In 2017, NUS Students Against Violation of the Earth (SAVE) and the Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) announced they would continue their Campus In a Tropical Rainforest “Species of the Month” initiative which communicates interesting facts about biodiversity in the NUS campus. they kick started the 2017 series with the mostly nocturnal fruit-eating common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) .
The LKCNHM’s predecessor, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, unveiled a logo in 2001 of the common palm civet on a palm leaf, as a symbolic representation of the museum’s education mission – to raise awareness about wildlife and plants in Singapore. At the time, few in Singapore were aware of this adaptable creature’s presence in urban environments. And the volunteer group of the museum was named Toddycats!
After more than a decade of effort invested in education and awareness by volunteers in the nature community, civets are better known but not well enough. It is thus heartening to see this animal featured at species of the month. It was only in the recent decade that civets had spotted around NUS’ campus. Staff and students reported sightings in the greenery at Eusoff and Temasek Halls, we observed an individual at Kent Ridge where vegetation was allowed to persist, and most recently, an individual left signs of its presence at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) garden, much to the delight of the staff there!
Enjoy the thought of free-roaming civets in our campus and keep your eyes peeled!
- Life of a Common Palm Civet in Singapore – NUS blog [http://blog.nus.edu.sg/singaporecivet/]
- Check out the “Campus in a Tropical Rainforest” series at the NUS SAVE webpage [http://nussave.wixsite.com/home]
- Sightings of NUS biodiversity: Campus Creatures Facebook page [https://fb.com/campuscreatures/]
- Submit photos of flora and fauna in NUS by sharing photos on the Campus Creatures Facebook page or Instagram with the #NUSCiTR and #NUSbiodiversity.