Singapore is a small island country, measuring about 26 miles long by 14 miles wide. Most of the country is covered with roads, high-rise apartments, modern buildings and shopping mall after shopping mall. Thankfully, there is some green space too, and in our one week visiting there, we managed to visit two places filled with fun fauna.
First we hiked near MacRitchie Reservoir and did the treetop canopy walk. This rainforest is just a 10 minute walk from our host’s condo, and about 15 minutes into our walk we saw monkeys! Long-tailed macaques are used to people, usually hoping for a bit of food, so we were able to get a close look at them.
A couple days later, we hiked the Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve. Located at the northern tip of Singapore and just across the water from Peninsula Malaysia, this wetland forest and mangrove area is teaming with interesting critters.
We spotted neon blue Kingfishers, perfectly camoflouged Monitor Lizards, and the amazing Mudskippper. This fish spends more time out of the water than in it!
Singapore’s green spaces are the perfect antidote to all the electronics shopping that critters like Ken are wont to do.