Colugo – hang in there!

Colugo – hang in there!

28th March 2014 - Friday We opted to take her back and try our luck. My sister said she would be the best person to take care of them. She looked after a civet-cat before and the animal live, thrives and rehabilitated. Compare to me that looked after 3 colugos and only 1 made it. Her success rate 100% and mine 33%. The colugo will have 100% chance if they live with her and only 33% chance if they live with me. So ok.. lah, argument aside.. I believe she will best person anyway... We moved them to her place. My job is to find medicine that would suit mama colugo and food plants for them. I think solcoceryl made from calves blood, would be the best medicine to close her would quickly. We drove all the way to padang matsirat only to find the pharmacy is closed. Duh…! Did not remember it was Friday. So mama colugo will have to wait till tomorrow. Shakira mention that she notice colugos always hangout around one of the gluta aptera family and ate the fruits. I would not dare come near any of these plants following my incident of getting itchy for 2 weeks from touching its fruits. Mind you at the time I did not know it was called Rengas. Easiest place for us at the moment is pasar malam. We acquired some mango and honey dew melon. Along the way we pluck some young tamarin leaves, muyu leaves, salam leaves and jambu leaves for them. 29 March 2014 – Saturday In the morning, I received a reply from Bee Choo and Norman Lim with a list of plants the colugo feeds on. List of species and family names of trees on which Cynocephalus variegatus has personally been observed to feed from. Scientific name Family Remarks Artocarpus kemando Moraceae Native tree, fed on mature leaves Campnosperma auriculatum Anacardiaceae Native tree, fed on young leaves Peltophorum pterocarpus Leguminosae Native tree, fed on young leaves Rhodamnia cinerea Myrtaceae Native tree, fed on young leaves Syzygium lineatum Myrtaceae Native tree, fed on young leaves Syzygium grande Myrtaceae Native tree, fed on young leaves Saraca thaipingensis Leguminosae Non-native tree, fed on young leaves and flower buds More food source for them. I visited them in the evening to see their progress. She looks much better. She can hang on to the piece of wood offered and can moved to the coconut trunk provided in the cage.
Colugos Day 3

Colugos Day 3

28th March 2014 – Friday. We managed to get a good car with fully air condition and planning to take colugos to the vet. 2 days ago we contacted dr.Tim at Lassie Animal Clinic, he said the clinic is not equipt to handle exotic animal only pets and domestic. After talking a while and explaining that we don’t intent to leave colugos with him, only want them to check and asses the wound, he agreed to help. We leave the office at 5pm. We were introduced to dr. Loui a volunteer at the clinic, she is from Switzerland.  She ask a few questions about colugo and quickly explain that she will shave the fur and clean the wound to enable her to assess the injury. Not good news. The tear on her head is not just skin deep, it is through her skull. The left eye definitely gone. The mouth injury would heal itself in time. This is explain why she did not want to eat earlier, her mouth are sore. This is very severe injury to sustain for such a small animal. With this assessment doctor advice to put her to sleep and we take care and look after the baby. I hear a gasp from Shakira. The drama queen in me kicks in as well, I was ready to cry but then my kid was behind me, so I hold up my tears. It’s time for us girls to think of what to do. Me, Shakira, Anita and Amiri step outside the clinic and have a quick discussion. I know that without the mother, the baby would not stand a chance. This is tough…. Owh…..what should we do…
Looking after Colugo – Day 2 & 3

Looking after Colugo – Day 2 & 3

27th March 2014 - Thursday This morning mum colugo looks more aware of the surrounding but still is not moving much. When I open the box, baby was on top of mum, looked at me and quickly hide under mums. Mum’s open her eye looking at me and quickly looked away. I called Irshad to inform on her progress. He said to find salam leaves (eugenia poliyantha) or any euginia species, papaya, honeydew and water melon or banana. He also told me to reach out to any vet in the island to stitch the wound and check how severe is her injury. At noon 3pm I given her 10ml of raw honey and diluted rescue remedy again. I put the baby food we bought in the syringe and feed it to her. She took 5ml only. I did not feed anything to the baby because I dont know what to give. I suspect the baby is still nursing. We were hoping to release her this evening. But I can see this might not be possible. She is very weak. The wound on the eye started to smell. I clean it and given anti biotic cream. I fed her 10ml of honey and she chew 2 small pieces (1cm each) papaya this evening. I leave the baby on her mum and don’t touch it. We are always wearing glove and minimized all direct contact and touching. 7pm – feeding time Attempt to feed her again, but she did not take any of the fruit offered. She took only honey and the bach flower remedy 10ml again and went back to sleep. 28th March 2014 – Friday. 3.30am – Feeding time. Again do not want to eat anything at all. At this point I am already in despair and about to give up.  I think I needed  the rescue remedy this time to Calm down and be patient. 4.30am – Feeding time. She looked away from me and do not want to eat anything. I am so desperate and wanting her to eat at this point. change strategy.  I moved in front of her and force eye contact.  Cut the watermelon in small bites and put it to her mouth. To my surprise she took it and started chewing. 5 bites of watermelon and 9 bites of honey dew melon, 10ml raw honey, end with 20ml of diluted bach flower rescue remedy and one arnica. At this point the baby making tearing noise. In the beginning I do not understand why. It took me a long time before realizing  baby wanted to eat too. I put the fruits near baby mouth but it did not take it. Then I put water in the syringe, she licked/drinks 30ml of diluted bach flower rescue remedy. By 6.50am feeding time is over. Looking at her condition that don't improve much, I think this is time to reach out to people that might have more experience looking after colugo. Just in case she have to stay longer with us, at least we know more of what to feed her etc. I write to Morman Lim and Morten strange the author of Colugo for some advice. I am sure I will hear from them soon. 9.00am: Time to clock in and begin office hour for me. Time to rest for Mum and baby. So I put them in the cage and leave them in the room. Here are pictures of feeding time. Here is the video of feeding time.
Mum and baby Colugo

Mum and baby Colugo

26 March 2014 - Wednesday At about 4 pm I received a called from The Datai villa manager, his staff found an injured "bat with a baby attach to it" at the beach villa. I asked how is the bat face look like?; a dog or a flat face Persian cat?. He said looks like a dog, so I thought maybe it’s a fruit bat.  We told him we will be on our way there to pick up the bat. Meanwhile he sent me a thumb nail size picture. I immediately recognized it’s a colugo with the baby on her belly.  This is so daunting.. colugo is very hard to look after. There is no record of colugo able to survive in the care of human being. I looked after a mum and baby colugo in year 2000. She was mob by a group of macaque and she fell down from the tree and landing head down to the parking area. Mum died the day after, followed by baby 4 days later. It was so sad experience for me. Although looking back I knew it was hopeless situation. When I got her she had blood on her nose. Not good sign.. Baby colugo just won’t make it without their mother. Shakira went to pick up the colugo. She reach the villa around 5pm and bring them to pasir tengkorak where I was waiting. Looking at mum, I thought she was dead. Shakira said she was still alive when she fetches mum colugo. We take them back to office. Upon close inspections, I realized that mum colugo is still alive! although very faint breath. She sustain a long cut wound on her head (2cm), bleeding on the both sides of her mouth and one eye gone/punctured. Not good at all. This would be so tough. Good thing is the baby fine. We got first aid out of the car,  I cleaned the wound. Meanwhile Shakira was googling to find out what can we do to help them. Not much info online except they eat nectar, fruits and leaves. We called Irshad who was in Bali for advice. Following Irshad advice, Shakira went home to get bach flower remedy and homeopathy arnica for injury. We gave her a drop of bach flower rescued remedy and arnica 30potency and left them to rest. Interestingly I notice mum colugo have a very faint flowery sweet fragrance smell like some very expensive organic soaps. I mention this to Shakira. We both ended up smelling and wanting to kiss her. But Alas... I recalled Irshad said to minimized direct contact with them to avoid making them more stress. That night I woke up at 1am and could not go back to sleep.  I just could not sleep thinking about them. Would she make it through the night ???. I wish morning will come faster  so I can go to see her.
Rescuing Dusky Langur

Rescuing Dusky Langur

I was enraptured by the expressions and actions of a troop of Dusky Langurs (Trachypithecus obscurus) with their two young ones feeding the leaves of a strangling fig tree at the Andaman Resort. Suddenly, I cannot help but to ponder how contented and secured they are in this resort, where they are allowed to feed freely. There are some unlucky troops of Dusky Langurs who have no other choice but to enter and feed in the grounds of orchards or nurseries as their natural habitat is being depleted each day.

On 20th January 2012, there was a witness to the killing of an adult Dusky Langur in an area on Langkawi. Thankfully with the power of Facebook, Emmes who is a member of Malaysian Nature Society Langkawi chapter, spread the words around about someone’s encounter with the poachers and rescuing the two baby Dusky Langurs. The casualties were the babies sustaining injuries and they were immediately sent to Langkawi Island Animal Clinic at the Bon Ton Resort for treatment. Unfortunately one of them did not make it. The surviving one was taken and looked after by Othman Ayub who is a naturalist and an experienced snake-handler.

Othman and his family did their best to nurse the baby Dusky Langur, in which they called it Choki. On March 8th, I was told that Choki died and was succumbed to stomach problem too. Choki was in thecare of this family for less than six weeks. Weaning a baby Dusky Langur is not easy as just giving milk and bananas. Unfortunately there is no expert here on the island who can advise on how to care for one.

I feel that there is nothing to hide and truth must be revealed for the protection of these gentle primates. A journalist from New Straits Times (NST) highlighted this issue and authorities ought to step up quickly to come out with long term solutions. The future of Langkawi’s eco-tourism is highly dependent on the wildlife and environmental protection, enforcement and the effectiveness of the authorities here.

All credit goes to those names I mentioned here who gave their time and effort in playing a role in rescuing the Dusky Langur.

Here is a sneak preview of the article written by Sharanjit Singh of NST:

“An expatriate, who has made Langkawi his home for many years, related how he had been been hearing gunshots almost daily and finally decided to check it out one evening in late January.  The foreigner, who wished to be known only as Mike, said he was shocked when he stumbled upon three men, one of whom was armed with a new 16-gauge shotgun, dragging two injured baby langur with tree roots tied around their neck.  The baby langur were screaming and the men were shocked to see me.

Read more: Langkawi poachers 'a threat to leaf monkeys' - General - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnist/langkawi-poachers-a-threat-to-leaf-monkeys-1.49739

Post By : Wendy - Nature Guide

The students are here.

The students are here.

It has been a busy time for the JungleWalla’s team. Among private and company group we were hosting , we are please to have Lycée français de Kuala Lumpur (LFKL) students in the island to join a 4 days JungleWalla’s students program.
Flying Wonders of Paradise

Flying Wonders of Paradise

Irshad and baloonLate last year, NGC USA contacted us about some of our animals and wanted us to suggest the best location to filming. Obviously we suggested langkawi. They arrived here on late march and spend 3 weeks on the island filming some of exceptional inhabitants – “The Flying Wonders of Paradise” . The focuses of their attention were the bizarre Flying Lemur, Flying Snake, Flying Lizards and Flying Frogs. Quoting one member of the team who said ”he has spend 5 weeks in borneo and saw only 3 Flying Lemurs but here in Langkawi he saw 3 on his arrival day before he check into his room ”. Langkawi is the best and easiest place to see Flying Lemurs. The documentary will be air by early of next year so keep a watchful eye for this documentary.

The New Arrival

It is the season of the young ones again on the island so it seems most appropriate to tell our guests of the arrival my long coming baby boy and the youngest member of JungleWallas. We have named him Amiri which means The East Wind, appropriate because he arrived during the season of the east wind on Langkawi. The East wind brings with it the season of Love and Courtship here on Langkawi, The best time to be on the Island!

JungleWalla – Solar Boat

JungleWalla - Solar BoatJungleWalla hit another milestone this month, after a long wait, at last a Solar Boat dream has become a reality. It arrived in Langkawi on the 2nd of June. We planned to launch it on World Ocean Day (8th June). But as any first model, we quickly stumble over a few teething problems. These matters however quickly settle by the arrival of new replacement engine.  At long last the solar boat will be launch and used for the first time on the 29th June. Why is it a milestone?. It has been Irshad’s wish for quite a while to have an environmentally friendly motor boats to reduce noise, fuel and exhaust pollutants. Early this year that dream comes true when we meet Philip Johnston, director of Power Eco Energy Solutions. Phil is a new residence in Langkawi and I meet him on one of the Nature Society meeting. Quickly through our contacts, a Malaysian made aluminum boat,  a German made electrical engine and Solar panels put together to create the first ever commercial solar powered boat in Langkawi and Malaysia. It is silent in operation; obvious advantages in areas such as waterways where the marine and wild life need to be protected. Other areas such as reservoirs, where nature and tranquility need to be preserved, mangroves and inland waterways, have obvious benefits from using such an outboard. As pioneer in nature tourism and supporter of conversations we believed that we will set the trend and many other boat and tour operators will soon follow to convert their boat into Solar-Electric Outboard too. Its a new beginning that will soon change Langkawi towards a greener island.  So join us and Keep Langkawi Wild!.
Birdwatching Course at Fraser’s Hill

Birdwatching Course at Fraser’s Hill

  We wanted to send the team over for the long overdue Birdwatching course with MNS at fraser’s hill. This course is so popular, we have sign up for this course a year ago. The timing could not be better, it has been rainy and quite month for the island, so at last minute we managed to send 4 of the team member over. The course was held on 15 to 17 May. minivet.JPG I heard Madi, Peter, Indera, Ida, and Shah were having a blast on the course learning best practices, meeting other birders and spotted many lifers. I was pleased to get a surprise called from the course-organizers to inform me, they were impressed with langkawi’s team good behavior, passion and enthusiasm to learn. More info on the course visit Selangor Branch Blog