Some leads for journalists and students new to the topics I am involved with .

Wildlife in Singapore
Public education about wildlife in Singapore, citizen science contributions to wildlife observations and human-wildlife coexistence (without conflict) is possible though the adoption of scientific management and investment of effort from all stakeholders.

  • “Where Singapore’s Wild Things Are,” The Straits Times Digital Team, 14 Apr 2017. [link]
  • Recruiting animal records
    • “Flurry of sightings of tropical swallowtail moth in Singapore,” by David Ee. The Straits Times, 22 May 2014. Nearly 800 sightings of tropical swallowtail moth reported online [link]
    • “What citizen science opportunities are available for environmentalists in Singapore?” 04 Mar 2017 [link]
  • “Don’t let humans be the death of nature,” by Audrey Tan, The Straits Times, 26 May 2016. Otter pup with fish hook highlights need for regulation, education and volunteers’ help.. [link]
  • “Culling of chickens: Base animal management policies on science,” by Audrey Tan, The Straits Times, 16 Feb 2017. The outcry over the Sin Ming chicken culling shows the need for a more humane, scientific approach to solving human-wildlife conflicts. [link]
  • “AVA to place signs alerting motorists about animals,” by Melody Zaccheus. The Straits Times, 30 Sep 2017. Move comes after two road accidents caused by wild boars over past two days. [link]
  • Biodiversity Friends Forum – “New six-month programme will promote co-existence between humans and wildlife,” by Audrey Tan. The Straits Times, 11 Jan 2018. [link; also this]

EIA engagement consultation with developers
There is no EIA law in Singapore but there is increasing engagement with wildlife experts or “nature groups” representatives who advise on mitigation.

  • Cross Island Line (LTA)
    • View the article list at Love Our MacRitchie Forest webpage]
    • Most recently, “Animal sightings alone not enough to gauge impact on their well-being,” by Darren Chan Keng Leong. Today, 11 Jun 2018 [link]
    • “Protect our environmental reserves like fiscal reserves,” by Geh Min. The Straits Times, 30 Jan 2018. [link]
  • Mandai Rainforest Safari Park (Mandai Park Holdings (MPH))
    • “Mandai area roadkill: Developer takes protective measures but wildlife experts call for more,” by Fann Sim. Channel News Asia, 22 Jun 2018. [link]
    • “Pregnant wild boar killed in BKE accident involving 3 cars,” by Deepanraj Ganesan & Jose Hong. The Straits Times, 23 Jun 2018 [link]
  • Solar panels in reservoirs (PUB)
    • “PUB studying clean energy solutions from blue spaces.” Media release, 29 Nov 2017 [ link]
    • “PUB eyeing two more reservoirs to harness solar power,” by Audrey Tan. The Straits Times, 01 May 2018. PUB eyeing two more reservoirs to harness solar power. [link]

Mangroves, marine environment and marine trash
Marine conservation includes advocacy for protection of a site, action and research into the impact of marine trash and protection of endangered species.

  • Mandai mangrove and mudflats
    • See webpage links here
    • “Calls to save Mandai site that’s rich in biodiversity,” by Grace Chua. The Straits Times, 07 Oct 2013 [link]
  • Turtle conservation
    • “Beaches here vital to turtles’ survival,” by Lin Yangchen. The Straits Times, 29 May 2016. [link]
  • Coastal cleanups
    • Visit the ICCS webpage, blog and fb page]
    • “Tanah Merah beach cleaning drive turns up 500kg of waste,” by Liyana Othman. Channel News Asia, 18 Sep 2016 [link]
    • “888kg of rubbish cleared during mangrove clean-up on 8th day of Chinese New Year.” by Zhaki Abdullah. The Straits Times, 04 Feb 2017. [link; also 05 Feb 2017]
    • “Wong Li Lin leaving Public Hygiene Council post after less than a year,” by Ervin Tan. The Straits Times, 28 Apr 2018. (I.e. PHC will not be corporatising as hoped) [link]
  • Marine Debris research
    • Visit the project page
    • “Two studies launched to monitor marine trash in Singapore,” by Kelly Ng, Today, 21 Oct 2017 [link]

Otters in Singapore

Articles with a holistic perspective

  • “Singapore is role model for how otters and people can co-exist: International expert,” by Toh ting Wei. The Straits Times, 22 Sep 2018 (Interview with IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group Chair Dr Nicole Duplaix) [link].
  • “A tale of two otters: settling in Singapore, suffering in China,” by Joshua Parfitt. Mongabay, 07 Feb 2018 [link]
  • “Can Singapore’s growing otter population continue to thrive in an urban landscape?” By Monica Kotwani, Channel News Asia, 02 Jul 2017. [link]
  • “New litter of pups in Bishan otter family brings total number of otters in Singapore to over 60” by Lydia Lam. The Straits Times, 28 Nov 2017. [link]
  • “Mad about otters: Enthusiasts look out for charming animals,” by Lea Wee. The Straits Times, 24 Jul 2016. A community of enthusiasts look out for, and watch over, the charming animals. [link]

Greening (and blueing) of Singapore – holistic aspects for the return o the otters to Singapore):

  • “Lee Kuan Yew: The man who guided Singapore from slum to eco-city,” by Jessica Cheam. Eco-business, 25 March 2015 [link]
  • “The cleaning up of Singapore River and Kallang Basin (1977-1987),” blog post, 23 Sep 2012. [link]

Celebratory videos with story summaries

  • Singapore 50th National Day (by Jeff Teo et al) [link]
  • Singapore 51st National Day (by Jeff Teo) [link] [coverage in The Straits Times]

Video stories of Otter Working Group projects

  • “Going Home” – return of otter cub Toby to his Marina family (video by Fast Snail aka Chun Kit Soo [link]
  • “Free Aquarius” – capture, treatment and release of a young otter with a constricting “O-ring” around its body. (Video produced by Jeffrey Teo et al.) [link] [The Straits Times article]

Other resources:

  • Map of Singapore with main populations identified in Otter of Singapore (2015) [link]
  • Otter Watch Singapore fb page – reports of otters in Singapore [link]
  • Otter City Singapore – reports by citizen-otterwatchers who track populations of otters [link]
  • Videos by Fast Snail aka Chun Kit Soo chronicling smooth-coated otter behaviour [link]
  • Advisory on smooth-coated otters in Singapore [NParks]