Apart from scientific research, we also publish books and guidesheets relating to natural history of Singapore and the region. Our books are currently available at the following Bookstores:
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Shop
NUS Co-Op (LT27)
Kinokuniya
Select Books
Nature's Niche
 
  Private Lives Series 
  
Private Lives: An Expose on Singapore's FreshwaterPrivate Lives: An Expose on Singapore's MangrovesPrivate Lives: An Expose on Singapore's ShoresPrivate Lives: An Expose on Singapore's Rainforests
   

Private Lives: An Expose of Singapore's Shores (2007)

The seashore environment of Singapore has undergone dramatic changes over the last few decades. However, many species have survived and the ecosystem is still very rich. How do the plants and animals cope with never-ending changes, environmental pressures and severe competition? How do they live, grow, feed, mate, and die? This book is in many ways, an "expose" of their life and times, a sort of "paparazzi's" perspective of their "private lives". As much as the habitat fascinates the nature lover with its awe and beauty and beauty, the lives of the denizens of the shores are even more exciting.

Private Lives: An Expose of Singapore's Mangroves (2008)

The mangrove environment of Singapore has changed substantially in the last century. Today, over 90% of this key habitat has been lost. Yet, the remaining parts have shown tremendous resilience in surviving, and in the process, have helped safeguard' a very important part of Singapore's biodiversity. Following the style and philosophy of the first book on seashore organisms, we now share with the readers the many strange and interesting tales about the myriad diversity of plants and animals that live in mangroves. We hope to dispel the myth that mangroves are aweful places full of mosquitoes and sticky mud and nothing else. Through education, we hope to influence the next generation of mangrove conservationists! We need to keep whatever we have left! 

Private Lives: An Expose of Singapore's Freshwater (2010)

The freshwater realm in Singapore is suprisingly rich; despite the small size of the island, over a century of human impacts and a host of other problems. While clean drinking water is an important national concern; the streams, swmaps, waterways and reservoirs in Singapore nevertheless also contain many native species of plants and animals that represent the original natural heritage of the island. In the third part of this series, the "Private Lives" of the denizens of Singapore's waterways - both native and non-native, are examined; and the many challenges facing this key ecosystem are discussed.

Private Lives: An Expose of Singapore's Rainforest (2012)

Being one of the most diverse ecosystem on Plant Earth, the tropical rainforest used to cover most of Singapore. Unfortunately, much of Singapore's original jungle has been lost to human civilisation. Although small in size, these remnant pockets harbour rich plant and animal life, which, despite two centuries of studies, still hold secrets and surprises that are still being revealed to this very day. Following the style and philosophy of the three earlier books in the "Private Lives" series, we have put together a collection of short stories and anecdotes about the life and times of the various organisms in Singapore's tropical rainforest. These are accounts of how the have adapted to the environment, about how they interact with each other, and rely on one another to survive. We hope that the reader will be entertained by these fascinating tales of the cast of real-life characters, and become aware of the plight faced by them, and the efforts made to protect the tropical rainforest.

 
 Other Publications
 
 
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 A Photographic Guide to the Dragonflies of Singapore (2010)

In 1854, Alfred Wallace collected 30 species of Dragonflies from Singapore. Since then, a total of 124 species have been recorded within the territorials limits of the nation, including 7 new records made just in the last two years. Dragonflies of Singapore covers all these species, informative textual acounts of all species andlarge, full-colour photographs of almost every species enable the reader to identify almost any dragonfly encountered in the field. This book is an essential tool to enthusiasts, naturalists and general readers who wish to learn about dragonflies. At the same time, it captures quintessentially their sublime and ephemeral beauty.

Water Bugs of Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia (2015)

Water bugs of the insect order Hemiptera (sub-order Heteroptera) are among the commonest and most widespread aquatic insects. They belong to some 20 different families, and occur in a wide variety of freshwater as well as marine habitats randgin from the open ocean to mountainous streams. This guide serves as an introduction and working tool to each family groups in hope to encourage further research on water bugs in Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia, as well as providing a well-illustrated guide to enable the general public to identify these water bugs.

Temasekia: 50 Plants and Animals Native to Singapore (2015)

Temasekia: 50 Plants and Animals Native to Singapore celebrates the biodiversity of Singapore and discoveries throughout the nation’s history. The species featured in this book were described from specimens collected from Singapore, with some bearing a scientific name related to the history, geography, folklore or cultural heritage of Singapore. A select few are found only in Singapore and nowhere else in the world. All these organisms are the life and soul of the land first known as Temasek, which was the earliest name of the island and settlement located on the present day Singapore. These are the "original Singaporeans".

 
Guidesheets
 
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