Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Colugo spotted in Singapore

Finally i got to see a Colugo in broad daylight ! I been to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Sime Forest, Tree-Top walk, etc etc and never got to see this shy mammal who don't make noise and often stationary. I thought i was just plain unlucky. On hindsight, I think i was just trying to hard...haha.

I manage to see the Colugo in Mandai, specifically the Singapore Zoo ! Ok, you might be thinking that will be a natural place to see "captive" animals. The Colugo i saw wasn't a captive nor does it seem to have a tag on its body. It's all natural.

Reading up on Colugo, it was also called a Flying lemur. However experts out there have disputed this naming convention for the fact that it actually doesn't fly (it glides) and it is not part of the lemur family which are found in Madagascar. The species that is found in Singapore are called the Sunda Colugo.

In a 2010 study of its population in Singapore by Norman Lim and Peter Ng reported in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 2010 58(1):157-164, they estimate the population numbers just over 1,000 within the Central Catchment and Bukit Timah reserves with some report of sightings in Bukit Batok Park.

We all hope that even though rapid progress due to urbanisation and development encroaching into nature, the population of Colugo will continue to thrive.

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