Toddycats @ Envirofest – preparations

The exhibitions team is now the youngest group amongst the Toddycats as it is currently in a recruitment phase. The revived grouping was setup by Hamsa in 2007 and first got into action last October during the NUS Green Carnival. I called the new team’s facebook group the “See Dugongs” in playful reference to the ever popular but tragic juvenile dugong (or sea cow) specimen that we bring to every fair.

The specimen attracts immediate gawks by passerbys and has become a trademark exhibit eversince it was first brought out for Museum Fest in 2002. The sea cow provides a natural conversation opener about current populations of dugongs, the importance of sea grass (their food) and the whereabouts of marine life and ecosystems in Singapore so it is a very important specimen!

Once an exhibition is arranged, the exhibitions team invites Toddycats from other projects and friends to come down and help out. The old hands will slip into story-telling immediately and the newbies receive training on the spot, slowing building up their content! It is an appreciative audience for the awareness that these animals even exist in Singapore is in itself a revelation to many visitors to the booth. The conversation that follows has the visitor getting to know about the animals a little better, hear about anecdotes and get introduced to conservation issues.

The best part about EnviroFest? Many of the other nature, environment and animal welfare groups will be there so we can just point to their booths when we raise issues! This includes Nature Society (Singapore), Naked Hermit Crabs, Hantu Bloggers, Nature Trekker Singapore, Waterways Watch Society, Animal Concerns Research & Education Society, Cat Welfare Society, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Singapore Polytechnic Environment Club, National Junior College Greenlink and Hwa Chong Institution.

Click to read the WildSingapore advert

Hamsa has applied for these specimens for this exhibition:

  • Malayan Pangolin
  • Baby dugong
  • Common fruit bat
  • House shrew
  • Black spitting cobra
  • Paradise Tree snake
  • Dog-face water snake
  • Water monitor lizard
  • Bamboo shark
  • Stone fish
  • Tree-climbing crab
  • Horseshoe crab
  • Tarantula
  • Pitcher plant

For the recruitment this time we used Google Docs Spreadsheets’ new forms feature to sign up volunteers and it proved to be very helpful. I just published a duplicate sheet of the roster minus emails and handphone numbers at

(click to view)

See you at Toa Payoh!

– N. Sivasothi a.k.a. Otterman


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