The People of the Forest highlight the plight of the orangutan deep in the rainforests of Sabah, and other parts of Malaysia. The orangutan is the largest tree-living mammal in the world. They are facing extinction due to excessive clearance and destruction of big tracts of forests for commercial logging, legal or otherwise, plus, their own low reproductive rate which makes orangutan population excessively vulnerable to mortality. Their population just takes a long time to recover from a decline. It takes about 4 years of weaning before the young orangutan becomes independent from their mother after which she will be ready to give birth to a second young. This musical moves around a baby orangutan which is named Wira or hero. Wira grows up to be a mischievous individual which never takes 'no' for an answer, so we will follow his adventures in the rainforest with his friends, the proboscis monkey, the pygmy elephant, the mouse-deer, the Sumatran rhino, the hornbill, the clouded leopard, the Malayan tiger, the banteng, the sun bear and the tapir, all endangered species. Wira's adventures will lead him to rescue an infant female orang utan in captivity of illegal loggers in the forest. There are 13 songs in the musical. The live orchestra accompanying the play should use bamboo flutes, bamboo wind chimes, ziters, sampoton, thus capturing the rhythm of the rainforest. Roselina Khir Johari
Need a good shiver, a quick laugh, or a pull on the heartstrings? At least one of the eighteen thought-provoking short stories in this collection is sure to provide. Beneath a Wild Sky features stories about people you may think you know, and places you may think you've been. Meet FBI agents and devious killers, good mothers and bad wives, in a forest or at a lake, in spring rain or summer sun, all Beneath a Wild Sky. The eighteen thought-provoking stories in this collection provide shivers, laughs and more. Here are brief descriptions of each. 1. Forest Cat - Veterinarian Shea Maroney heads into the forest in search of a cougar wounded by a hunter, and encounters the legendary reclusive Bess Milton, "Witch of the Forest." 2. The Light Gatherers - Somewhere in a galaxy far away, Aviva rises early to complete her annual task. 3. Skinny Dipper - A young woman takes an early morning swim to a lake island. 4. Shiny - Orphaned Carlie feels doomed to more years of her slave-like existence with her brothers, until help comes from an unexpected ally. 5. The Eco-Trio - three short tales with an ecological perspective: a. Too Early - Imagine what it's like to wake up looong before breakfast, lunch or dinner will be ready. b. Equinox - A short introspective. c. An Arbor Day Dream - Who planted all those trees along the prairie river banks? 6. The Tribe at Fist Mountain - Damaris has come of age; her rite of passage includes a terrifying experience inside the caves of Fist Mountain, where she meets a Monster. 7. Zoo Dream - FBI agent Teresa Martin returns to her hometown in search of a criminal. When her investigation leads her to the town's abandoned zoo, old memories surface, including those of her first boyfriend, Denny, and the service tunnels below the zoo. 8. Hunter - Alex thinks the con he and Michael have pulled on beautiful Sandra is nearly complete and he's home free. 9. River Crossing - Hopelessness leads a young woman to a river where ghost explorers from the past give her something new to consider. 10. Lost - A woman loses her way on an abandoned nature trail, after her lover's funeral. 11. Homecoming - Chauncey returns home after years away with one thing on her mind - revenge. 12. Escape from White - Melene contemplates the possibility of life outside of the white world she lives in. Could Mikal have been right? Is there another world out there? 13. Persistent Downpour - A heavy thunderstorm causes Grace to evaluate husband Fred. 14. Shedding the Skin - Life on a houseboat with new husband Harry is going great, until teenager Merlayne ditches her dad and comes aboard. 15. From the Transom - Undercover for the FBI gathering info on a drug dealer, agent Lara McDougal sees more than she wants to see. 16. Whale Song -Sade, a fourth grader, is studying whales in school, and has no idea that those creatures aren't the only ones who can feel vibrations across long distances. 17. Dancer - A new chapter in life begins when an unemployed widow meets an old woman with an amazing past. 18. Playing the Dulcimer - Melanie Barkin wants to learn to play the hammered dulcimer. It's all part of The Dream.
For the last two decades the loss of, in particular, tropical rainforest has alarmed the public in the developed parts of the world. The debate has been characterised by a lack of understandÂ ing of the causes and effects of the process, leading to the prevailing reaction being unqualiÂ fied condemnation. Such attitude has even been observed among scientists, claiming supremÂ acy to biodiversity conservation. Many scientific analyses are available, but the basis for soÂ ber debates and appropriate actions is still highly insufficient. Two recent international initiaÂ tives! will hopefully lead to improved knowledge of deforestation and forest degradation as they recognise the need for studies to critically investigate those issues. This book will proÂ vide useful input to the initiatives. In my opinion, the scientific analyses have not sufficiently promoted the understanding that the fate of tropical forests is first and foremost a concern of the governments of the countries in which the forests are situated. Tropical forests may be important to the global environment and their rich biodiversity may be a human heritage. But their main importance is their potenÂ tial contribution to improving livelihood in the countries in question.
A History of the Brain tells the full story of neuroscience, from antiquity to the present day. It describes how we have come to understand the biological nature of the brain, beginning in prehistoric times, and progressing to the twentieth century with the development of Modern Neuroscience.
This is the first time a history of the brain has been written in a narrative way, emphasizing how our understanding of the brain and nervous system has developed over time, with the development of the disciplines of anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and neurosurgery. The book covers:
The discoveries leading to the development of modern neuroscience gave rise to one of the most exciting and fascinating stories in the whole of science. Written for readers with no prior knowledge of the brain or history, the book will delight students, and will also be of great interest to researchers and lecturers with an interest in understanding how we have arrived at our present knowledge of the brain.
Herbert Strang was the pseudonym used by 2 British authors, George Herbert Ely (1866-1958) and Charles James L'Estrange (1867-1947), to write adventure stories aimed primarily at young readers, especially boys.
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