Amanda is looking for the Red Jungle Fowl, help her find some chickens!

Amanda Tan is compiling records of Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus) sightings in Singapore. The bird isn’t always highlighted when seen and layman may not know the relevance of their sightings. So to prod them along, she has turned to Habitatnews to get the word out that she is on the hunt of the Red Jungle Fowl in Singapore!

Habitatnews - Amanda

You can send her records via the “Habitatnews: Records of Singapore’s fauna and flora” form at Pictures would be very helpful; please email her photos at

For help with differentiating the Red Jungle Fowl from the domestic chicken, see the Habitatnews entry.


Andie Ang receives inaugural grant from the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund

Congratulations to Andie Ang on her award of the inaugural grant from the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF)!

Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund


Our intrepid monkey-chaser recently completed her Master’s thesis on the banded leaf monkeys in Singapore, after two  grueling years of following monkeys through swamps, forest vines and dense undergrowth.

Much of her results (including exclusive videoclips of monkeys going through their daily routines) can be found regularly updated here and the latest findings from her thesis on the reproduction and infant development of the monkeys are now available in the latest issue of Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.

Banded Leaf Monkey Research@NUS


This WRSCF grant will support her continued efforts to investigate population changes and feeding ecology of the local population of banded leaf monkeys for an additional year. This will yield important information on their reproduction and genetics, which will help in their conservation in Singapore.

Way to go, Andie!

Job offer: PR and Outreach Officer @ Raffles Museum (deadline: 15 Sep 2010)

Public Relations and Outreach Officer
@ the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS
Posted: 01 Sep 2010; Deadline: 15 Sep 2010


The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR), Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore is seeking a Public Relations and Outreach Officer with the following job specifications as below.

With the museum set to grow significantly in the next few years with the new building to be constructed by 2014, there is corresponding potential for significant career advancement.

Job designation: Public Relations and Outreach Officer

  • Official NUS designation: Management Assistant Officer (diploma holder) or Executive (degree holder)
  • Salary: Consistent with qualifications and experience, as determined by the Office of Human Resources, NUS
  • Qualifications: Polytechnic diploma, or bachelor’s or Honours degree, in communications and media management or related fields, biology related fields, and relevant experience in public relations and/or public education.
  • Being a nature lover, possessing good interpersonal and organizational skills, and being able to write and speak English well would be advantageous.
  • Contract: Yearly, until conferred permanence (retirement at 62 years of age)
  • Main role: Handle public relations affairs and outreach for the RMBR.
  • Specific duties:
    1. To handle public enquiries on the museum
    2. To coordinate outreach activities for the museum
    3. To coordinate the training of RMBR volunteers
    4. To guide visitors and VIPs through the museum’s Public Gallery
    5. To manage the museum’s open house days and activities
    6. To coordinate and manage the RMBR booth at roadshows
    7. Maintaining the museum’s news blog
    8. To update and provide new materials for the museum’s website
    9. To be the RMBR representative for the Museum Roundtable
    10. To take charge of the publication of RMBR publicity materials, e.g., brochure, annual report
    11. To host research visitors
    12. To assist in the installation of exhibits in the Public Gallery (The Public Gallery is one major facility for public education.)
    13. Recording the history of the museum to generate announcements or news items for the museum’s website, or for newspapers
    14. To track the publications outputs of RMBR staff and Research Associates (Biodiversity and Ecology academic staff of the Department of Biological Sciences)
    15. Communication with the media (TV, radio, newspapers)
    16. To track the use of RMBR materials in research publications
    17. To manage the literature collection of the museum’s Library (arranging, maintaining and cataloguing papers, journals and books in the museum’s library)
    18. In charge of the inventory of the RMBR merchandise and consignments
    19. To back up the RMBR secretary during leave period
    20. Any other duties as instructed
  • Applicants: are to send this form (Application Form for RMBR PR&OO.doc) to Ms Greasi Simon, Secretary, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at
  • Deadline: 15 Sept 2010