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Royal family are nature lovers


From New Straits Times:

The conservation of wildlife and its habitat is something close to the Johor royal family’s heart.

In a recent “Wildlife Conservation Awareness Day: Save Wildlife, Save Life” forum, the Sultan of Johor’s consort Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah said that creating awareness of the need to protect endangered plants, animal species and their habitats, was paramount and should be encouraged among the younger generation.

Raja Zarith Sofiah also said that her family, including her husband Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, their sons Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail, Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar, Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil, Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tunku Putera Johor Tunku Abu Bakar and their only daughter Tunku Puteri Tun Aminah, are strong advocates of wildlife conservation.

“While Sultan Ibrahim has called for a total ban on hunting in the forest reserve, my children have been involved in wildlife conservation,” she said.

Raja Zarith Sofiah, who is also Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) chancellor, opened the forum-cum-wildlife conservation awareness programme, that was co-organised by UTM and Johor Corporation (JCorp) subsidiary Kulim (M) Bhd. The forum was held at the Persada Johor International Convention Centre here last Tuesday.

The forum saw UTM pro-chancellor Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor as the moderator, while the speakers included Raja Zarith Sofiah, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Centre director Prof Dr Margaret Lowman, Malaysia Nature Society president Prof Dr Maketab Mohamed and Kulim (M) Bhd senior manager Salasah Elias.

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