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Tue 18 Jan 2005

Seen a pangolin lately?

Category : nature

In the past, we have collected roadkills or received reports of Pangolins as a result of the help by members of the public. Read about the Adam Road roadkill, 13 Jan 1999 and the Jalan Bahar roadkill, 09 Nov 2001 (see photo below) in the Habitatnews newsletter. Or the heart-wrenching email that was circulated in nature circles by Paul Chan on 6th October 2003 (I actually tried to forget that post). Much happier news was the new Paper report of the Ang Mo Kio encounter, 21 Sep 2004.

The Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica), is a toothless, scale-covered, insect eating mammal, also known as the Scaly Anteater (Family Pholidota). It is an uncommon mammal, listed in the Singapore Red Data Book, and is found in the Central and Western Catchment areas and elsewhere in scrubland. Termites are part of its diet, and it has strong claws which can dig into the hardened mounds.

Internationally, there is severe pressure from hunting and trade in Southeast Asia as there is demand for nearly all its body parts. Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy by some communities in Asia, and the skin produces distinctively patterned leather for fashioning shoes, handbags and other accessories that appeal to consumers with a flair for the exotic - see the TRAFFIC webpage.

Norman Lim is a postgraduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, who is working on the ecology of wild pangolins for his Masters thesis. If you see any roadkills or live pangolins, please inform him as soon as possible, either via his mobile (9838-3291) or his email (g0403021@nus.edu.sg). Any information will be valuable and much appreciated, as this species is seldom encountered in the wild. And if its alive, it'll be a good way for the pangolin get safely back into the wild!

Posted at 1:11PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 18 Jan 2005

Debby Ng (Hantu Blog) on the News Radio 93.8 FM's Living Room

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Tune in to MediaCorp NewsRadio 93.8 FM on Tue 18 Jan 2005 from 10.30am-12.00pm on Tuesday, 18th January 2004 to listen in to Debby Ng talking about Pulau Hantu, a celebration of marine life on the Living Room.

Update - Download the mp3: Part I - Part II - Part III

The programme is repeated in the afternoon, so you should also be able to catch it at about 3.40pm. Click on "Hear Us"; Macintosh users click on "Hear us & See Us".

In this session, Debby will share her first encounter with Pulau Hantu and how amazed she was at its beauty. She was then shockced to discover that the reef there seemed to have no hope to survive. And many people had given up going or didn't think there was anything to see there, citing poor visibility!

So Debbie decided to start blogging and soon more and more divers became interested, some regulars joined hands with her and she started bring back more and more news about the marine life there, exciting even researchers overseas.

I've enjoyed the many amazing photos of beautiful marine life and the interesting discoveries that they have unearthed right here in our backyard!

Who'd ever thought such murky waters would be so clear?

Posted at 1:03PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 18 Jan 2005

Ria Tan (Wild SIngapore) talks about nature guiding on NewsRadio 93.8FM's Living Room

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Ria Tan talked about nature guiding on News Radio 93.8FM's Living Room with Donna Cheng on 14th January 2005.

It was broadcast in the morning and afternoon of 14th January 2005 but if you missed it, listen to the mp3 of the session which is available here: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3.

Ria covers many aspects in the life of a volunteer, from the mad early morning hours, the motivation that drives them, the people that they meet, the strategies of guiding etc. At the end of the programme, Donna takes an enjoyable tour of the amazing resources on WildSingapore, wows over the colourful photographs, gets an introduction to some of the other sites linked to it and discovers the free weekly guide to what's happening in wild Singapore.

"One person can make a difference, think about what you can do"

Posted at 11:47AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news