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Sat 02 Oct 2004

'Useless' wastelands turn up wealth of animal life

Category : news

The Straits Times reports today that 'Associate Professor Peter Ng, Director of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, was recently singled out by the journal Nature for his ground-breaking work that has uncovered a wealth of animal life in habitats long neglected and dismissed as barren'

"'I hope that my work will paint a more complete picture of the diversity of animal life, so that conservation efforts can take these areas into account,' he said.

'Perhaps, in a small way, this research will change the perception of what has often been described as useless wasteland, and make people think twice before destroying it.

'At the very least, the excuse 'species poor' will no longer be a valid one.'"

Read "'Useless' wastelands turn up wealth of animal life," by Chang Ai-Lien. The Straits Times, 02 Oct 2004 [pdf].

This story is based on an editorial and an article published in the leading science journal, Nature on 22nd July this year. See the Raffles Museum news report of 23 July 2004

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Sat 02 Oct 2004

Yishun art students to illustrate Ridge plants

Category : education

Art students Wu Xian, Amy Chong, Jasmine Loke and Ng Ee Zhen from Yishun Junior College, accompanied by their art teacher, Ms Lee Chuen Ping, visited the Raffles Museum on 30th September 2004, to get acquainted with the plants of Kent Ridge.

This project hopes to improve the plant drawings in the handouts provided to the public during the Kent Ridge/Pasir Panjang Heritage Trail.

They were introduced to botanical drawings in the literature and went on a short field trip to examine the morphology of some of the common plants of Kent Ridge.

Their teacher, Ping, cycles to work on a foldable bike and is a Raffles Museum volunteer guide on the Pedal Ubin programme.

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Sat 02 Oct 2004

Visitors from LIPI Oceanography managing Pari Island

Category : visitors

Yeti Daramayati and colleagues from the Oecanography branch of the Indonesia's Institute of Sciences visited the Raffles Museum on 27-28 Sep 2004. They engaged in discussions with staff and students and studied the manner in which the collections are maintained, exhibitions are setup and public education programmes are conducted and managed. In the next two days, they also visited a few other places in Singapore including Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve.

Pari Island is part of the Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu) off Jakarta Bay in Indonesia. It is host to mangrove, coral reef, rocky shore, sandy beaches, coral rubble and coral reefs. Local communities have turned to seaweed farming in part of the islands, as a means of livelihood. Yeti and colleagues intend to setup a visitor education centre including exhibits, and strengthen the public education programmes and volunteer training at Pari Island, where they already have a marine centre.

We wish them every success in their efforts!

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