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Biodiversity Roadshow @ The Forum


16-oes-biodiversity-roadshow-forum-16feb2017jl16 Feb 2017 – NUS Toddycats joined forces with the BES Drongos and Campus Creatures for the first time to take part in the Biodiversity Roadshow organised by NUS’ Office of Environmental Sustainability at the Forum.

We showcased wildlife commonly found within the leafy Kent Ridge campus, and by extension, in wild spaces around Singapore.

We had at our booth preserved specimens of commonly encountered snakes in NUS, a plantain squirrel, a palm civet, a specially curated insect box from the Lee Kong Chian Museum accompanied with blown up posters of other campus creatures found in campus.

A popular display with curious students and staff, they were given advice about what to do during snake encounters (most of all, don’t hurt the snake!), how to best enjoy the natural history museum on campus (free for all NUS staff and students), and learn about the wildlife that still survives urban Singapore.

We thank NUS OES for hosting us at the roadshow – it was fun! For more pictures from the event, see our flickr album.





Mon 31 Oct 2016: 6.30pm @ LT27 – Free Public Talk: Professor Jerry Coyne: “Evolution Is True, And Why People Still Don’t Believe It”

We are pleased to co-host with the Humanist Society of Singapore, Professor Jerry Coyne for a public talk on Evolution on 31 October. As spaces are limited, please register for your free ticket via eventbrite!


Festival of Biodiversity 2016



The Festival of Biodiversity is back at the Singapore Botanic Gardens this year!

The Toddycats, together with Palm Civets of Singapore, Otterwatch, and International Coastal Cleanup will have booths throughout the weekend, featuring specimens from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.

Do drop by and say hello; our guides will be ready to regale you with wonderful tales of nature and Biodiversity in Singapore.

See you!



The post SG50 intern — Han Shen!

We have a new intern! Introducing Han Shen, a recent University of Queensland graduate, who will be with us for the next three months helping out with Toddycats events and LKCNHM communications.

And just in time too, for Pesta UbinBalik Chek Jawa, and Festival of Biodiversity 2016!

As with Sankar and Lynn, we’ve asked Han Shen to write a self introduction. He’s wishing he has a good stint with us!


About Yourself

Hello! My name is Han Shen, I am the new intern with the LKCNHM! I am passionate about all things nature. This love for all things green and wild led me to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Wildlife Management at the University of Queensland in 2013. I have been working in Canberra, Australia for the past 2 years monitoring kangaroos, reptiles (skinks, bearded dragons & occasionally snakes), frogs and native grasses as part of the Australian Capital Territory’s (A.C.T) kangaroo research & management program and discovering the intricacies of ecological interactions! I have also volunteered with the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra looking after marine creatures, reptiles and amphibians of various assortments! When I am in Singapore, I love to go out with friends and family to track in the far-flung pockets of green scattered all over the island.

What you are looking forward to

I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge on the treasure trove of Singapore’s biodiversity. I am also looking forward to working with nature enthusiasts at the Museum and being able to share and receive new insights on Singapore’s rich natural history. With this experience of working behind the scenes at the museum, I feel that this will equip and further grow my knowledge in environmental outreach and to help people appreciate nature through these events.

What you can see happening in the next few months

I can see myself being very busy with planning for all the exciting and upcoming events such as the Festival of Biodiversity. Likewise, I will be regularly helping to post events, interesting and unique discoveries on the Museum’s social media platforms and blogs. I can see myself running around and being involved with nature walks and other outreach events such as Ubin Day and getting enthused with sharing to the wider community about protecting and treasuring our local natural heritage.



Internship position open

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum seeks a full-time intern to help organise volunteer outreach activities for 2016

Duties and responsibilities

You will assist with the administration, communication, and implementation of outreach events organised by the museum, including event planning, publicity efforts, and logistics support, and volunteer coordination.

They include, but are not restricted to, Love MacRitchie activities, LKCNHM gallery guiding, Ubin Day 2016, Festival of Biodiversity.

Skill sets requirements

The ideal candidate should be interested in nature and the environment in Singapore, and is comfortable interacting with members of the public.

Enthusiasm and the ability to work independently is a requirement, as is basic design skills, experience in web publishing, and familiarity with google docs.

Interview date: From 1 Feb 2016 (to be confirmed)

Internship Information

Duration: 6 months from commencement of position.

How to apply: Send your CV (inclusive of personal statement to) to Dr. Joelle Lai at by 29 January 2016.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for the interview.


Toddycats at Ubin Day! 

 Good morning everyone! This weekend is Ubin Day and the Toddycats are out at Pulau Ubin conducting outreach on marine and terrestrial biodiversity of Singapore.  Besides our booths, there are many activities available to every visitor, to experience the Ubin … Continue reading

Roundup of Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk

It was a rainy Saturday morning, but that did not dampen our spirits for the 21st Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk!

This year, the anniversary marks another momentous occasion. Sungei Buloh is now ever more accessible to visitors with the opening of the new Kranji extension.

To celebrate with Sungei Buloh, we hosted two activities – a show and tell booth at the new education centre, and an early mangrove walk.

For our early morning walks, 105 spots were filled up within two days of our email invitation to the NUS staff community!

It was great to see the first participant show up at 7 AM, 30 minutes ahead of our stipulated meeting time of 7:30AM. Most participants streamed in between then and 7:45 AM, and I was able to send the first group off with Siva at 7:25 AM, and subsequently, one group was flagged off with a guide every 5 minutes.


Guides Ivan, David, Adrian, Alvin and Oi Yee having a light moment before our participants arrive.

Alvin with the second group of the morning.

Alvin with the second group of the morning.


Chee Kong with his group on the main bridge.

Back at the new extension, things got busy with with our booth, with Tze Kwan and Weiting helping to keep a lookout and many enthusiastic Toddycats in attendance! MoS Desmond Lee graced the event and was ‘ambushed’ by Jhar, Audrey, Cherry, and Le Min, eager to share with him stories of mangrove critter!

It is a double celebration for us as Sungei Buloh and Otterman share the same birthday.

All in all. it was a great day out, despite the rainy weather. We will be back next year!

For more photos, see our flickr album!