Saving Malaysia’s oldest rainforest through social media

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) has launched an awareness campaign called “Save Temengor Signature Petition” to save the Temengor rainforest from destruction through an online petition utilizing social media.

The Belum-Temengor Forest Complex located in the state of Perak, forms the last and largest remaining contiguous block of natural forest in Peninsular Malaysia with a total area of about 300,000 ha, almost four times the size of Singapore.

According to MNS, only one-third of that area is protected under the Royal Belum State Park, which leaves the rest of the forrest open to logging and poaching.

The rainforest is believed to have been in existence for over 130 million years making it one of the world’s oldest rainforests, older than both the Amazon and the Congo, home to some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna.

It is also the only existing forest where you can spot all 10 species of hornbill that inhabit Malaysia.

 

Those interested in saving the Temengor rainforrest can head to http://www.savetemengor.org/, to sign the petition.