About the name – Toddycats! are volunteers with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (ex-Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research) at the National University of Singapore. The name comes from the Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), the last wild carnivore that survives in urbanised Singapore.
The logo of the Raffles Museum is a toddy cat on a palm leaf and the significance of this is explained here.
The original toddycat drawing on the museum logo was based on an abandoned civet kitten that was rescued from ants at an army camp and brought in to the then Department of Zoology in 1996. A few of us cared for the animal and gave this civet the name “Toddy”. Tragically he was killed by a dog.
About the programme – Toddycats! is meant to expose, develop, enthuse and apply individuals to programmes in conservation, education and research. The programme was originally meant to provide capacity building amongst undergraduates in NUS, and to provide them with an immediate means to contribute meaningfully towards the greater good of Singapore. The programme is now open to anyone who can fit our schedule, in the recognition that all you really need is enthusiasm and commitment!
The Toddycats! engage in public education through:
- Exhibitions – we introduce the layman to Singapore’s existing wildlife at public exhibitions using specimens from the Raffles Museum. On special occasions, we conduct guided tours at the Raffles Museum’s Public Gallery.
- Nature and heritage trails in Pulau Ubin and Pasir Panjang – these introduce natural history and heritage through guided walks and bicycle rides.
- Public seminars and slide talks – share exciting tales about Singapore’s biodiversity and heritage through informed, current and energetic presentations.
- Webpages & Blogs – to provide information resources online for all to use.
- Active partnerships with other groups, agencies and institutions on programmes, events and national strategies and action plans that achieve common goals.
- Coordinate the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore.
To learn more, see our Programmes page.