Author: Shavez Cheema
A little background of our organisation, 1StopBorneo Wildlife was founded in 2012 in Brunei, by Shavez Cheema. What used to be a lonewolf’s project, the organisation is now an army of nature lovers! We have now expanded our projects to include Sarawak and Sabah where we work on varying biodiversity such as dolphins, elephants, frogs, insects, pangolins, flora and so on!
Our business model is Conservation Tourism where we sustain our projects through responsible wildlife tourism. Habitat degradation is a very serious issue on Borneo Island. It is also very well known that monocultures, rampant illegal wildlife trafficking, deforestation and fish bombing, to name a few, are widespread on Borneo.
One of our main projects is to create connectivity or eco-corridors between forest patches. Our current project aims to reconnect four forest reserves which are home to eight species of hornbills including the Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill. We are trying to plant the forest corridors with Fig (Ficus sp.) trees because Ficus are wildlife’s favourite trees! This is a new learning experience for us! We struggle to grow healthy Ficus as we experiment to grow them from seeds, cuttings and also from marcotting (marcotting = air layering that involves rooting of a part of the stem while it is still attached to the parent plant).
Other than that, we are also trying to convince more plantations to give us land that we could replant these Ficus. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is difficult to expand the nursery, coordinate replanting activities and most importantly in raising finances to do this replanting project. Deep down, we know and believe that in ten years, when the trees are healthy and fruiting, they will be beneficial for wildlife and also for the local people as these areas could be potential for wildlife tourism.
If you want to contribute in terms of time and funds to expand this project, we do accept volunteers. Interns from universities are also welcome to learn about the conservation world!
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Environmental Degradation, Forest Restoration, Pollution, Resource Depletion, Wildlife Restoration
Wildlife Restoration, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Wildlife in Captivity