MyPaper, Jun 19, 2014
Think dead critters tell no tales? Not so
REGINA MARIE LEE
“I didn’t recognise the bat species, and it was smaller and more fluffy than the common types in Singapore, so I salvaged it for the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) at NUS.”
Mr Yap explained: “The museum is always on the lookout for specimens because it prefers not to kill animals that are still living.”
While a dead wild animal on the roads can be an obstacle or safety hazard for other people, it is a potential specimen for study for the LKCNHM’s researchers.
“But as we experienced habitat loss and some species became rarer in Singapore, conservation became the priority. Recognising that, (researchers) rely mainly on salvaging dead animals for study.”
Those who spot a dead wild animal can inform the museum on 6516-5082 during office hours, or e-mail email@example.com