There’s a tapir invasion in town and it’s happening at Publika, Solaris Dutamas!
In celebration of “World Tapir Day” on 27th April, the Malayan Tapir Awareness Campaign by ArtSemble is featuring an art exhibition of 3,000 Malayan tapir clay figurines made by school children across the country. There will also be a tapir figurine clay-making, face painting, and children storytelling session.
The objective of this exhibition is to raise awareness (especially amongst the younger generation) that our local tapirs are in danger of extinction. Despite being a protected animal species, the number of tapirs have been decreasing over the years and according to the Department of Wildlife and Natural Parks (Perhilitan), there are only approximately 1100 Malayan tapirs left today.
As aforementioned, multiple governmental and non-governmental organisations have started a number of conservation projects to save the tapir. However, the tapirs continue to be threatened by deforestation and are also victims of road kill. Hopefully, this awareness campaign will encourage you to support these black-and-white pattern animals that are close to extinction.
Shoppers at Publika can also look forward to a tapir-related merchandise bazaar selling postcards, books, key chains, and T-shirts. All proceeds from the sales will go to the Malaysian Nature Society’s efforts in educating the public on Malayan tapir.
The details to “Malayan Tapir Awareness Campaign” exhibition are as follows:
- Venue: The Boulevard, Publika
- Date: 18th April 2016 – 8th May 2016
- Time: 10am to 10pm