Who We Are?

Ravinder Kaur is a graduate from University Malaysia Sabah with a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology and a Masters of Science in Ecology. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at University Malaya in the field of Ecology. Ravinder has always had an affinity towards animals. She is compelled to help wildlife, to prevent extinction of some of the most enigmatic beings in Malaysia. When British Council Malaysia held the “Entrepreneurs for Good” Social Enterprise awards, Ravinder Kaur was one of the many shortlisted in this endeavour.

She was fortunate to attend many training sessions and decided to set up a Social Enterprise called Explore Gaia Enterprise. Gaia is the name of a Greek goddess, and it means Earth. Gaia is dedicated to wildlife conservation in Malaysia, and at the moment focuses on the conservation of hornbills. The Enterprise is also dedicated to increase awareness and appreciation of wildlife in Malaysia. In addition, Ravinder is an active member of the ‘Helmeted Hornbill Working Group’ – a collaborative effort to conserve critically endangered Helmeted Hornbill. She is also a council member for NGO MareCet (marine mammal research and conservation).

Previous/On-going Conservation projects:

  • Kinabatangan Hornbill Conservation Project (2014-ongoing)
  • Malaysian Nature Society Hornbill Conservation Project (2008-2009)
  • Conservation of Rafflesia flowers and Rajah Brooke Birdwing Butterfly in Ulu Geroh through ecotourism (2006-2009)

Publications:

  • Freelance writer for the National Geographic Explorer, The Expat, Senses of Malaysia, Pet’s Lover and DSLR magazine.
  • Forest Research Institute Malaysia Coffee Table Book, Rimba Bidor.
  • Kaur, R., Ong, T., K.C, Lim., C.A, Yeap. 2011. A Survey On Mass Movements Of The Vulnerable Plain-Pouched Hornbill In The Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, Peninsular Malaysia. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 24:171-176.
  • Kaur, R., Singh, S., A.H, Ahmad. 2015. The breeding biology of the Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis, Rhinoceros Hornbill Buceros rhinoceros and Helmeted Hornbill Rhinoplax vigil in the Temengor Forest Reserve, Perak, Malaysia.

Sanjitpaal Singh is an established Malaysian photographer and he has been in the field of photography for over 15 years and has been rewarded with various international awards. He has also received numerous accreditations working together with environmental NGOs, advertising agencies, magazines and daily press. His love of photography has gained him support from Olympus Malaysia and supporting photographic products (Datacolor Spider) and Gitzo tripod. He also conducts workshops and seminars and has judged photo competitions in Malaysia and Singapore. Sanjit also contributes to DSLR and is a columnist for Aperture magazine.

Awards:

  • Three Honourable Mention (5 images) for International Photography Awards, Professional Category (Wildlife) September, (USA) 2016
  • Five Honourable Mention (5 images) for International Photography Awards, Professional Category (Wildlife) September, (USA) 2013
  • Second Place in the International Photography Awards (IPA), Professional Category (Nature/Trees), September 2012, (USA).
  • Two Honourable Mention (2 images) for International Photography Awards, Professional Category (Nature/Flowers) & (Nature / Landscapes), September, (USA) 2012
  • Semi Finalists for Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011, (UK).
  • National Zoo Malaysian One Earth Award – 2008 Malaysian Wildlife Photographer of the year award, (Malaysia).
  • 5 Merit Awards for commended photos for the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the year award, (Malaysia)
  • Merit prize, World Lupus day ‘Anything Butterfly Competition’ 2008, (Malaysia).
  • 2 awards from the Malaysian Nature Society’s Raptor Watch Wildframe Photography competition 2008, Second placing (Nature) & Second placing (People), (Malaysia)
  • Semi Finalists for Shell-BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award 2007, (UK).
  • Semi Finalists for Shell-BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award 2006, (UK).