Farewell to Faridah & Jimmy: Killing of an Oriental Pied Hornbill

on 25th October 2013

“I had become depressed about a recent event with poachers of hornbills and ‘lost heart’. Taken some leave to try and regain some hope.

“While in Miri (Borneo) I was kindly informed about the well know nesting pair of Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris), fondly called Faridah and Jimmy. They have been nesting in the same nesting hole (below) repeatedly and have played a big role in maintaining the population of the birds in the park. They are credited with having produced about 56 offspring from observations. More details HERE.

“A few days ago I was distressed to hear that some poachers had caught and killed one of the hornbills (the female, Faridah), see HERE. The sight of her body dumped in a garbage bin was a bit too much to handle.

“There have been attempts to designate this location as a nature park as there are plans by the local authorities to turn the location over to developers. Some of us have signed a petition HERE.

“On a positive note: The death has galvanise the local population and there are hopes something may happen. Many news, blog reports and interest in birds in past few days in the region.

“Jimmy (the male) has been spotted alive, has have recent offspring.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
9th October 2013

Location: Miri City, Sarawak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban housing environment near the coast

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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