Escape! Asia - - Editor’s Note - MELISSA LOR­RAINE CHUA

I HAVE COME TO RE­ALISE that the great irony of us hu­mans boast­ing more and more ‘eco-friendly’ re­sorts and ‘green’ oases in ur­ban ar­eas to off­set our car­bon score is that we ne­glect to pro­vide veg­e­ta­tion to the ones who need it most - in the form of their nat­u­ral habi­tat. Ear­lier this year, the The Bram­ble Cay melomys was re­ported as the first mam­mal to go ex­tinct due to hu­man-in­duced cli­mate change; its is­land home in the eastern Tor­res Straits of the Great Bar­rier Reef lost al­most 97-per­cent of its nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion to ris­ing sea lev­els. Sci­en­tists have also pre­dicted that by the end of 2016, we would have lost at least a dozen other species, in­clud­ing the North­ern White Rhino and South China Tiger. But per­haps it’s not too late to turn this ship around. In this is­sue, Serene Chng, a pas­sion­ate an­i­mal ac­tivist who works for an NGO that mon­i­tors and pre­vents il­le­gal wildlife traf­fick­ing, gives us a glimpse into the rich wildlife that still freely roams Nepal’s Manaslu Cir­cuit; Ju­lian W. from the Canon Imag­ing Academy drops some hot tips on how to cap­ture said crea­tures, but only on film; and if you’re look­ing for the per­fect sa­fari glamp­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, we’ve got the per­fect Botswana ex­pe­ri­ence to whet your ap­petite.

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