A group of 16 Education Officers from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Peninsular Malaysia visited the RMBR on 19 Aug 2009. In Singapore from 18 to 20 Aug 2009 to observe and learn the various conservation education programmes in NParks and other institutions, the group had a whirlwind tour of Singapore’s well-known nature spots – Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Pulau Ubin (Chek Jawa), Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and The Botanic Gardens.
For the museum stop, the group was regaled with tales of Singapore’s ‘wild past’ by Siva, an instructor with the Department of Biological Sciences and coordinator of Toddycats, a group of nature and environment volunteers with the museum, during the Gallery tour. They were then taken on a tour of the wet and dry collection areas, where they saw specimens not on display to the public.
After a short coffee break, Siva shared with the group his many years’ of experience in organising outreach programmes, spiced up with humorous anecdotes.
We hope our Malaysian visitors enjoyed the visit and that they had an enjoyable and fruitful trip to Singapore.
Siva bringing the DWNP visitors on a tour round the RMBR Public Gallery.
The visitors were shown a colugo specimen in the collections area.
The visit wrapped up with a briefing on the museum’s outreach efforts.
[All photographs by FY]