While it may be best known as a financial hub with scores of high-rise buildings, tropical Singapore is still home to patches of rainforest and an array of wildlife. Thus, Singapore is creating a vast eco-tourism zone.
A jungle is being cleared by the government to make way for a bird park, a rainforest park and a 400-room resort, creating a green tourism hub aiming to attract millions of visitors a year.
But the project has ruffled the feathers of environmentalists. Rather than promoting biodiversity, they believe it is too imposing for the area, will destroy forest habitats. They also point out that insufficient safeguards were put in place before work began － leading to animals being killed on roads.
"You are getting your priorities wrong if you are replacing natural heritage with captive breeding," said Subaraj Rajathurai, a veteran wildlife consultant. （AFP）
ruffle one’s feathers：動詞片語，激怒某人、令某人不安。例句：The Media’s comments acutely ruffled the President’s feathers.（媒體的說法讓總統大為光火。）
safeguard：名詞，保護措施。例句：A series of safeguards have been taken to prevent the disease from spreading.（為了防止疾病傳播，已經採取一連串防護措施。）
breeding：名詞，飼養；培植。例句：He became involved in the breeding of horses as his father had expected.（一如父親期待，他開始參與養馬作業。）