We are not the only primates in Singapore – the long-tailed macaques, Raffles’ banded langurs, and the Sunda slow lorises are three other primate species native to this island.
The most ‘visible’ of them are the macaques, and you might have seen them at MacRitchie Reservoir Park and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Macaques are intelligent and have a complex social network, making the observation of their day-to-day lives interesting.
Unfortunately, there have been human-macaque conflicts due to our lack of awareness on how to behave around macaques. We believe that our behaviour influences theirs, one way to eliminate conflicts is to start by understanding them and behaving appropriately.
Want to know more? As part of our efforts to share knowledge about the macaques, JGIS has collaborated with NParks to conduct guided walks. The walks are led by our volunteer Monkey Walkers, primatologists or guides trained by our primatologists, and are free of charge for the public.
We currently conduct walks at three locations:
MacRitchie Reservoir Park (every 2nd Saturday of the month)
Lower Peirce Reservoir Park (every 3rd Saturday of the month)
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (every 4th Saturday of the month)
Sign up for a walk via the JGIS page on Eventbrite.
If you want to be a volunteer Monkey Walker and conduct walks with us, sign up to be an apprentice and we’ll provide the necessary training.
If there is bad weather 45 minutes before the walk, we will cancel it and seek your understanding in signing up for another one in the future.
How well do you know your macaque expressions? Take our quiz!
How well do you know the Macaque?
Think you know our macaques? See if you can decipher what their various
expressions mean with this “How am I feeling?” quiz created by Joanne Ong Cui
Fang, Jordan Ong Huan Yun, Tricia Teo Wei Tian, Teo Min Ru, and Quek Xiao Tong.
All photos by Sabrina Jabbar.