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More boots on the ground against wildlife poaching and trafficking

Sabah Wildlife Department and DGFC set up the Rapid Response Teams, a team of rangers being trained to improve effectiveness in reducing wildlife crimes in Sabah, with funds from Yayasan Sime Darby and additional support from the Ministry of Finance.

AudioMoth in Kinabatangan forest for acoustic monitoring

Microphones could help track disease risk in the wild

Researchers have shown how sounds recorded by low-cost microphones could be used to help track infectious disease risks in the rainforest and in other rapidly changing landscapes.

Hannah Shapland with a Jade Tree frog, during her Professional Training Year at DGFC in Kinabatangan, Sabah

PTY Feature: Hannah’s Project

As part of their Professional Training Year placements at DGFC, Cardiff University students undertake their own research project. Read about Hannah’s work on comparing the efficacy of different frog sampling techniques.

Colouring activity for kids at the Sabah State Library during the education event

A Wild Weekend at Tanjung Aru State Library

A recent education event targeting children and university students was jointly held by DGFC and the Sabah State Library. The event focused on raising awareness about the dangers threatening Sabah’s tropical ecosystems and why conservation efforts are so important.

Crime Scene Management and Advanced Investigative Techniques Course, held in Kota Kinabalu in December 2022, organized by the Sabah Wildlife Department and Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC)

Crime Scene Management and Advanced Investigative Techniques Course

The final training session held last week provided thirty participants from 14 government and non-government organizations with a comprehensive range of tactics that the enforcement officers can use to tackle organized wildlife crime.

Royal Holloway Field Course students at a Regrow Borneo site

Royal Holloway students faced with theft of fruit baits

17 students attended the inaugural Royal Holloway Borneo Field Course, staying for two weeks at DGFC this summer.

Visitors to Danau Girang Field Centre include Ruth Padel

British poet, novelist and author Ruth Padel visits DGFC

As part of her research in Southeast Asia for her upcoming book about elephants, Ruth visited Danau Girang Field Centre to look for signs of the Bornean elephant.

Delegation from Cardiff and Wyoming at Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC)

Joint visit by Cardiff and Wyoming to explore research collaborations

From 27–30 October, Danau Girang Field Centre welcomed a joint visit from Cardiff University and the University of Wyoming to continue exploring a collaboration between the field centres of the respective universities.

Amanda and Maz start their PhDs at the Danau Girang Field Centre

Maz and Amanda start their PhDs

Our very own Maz and Amanda have both begun their PhDs at Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) after being awarded scholarships by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University.

Feature image for update on collaborative project at DGFC allows better understanding of viral transmissions

Pangolin project allows better understanding of viral transmissions

In collaboration with the University of Hong Kong, Danau Girang Field Centre is exploring the potential role the Sunda or Malayan pangolin plays in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses in humans.

New efforts to monitor carbon launched at Regrow Borneo sites, and more!

Monitoring of carbon and biodiversity species at selected sites feeds efforts to mitigate climate change and forest fragmentation by restoring degraded riverine and swamp forest within the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain.

Asian elephants prefer habitats on the boundaries of protected areas

New research, offering the most comprehensive analysis of Asian elephant movement and habitat preference to date, finds that elephants prefer habitats on the periphery of protected areas, rather than the areas themselves.

Closeup of orangutan in Borneo

Half-Earth doubles gains for orangutans

A new study in Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation assesses what would happen to Bornean orangutans in the next decade under different management assumptions.

Justice for Silent Victims X: Investigation, Prosecution and Courtroom Training

32 representatives of nine state departments, law enforcement agencies and NGOs gain experience on arrests, interviewing, prosecution and court decorum methods and techniques through a mix of presentations and practical exercises.

Protecting all remaining forests and abandoning the Sukau bridge project crucial for the future of Kinabatangan elephants

In a new study published in Scientific Reports, authors use GPS collared data for 14 elephants and developed land use/land cover data to assess how these elephants use the oil palm dominated landscape in the Kinabatangan floodplain.

Course on Monitoring and Detecting Illegal Wildlife Trade Online or Through Social Media Platforms and Procedures for Seizing Digital Equipment and Digital Evidence to boost enforcement efforts against wildlife crimes

Members of the Wildlife Crime Interagency Working Group complete a two-day course to improve their knowledge on theoretical and practical aspects related to information gathering using open-source techniques.

Borneo Jungle Diaries showcases the work of conservation scientists in the Kinabatangan, Sabah.

Protected: Go on a mission with DGFC’s young scientists in Borneo Jungle Diaries

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Camera Trapping Video Release

Learn how scientists use camera traps to study wildlife in Kinabatangan in this short video, now available on YouTube.


We are pleased to announce our third Online Art Contest for the month of August. The theme for this month’s art contest is URBAN WILDLIFE OF MALAYSIA!

July 2020 Art Contest – Eco-Art

Beautiful creations from great artists! And the winners are...

Workshop on Challenges of Enforcement in Combating Corruption in Wildlife Crimes concluded last week

Part of the programme “Boosting enforcement and forensic capacity to deter wildlife crimes in Sabah”, this training gathered Sabah and Sarawak law enforcement agencies to increase awareness on anti-corruption laws, including witness and whistleblower protection. 

‘Urban Wildlife of Sabah’ short video RELEASED!

Watch DGFC’s first ever short video produced by the Education team. Discover interesting facts about amazing wildlife in the neighbourhood.

Health at the Edge Project

As part of the outreach strategy for the H@EP, we are excited to announce the formal launching of our social media accounts where you will find news and information related to the health and conservation of the Bornean wildlife. We will also post interesting stories...

July Art Contest!

Judged on concept, creativity and originality, colour and expression, we hope this contest encourages you to think seriously about conservation of the environment and the earth's future. Let’s move others to take action! Send in your submissions by 23rd July 2020.

And the winner is…..!

Wong Poh Yoke! Her digital piece on Malaysian endangered wildlife species received the highest mark from our judges. This was a very difficult decision since we received beautiful creations from great artists! Congratulations to Wong and to all the participants. We hope their art inspires you...

Our Article Featured in NoWhere Else Magazine

Check out our article on how oil palm plantations affect orangutans, written for NoWhere Else Magazine by Amaziasizamoria Jumail, one of our research officers at Danau Girang Field Centre.

Happy World Environment Day 2020

If you want to do something good for the environment and celebrate this year's World Environment Day, you can donate to Regrow Borneo and support the planting of trees in the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain (eastern Sabah, Borneo), one of the last places on Earth where...

Online Art Contest

DGFC is pleased to announce our June ART CONTEST, open to anyone residing in Malaysia. This month’s theme is MALAYSIA’S ENDANGERED WILDLIFE SPECIES, chosen to encourage people to learn more about the endangered wildlife species in Malaysia.

Leopard cat satellite tagged in the Kinabatangan

A wild female leopard cat was caught and fitted with a satellite collar to provide movement data that will assist in understanding how such a resilient species utilises forest and oil palm plantation landscapes.

DGFC’s education team goes to Kudat!

Our education team travelled to Kudat to raise awareness and understanding of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997, and inspire school students to protect Sabah's wildlife.


On behalf of the Ramirez Saldivar and Goossens Salgado families, I am taking the opportunity to commemorate Diana at almost two months of her passing.

We’re TEN years old!

DGFC is celebrating its tenth anniversary and marking this occasion with a scientific seminar focusing on “Landscape Ecology”, “Genetics, disease, ecotoxicology and trade”, and “Partners from research and community”.

Conservation in Action

State action plans for three species (proboscis monkey, banteng and clouded leopard) will be launched within DGFC’s tenth anniversary celebrations.