Announcement

Egg-citing Easter at the museum

Have an egg-citing time with us this Easter with our Easter Eggy Workshop!

Learn how to make your own Easter egg in this series of workshops in conjunction with Earth Day.

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To register, email: alice.goh@nus.edu.sg

Take part in our Egg-dentifying contest and stand a chance to win interesting prizes too! Contest forms are available at the lobby. See you there!

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Best Museums in Singapore by TimeOut Singapore

We are stoked to be listed as among the best museums in Singapore by Time Out Singapore!
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Here’s what they said about us, “But good things come to those who wait, and we rejoiced when the doors of South-East Asia’s first-ever natural history museum were finally flung open once again”.
 
So come visit the Singapore sperm whale, our three towering Jurassic dinosaur fossils, and learn about the rich biodiversity in Southeast Asia.
 
After that, share what you think after your visit. Do leave us a review on TripAdvisor or our Facebook page. We appreciate the feedback given by our guests.

Get Crafty This December 2016 at LKCNHM

Get crafty this holiday season with some Art and Craft fun at our museum during Fridays – Sundays in December 2016.

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Email Ms Alice Goh at alice.goh@nus.edu.sg to register for the program with the following template:

  1. Preferred craft (shrinky drink or hana beads)
  2. Date of activity
  3. Time session (11am or 2pm)
  4. No. of people joining the activity

Hurry, as slots are limited on a first come, first served basis!

NUS OHS’ Night at the Museum – 27 & 28 May 2016

We had our very own “Night at the Museum” at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) just a week ago! We at LKCNHM were proud to host this event on behalf of NUS’ Office of Housing Services (OHS). We would like to thank the staff at OHS and the families of Kent Vale Faculty Residences for their enthusiastic participation and we hope to continue to play host to these occasions in the future.

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A total of 77 children from the Kent Vale community and 8 OHS staff stayed overnight. Photo by Rajavarman Matchichandran.

The purpose of the event was to invoke a communitarian spirit and build a closer Kent Vale Community of all ages, especially with the aim of engaging the children of Kent Vale Faculty Staff ranging from the ages of 7 and 15. A total of 77 children accompanied by 8 OHS staff members from Kent Vale stayed overnight at the museum as part of this event.

Events at the museum that night kick-started with a guided tour followed by a Treasure Hunt and a Dinosaur Light Show to end the night with a bang! The family breakfast during the following morning was also a great opportunity for parents to get together and mingle.

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Kids hard at work during the Treasure Hunt!  Photo by Rajavarman Matchichandran.

Families expressed their gratitude for all the fun they experienced:

“I would like thank you and your team from OHS for the excellent job done. Our kids really enjoyed the event. Thank you for organising this unique event. I am aware that it is a lot of responsibility on you and your team who have worked tirelessly to make sure it is a success.” – Dr Satish, Dept. of Anatomy, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

“My kids loved it and are asking what the next one will be!” Prof Kumaralingam, Faculty of Law.

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Smiles all around after breakfast and being back together again after a wonderful night at the museum! Photo by Rajavarman Matchichandran.

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OHS Staff group photo! Photo by Rajavarman Matchichandran.

We end this post with a quote from the Director of OHS, Mr Koh Yan Leng:

“As management of Kent Vale Residences, which accommodates our foreign faculty members and their families, we do not just wish to provide them with a place to stay, but a community that allows them to learn, bond and do great things together. As part of this vision, we organise monthly activities/events for our residents that cater to different family profile, singles, couples and family with kids. For the “Night at the Museum”, we are glad to partner with our esteemed LKCNHM to organise this great event for our residents’ children. The programme created by LKCNHM not only create much fun, but at the same time it is educational for them, which left many of them still talking about it after the event. As such, we deeply appreciate the effort put in by both the LKCNHM staff and our OHS colleagues to make this happen for the kids”.

We look forward to hosting future events such as these for our NUS community.

Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 2016 Supplement No. 33 out: Distribution of and conservation priorities for Bornean small carnivores and cats

The second Raffles Bulletin of Zoology supplement from the 1st Borneo Carnivore Symposium (BCS): Road Towards Conservation Action Plans held at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia in June 2011 is now available. Supplement No. 33: Distribution of and conservation priorities for Bornean small carnivores and cats follows RBZ Supplement No. 28 published in 2013.

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This supplement provides a road map for better protection of Borneo’s cats and small carnivores that are threatened by habitat loss, illegal hunting and fires. Majority of the papers are multi-author works by a team of international researchers lead by the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Species Survival Commission.

Fifteen small carnivoran and five wild cat papers present the predicted distribution of these 20 Bornean small carnivorans and cats from the analysis of collaborative field data. This includes rare and threatened species such as the flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps), Hose’s civet (Diplogale hosei), and otter civet (Cynogale bennettii). Additional papers discuss zooarchaeology and carnivoran conservation planning on Borneo by identifying key carnivoran landscapes, research priorities, and conservation interventions.

Dr. Andreas Wilting, scientist at the IZW and lead editor of this supplement sums up the project, “The goal of the BCS was to understand better the distribution and conservation needs of Bornean cats and small carnivores and subsequently, to enable targeted conservation efforts to those carnivores which are most threatened. We achieved this goal through a collaborative effort of the Borneo Carnivore Consortium, a network of more than 60 national and international scientists, conservationists and naturalists working on Borneo.”

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Binturong from Deramakot Forest Reserve, Sabah. Photo by A. Mohamed / IZW, SFD.

 

 

Launch of Dr Seow-Choen’s latest book: A Taxonomic Guide to the Stick Insects of Borneo

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We have a new book launch happening in the month of June!

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) is proud to present a new book on stick insects of Borneo by Dr Francis Seow-Choen.

Dr Seow-Choen is a well-known local colorectal surgeon and is also a Honorary Research affiliate with us at the museum. He will be launching his latest book “A Taxonomic Guide to the Stick Insects of Borneo” at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Function Hall at the Botany Centre on 1st June 2016 at 12 noon.

The book includes 337 species of stick and leaf insects from Borneo, as well as details the author’s discovery of 15 new genera and 52 new species from the largest tropical island in the world.

The book launch is jointly hosted by the museum and the National Parks Board and books will be available for sale at the launch!

The book is now available at our very own LKCNHM bookshop and Co-Op bookstores at NUS!

 

 

 

Results of ExxonMobil Endangered Species and Conservation Programme Documentary Making and Poster Design Competition 2016

The Exxon Mobil Endangered Species and Conservation Programme aims to increase public biodiversity and conservation awareness of Singapore and Southeast Asian biodiversity. Sponsored by Exxon Mobil, participants get to attend a customised workshop on Southeast Asian biodiversity conservation, and do their part in spreading conservation awareness.

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Secondary school participants are encouraged to take positive action and spread the conservation message by taking part in a documentary making competition. Last year, we showcased the first batch of winners for the documentary making competition. This year we will highlight documentary making competition winners for 2016.

These videos showcase the winners of the documentary making competition in the Secondary School category.

 

First place: River Valley High School, Group 9, featuring the Asian elephant. The team members are: Tan Li Qing, Lee Si Ning and Moo Jia Rong.

Second place: Dunman High School, Group 4, featuring the Bornean orangutan. The team members are: Amber Rose Pillay, Yap Tze Hiang, Poh Anna and Vidonia Tan Ting Yen.

Third place: Damai Secondary School, Group 8, featuring the Asian elephant. The team members are: Lim Jelene, Nicole Lee Wire, Phyllis Poh Lay Suan and Chelsea Teo.

We hope that these videos will encourage everyone to learn more about Southeast Asian conservation and its issues.

For more information about the Exxon Mobil Endangered Species and Conservation Programme for primary and secondary schools, contact nhmlearning@nus.edu.sg.

 

Results of ExxonMobil Endangered Species and Conservation Programme Poster Design Competition 2015–2016

The ExxonMobil Endangered Species and Conservation Programme aims to increase public biodiversity and conservation awareness of Singapore and Southeast Asian biodiversity. Sponsored by ExxonMobil, participants get to attend a customised workshop on Southeast Asian biodiversity conservation, and do their part in spreading conservation awareness.

Primary school participants share what they learnt to their peers via a poster making competition. We hereby congratulate the winners of the poster making competition for 2015 and 2016. Due to programme constraints, the poster making competition for 2015 and 2016 were held concurrently. The animals to be featured for 2015 and 2016 were given out randomly to participants to ensure fairness.

Here are the winners of the poster making competition in the Primary School category for 2015:

First place: Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (Kellock), Group 4, featuring the Tiger. The team members are: Shanyce Goh, Kimberly-Jeon Goh, Tan Ing Jya and Ysabelle Wong Sze

Second Place: Clementi Primary School, Group 9, featuring the Sumatran Rhinoceros. The team members are: May Phyu Thwe, Kong Shi Ting, Zeth Tay Cao Hui, Chloe Lim En Jia.

Third Place:  Pei Chun Public School, Group 9, featuring the Tiger. The team members are: Kai Wong, Jenell Lee, Gabriel Lee and Su Zhixuan.

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2015 First Place poster by CHIJ (Kellock) on the Tigers

 

The winners of the poster making competition in the Primary School category for 2016.

First Place: Geylang Methodist School (Primary), Group 7, featuring the Sumatran Rhinoceros. The team members are: Ng Yao Yi Marcus, Cassia Tay Kaixin, Wong Ke Ying and Heng Zheng Yu Thomas.

Second Place: Clementi Primary School, Group 3, featuring the Singapore Freshwater Crab. The team members are: Sharma Simran, Xu Rulin and Ethan Lee Yee Chien.

Third Place: Pei Chun Public School, Group 2, featuring the Singapore Freshwater Crab. The team members are: Renne Goh Xin Ru, Yeo Le Xuan Desiree, Leow Xin Yi and Shirlyn Woo She Leng

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2016 First Place poster by Geylang Methodist (Primary) on the Sumatran rhinoceros.

We hope that these posters will encourage everyone to learn more about Southeast Asian conservation and its issues.

For more information about the Exxon Mobil Endangered Species and Conservation Programme for primary and secondary schools, contact nhmlearning@nus.edu.sg.