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NUS Toddycats at the Festival of Biodiversity, 27-28 Jun 2015!

27 & 28 Jun 2015 – NUS Toddycats were out in full force at the Festival of Biodiversity – a team of 69 volunteers, doing eight shifts over two days engaged the public at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) and International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) booths at Vivocity from 10am to 10pm!

DAY 1 (27th June 2015)
At 7.30AM, the first shift of Toddycats arrived at Vivocity and in an hour, set up booths, put up posters and tables and arranged the carefully transported specimens from the museum.

The Festival was graced by MOS Desmond Lee, who launched the Marine Conservation Action Plan, to better protect Singapore’s marine ecosystems. After the Festival had been officially opened, Mr Lee walked around the Central Court to visit the booths!


The Specimen Transport Team at the LKCNHM Loading Bay


Toddycats engaging the crowd at the LKCNHM booth


Teaching children about Singapore’s amazing marine biodiversity!


One of the Toddycats sharing storis with MOS Desmond Lee about plant specimens.

After the official opening, the crowd continued to visit the booths. Toddycats regaled the public with stories about the specimens and answered questions.


The Common Palm Civet Intern, Claudia Ang, with the juvenile Civet specimen.

The Toddycats also had two Bug Boxes on display, to highlight bugs of Singapore and fascinating visitors with stories!


Bugs are cool!

At the end of Day 1, as we packed up, some Toddycats were still going strong after 12 hours!


Sofina Ng talks about the baby dugong to a visitor even as the specimens are being packed away!

Day 2 began with fresh faces arriving to help set-up! Re-energized, the volunteers continued to engage the public. The crowd was large and relentless. Many families and groups approached us with pertinent questions about Singapore’s biodiversity.


The crowd was relentless, but the Toddycats were up to the challenge!

Once again, volunteers were excited to share stories about wildlife in Singapore. Toddycats were also selling tickets for the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium IV.


Lynn Ng, the Toddycats-SG50 Intern manning the BoSS IV Booth!

Many people who were interested to find out more about recent happenings in Singapore’s Green Scene came by to buy tickets, and we look forward to seeing them at the event in a month’s time!

Toddycat volunteers themselves loved the specimens and displays.


Alvin Wong posing with the Bug Box!


Erin Tan, holding the massive fruit cluster of the Nipah Palm!

The Festival of Biodiversity was also an opportunity for Toddycats to meet up which one another again.


A Toddycats reunion!

At the end of the Day 2, the remaining volunteers packed up the specimens and took stock. But not before arming ourselves with a favourite specimen for a group photo.


NUS Toddycats have been active participants of the annual Festival of Biodiversity. Although always exhausting, it is one of the most meaningful outreach efforts we are part of. We certainly look forward to the Festival of Biodiversity 2016!

Festival of Biodiversity Training!


Many volunteers, raring to go!

20 June 2015 – In preparation for the massive outreach operation which is the Festival of Biodiversity @ Vivocity NUS Toddycats conducted a training session for exhibition guides at the Learning Lab @ Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. Specimens for the training were brought out and distributed to the various stations of Freshwater, Marine and Mangrove ecosystem, Herptiles, Mammals and Insects.

Once the more than 70 volunteers were present, Joelle Lai introduced volunteers to the Festival, our operational procedure and introduced the trainers.


Joelle Lai introducing the Festival

Volunteers joined their station of interest and examined individual specimens, were taught how to share information about it with the general public queries and asked questions. Each volunteer was trained to handle two stations.

After a sumptuous lunch, volunteers tried speaking about a specimen each to the audience of fellow guides and received feedback from trainers about accuracy and technique.


Time to put what they learnt to the test.

See, feel & experience biodiversity at Festival of Biodiversity

The long wait is almost over! The first ever Festival of Biodiversity is happening this weekend, on 26 & 27 May 2012 at the Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, from 9am to 6pm. The Raffles Museum Toddycats have spent a fruitful evening preparing hard for this event, and now it’s your chance to come down to show us your support and learn more about Singapore’s fascinating biodiversity!

If you still have no inkling of what to expect at the Festival of Biodiversity,  this post will bring you a sneak preview of one of the most prominent and important exhibition booth – the Raffles Museum Toddycats booth! With a myriad of over 50 specimens on display, ranging from rarely-exhibited birds such as the collared kingfisher, barn owl and white-breasted waterhen to mammals such as the baby dugong, a pangolin and a taxidermized leopard cat, you will certainly be awed! Other interesting specimens such as the small-clawed otter, crabs and fishes will also come under the limelight during the festival.

Wondering what these are? Then check out our booth during the festival!

Our signature specimens are waiting to welcome you at the Festival of Biodiversity!

The training session this evening has successfully equipped our volunteers with  information on not only our specimens, but also on the general history of the Raffles Museum Toddycats! and other Toddycats activities, to better engage the public this weekend. So come on down to listen to what we have to share!

Our experienced Toddycat volunteer Oi Yee giving her take on specimens!

Our bird enthusiast, David sharing his insights on birds in Singapore

Besides our amazing array of specimens, there will be a line-up of exciting activities during the event, suitable for families and nature enthusiasts. Check out the Festival of Biodiversity blog and sneak video of “Singapore Got Wildlife, Meh?”. So what are you waiting for, do not miss out on this weekend’s nature bonanza! We look forward to seeing you at the Festival of Biodiversity!

Come join us at the Festival of Biodiversity (26 & 27 May 2012)

Calling all nature lovers! Whether you are an avid animal or plant enthusiast, or simply looking for an enriching way to spend the weekends with your family, you are in for a fabulous treat! Next weekend, the inaugural Festival of Biodiversity will bring you a whole line-up of exciting programmes and activities that feature the best of Singapore’s biodiversity.

The Festival of Biodiversity will be held at the Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens on 26 & 27 May 2012 from 9.00am to 6.00pm.  This event marks a major milestone for biodiversity conservation in Singapore and is jointly organized by NParks and the Biodiversity Roundtable. The theme of this event is to create awareness and promote efforts in conserving and enhancing our local biodiversity.

© 2012 NParks

You may not be aware that Singapore is home to more than 400 species of marine fishes, 250 species of hard corals,  as well as native species such as the smooth-coated otter and the banded leaf monkey. Fret not, as the line-up of programmes are certainly able to facilitate your learning journey of Singapore’s rich biodiversity!

There will be a myriad of activities targeted at different age groups during the festival. Families can revel in the plethora of specimens and informative exhibits featured at more than 14 interactive booths set up by schools, corporate groups, non-governmental organisations, nature-interest groups, volunteers and public agencies. Besides the wealth of information displayed at the booths, children can also participate by exercising their creativity at the various hands-on art and craft workshops such as painting and creating origami animals or their very own bookmarks! Alternatively, they can find joy by listening to the wonderful  stories of “The Giving Tree”, “The Lorax” and more at the storytelling sessions. These eye-opening activities will certainly leave you and your family enthralled.

Let your children’s creative juices and imagination flow at the Art and Craft Workshops.

The fun continues at the Function Hall as a wide range of talks, featuring unusual topics, such as animal forensics and biodiversity iPhone applications, are open to you! The ‘Conserving our Biodiversity’ Symposium also promises a deeply insightful experience. This symposium will take place from 9.00am to 12 noon at the Function Hall of the Botany Centre and is ideal for school teachers, principals, community leaders, corporate groups and NGOs. Alternatively, you can attend the various thrilling film screening sessions to broaden your perspectives of the importance of biodiversity conservation.

Enjoy “The Return of the King”, a film featuring the return of the Oriental Pied Hornbills to our urban landscape.

Interested in wildlife photography? Then rejoice at the sight of flora and fauna as you explore the guided rainforest tour or simply visit the “BiodiverCity” Photography Exhibition.

With so many exciting activities in store for all at the festival, the event is not to be missed! By participating in the vivacious festival, you will be rewarded with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Singapore’s rich biodiversity, its benefits and relevance to us in Singapore. So join us this weekend at the Festival of Biodiversity; we look forward to seeing you!

Getting to the Botany Centre at Singapore Botanic Gardens

Map of Singapore Botanic Gardens © 2012 NParks
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By Foot:
Entrance to the Gardens is easy through the Gardens’ major entrances: Tanglin Gate, Burkill Gate, Nassim Gate and Cluny Park Gate, and through the Bukit Timah Entrance.

By Car:
Car Parking Facilities are available at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Centre, Bukit Timah Car Park at Bukit Timah Core, Botany Centre, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and Public Parking along Tyersall Avenue.

For more information on the Festival of Biodiversity, please visit:
http://festivalofbiodiversitysingapore.wordpress.com/ or