Participating Faculty: Philip Johns and Taylor Sloey
Project Duration: Wednesday, 26 September to Saturday, 6 October
Photo Credit: Alvin CH Tan
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.
|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|