Research contributes to logging ban

24th September 2018


A ban on logging, preserving crucial Malaysian forest habitats, has come into force partly thanks to research from Wadham’s Cedric Tan. 

  • Images showing the diversity of species at Ulu Muda

Wadham Lecturer Dr Cedric Tan of Oxford’s WildCRU carried out research on clouded leopards at Ulu Muda from 2014-2016, providing essential information on species diversity there.

His findings were included in the “Saving Ulu Muda” video, in formal letters sent by WildCRU and the Malaysian Wildlife Department to the Kedah state government and finally in a petition. The video, also published in Malay, was broadcast on national television and helped secure the 102K signatures to a petition calling for the protection of the Ulu Muda forest. Just one month after this petition was sent to the Federal Government, logging permits were revoked.

WildCRUs research on the two largest carnivores in Ulu Muda, leopard and clouded leopard were published and disseminated via another video, accentuating the importance of Ulu Muda as a wildlife refuge and creating awareness of the threats to these animals in Malaysia.

“I am extremely pleased with how our research has helped saved a pristine forest from logging threats. I recalled seeing many logged areas whilst doing the fieldwork, and it can be quite a devastating sight, especially when it is destroying the homes of large forest cats and many other important animals” said Cedric.The video was produced by Amy Hong, a close associate of WildCRU which is led by wadham alumnus David Macdonald (Zoology, 1969). “Evidence, at least when supported by a vocal public voice, can influence policy and politics,” he commented.

  • Dr Cedric Tan