Spent yesterday occupied with (and also recuperating after) Day 3 of Wow Wild West! Despite the haze, many visitors still made their way down and learnt about the reptiles, amphibians, fishes and crustaceans of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Participants who signed up for the Guided Walks managed to spot various creatures, including Tree-climbing Crabs and Face-banded Crabs, Giant Mudskippers, Stripe-nosed Halfbeaks, Common Snakeheads, Changeable Lizards, an Oriental Whip Snake, and of course, the impressive Malayan Water Monitors and Estuarine Crocodiles. Kudos to all my colleagues for their hard work in making this a success, and to all the volunteers, visitors and participants for their support. More information about the final installment of the series later in the week!

Here are some photos of carcasses of reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and crustaceans known to live in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

TOP ROW
Left: Crab-eating Frog (Fejervarya cancrivora) @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Centre: Common Snakehead (Channa striata) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Right: Orange Mud Crab (Scylla olivacea) @ Pulau Sekudu

MIDDLE ROW:
Left: Stripe-nosed Halfbeak (Zenarchopterus buffonis) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Centre: Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) @ Lim Chu Kang
Right: Common Asian Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) @ Sungei Tengah

BOTTOM ROW:
Left: Purple Tree-climbing Crab (Episesarma versicolor) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Centre: Milkfish (Chanos chanos) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Right: Paradise Tree Snake (Chrysopelea paradisi) @ Neo Tiew Crescent

Apologies for the lack of updates yesterday, but I was busy with (and also recuperating after) Day 2 of Wow Wild West! Many of the visitors learnt about the birds of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, and we managed to get a close look at various species, from Pink-necked Green Pigeons and Ashy Tailorbirds, to Little Egrets and White-bellied Sea Eagles. Kudos to all my colleagues for their hard work in making this a success, all the visitors and participants for their support, and special thanks to s0undasleep for attending the morning guided walk and gamely taking part in some of the activities as well. I’ll share more information about the next in the series later in the week!

Here are some photos of bird carcasses found within and around Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Top Left: Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) @ Kranji
Top Right: White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) @ Kranji
Bottom Left: Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Bottom Right: Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Apologies for the lack of updates over the weekend, but I was busy with (and also recuperating after) Day 1 of Wow Wild West! Many of the visitors learnt about the mammals of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, and while they didn’t really get to see that many mammals on the guided walk (besides a fleeting glimpse of a squirrel and some roosting fruit bats), they did find out more about some of the species found in the reserve, as well as the signs that we can use as clues to their presence. Kudos to all my colleagues for their hard work in making this a success, and thanks to s0undasleep for showing her support by attending the activities as well. Stay tuned for information about the next 3 installments!

Here are some photos of mammals that can be found in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Note that not all of these carcasses were found within Sungei Buloh, just that they belong to species known to be present in the area.

Top Left: Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) @ Simei (Photo by Riane Brittany Francisco)
Top Right: Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) @ Kranji Way (Photo by Bari Mohamed)
Bottom Left: Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus) @ Neo Tiew Crescent
Bottom Right: Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) @ Lower Peirce

Making plans for this weekend? Not sure where to bring your family? Take them out to the Wow Wild West! A celebration of the wildlife of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, taking place over four Saturdays from 29th August to 19th September, we’ve got plenty of activities for our visitors. Each weekend has a different theme, focusing on a different group of animals – the first one happening tomorrow will be about the mammals of Sungei Buloh, from adorable otters to inquisitive squirrels, from elusive wild boar to curious macaques, and a variety of other wild and furry critters.

Experience nature with our guided walks in the nature reserve, led by yours truly. Find out more about some of our fascinating fauna with a series of talks. Learn about some of the methods used to study wildlife, and get hands-on experience through the wildlife workshops. Go wild at our very special photobooth, come up with your own captions for some photos of wildlife, or have your photo taken by motion-triggered camera traps while pretending to be a wild animal in the forest! Make bookmarks and badges, have your face and hands painted, and more!

Join us tomorrow at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Visitor Centre, 60 Kranji Way, S(739453), from 9am to 3pm. If you can’t make it tomorrow, hope you can still come down for any of the other 3 weekends, and what’s more, you still have a chance to sign up for the walks and workshops taking place on those dates. See you at Wow Wild West!