Thursday, July 14, 2011

I'm Famous!

Well, maybe famous is kind of a strong word. But I AM in the Bamboo Telegraph (the magazine of the American Women's Association), and that's pretty cool! And look! I'm with the monkeys!
Me and some of my good friends (click for larger view)

The article features the monthly Monkey Walks, led by yours truly, at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The walks have been a success so far, and have been a lot of fun for me and (I hope) the people that come along. We've even had a few colugo sightings!

And we set new dates! Some of the walks will be led by Dr. Gumert, who recently returned from collecting more monkey data in Thailand, but most will be led by me.

Monkey Walks 
August 13th
September 10th
October 8th
November 12th
December 10th

If you'd like to come hang out with the monkeys on one of the dates listed above, please email sgmonkeywalk(at) You may sign up for yourself and up to three other people. Spaces are limited, so please register early. All walks begin at 5 PM with a brief talk in the Visitor Center classroom, and usually last until about 6:30 PM. Walks are canceled if it rains heavily up to 45 minutes before the walk, and participants are notified via SMS. Most importantly, it will be a good time!

Many thanks to Melissa Diagana, a Monkey Walk participant and the author of the article above!


  1. 2 weeks ago I went to the tree top walk. As I was walking down the flights of wooden stairs towards the pipeline, a big male monkey jump over my back and tried to snatch my sling bag. He was very aggressive in manner, treating us with a I dare you look. The monkey refused to lack go the bag and resulted in a tug of war with me. Having successful won the tug of war, I stayed at a distant and witnessed the monkey doing the same 'trick' on another unsuspecting hiker carrying a plastic bag ! Being the only route out of the tree top trail, all hikers were subjected to the same treatment by the male monkey. It seems like the monkey was quite successful as the surrounding area had discarded plastic bags and boxes.
    What to do when confronted with a jumping and snatching monkey ?