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Tue 07 Mar 2006

Rob Stuebing's in town

Category : visitors

Rob who (this time) hails from Grand Perfect Sdn. Bhd. in Sarawak is in town to renew an MOU with NUS' Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research for inventories of terrestrial and aquatic fauna for conservation management. Business aside, it was also a chance to catchup with old friends and plot for more projects!

L-R: A really tired Rob Stuebing and the lads who helped tire him out, Peter Ng (mainly) and N. Sivasothi. Photo by Wang Luan Keng.

Rob and colleagues published a paper about the false gharial in the recent issue of The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology and he was telling us how he has seen just one of those elusive gharials in the wild, and he even discounted that sole sighting.

The paper is based on museum records that allowed the authors to plot this very interesting map:

See: R. B. Stuebing, M. R. Bezuijen, M. Auliya & H. K. Voris, 2006. The current and historic distribution of Tomistoma schlegelii (The False Gharial) (M┘ller, 1838) (Crocodylia, Reptilia). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 54(1): 181-197. Downlaod the pdf here.

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Tue 07 Mar 2006

First Semakau Landfill walk in 2006

Category : education

04 Mar 2006 - Raffles Museum conducted the first Semakau landfill and intertidal walk for 2006 in the morning.

This time it was 38 participants from the HSBC Green Volunteers. These guides-in-training for Chek Jawa all turned up on time at 7.30am at West Coast Pier. They were very eager to explore the shore and well prepared for the trip, armed with booties and insect repellant!

Five Semakau volunteer guides (Ria, Ron, Chay Hoon, Elaine and Kah Chine) conducted the intertidal walk and gave the participants pointers on the guiding techniques. Some of the participants had a keen eye for the well hidden, inconspicuous creatures, and that was encouraging to see in budding guides.

The always helpful and friendly NEA staff (Shawn, Patrick, Peter and Yew) conducted the landfill tour and slide presentation with their usual enthusiatism. At the end of the day, the participants discovered for themselves that the offshore landfill island, Pulau Semakau is not dead, smelly, dirty as they thought it would be. Instead, it is a beautiful island, with mature mangroves and a vast inter-tidal area.

Here's what some participants said:

"The part of the walk I like best was the close contact with nature."

"The most interesting thing I learnt today is that nature and landfill co-exists. A landfill island can be scenic."

"Semakau is unique with its wide area of seagrass and its blue water beyond."

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