Week 7 LAB Projects 2018

Urban Wildlife in Singapore

Participating Faculty: Philip Johns and Taylor Sloey

Project Duration: Wednesday, 26 September to Saturday, 6 October

Photo Credit: Alvin CH Tan


Course Summary:

The world is growing ever more urban. Well over half of the world’s population now lives in cities or urban areas. Yet wildlife persists and even thrives in densely populated urban areas. And here wildlife can include large animals, including large carnivores: leopards live on the edge of Mumbai, lions skirt the edges of Nairobi, and mountain lions wander the hills of Los Angeles. Urban wildlife in Southeast Asia is especially interesting because the region includes large human populations yet also encompasses several biodiversity hotspots. Singapore is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, but it has a reputation as a green city. Here we explore issues of urban wildlife and animal diversity in and around Singapore.

In this LAB we address issues related to urban fauna and biological diversity, including what influences urban wildlife, what kinds of human-animal conflict exists, and the relationship between urban animals and their environments. Fundamental to this LAB is the question: What is wildlife? Are snakes? Are insects? Are rats? Why or why not? How wild are animals we find in cities anyway? We will observe and measure a number of aspects related to urban wildlife, including going bird and otter watching, and observe some native fauna of Singapore that are rare.

Partner Organisations:

Wildlife Reserves of Singapore Nature Society of Singapore
ACRES Nature Photographic Society of Singapore
AVA Entomological Network of Singapore
NParks NUS Cat Café
DBS NUS Clare Clement & Beachhouse films
OtterWatch Andie Ang and the Singapore Jane Goodall Society
Bird Ecology Study Group
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