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Tue 06 Apr 2004

Hopea sangal sculptures unveiled in Singapore Zoo

Category : news

The Hopea sangal sculptures have found a permanent resting place at the Singapore Zoo. They will be finally unveiled later today (7th April 2004: 9am) and a seedling collected as a seed in October 2002 will handed to the zoo by the Nature Society (Singapore).

The tree was originally felled on 20th November 2002 and the recovered logs were made into a sculpture by October 2003. The complete timeline of events can be viewed here. This will be updated with photos later.

Posted at 5:38PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 06 Apr 2004

Streats online!

Category : news

I must confess I only found out today from Streats reporter Sarah Ng that they have an online version at their own URL, streats.com.sg. Not all articles are up at this stage, and archives do not appear to be archived beyond a week. Still, its a start - I've not seen an issue around for weeks.

A quick check has already revealed an article of interest - Japanese underwater photographer Ikuo Nakamura is in town for a talk and exhibition of his pictures. See "Love affair with oceans" below.

Posted at 12:26PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 06 Apr 2004

Ikuo Nakamura's Seasons of the Sea exhibition

Category : photos

Talk about love at first sight - 38 years ago, Nakamura saw three divers emerge from the water.

Nakamura's trembled because he "knew at that moment that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."

Read the full article, "Love affair with oceans" by Gregory Leow. Streats online, 1st April 2004

Ikuo Nakamurašs photos are on display at Seasons Of The Sea until 31st May 2004 at Level 3, Wheelock Place, every day from 11am to 9pm.

Posted at 12:26PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 06 Apr 2004

"Pace of march to extinction quickens for SE Asia's turtles'

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SINGAPORE (AFP) - Southeast Asia is home to the most diverse range of turtles and tortoises in the world, but half of the species are critically endangered, regional zoologists working to protect them have told AFP.

Fifteen million turtles and tortoises disappear from around the region each year as they fall victim to a lucrative trade that is fuelled by a high demand for their use as pets and for human consumption, they warned.

Excerpts from the article:

"A lot of smuggling is going on. There needs to be policing, more stringent enforcement of laws and heavier penalties for smugglers. In Singapore the penalties are still too light, not a strong enough deterrent."

"When 2,000 tortoises land on our lap it really stretches out our facilities."

Aside from the trade of these animals for pets, Lim said the belief within some Asian communities that turtle meat had medicinal value had also fuelled the trade.

"If you go to the (Singapore) Chinatown wet market I think you can find the Malayan River terrapin sold for turtle soup."

- Francis Lim, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

"So it's spreading the word and making people care for wildlife and realise that once they're gone they'll never come back." - William Holstrom, Wildlife Conservation Society.

Yahoo AFP report, Sun Apr 4, 6:37 PM ET. Full article also here. [Thanks to Alvin Wong for the alert]

Posted at 10:03AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news