Floral & Fauna

Air, water and food are three aspects that keeps us alive physiologically. Air is something that is accessible as and when we want. Water is accessible as long as we get close enough to the source. Food on the other hand, depends on other organism providing us with their resources when they choose to give. Flora and fauna is the basis for understanding our sustenance providers and nature.

To understand Singapore’s and SEA flora’s and fauna, we have to observe and experience the environment when we are out. The weather in the region is one that is hot and humid generally as it is a tropical weather. The combination of the weather allows for a natural life cycle that is faster than normal. Decomposition is higher in hot and humid weather. Plants and animals break down faster in this en which then provide nutrients back into the ecosystem. This pattern is a characteristic of the Singapore environment.
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The seeds of the plants are usually not for consumption, just like any young organism in the animal kingdom. Even in human society, we generally do not condone the consumption of young animals. Young seedlings are similar to the young animals in the animal kingdom where they are protected to ensure their survival of their species. Young animals have parents to protect them when they young. Young seedlings on the other hand do not have the protection of their parents, hence they develop hard shells/husks or poison to prevent their species from being killed over time.

In an urban landscape like Singapore, having the remaining of the forest spaces is a luxury for all of us. The plants and animals in Singapore in the past decade have learnt adapt to our urban landscape and our way of life. We observed two main form of adaptation. One is the shrinking of their own consumption of resources due to smaller forest spaces, they reduce their own physical size and population so that they would not require that much land space to survive. Second day they adapt is by using human created, artificial environment to nest and feed. For example, birds stop nesting on trees and starting nesting on the highway.

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Flora and fauna is an ecosystem that survives through the balance of all organism. Every plant and animal, not matter how harmful or sinister may be to us human, serves a purpose in the ecosystem to keep the system alive. In absence of the flora and fauna in our world, it will create a “black hole”. This “black hole” will be filled up by other elements e.g. sand, water or other organism which will destroy the balance in the system and that will be the end for the ecosystem.

What we can do on our end now would be to go out and experience and embrace the flora and fauna in Singapore. See it as being equal to us humans, we acknowledge the presence of all these organisms and seek the knowledge that helps us understand them (Flora & Fauna). Last but not least we help each other because we love each other, plants, animals and humans.

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