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Nothing awkward about saving orchids in a dwindling forest


Nothing awkward about saving orchids in a dwindling forest

As Malaysia’s forests disappear, a photographer has stepped in to save more than 2,000 plants, among them orchids

Ebrahim Harris and Hasnoor Hussain

Alarmed by Malaysia’s loss of plant species to deforestation, photographer Suzairi Zakaria decided he needed to take action to conserve them in his home state of Terengganu.

Swathed in rainforests rich in biodiversity, the southeast Asian nation has lost about 29% of tree cover since 2001 because of activities such as palm cultivation and logging, data from US-based Global Forest Watch shows.

Suzairi, wearing a blue floppy hat and T-shirt with a slogan calling the loss of biodiversity “a silent killer”, said he had converted his backyard into a conservatory for endangered species to safeguard thousands of plants, chiefly wild orchids...

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