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.
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.
The Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore) Storytelling Project brings to life vividly told stories about local primates and wildlife and their ecosystems. From children’s books written by students at Raffles Institute’s Biodiversity Program, we’ve created interactive plays about local wildlife such as Po, the baby Raffles Banded Langur and his friends, to marine life including a growing hermit crab and other sea creatures who benefit from a cleanup at Changi Beach.
Our team of trained storytellers are passionate about educating youth about their role in protecting Singaporean wildlife and the environment. Each session includes a short creative workshop in which children have the opportunity to write, draw, craft or tell their own imagined stories about wildlife and come up with solutions for the problems they face, such as pollution or loss of habitat.
We give every child the opportunity to share their stories onstage or online, and hope to adapt some of their stories into future performances.
Note: Performances are open to children of all ages, and are disability accessible and autism friendly, with slides and visual aids. Please contact us if specific supports are required, and we will do our best to accommodate! To listen to more stories from Dr Jane Goodall, please click here.
Our Living in Harmony with Nature workshops are community outreach events aimed to help shape our attitudes to wildlife, especially when we are faced with them in our backyards.
Wildlife Ambassadors, varying from conservationists to home makers and students, volunteer to raise awareness of the importance of animals in Singapore’s ecology and to help mitigate human-wildlife conflict.
We host talks and on-site nature visits, including corporate events, to raise funds and share about the recommended actions to take during close encounters with macaques and other wildlife, when they come into the community to forage for human food from dustbins and even unsuspecting passersby.
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.
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.