Tapirs and Seed Dispersal

Posted on Mar 23 2012
Malayan Tapir How are seeds dispersed now that the large animals, elephants and rhinoceros, have been hunted from their ecological habitat? Who took their place? A Tapir? Rhinoceros were once plentiful throughout the Southeast Asian ecosystem. They consumed vast quantities of plants and seeds and moved from one area to another pooping the seeds out from one place to another. However, the demand for rhinos foolishly used as an aphrodisiac in Chinese “medicine” has decimated the population to...

Old Recipe Revived, Cottage Industry Born in Malaysia

Posted on Nov 04 2010
Cake Lapis, A Kuching Institution A popular desert, cake lapis, has become required eating and a “must bring back” for the visitors who come here to Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Returning flights carry an extra ton of the local delicacy for their returning passengers. Translated into English it means layer cake, but is much different from the deserts known to the west. The layers are only about half a centimeter thick creating a striped mosaic as one gazes from the side. Today, there are many different...