Toddycats! are volunteers with the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The name comes from the Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), a wild mammal still found in urbanised Singapore.
The aim of Toddycats! is to expose, develop, enthuse and apply individuals to programmes in conservation, education and research. The programme was originally developed for undergraduates in NUS but is now open to public participation.
Programmes and Activities
The programme allows for volunteers of Toddycats! to engage in public education through a variety of means. They introduce Singapore’s existing wildlife through regular public exhibitions, with the use of specimens from RMBR and posters. The Toddycats! also share about Singapore’s biodiversity and heritage through public seminars and presentations. Guided walks and bicycle rides are also conducted on Pulau Ubin and Pasir Panjang to introduce the natural history and heritage of these places. The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) is another programme coordinated by the Toddycats!, with its volunteers leading the cleanup on several of our shores. As part of its outreach, webpages and blogs have been set up to provide information resources online made available to all. The Toddycats! also maintains active partnerships with other groups, agencies and institutions on programmes, events and national strategies and action plans that achieve common goals.
More details on the programmes and activities of the Toddycats! can be found on their website.
The Toddycats! look for committed individuals who are passionate about nature and the environment. Volunteers can be guides, ICCS site captains, project managers or play other important supporting roles. For more information on how you may join the Toddycats!, please refer to their website.
Raffles Museum Toddycats!. 2012. Raffles Museum Toddycats!. http://toddycats.wordpress.com/. (Accessed November 2012).
Wang, L. K., R. K. H. Yeo, N. Sivasothi & P. K. L. Ng, 2011. Non-formal Biodiversity Education. Pp. 182-189. In: Ng, P. K. L., R. T. Corlett & H. T. W. Tan (editors), Singapore Biodiversity. An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development, Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 552 pp.