Raffles Museum Toddycats! at the 20th Anniversary celebration of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (7 Dec 2013)

Every December since 1996, the Toddycats have an important engagement to keep with Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – The Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk.  This year, the special day fell on Saturday, 7 December.

With Otterman away in Brunei (but with us in spirit!), the job of organising SBAW fell on to Joelle at the Raffles Museum, who is now looking after the Toddycats.

Unlike previous years where Toddycats were rounded up to give visitors an early morning tour of our precious mangroves, we were invited by Nparks to set up a show and tell booth near the new but yet to be launched visitors’ centre.

Chloe, Katie and Letchumi with our ICCS poster.

As with the usual Toddycat efficiency, an email call for volunteers to help with this event saw 23 Toddycats respond, ready to share with members of the public facts and trivia about critters living in our mangroves. It was a great mix present that day, with SBAW veterans Oi Yee, Alvin and Amy joining Toddycats who had either guided at Sungei Buloh before, or had prior experience doing Show and Tell at our previous events. We even had five newbie Toddycats who were there for on the job training –Delicia, Jharyathri, Katie, Navneeth, and Shermaine were introduced to the mangrove and coastal horseshoe crabs by Germaine and Weiting and they were good to go!

On job training for the newbies – Shermaine, Delicia and Jharyathri with Weiting.

We spoke to 70 over people that day and discovered the Toddycats can guide  adequately in Mandarin and Teochew too!

David entertains members of the public with his stories

Marcus can guide in Teochew!

Weihan captivating kids.

Veterans Alvin and Oi Yee take a wee break and let Yi Yong introduce the blue swimming crab to a visitor.

Horseshoe crab girl Germaine with her study organisms.

Blue spotted mudskipper and fiddler crab drawn by Ambert.

Bob the croc made an appearance at the bridge, staff, friends and well wishers of Sungei Buloh sang the Birthday Song to SBWR and we ate cake. All in all, a lovely way to spend Saturday morning. We look forward in taking part in SBAW again in 2014!

Group photo before we hop on the bus back to NUS – smiley faces all around! Missing in this picture are Oi Yee, Amy, Marcus Chua, Marcus Ng, Weiting and Tze Kwan.

For the full set of pictures, visit our Flickr album. Thank you Marcus (Ng) and Tze Kwan for the photos!

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