It’s USPlorers’ first ever newsletter! A short introduction from us: we are a group of nature-loving students who wish to bring attention to some of the things we care about. Hopefully, we’ll get you interested as well 🙂
The theme for our January newsletter is ‘human-wildlife conflict’. Human populations are rapidly encroaching onto wildlife territories worldwide. Due to the continuous urbanisation in Singapore, only less than 0.5% of our primary forests remains and our secondary forests are severely fragmented. Our wildlife hence have little space to roam around and are often forced to the edges of their homes or directly into human-dominated spaces. The increased proximity between urban spaces and natural areas, combined with shrinking forested areas, have resulted in some very persistent issues.
Lately, such conflicts are at the forefront of the minds of many wildlife conservationists. The recent Biodiversity Challenge, organised by the National Biodiversity Centre at NParks, was a call for interested individuals to better understand and deal with such issues. Here at USPlorers, we too would like to inform you on related local and global news to give you some insight on how conflict can arise between human and wildlife, and how we can co-exist harmoniously with them.
I N S I N G A P O R E
August 23: The endangered hawksbill turtle was spotted laying its eggs on East Coast Park. Sea turtles are coming onto our shores more often, gaining more attention from the curious public. People are advised not to touch the turtle eggs when they see them, and report any sighting to NParks directly. Read the full article here
October 19: A man was injured after being chased and attacked by a wild boar. Some reasoned that the boar was likely looking for food sources outside of the forest, and eventually wandered into residential spaces built closely to their natural habitat. Read the full article here. This news followed the report on June 30th, when a woman was attacked by a wild boar near Windsor Nature Park, leaving her with a 10-centimeter gash in her right leg. Read more here.
December 30: The Straits Times reported a five-year-old was bitten by an otter at Gardens by the Bay. OtterWatchers urged the public to give the animal space while appreciating them, to prevent such accidents from happening again. Read the full article here
A R O U N D T H E W O R L D
January 14: In Kajiado, Kenya, the human-wildlife conflict worsens with seven elephants killed by residents. Governor Joseph Ole Lenku states that a majority of wildlife are on their farms instead of parks. He urges the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to fence up parks and compensate the community for the attacks, which resulted in deaths in the community and livestock. He hopes that the KWS would be able to cultivate a better working relationship with the community. Read the full article here
January 23: A smartphone application Roadkills was launched in India to record roadkill incidences. Many of India’s roads are interspersed with natural habitats, making roadkills of both domestic and wild animals a common sight. The application allows the public to upload geotagged photos and other relevant information. The developers hope that the data collected will be useful in helping the country manage the frequency of roadkills. Read the full article here
A N I M A L O F T H E M O N T H
WILD BOAR (Sus scrofa)
- Wild boars are native to Singapore
- They have an omnivorous diet that consist of insect larvae, seeds and tubers.
- Each female wild boar can produce four to six piglets a year.
- In 2014, AVA received 30 wild-boar related reports but that has increased to 190 between January and September in 2017.
A B O U T T H I S N E W S L E T T E R
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