A new museum dedicated to celebrating Cambodia’s peace builders is in the plans for the Siem Reap-based Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. The organisation’s founder and executive director, Emma Leslie, flew out to the US yesterday to kick off the fundraising drive, together with Soth Plai Ngarm, her husband and peace activist, who is a founding member of the Cambodia-based NGO Alliance for Conflict Transformation. The idea for the museum, which will be called the Cambodia Peace Musuem, came to him during a conference in 2008, and they have been working on its details bit by bit ever since. “We want to give a more positive perspective for the future,” said Ngarm. “There are many institutions that focus on Cambodia’s and Asia’s wars, but our point is not to compare to other museums but to focus on the positive side of history,” he said.

As they heard the first calls of the birds at dawn, forestry officer, Dorji Rabten and his wife Singye Wangmo sets out with a camera and binoculars to attend to the calling of the birds in Gelephu. The couple is going birding to compete in the first birdathon held in Bhutan on October 7. Dorji Rabten who is stationed in Thimphu drove to Gelephu on October 6 to join his wife who works as a forestry officer at the Royal Manas National Park (RMNP). They then drive to Tingtibe, the country’s hotspot for birds. “The competition is to encourage birding besides documenting natural history and bird diversity around this time as migration has begun,” UWICE ornithologist, Sherub said.

It was an occasion to celebrate when Similajau National Park (SNP) warden Alexander Thomas and his team came across 128 turtle eggs in a nest at ‘Turtle Beach 2’ during a routine beach survey last Saturday. According to Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) records, the last recorded sighting of turtle eggs at SNP was in July 2010.

Scientists rarely discover mammals anymore – especially not ones as eccentric as noseless monkeys that sneeze every time it rains. But the critically endangered snub-nosed monkeys of Kachin State, discovered in 2010, were one of 211 new species found between 2009 and 2014 in the widely diverse slice of land hugging the eastern Himalayas, according to the World Wildlife Foundation.

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