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Is this a male or female Fiddler Crab?
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Female
Those of you who guessed it was a male Fiddler Crab (Gelasimus sp.), you’re correct! Only males have an enlarged claw, whereas females have two equal-sized small ones.

The male Fiddler Crab favours different “hands” for different purposes. The larger claw is used for courtship and fighting, while the smaller claw has a spoon shaped tip that is used for feeding!
Festival of Biodiversity 2022

Discover our island’s rich biodiversity and exciting marine habitats in our special edition of NParks Spotlight!

Explore Singapore’s marine natural heritage with Iffah Iesa, who started her journey as a volunteer for NParks’ Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey. She will share about the biodiversity in our seas and her love for medusozoans (jellyfishes).

Intertidal enthusiasts can also hear from Loh Kok Sheng, with over 15 years of experience surveying Singapore’s shores, who will be sharing tips on how to best enjoy and appreciate our shores.

NParks Spotlight: Exploring Singapore’s Shores
🗓: Sunday, 22 May 2022
: 3pm – 4pm
📍: Live on Zoom and NParksSG YouTube
🔗: Sign up here

Also, hear how Kranji Secondary school's Green Ambassadors designed their own biodiversity trails to raise awareness on local flora and fauna!

Green Up @ Kranji Sec – Empowering our Designers
🗓: Saturday, 28 May 2022
: 10am – 11am
📍: Zoom session
🔗: Sign up here
AVS Science behind Animal Behaviour Series: Canine Ethology 

Don’t miss the livestream of the first part of our AVS’ free webinar series tonight at 8pm on NParksSG YouTube!

Catch Dr. Kristina Spaulding, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviourist from the United States, as she brings you through the natural behaviour of dogs to understand their needs, especially for stray dogs transitioning to pets. Find out how to identify and reduce stress in pet dogs and ask away if you have any questions on pet dog care, during the live Q&A!

Getting to Know Stray Dogs 
🗓️ Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Improving Quality of Life in Pet Dogs
🗓️Thursday, 5 May 2022

: 8pm – 9pm
Durian lovers – have you seen this red durian before?

With its scarlet red husk and glossy black seeds with a bright orange aril, it’s hard to believe this exotic-looking fruit is from a plant native to Singapore! The Squirrel Durian (Durio griffithii) is unfortunately inedible to humans and is naturally dispersed by small mammals and birds. The tree can grow up to 18m tall and bears pale yellow-white flowers that turn orange.

Interested to find out more about other types of durians? Stop by the The King of Fruits: Ethnobotany and Diversity of the Durians exhibition at the Singapore Botanic Gardens before it ends on 29 May!

🗓️: Until 29 May
📍: Centre for Ethnobotany @ Singapore Botanic Gardens

📸: Cerlin Ng
Spend a peaceful day in nature with your loved ones at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park! One of the largest urban parks in Singapore, it has sprawling open lawns along the river and is a biodiversity haven.

Here, you can find trees such as the towering Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) and the beautiful Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia rosea). Spot animals such as the Peacock Pansy Butterfly (Junonia almana) at the Butterfly Habitat, and the Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) along the riverbanks.

Wondering what else there is to look out for at this park? Tap here to learn more about the history and facilities at the park!

📸: Ian Cham
Festival of Biodiversity 2022

The 11th edition of the Festival of Biodiversity will be happening on 21 and 22 May, with exciting online and onsite activities for all! This includes webinars, walking tours, exhibition booths and more, where you can learn more about Singapore’s rich biodiversity.

Find out more and register for these activities here!

🗓: 21 and 22 May
📍: Online and onsite at Botany Centre @ Singapore Botanic Gardens
Can you guess the name of this pretty native butterfly?
Anonymous Quiz
13%
Orange Emigrant
66%
Painted Jezebel
21%
Plain Tiger
📸: Jason Yong
The Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete) is known for its distinctive coloration, with the white upper half contrasting with the bright yellow and red lower half of the hindwing! Doesn’t it look like it was painted on? 😁
Can you guess which plants are epiphytes?
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Orchids
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Ferns
4%
Hoyas
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All of the above
Festival of Biodiversity 2022 - OneMillionTrees Webinar

#DidYouKnow that epiphytes are non-parasitic aerial plants that grow on other plants and do not have roots in the ground?

Our majestic trees provide homes for a rich diversity of native epiphytic plants, including delicate orchids, fascinating ferns and sprawling hoyas!

Join our colleagues Mark Choo and Dr Michele Rodda in this Festival of Biodiversity edition of our OneMillionTrees webinar, as they reveal the amazing world of epiphytes thriving just above our eyes! 👀

Register here to participate on Zoom or watch the livestream on NParksSG YouTube.

Living the High Life: Epiphytes in Our Midst
🗓: Saturday, 21 May 2022
: 3pm – 4pm
📍: Live on Zoom and NParksSG Youtube
🔗: https://fob.nparks.gov.sg

📸: Dr Yam Tim Wing
Gardeners’ Day Out

Have you caught wind of our next Gardeners’ Day Out (GDO) in May? There are lots of activities to keep your hands busy!

From the comfort of your home, embark on a therapeutic session by making your own wind chime with seashells. 🎐🐚

Or sign up for gardening workshops over at HortPark where you can get tips on growing edibles in small spaces or learn how to make an upcycled planter.

🗓: Saturday, 21 May 2022
🔗: Find out more here!
Have you seen these distinctive arrow-shaped leaves before? These leaves belong to the native Keladi Rimau (Alocasia longiloba) and look dark green from above but have a light green or purple underside!

A member of the family of aroids (Araceae), they are often grown as indoor ornamental plants for these attractive arrow-shaped leaves and tolerance for shaded conditions. In the wild, they are found in rainforests, swamp forests as well as along cliffs and riverbanks. Look out for them the next time you go on a walk. 😊
Guess how tall the Keladi Rimau can grow up to!
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Ever wondered what’s the difference between mangrove swamps and freshwater swamp forests? Or what freshwater swamp forests even are?

Find out in this virtual tour of Singapore’s Freshwater swamp forests. As one of the rarest ecosystems in Singapore, only a few patches remain, with the largest in Nee Soon Swamp Forest being only half a square kilometer in size. Don’t miss out on your chance to learn about this ecological gem of a habitat! 🌳💎

For more virtual tours, head over to our NParksSG YouTube channel!
Keeping a low profile today? So is the Thorny Bush Frog (Theloderma horridum)! 🤫

Rarely spotted in Singapore – not hard to see why 😉 – they are known to mostly reside in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

These masters of camouflage have warty skin that is mottled brown and grey, making them incredibly hard to spot when on tree barks!

📸: Alex Figueroa
📸: Cheo Pei Rong
Guess what this sea star is called!
Anonymous Quiz
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Cake Sea Star
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Spiny Sea Star
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Biscuit Sea Star
Festival of Biodiversity 2022

Found it hard to tell them apart? Well, that may be because there are more than 30 species of sea stars in Singapore’s waters!

These sea stars are intricate animals with thin tissue around their feet to help them breathe in the water; if they are lifted from the water for long periods of time, they will suffocate. If you're at our intertidal zones, be sure to tread carefully and refrain from touching, collecting and trampling on the animals found there. Remember to take nothing but photos, and leave nothing but footprints!😀

Discover more about our island’s rich biodiversity and exciting marine habitats at this year’s Festival of Biodiversity on 21 and 22 May, with many exciting online and onsite activities!

🗓: 21 and 22 May
📍: Botany Centre @ Singapore Botanic Gardens
🔗: Find out more here!