The Sundarbans is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world which covers parts of India and Bangladesh by NASA

I love mangroves.

The Sundarbans is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world which covers parts of India and Bangladesh by NASA

I love mangroves.

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Jellies are amazing. Monochrome is so apt in this capture. Dramaticscapes.

Jellies are amazing. Monochrome is so apt in this capture. Dramaticscapes.

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"An impala sprinting across the Savannah can be reduced to biomechanics, and Bach can be reduced to counterpoint, yet that does not decrease one iota our ability to shiver as we experience impalas leaping or Bach thundering. We can only gain and grow with each discovery that there is structure underlying the most accessible levels of things that fill us with awe."

Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky on science and wonder (via explore-blog)

Watch his lectures on “Intro to Human Behavioural Biology” on YouTube.  

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A day in the life.

Hi, I am  _______ from  _______. I am writing to you to request photos of the squirrel habitat (how the squirrels live) in ACRES. We need it urgently for a project that we are currently working on. We hope that we can receive the photos as soon as possible.

Thank you for your help. :)

Hi _______,

Thank you for your patience.

From my understanding over the brief phone call with your mother, you require a photograph of the squirrel habitat in ACRES. Are you referring to the clay models of some animals that you’ve seen during your visit to the Outdoor Conservation Classroom at ACRES? If so, we regret to inform you that the squirrel’s habitat is not featured.

To start you off in your search for squirrel photos, perhaps it is better if we began with a common understanding of what ‘habitat’ means. A habitat is the place where the organism or a biological population lives and also, an environment where the organism is most likely to be found.

In Singapore, there are more than one species of squirrels. They are, from the most commonly observed to the rarer sightings/almost extinct, the plantain squirrel (Callosciurus notatus), the slender squirrel (Sundasciurus tenuis), the variable squirrel (Callosciurus finlaysoni), the shrew-faced squirrel (Rhinosciurus laticaudatus), the red-cheeked flying squirrel (Hylopetes spadiceus), the cream-coloured giant squirrel (Ratufa affinis) and the red giant flying squirrel (Petaurista petaurista). For more trivia on these squirrel species, do check out this blog post on Lazy Lizard Tales by Ivan Kwan.

Here, I will focus just on the common Plantain squirrel.

Plantain squirrels are common, as they are much more adaptable and less shy than their squirrel relatives. As such, plantain squirrels’ habitat range is relatively extensive. It ranges from primary/secondary forests, to mangroves, man-made gardens, and even urbanised areas! In a recent local study (Elizabeth Anne Devan, 2010), it was stated that “The squirrels were observed in a variety of habitats, though they were invariably found near trees. There appeared to be no preference for the location of trees, and the squirrels were found near main roads and buildings, as well as more isolated areas.”

In short, it means that Plantain squirrels can be found to roam almost anywhere, in the context of Singapore (see last paragraph,, and so cover a relatively extensive range of habitats (terrestrial forests, man-made gardens/parks, housing estates, etc.), and are arboreal (frequenting trees; mostly above ground) creatures.

You may source for photos on Nature blogs but please approach the author for permission before using them, unless stated otherwise on their websites. Here are some that I have found:

From The Tide Chaser From Ecology Asia From IYBC Singapore From Nature Spies From WildSingapore  From The Annotated Budak

Unfortunately, I do not have a clear idea of the project you have been doing, nor am I aware of the academic exercise that you’re trying to complete. I did ask my colleague who attended to you at the beginning of this year and she does recall attending to you during your visit to ACRES. However, she did not receive any updates on the squirrel project that you have been pursuing. As such, we seek your understanding, that the squirrel project is an initiative independent of ACRES and that we have not received any proposal and so cannot endorse the process.

In any case, I hope the information in this email is of help to you. If you have any other queries, feel free to ask me. Do attach your presentation slides/documents in the email too, so that I can better understand your project and frame my answers more specifically to your questions.

Have a good weekend!


(I hope I didn’t give wrong information. :s)

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