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Urban Wildlife

Photography project to document urban wildlife and promote biodiversity conservation work in cities.

Location: Singapore.

Species: Oriental Pied Hornbill, Smooth Coated Otter, Wild Boar, Long-tailed Macaque, Malayan Monitor, Grey heron, Jungle Fowl, and more.

An adult male Oriental Pied Hornbill perches on the balcony of an urban public housing estate in Singapore.
Juvenile male Long-tailed Macaque resting on a footbridge in an urban public housing estate in Singapore.
Smooth-coated Otter family resting under a road bridge in urban Singapore.
Paradise Flying Tree Snake exploring a drain along a path in an urban park, Singapore.
Red-breasted Parakeet flock in flight over the urban landscape of Singapore. This flock is indicative of a thriving trade in wild parrots. Singapore is a hub for the international trade in parrots and also has a growing parrot owning community.
Pair of Blue-tailed Bee-eater courtship feeding on a rooftop antenna in a public housing estate, Singapore.
Malayan Water Monitor lizard exploring flood drain in an urban canal, Singapore.
Striated Heron using floodlights to fish at night in an urbanised river, Singapore.
Grey heron resting on a railing next to a bridge carrying a busy expressway, Singapore.
Red Jungle Fowl cockerel in Pasir Ris Park, Singapore.
A female Wild Boar ventures out of the tree cover in Pasir Ris Park, Singapore.

More info on urban wildlife in Singapore

The world’s human populations are becoming increasingly urbanised, with 78% of the inhabitants of the more developed nations and more than 50% of the global human population now living in or near cities. As a result, the vast majority of people will only experience nature and interactions with wildlife in cities.

Singapore is an island city-state that has experienced rapid deforestation and urbanisation over recent decades. Since 1819, Singapore has lost 98% of its original forest cover. A wildlife extinction rate of 73% is estimated for Singapore. Now forest reserves cover only 0.25% of Singapore’s area, yet they hold more than 50% of the native wildlife left.

Singapore no longer boasts any large mammals, but boars, otters and macaques still live on the island and can be found in urban areas. With more people living in cities, conservation action is increasingly reliant on our experience with nature. Singapore’s relationship with the natural environment is on a journey from “Garden City” to a “City in Nature”. Enjoying wildlife in an urban setting can increase the sense of pride residents have for their neighbourhood and encourage support for wildlife conservation.

Conservation Photography

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Image Licensing: Alamy

Themes: Human Wildlife Coexistence, Urban Biodiversity

Publication Credits: BBC Wildlife, National Wildlife, Wildlife Photographic, The Guardian, The Observer, Nature Watch, Sciences Et Avenir, The Economist

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