26 Oct 2013 – The second Love MacRitchie Walk for NUS saw six Toddycats guides introduce the secrets of the forest to 24 participants. Participants learnt about forest ecology and conservation throughout the route and at sharing stations spaced out along the trail.
At the “Relationships and Interactions” station, participants were each given dried fig to help them appreciate the relationship between its morphology and the life cycle of fig wasps. The dried fig also served as a tasty snack for all!
The animal were out in force! We saw several Black-bearded Flying Dragons, Tree Hugger Dragonflies, Greater Racquet-tailed Drongos, a group of more than ten Slender Squirrels and an entire troop of Long-tailed Macaques!
My vote for the highlight of the walk definitely goes to a basking Oriental Whip Snake in a sun fleck close to the trail. Oh wait, there was also the pair of colugos in two trees, side-by-side.
There was so much to see, we could not run out of stories! And adding to the guides during this session were several Toddycats researchers who came as participants. They are zoologists currently conducting research and happily shared stories too.
Fung Tze Kwan (aka “Civet Poo Girl”) introduced the fruit-eating Common Palm Civet (yes the Toddycat we are named after) and how they disperse seeds of the Fish Tail Palm while Marcus Chua (aka “Cat Boy”) told stories of Malayan Colugos.
It was a another lovely day introducing NUS students and staff to the zoological wonders of our forests, whilst nestled under the shade of trees. it is a privilege to enjoy such a precious natural heritage so near to all of us in Singapore.
Photos on Flickr.