Home to rich array of flora and fauna (The Straits Times, Tuesday 12 June 2012)

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Home to rich array of flora and fauna

By Grace Chua

Pulau Semakau serves as Singapore’s landfill, but is also home to an array of rare plants and unusual animals.

The second edition of a book featuring the island’s flora and fauna was launched by the National Environment Agency on Saturday. Called Habitats in Harmony: The Story of Semakau Landfill, it features more creatures discovered on the island since the first edition in 2009.

Author Marcus Ng said it was no surprise that so many new species had been found, given the number of surveys carried out by volunteers on the island since 2009.

“What’s of interest personally is that the more we learn about the diversity of creatures found at Semakau landfill, the more we realise how little we know about them: their exact identity, ecological roles and habitat needs.”

The second edition of Habitats in Harmony is available at the agency’s customer service centre on level two of the Environment Building in Scotts Road. It is priced at $24.90.

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