About the Toddycats – a still useful newsletter article from 2005

I edited the “About” page of the Toddycats blog recently and realised we have a description about the group in the short-lived RMBR newsletter in 2005, eleven years ago.

The article describes the explosive start of the new identity (previously The Habitat Group) with guiding at the then new Public Gallery in 2001, various heritage and nature trails exiting and new, training workshops and the first Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium (2003).

It is a useful two pages to send to prospective volunteers at the programmes are still active in one form or another.

The other articles are pretty interesting to, and you can click to read the pdf.

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Discover nature in Singapore! Fun and games @ Festival of Biodiversity – 3rd/4th Sep 2016, Eco Lake Lawn (near SBG MRT)

Discover Singapore’s biodiversity at the Festival of Biodiversity this Saturday and Sunday (3rd & 4th September 2016) at the Eco Lake Lawn, Singapore Botanic Gardens (near the MRT).

NUS Toddycats @ FoB 2015
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The many groups who will welcome you at FoB2016
FoB2016 contributing groups

Many fresh faces from NUS Toddycats, Otter Watch, Common Palm Civets and International Coastal Cleanup Singapore trained together to present specimens, exhibits and engage the public with stories and activities.

It will be an invigorating and educational two days fuelled by enthusiastic volunteer guides from the many nature and environment groups and NParks – this visit will plug you into the active world of biodiversity research, education and conservation in Singapore.

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This Festival was conceived in 2012 by the Biodiversity Roundtable with the intent to provide a showcase of Singapore’s Biodiversity and to offer an opportunity for the public to engage with the many groups active in Singapore.

How to get there:

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There will be exhibitions, free indoor and outdoor activities at the festival!

Click for details

Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital want to set another world record

Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KK) were inadvertent record-breakers in 1966:

“In 1966, Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) or KK as it was popularly referred to, saw 39,856 deliveries and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest number of births in a single maternity facility anywhere in the world!

Then, “more than 85 percent of all births in Singapore took place in KKH, where over 100 babies were delivered daily.”

KK held the record until 1976.

The same year, “the National Family Planning Campaign was launched to curb a projected population boom. The new “Stop At Two” (children) policy’s slogan was “Girl or Boy — Two is enough”.”

“The campaign was so successful that the Government later realized that Singapore would not be able to replace its population in a generation. In 1986, the campaign tack and the slogan became “Have three or more, if you can afford it”.”

– “The record-breaking Kandang Kerbau Hospital babies of 1966!”

Half a century later, KK or KKH as they refer to themselves now, are attempting a second, and this time intentional, record-breaking reunion – all kerbaus are invited to “Born in KKH – A Celebration of Singapore, Family Life and a Healthy Lifestyle” on Sun 16 Oc 2016: 8.30am @ Bishan Stadium.

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See the webpage for more. If you are attempting the record, there are details to take note of such as having copy of your BC, a QR code as well as your NRIC on the day.

Are you a kerbau?

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“Rochor River flowing between Sungei Road and Rochor Canal Road. Buffaloes, as seen bathing in river in the picture, were kept by the local Indian community in the area, which was how the name of nearby Kandang Kerbau or “buffalo pen” came about” – description and photo from National Archives of Singapore

Zendogs riding again, cautiously

It’s not the Olympics but a cautious 25km during Car Free Day is a nice way to restart our Zendogs rides. This ride was entirely on empty roads and PCNs. Got to shake off the flu and tackle longer distances once again in more remote parts of Singapore. Our rides have been a great way to recce field sites for teaching, research and coastal cleanups.

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Zendogs: Airani, Kenneth, Joelle, Otterman, Kevin