A few days after we wrapped up our last series of Love MacRitchie Walks on 12 April, the organizers of Jane’s Walk Singapore approached Toddycats to join in their movement to get people to explore the city.
Jane’s Walks of diverse themes (heritage, architecture, food, nature, etc.) were held in Singapore and cities around the world between 2–4 May. We jumped at this unique opportunity to show Singaporeans that our city has more than just skyscrapers! The walk was a hit among Jane’s Walk registrants, 27 of whom turned up at Venus Loop on 4 May for a walk in the rainforest with seven Toddycats.
Jane’s Walk organizer Mai Tatoy kicked off the event by giving an introduction to the annual global movement of locally led tours inspired by Jane Jacobs, an urbanist and activist who championed a community-based approach to city building. Toddycat David Tan then took over the first batch of participants and set off into the forest, and the group led by Joelle Lai and I followed shortly after.
Once again, the forest wowed us with its amazing wildlife. We were treated to sightings of fungus beetles and their larvae, scale insects, Many-lined Sun Skinks (Eutropis multifasciata), Crimson Sunbirds (Aethopyga siparaja) and Short-tailed Babblers (Malacocincla malaccensis). But the head-turners were definitely the gliding animals, including the Five-banded Gliding Lizard (Draco quinquefasciatus) and the Black-bearded Gliding Lizard (Draco melanopogon) that showed off their aerial skills to the first and second groups respectively. The second group was also extremely lucky to spot the Malayan Colugo (Galeopterus variegatus), which was hiding so well in plain sight, on a tree just beside the trail!
The plants at Venus Loop were just as interesting that day. The mango and durian trees were fruiting!
All these creatures that we saw sent a strong message to the participants – our forest is rich yet fragile. And we can all help to protect our natural heritage. Toddycats would like to thank all the participants of this walk for being such an enthusiastic, inquisitive and engaging bunch. It was truly an enjoyable Sunday morning!