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Thu 05 Jan 2006

14 Dec 2005 - Crocodile from Kranji released at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve

Category : nature

A 1.6 metre Estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) weighing 8 kg was caught at Sungei Kranji on 14th December 2005 at 2.00pm by foreign workers. Vilma D'Rozario of the Nature Society (Singapore) was informed and she informed National Parks Board. Staff of Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve collected the crododile and released it into the reserve.

Despite this and other reports of crocodiles in Sungei Buloh, you still have to be pretty lucky to see one (see WK Cheah's photo from 2004). If you do see one, and take photos, do share it with the rest of us!

Thanks to Tay Soon Lian and Vilma D'Rozario for the updates and photos!

Photos courtesy of Tay Soon Lian, Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserves, Nartional Parks Board.

Posted at 11:27AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Thu 05 Jan 2006

The threat of shark's fin soup reaches South America

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"Hidden Cost of Shark Fin Soup: Its Source May Vanish." By Juan Forero. The New York Times, 05 Jan 2006.

"This taste for fins, marine biologists say, is ridding the world's oceans of one of its most ancient creatures, threatening ecosystems already buffeted by overfishing.

Some sharks, like the hammerhead and the great white, have been reduced by upwards of 70 percent in the last 15 years, while others, like the silky white tip, have disappeared from the Caribbean.

With the waters off Asia largely depleted, fishermen are focusing on regions that still swarm with sharks, like the cold, deep waters of the Pacific from Peru north to Central America."


Posted at 11:12AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Thu 05 Jan 2006

WildAsia - articles Singapore bats and Malaysian tigers

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From the latest WildAsia.net newsletter...

"Talking Tough About Tigers." By Amy Tan. WildAsia, 04 Jan 2006.
A chat with Eugene Lee, the usually low-profile Regional Projects Coordinator at TRAFFIC, South East Asia. Find out why Malaysian tigers are dying out and why it is so important to save them. Find out about tiger poaching, tiger habitats, tiger eating, tiger hunting, tiger laws and oh, a little bit about ourselves. [Link]

"Singapore Goes to Bat." By Rick Gregory. WildAsia.net, 04 Jan 2006.
When the city expands and habitats shrink, where does the wildlife go? They adapt and improvise. Bats in Singpore are making flyovers, water tanks, houses and WW2 relics their homes, as RICK GREGORY finds out from two Singaporean conservation officers (Benjamin Lee and Derek Liew) training in Malaysian jungles to learn more about the behaviours of this flying mammal. [Link]

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