#latergram from earlier this week. I was on a field assignment near Lenggor Permanent #Forest #Reserve in #Johor #Malaysia which is also near the town my family is from and hence in local terms my #kampung. I remember 30 years ago as a kid going on a self drive safari through this forest (obviously I wasn't driving haha, our neighbour took my cousin and me) and we came across 3 Malayan tigers!! I kid you not, there were 3 beautiful majestic #tiger just hanging out and we stopped to see them and one came over and bit off part of the bumper!
Sadly that sight will not happen again anytime soon as Malaysia's beautiful national animal has been #poached to #criticallyendangered levels. Even tiger conservation groups rarely see them in the wild except if caught on cameras hidden in the trees. #Conservation efforts are being pushed to increase our Tiger populations; awareness, gazetting habitats and discouraging the demand for black market tiger products (it is disgusting and sad and I will not expand about it here). What can we do as consumers? Maintain and enhance our #zerowaste lifestyles by continuing to make #ethical #choices on products and services that do not support #deforestation and #exploitation, raise #awareness on the importance of apex predators in the wild to maintain ecosystem balance and call out unethical behaviour in relation to #wildlife #tourism, among other things. This one is obvious but needs to be said: do not purchase products coming from endangered species!
#zerowastemalaysia #forestreserve #conservation #🐅 #sustainableliving #ethicalchoices #habitat #wildlife