Well, the wheels really fell off me, didn’t they. After my last post I intended to share with you all about our move back to George Town but one thing after another kept stopping me, and before I knew it I wasn’t even in Malaysia anymore. Here’s what’s gone down.
I’m so excited to share with you that finally Part 3 of my chat with Sadie from Eclectic Trekker is up! I’ve really enjoyed making these videos and I hope you have enjoyed watching them. In this final installment, we discuss the illegal trade in wildlife that is occurring throughout Southeast Asia and other parts of the globe, and what each of us can do to help stop it. It seems like such a big problem, but it’s good to know there is clear action each of us can take to prevent it from continuing.
If you caught my recent vlogs about our day at the Phi Phi Islands, you will have seen that we encountered some gorgeous long-tailed macaques on Phi Phi Don. We had a great time interacting with them and watching as they dove for the bananas thrown from our boat by our tour guide. I mentioned, however, that this really wasn’t a good idea and that by feeding them we were actually endangering them. But how, specifically, are monkeys endangered when well-meaning humans feed them? And why is monkey feeding something that both tour companies and individual travellers should cease?
Although I’m behind in my vlogs, I realised that after last week’s vlog about the haze in Phuket, I just couldn’t move on without talking about the cause. I’ve explained briefly in that video about the fires in Indonesia that created the problem, and that it’s all related to palm oil. But I just don’t feel that I’ve adequately communicated to you how bad the situation is – or how powerful you are when it comes to stopping it.