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The Malaysian Nature Society Hornbill Conservation Project

C. A. YEAP, K. C. LIM, G. NORAMLY, ROSLAN CARANG, AZAM CARANG, MARISAN PANDAK

Abstract


The Malaysian Nature Society and hornbills have a long history together. The foundation of our extant knowledge about our hornbills in Malaysia was a result of the cumulative efforts of birdwatchers who diligently reported field observations which were
published in the Malayan Nature Journal and/or Malaysian (Malayan) Naturalist spanning over several decades. Limited short-term field researches/surveys on hornbills further
supplemented this body of knowledge. In the 1990s, the MNS-led scientific expedition to Belum-Temengor Forest Complex (BTFC) highlighted the importance of this area to hornbills including the discovery of the seasonal movements of hundreds of globally
threatened Plain-pouched Hornbills (then mistaken as Wreathed Hornbills) across this landscape. BTFC is one of the two sites in Malaysia that supports all 10 hornbill species within its forest landscape. The MNS Hornbill Conservation Project was conceived in 2003 and established the following year with the aim of promoting the conservation of wild hornbills in BTFC and increase the awareness of the importance of hornbills to our forests.
To achieve this aim, this long-term Project conducts ecological research, surveys and monitoring and CEPA-based activities. In over a decade (2004-2014), the project has
achieved several milestones thus slowly closing the knowledge gap about our hornbills. This paper highlights the Project’s journey, its achievements and share thoughts about what
lies ahead for hornbill conservation in Peninsular Malaysia. MNS also hopes that this project would inspire future promising conservationist(s) and initiate/replicate its efforts in
other Important Hornbill Landscape(s) (IHL) in Malaysia.

Keywords


hornbills, MNS Hornbill Conservation Project, Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, research, CEPA

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