Festival of Biodiversity 2018 in June – call for volunteers! (You can still signup!)

Come join the NUS Toddycats at the Festival of Biodiversity 2018! This annual event aims to create awareness and promote efforts in conserving and enhancing our local biodiversity. Check out various recounts of past years’ Festival of Biodiversity events by Toddycats and Friends!

This year, the Toddycats FOB committee will be planning even more activities in the lead up to FOB2018 which will be held on 2-3 June 2018. Please sign up with this link: https://tinyurl.com/toddycats-fob2018 as a volunteer guide with us!

We have prepared enrichment field trips and workshops leading up to the big event day, and even post-FOB events too! Join us to re-create the wonderful atmosphere we achieved last year!

Theresa & Weiting
NUS Toddycats FOB Organising Committee 2018


Ridge Walk – five Friday evening briskwalks along the Southern Ridges (Jan – May 2018)

Join us on our briskwalk? Please register your participation at the Eventbrite webpage, thanks!

In 2008, a 9-km series of trails, bridges and walkways were unveiled, which reconnected the Southern Ridges which had been carved through by several roads (see map). An almost continuous traffic-free walk from NUS to HarbourFront became possible which takes two hours at a brisk pace.

This is an excellent way to get in some exercise at the end of a tough week, amidst a unique landscape and greenery. Get to know various points along the Southern Ridges and plan future visits. But we are hard pressed to find the time, aren’t we?

To get you going, NUS Toddycats are leading a series of brisk walks for NUS staff, students and friends from YIH Plaza through to HarbourFront MRT on the following dates:

  1. Fri 26 Jan 2018
  2. Fri 23 Feb 2018
  3. Fri 23 Mar 2018
  4. Fri 27 Apr 2018
  5. Fri 25 May 2018

Please register your participation at the Eventbrite webpage – pick your date and register for that individually.

You may leave the group at any time. Some of the typical stop points along the way include:

  • 2.0km, 22 mins – Science Park 1 (Kent Ridge MRT Station)/li>
  • 4.0km, 51 mins – Reflections at Bukit Chandu (near Pasir Panjang MRT Station)
  • 5.3km, 1h 12mins – Hort Park (near Labrador Park MRT Station)
  • 6.2km, 1h 22mins – Henderson Waves (near Telok Blangah) – Bus Stop no. 14051 & 14059
  • 8.8km, 2h 5mins – HarbourFront (near MRT Station)

Your guides frm NUS Toddycats will be Kenneth Pinto, Xu Weiting, Airani S & N. Sivasothi.

If there is threat of heavy rain, strong winds prior to a storm or haze, we will inform you early or if unable, at YIH Plaza itself.

Click to view the larger map
Southern Ridges Walk

Registration open for the Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk – Sun 11 Feb 2018 [Update: Walk is fully signed up]

The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk
Sun 11 Feb 2018: 7.00am – 12.00pm
With the NUS Toddycats, volunteers of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore

All are welcome, just register at Eventbrite.

On 13th February 1942 the Japanese Imperial Army has stormed through Malaya and invaded Singapore. Approaching Singapore City from the west, a seasoned Japanese army is forced to engage the small force of the Malay Regiment fending them off from the high ground of Pasir Panjang Ridge.

A fierce battle is put up by men of the Malay Regiment amidst the confusion of aerial and artillery bombardment, a dark sky smothered by fumes of a burning fuel dump, loss of communications and the early deaths of senior officers who had moved about to keep their men coordinated.

They would battle on for nearly two days and are wiped out almost to the last man on the eve of Chinese New Year.

On 15th of February, 1942, General Percival marches down Bukit Timah Road to surrender to General Yamashita of the Japanese Imperial Army at the Ford Factory.

The accounts of the desperate and heroic Battle of Pasir Panjang left a strong impression on the Pasir Panjang Heritage Guides, so we commemorate the Malay Regiment’s defense of the ridge every year.

The National University of Singapore is built on part of the old battleground and its forest still contains a 1936 British military outpost which strategically oversees Jurong, Bukit Timah and Singapore City. In 1954, the Pasir Panjang Ridge was renamed ‘Kent Ridge,’ and the old stone marker which commemorates this event persists to this day, often overlooked, at the Gap.

Guides will share with the public stories about the battle, the geography, history and the flora and fauna of the area which drew us to explore the ridge decades ago and to gradually learn of its history.

Our commemorative route takes us from the National University of Singapore to Kent Ridge Road and through the Gap to Kent Ridge Park and ends at Reflections of Bukit Chandu.

Everyone is welcome – just register at Eventbrite.
You will have to wake up early enough to join us at 7.00am at the University Cultural Centre [map] and be physically fit enough to walk 5km at a moderate pace with some stairs!

This is a five hour walk and February is a hot month, so please bring at least a litre of water and some sandwiches or snacks. Rain is always possible so do bring an umbrella and waterproofing for your barang-barang!


  • Pasir Panjang/Kent Ridge Heritage webpage [link] and Facebook page [link]
  • “Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk 2009 Review,” by Kenneth Pinto. Raffles Museum Toddycats, 19 Feb 2009. [link]
  • Photos from 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008.
Click the map for a larger view or see Google Maps.

Internship with NUS Toddycats, Jan – Jul 2018

Internship with NUS Toddycats, Jan – Jul 2018
About the Toddycats
NUS Toddycats are volunteers with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore. We expose, develop and apply individuals who are keen to contribute to nature and the environment in Singapore to programmes in conservation, education and outreach. It was originally conceived to contribute to capacity-building of NUS undergraduates by providing them with an immediate means to contribute socially and meaningfully towards the nature and environment in Singapore.

NUS Toddycats are an entirely volunteer group who lead and support activities such as nature guiding at exhibitions and field sites, the organisation and management of public seminars and symposia, coordinate coastal cleanups and initiate dialogues and other engagement through active partnerships.

The NUS Toddycats Internship aims to secure a motivated intern who will organise and coordinate support for the diversity of activities offered by the group. In doing so, the intern will be exposed to and acquire skills and work experience in a range of activities including administration and digital organising tools, project and events management, volunteer engagement, and communication for conservation. The intern will also participate in staffing various stakeholder engagements.

Scope of Internship
The NUS Toddycats intern will pro-actively support operational and volunteer management needs of project managers in existing projects which include volunteer recruitment and engagement, nature guiding at field sites, library exhibitions and seminars, field surveys and coastal cleanups, and liasing and planning for Toddycats participation in various events and stakeholder meetings. For some idea of the projects, see the Toddycats about page.

Candidate Criteria
The candidate must be passionate about learning through service.
We are looking for candidates who possess strong initiative and good work ethic, are able to work across multiple platforms (e.g. Google Docs, Microsoft Office, social media), are able to undertake tasks independently amidst a group structure and communicate effectively. Some of these skills can be developed, but a strong desire to learn and a passion for the environment are critical!

Internship development
NUS Toddycats is committed to the development of the selected intern through skills training in project management, digital tools and a workplace readiness toolbox, volunteer engagement and understanding the conservation landscape.

Period of internship
Jan – July 2018 (minimum of three months)
This is an unpaid internship but a meal and transport allowance is provided.

Reporting Officer
The NUS Toddycats intern will report directly to the coordinator, N. Sivasothi and will liase with project captains for specific roles.

To apply, please write to toddycats@gmail.com with your CV.

Sat 13 Jan 2018 The 1st Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence (open to all)

In January 2018, Biodiversity Friends Forum will launch the first Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence, an idea for introducing youth to the issues which was mooted by Second Minister for National Development, Mr. Desmond Lee, after the first forum in August.

Did you hear about our otters turning up on Changi Airport’s tarmac or read about wild boar sightings or hear about critically endangered sea turtle hatchlings at East Coast beach? What do you do when you encounter wildlife in urban settings? How can we manage human-wildlife interactions in Singapore?

Learn from experts and implement ideas, join us on a journey to solve a Biodiversity Challenge on human-wildlife co-existence!

The first step starts here:
BFF Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence
Seminar and Workshops: 13 Jan 2018, Saturday
8:30am – 4pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Limited spaces, register by 5 Jan! http://www.bit.ly/hwc2018

Suitable for all students in JC, ITE, polytechnic; undergraduates, fresh graduates or young working adults (aged 16-30) interested in human-wildlife interaction issues in Singapore. No prior knowledge required.

For queries, email: Biodiversity Youth Singapore at biodyouthsg@gmail.com.


Wed 22 Nov 2017: 7.30pm @ LKCNHM – Reuben Clements on “RIMBA: Using science to deliver conservation solutions for Peninsular Malaysia”

Reuben's RIMBA talk

What does it mean to be a conservation scientist?

Join us for a night of insight by Dr Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, co-founder of RIMBA, a Malaysian non-governmental organisation, as he shares about translating scientific research into tangible outputs for the greater good of threatened species.

Wed 22 Nov 2017: 7:30 pm @ LKCNHM Learning Lab
2 Conservatory Drive, S(117377) [map]
National University of Singapore

Register for this talk at this link.

See you there!

RIMBA talk poster

“Inspiring a love for nature” – NUS News features NUS Toddycats Theresa Su and Ong Say Lin [10 Oct 2017]

NUS News sought out Theresa Su and Ong Say Lin for a feature on the mentoring and coordinating volunteer work they do with NUS undergraduates through NUS Toddycats. Theresa who worked on mangrove mudskippers and Say Lin who worked on wild pigs are our Toddycats HOWL coordinators. Say Lin is a coordinator for The Shelter Pawject as is Theresa for the Festival of Biodiversity and both are active with year-round mangrove cleanups too.

Thanks to Cassandra Yue for the lovely article (click to read).

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