For dozens of Southeast Asia species at risk, habitat protection alone is not enough. Southeast Asia Wildlife Preservation
Society’s mission is to save animal species at risk from extinction in Southeast Asia by providing direct, hands-on care.
We are the only organization in Southeast Asia to provide this critical need for multiple species in multiple recovery efforts across the region. We specialize in science-based techniques such as conservation breeding and release, reintroduction and translocation.
We always work in collaboration with appointed recovery teams and other organizations. Our partners include national governments, provincial ministries, local municipalities, parks, habitat-oriented charities, land trusts, zoos, universities and colleges, and local grassroots volunteer groups. Our role varies to suit the situation. In some cases, we are a supporting partner. In others, we take a lead, coordinating role. In all, our only agenda is to help save the species.
At the same time, we also build Southeast Asia’s conservation capacity by providing young scientists the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in working with species at risk. Our SEAWPS scholarship program is designed to develop future conservation leaders with specialized expertise in recovery techniques for species on the brink of extinction.
All of our work yields measurable results. Our scientists collect high-quality field data so they can quantify the impact of their efforts and plan effective recovery strategies. They continually refine and improve their tools and techniques and publish the results so that this new knowledge is shared and can be used elsewhere. When the data shows that hands-on intervention is no longer necessary, we redeploy our resources to help other species in greater need.
These vocal, colourful birds are renowned for their dramatic hunting techniques. Typically, the bird sits still, watching for movement from a favourite perch. Having sighted its quarry, it plunges into the water and catches
the fish usually no deeper than 25 cm (10 inches) below the surface in its dagger-shaped bill. With a swift downstroke of the wings, it bobs to the surface. It then takes the prey back to the perch and stuns the fish
by beating it against the perch before swallowing it. Many species also eat crustaceans, amphibians, and reptiles.