Public Outreach & Engagement

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Throughout the year, we host and participate in various public events that promote and raise awareness of environmental and wildlife conservation issues. Below are some highlights:

JGIS Lecture Series

The JGIS Lecture Series is an ongoing educational program that brings primate researchers and conservation experts from around the world to Singapore to share their insight and knowledge with members of the public. Launched in 2017, the series has welcomed speakers from countries as nearby as Malaysia and as far-flung as Tanzania.

Dr. Jane Goodall speaking at the 2019 JGIS ConservAction Conference. Photo credit: Sandra Galistan
Primate researchers from the Asia Pacific region gathered in Singapore for the first ever JGIS ConservAction Conference in 2019. Photo credit: Sandra Galistan

JGIS ConservAction Conference

Launched during Dr. Jane Goodall’s visit to Singapore in 2019, ConservAction promotes and celebrates conservation through individual actions. Under the ConservAction umbrella, the biennial JGIS ConservAction Conference is a cornerstone event whose mission is to bring together primatologists from around Asia to share their latest research and insight with each other as well as with the public.

FOB 2019 at Toa Payoh Hub. Photo credit: Heng Su Ping
Monkey Guards Su Ping and Sin Wei representing JGIS, together with undergraduates representing the National Institute of Education, with host 2M Desmond Lee and President Halimah Yacob at the Long-tailed Macaque Working Group’s booth. Festival Of Biodiversity 2019 at Toa Payoh Hub. Photo credit: unnamed
Monkey Guards April and Su Ping representing JGIS, together with undergraduates representing the National Institute of Education, with a pangolin mascot at the Long-tailed Macaque Working Group’s booth. Festival Of Biodiversity 2019 at Toa Payoh Hub. Photo credit: Agnes Toh
See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil… Monkey Guards Sin Wei, Felicitas, and Su Ping are monkeying around as Sabrina looks on disapprovingly. FOB 2019 at Toa Payoh Hub. Photo credit: Agnes Toh
Monkey Guards Su Ping, Sabrina, and Dhivya representing JGIS at the Long-tailed Macaque Working Group’s booth at the Festival of Biodiversity 2018, at Tampines. Photo credit: Andie Ang

Festival of Biodiversity

JGIS is a regular participant at the annual Festival of Biodiversity organized by the National Parks Board. At our booth, attendees of the festival can take part in games and other activities to learn more about the primate species of Singapore and what JGIS does to conserve them.

International Primate Day

To commemorate International Primate Day every September, we organise a special event that celebrates our local primates.

For International Primate Day 2019, we organised a full day of events, both outdoors and indoors! In the morning, small groups of participants were led by the JGIS Monkey Guards around various macaque ‘hotspots’ in Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Everyone then convened at Singapore Botanic Gardens to share their insights into the human-macaque interactions they observed, and to discuss ways in which parkgoers’ experiences with macaques can be improved.

After lunchtime, participants were invited to an educational talk on human-macaque coexistence by primate researcher Sabrina Jabbar at the Botanics Garden Function Hall.

Participants led by Monkey Guard April (right) and Vig (photographer) survey MacRitchie Reservoir Park for macaques. Photo credit: Vignaraaj
Participants led by Monkey Guard April (right) and Vig (photographer) survey MacRitchie Reservoir Park for macaques. Photo credit: Vignaraaj
Participants, under the guidance of the Monkey Guards team, try their hand at being citizen scientists for a day. Photo credit: Nikita Choudhary
Participants, under the guidance of the Monkey Guards team, try their hand at being citizen scientists for a day. Photo credit: Nikita Choudhary
Primate researcher Sabrina gives an informative and interactive talk on human-macaque interactions at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Photo credit: Jesler Van Houdt
Primate researcher Sabrina gives an informative and interactive talk on human-macaque interactions at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Photo credit: Jesler Van Houdt
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