Monday, September 29, 2008

M.A.D. for the Nightlife!

On 16 August, Cicada Tree Eco-Place invited experts Mr Fam Shun Deng and Mr Norman Lim to present a slide-show and talk on Singapore’s little-known nocturnal mammals – the slow loris, the pangolin, and the colugo.

Held at the Singapore Botanic Gardens' Botany Centre, the talk highlighted the animals’ characteristics, ecology, the threats they face, and how we can make a difference.

Above: A little girl with her colugo!

The talk was targeted at adults, but kids also had the opportunity to learn about slow lorises, pangolins and colugos. Photos, colugo and slow loris skulls, and even a stuffed pangolin specimen (confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade) helped the kids better understand the physiology and ecology of these animals.

At the end of the lesson, the kids got to make their own paper colugos and let them climb the wall! Here are some photos we took:

Above: Busy with colouring their colugos.

Above: My colugo will glide soon!

Above: The children with their finished colugos.

We would like to thank Nick Baker and Chan Kwok Wai for their wonderful animal photographs, and the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) for specimens. Thanks also to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for the venue.

Article and photos by Vilma D'Rozario, edited by M.J. Tan.

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