Today I was reminded of how much sweat one can release whilst hiking for 7 hours in Southeast Asia amongst 100% humidity I was also reminded that mosquitos seem to think my ass is candy (I’m currently averaging 10+ bites a cheek)...should I be flattered?
On a more serious note, I was also reminded of how important these old growth forests are in a country that is dominated by palm oil and rubber plantations. This area is incredibly biodiverse, but sadly most species that call the Taman Negara home are now endangered, largely due to deforestation.
Back home in Far North Queensland when I would sit and drink my morning coffee, I would see on average 10 or so different bird and mammal species. Today in Malaysia on a 7 hour hike, we saw ONE rhinoceros hornbill. We are incredibly lucky in Australia to be able to visit so many areas rich with flora and fauna, but we need to understand that our daily choices not only effect us, but the environments in other countries too. So next time you’re sitting out on your balcony in the morning, watching the rosellas, lorikeets and kookaburras in a towering eucalyptus tree whilst eating Nutella on toast...take a minute to reflect on where that Nutella came from, and the environmental deterioration your choices are contributing to.
Hike diaries • Taman Negara HQ - Lata Berkoh • 17km return, 7hrs
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Malaysian Jungle - Taman Negara