Talk – Rainforest Bird Diversity Origins in Greater Sunda Islands by Dr Fred Sheldon, Fri June 2 @ NSS Office

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This Friday we have a special guest, Dr Fred Sheldon from Louisiana State University, who will be speaking about Rainforest Bird Diversity Origins in Greater Sunda Islands. The talk will be 730pm at the Nature Society (Singapore) office. For more details, please click here.

Where do hornbills come from? Why do most endemic species occur in mountains? And what the heck is a Rail Babbler? Come meet Fred this Fri and find out likely reasons to these questions and about other birds. There will also be wine, beer and snacks if you get there early!


Fred and students

Frans de Waal talking about Animal Cognition and Ethics – 6 & 8 March @ Yale-NUS

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Frans de Waal will be visiting Yale-NUS College next week and there will be talks/discussion. Frans is a renowned primatologist and ethologist.

6th Mar 2017 – President Speaker Series (Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? @1830 hrs, Performance Hall, Yale-NUS College). <>

8th Mar 2017 – Panel discussion (Being human: Ethics, religion and our ancestry @ 1830 hrs; Reception: 1800 hrs, Performance Hall, Yale-NUS College). <>


“In our haste to argue that animals are not people, we have forgotten that people are animals, too.”


Urban Nature Seminar – Thurs 23 June @ Hort Park

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Through this seminar, the organizers from Future Cities Laboratory want to create a contemporary multidisciplinary discourse on the concept of urban nature in 21st century Asian Cities, by inviting distinguished speakers from different disciplines to present their conceptual reflection on the issue, and eventually engage in a debate that will be held on June 23rd, 2016 in Singapore.

The debate includes, but not limited to, the following:

What does nature/natural actually mean in an urban context?

What are the social and cultural processes behind the creation of its meaning?

How does the representation of nature’s image influences the development of the built environment?

How do Asian and Western conceptions of nature differ?

How is this urban-nature concept is reflected in various scales  from a larger territorial scale to an architectural scale?

Where do disciplines of architecture, urban planning, sociology, biology, history and anthropology play a role or intersect in exploring this urban-nature concept?


Registration is free at Deadline is 13 June 2016.

NSS Talk: The Sri Lankan Leopard – the Ultimate Cat – 7pm, Fri 15 April @ NSS Office

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The Sri Lankan Leopard is a leopard subspecies native to Sri Lanka. Classified as endangered, the leopard still faces a number of threats such as human-leopard conflicts. Join us this evening as Mr Noel Rodrigo shares what makes leopards the “ultimate” cat and what challenges lie ahead for these amazing animals as well as what conservation efforts are ongoing to ensure the survival of the population and how Leopard Safaris is contributing to it.


Noel Rodrigo, also known as the ‘Leopard Man’ of Sri Lanka, founded his Leopard Safaris Camps in 2006 and still takes on a couple of hand on roles in the company.

Today, he has gathered over 35 years of experience in the Sri Lankan wild and tracking leopards. His
team work closely together with the Leopard Project of the Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation Trust (WWCT), including gathering and providing information about the GPS location of leopard sightings and photographs of each one. He always encourages his clients to take part in this as well, and a certain percentage of their stay at his Leopard Safaris Camps is being contributed to the work of the WWCT.