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-macaques conflicts due to our lack of awareness on how to behave around macaques. We believe that our behaviour influences theirs, so the 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 monthly guided walks. The walks are conducted by our Monkey Walkers, primatologists or guides trained by our primatologists.
2017 Monkey Walk dates (typically on the second and fourth Saturday)
January: 14th, 21st
February: 11th, 25th
March: 11th, 25th
April: 8th, 22nd
May: 13th, 27th
June: 10th, 17th
July: 8th, 22nd
August: 12th, 26th
September: 9th, 23rd
October: 14th, 28th
November: 11th, 25th
December: 9th and 23rd
Please include your preferred date, name, contact number (in case of cancellation, we will contact you), and number of adult and children participants (maximum 5 participants per registration). Upon receiving your registration, we will reply with a confirmation email. The walk will be cancelled if there is bad weather 45 minutes before the walk.
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.
Quiz – Macaques Expressions
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.
Five types of expressions
Different types of emotions conveyed – Can you guess which is which?
- Warning people to go away
- I’m going to attack!
- Threatening other animals
- Chilling out
Threatening other animals | I’m going to attack! | Chilling out | Surrendering | Warning people to go away