185,000 types of animal species and 15,000 of flowering plants (EPU, 1993) but unfortunately, our biodiversity is under threat and we are listed under the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red Data list. Malaysia tops the list under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. To address this, we have embarked on a national initiative that lists flora and fauna species according to IUCN guidelines.
Our work on species protection is explicitly linked with our work in habitat conservation. For example, our hornbill project ultimately seeks the protection of the Belum-Temengor area as does our work with MYCAT on tigers. Species protection is the key to advocating the conservation of these habitats as it will allow for flora and fauna to thrive in their natural environment.
MNS’ efforts in species protection are focused on sites where our successes can easily translate into meaningful changes to the Malaysian mindset, attitude and commitment toward using our natural resources wisely. Our projects range from work with marine life, birds, insects, plants, and large mammals. Below would be a list of our significant projects;