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Cambodia diary 23: Irrawaddy dolphins, and the value of uniqueness

In 1866, Sir Richard Owen – one of Britain’s foremost anatomists and the driving force behind the creation of the Natural History Museum in London – formally named a new species of dolphin. Less than 150 years later the Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) is classified as Vulnerable – and its future is far from certain. […]

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Pair of white-shouldered ibis From the field

Cambodia diary 22: the ibis – not much of a looker, but a vital story to tell…

To be honest there is nothing terribly endearing about white-shouldered ibises. The guide books struggle to make it sound appealing with its naked head, dark brownish plumage and dull red legs. Even its typical down-curved ibis bill is a dull grey. It has a small block of white where its neck joins its head and […]

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Sunset in Cambodia From the field

Cambodia diary 20: Chut Wutty – violent death of an environmental hero

On  25 April 2012, Chut Wutty, a well-known Cambodian environmentalist, was gunned down and killed in Koh Kong province. Along with two journalists he had been investigating illegal rosewood logging close to the site of a Chinese dam project. He was apparently killed following a heated argument with military police after refusing to surrender the memory […]

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