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The programmes and events of the 22-year old NUS Toddycats programme (video booth for the Festival of Biodiversity 2021)

The slide deck was screened at the NUS Toddycats booth at the Festival of Biodiversity, 25 & 26 Sep 2021. It summarises the programmes and events of the 22-year old nature and environment group. Read about NUS Toddycats at

Thanks to Airani, Shirlene, Weiting & Otterman!

What have NUS Toddycats been up to? Mangrove cleanups, habitat enhancement, workshops and talks!

What have NUS Toddycats been up to? We’ve been busy with 20 small group or online events over these past three months!

In the second quarter of Jul – Sep 2021, we were online until distancing measures eased to allow field work in groups of five. Then  we could resumed small group action. And so, over the three months, we conducted:

  • three mangrove cleanups at Lim Chu Kang,
  • five habitat enhancement events at Kranji Coastal Nature Park,
  • four workshops on biodiversity and marine debris,
  • seven talks/panel sessions online and
  • we will be at the Festival of Biodiversity alongside other nature groups this weekend!



We formed a member’s Telegram channel for notification of events as field events have limited spaces, so are advertising less publicly. To get involved, join us!

For a visual impression of what w get up to, see #nustoddyats on Instagram. Visit our Facebook page at for news of events by us and our friends too!


Festival of Biodiversity 25 & 26 September 2021 @ SBG!

The Festival of Biodiversity is anchored by a physical exhibition et up at the Botany Center in Singapore Botany Gardens (at the Tanglin entrance), and is a good way to learn about the various nature programmes offered by National Parks Boards and nature groups who are part of the Biodiversity Roundtable. 

NUS Toddycats is a founding member for this festival which was first launched in 2012, and we will set up a static booth there for the weekend.  It will be unmanned due to pandemic mitigation but will be part of a series of informative booths to learn about nature programmes in Singapore. Screenshot 1839

Nature webinars by NUS Toddycats and nature groups during the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) COVID-19 mitigation in Singapore!

Emerging from the exams, we were all ready to embark on mangrove clean ups and ecosystem restoration activities but everything came to a grinding halt when COVID-19 pandemic reasserted itself. So folks in Singapore are hunkered down under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

Catch up on a host of informative talks about conservation of biodiversity, long-tailed macaques, seed dispersers and smooth-coated otters during this period, leading up to World Environment Day.

Thu 20 May 2021: 7.00pm – Dr Ng Ngan Kee on biodiversity and sustainability [NLB Human X Nature series] » [Registration Link

Sat 22 May 2021: 10.00am – Chanelle Lim & Sabrina Jabbar of the Long-Tailed Macaque Working Group on “Long-tailed Macaques in Our City in Nature” [NParks City in Nature series] » [Registration Link]

Sat 22 May 2021: 2:00pm – Follow the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Team in real life with the legendary Anbu, ACRES’ co-CEO! 
80 calls a day, one van, one hand phone, two power pax; unpredictability, patience, a lot of awareness raising, gentle and firm handling of the distressed wildlife, rain or shine, finding time to take a water break and all of it. Join Anbu, our Co-CEO as she follows our two wildlife rescue officers in action, island-wide. [No registration required; watch at @eyesofacres on Instagram]

Wed 26 May 2021: 10:30am to 12.00pm Taking action for animals
Know of individuals who want to take action for the animals, but do not know how? Hear from Dr Jaipal Singh, Executive Director of SPCA Singapore and Ms Anbu, Co-CEO of ACRES on their journey, but most importantly they will answer questions specifically on how an individual can take action for the animals. [No registration required; watch at ACRESasia on Facebook]

Thu 27 May 2021: 5.00pm – Paul Yoxon, Padma De Silva and N. Sivasothi on global, Asian and Singapore otters [World Otter Day celebrations with Malaysian Nature Society]; » [Registration Link]

Sat, 29 May | 11am – 12pm – Benkamin Lee & Fung Tze Kwan on Canopy Creatures: Native Wildlife Sustaining our Forests [OneMillionTrees Webinar] » [Registration Link]

Sat 05 Jun 2021: 10.00am – Sivasothi on his research adventures with otters and mangroves at the Department of Zoology from the 1990’s to the present day Department of Biological Sciences with his research undergraduates [DBS Alumni & student series] » [Registration Link]


More events lined up for ACRES’s 20th anniversary can be found at:
[8:28 AM, 5/20/2021] Anbu Anbarasi Boopal: Thank you Siva 🙏🙏

Join us for our NUS Toddycats activities in May – July 2021

Hello everyone,

We have been busy supporting the Biodiversity Friends Forum in unrolling the Biodiversity Challenge 2021, and we got little busy during the semester. And now we have begun planning for several programmes:

  1. Ecosystem Restoration – Team Leaders are needed for soil prep, tree-planting, sapling protection and monitoring. Training provided.
  2. Mangrove cleanups – Team Leaders are needed for supervising mangrove cleanups. Training provided.
  3. Festival of Biodiversity – Team members wanted for communicating about conservation with members of public at an exhibition and guided walks. Training provided. 

Each project involves a 3-hour of training and then you get deployed to three events of 3-hours each. You are welcome to do more of course! 

We will conduct a briefing in mid-May, after undergraduate exams. If you are keen to get involved, let us know here!

See you soon!