Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Pulau Tekong


Pulau Tekong has an area of 2,365 ha and is the largest of Singapore’s offshore islands. It was formed by land reclamation merging two islands, Pulau Tekong Besar and Pulau Tekong Kechil. The island was once home to about 4,000 residents and has a plantation history. Pulau Tekong is now designated exclusively for military use and has restricted access to the public.

Most of the original habitats on the island still exist. There is a variety of habitats consisting of an estuary, mangroves, coastal forest, open country, woodland, plantation and secondary forest. Its mangrove is extensive, dominated by Lumnitzera racemosa and is said to be one of the best in Singapore.

Left largely undisturbed, Pulau Tekong provides a safe haven for many wildlife like the Malayan Porcupine (Hystrix brachyuran) which was once thought to be extinct in Singapore. Other animals found there include the Sunda pangolin (Manis javanicus), Eurasian Wild Pig (Sus scrofa), East-Asian Ornate Chorus Frog (Microhyla fissipes) and the Brown’s Flap-legged Gecko (Luperosaurus browni).


Editions Didier Millet & National Heritage Board. Pulau Tekong. http://www.singapedia.com.sg/entries/p/pulau_tekong.html#. (Accessed December 2011)

Ng, P.K.L. & N. Sivasothi. Guide to the Mangroves of Singapore: Interesting Mangrove Locations. http://mangrove.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/text/1009.htm. (Accessed December 2011)

Sivasothi, N. The Tekong Porcupine. http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php?entry=/nature/20060713-tekong_porcupine-normanlim.txt. (Accessed December 2011)

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