Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum



Sarimbun is located in the northwest of Singapore. Within the area lies the Sarimbun Scouts Camp, Singapore Girl Guides Association’s Camp Christine, the Ministry of Education’s Adventure Centre, Sungei Gedong military camp, the Sarimbun Reservoir and the Sarimbun Recycling Park, which is now sitting on part of a landfill site known as Lim Chu Kang Dumping Ground.

The Sarimbun Reservoir was constructed by damming Sungei Sarimbun and widening of Sungei Karang, Sungei Hantu, and Sungei Sarimbun. This was done as part of the Western Catchment Scheme aimed at increasing the catchment area of the western part of Singapore. This reservoir is next to Sungei Gedong military camp, so only part of the reservoir is accessible. Around the reservoir, visitors may be able to spot the Ruddy-breasted Crake (Porzana fusca) and the nationally endangered Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana). The Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) has also been sighted.

Adjacent to the Sarimbun Reservoir, there are extensive coastal cliffs, home to the locally critically endangered fern, Dipteris conjugata. Sarimbun also comprises mudflats and mangrove habitats which support a variety of flora and fauna, including one of the few remaining populations of Mangrove Horseshoe Crabs (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) in Singapore. The Coastal Horseshoe Crab (Tachypleus gigas) have also been recorded from the coastline of Sarimbun.

Getting there

Bus Service 975 plies the main road along Sarimbun, Lim Chu Kang Road. There are several bus stops along this stretch and visitors may choose the stop closest to their destination.

Other Resources

National Environment Agency. 2002. Sarimbun Recycling Park – Wasteland returns to useful life. http://app2.nea.gov.sg/topics_sarimbun.aspx. (Accessed November 2012).


Cartwright-Taylor, L., V. B. Yap, C. C. Hsu and S. T. Lou, 2011. Distribution and abundance of horseshoe crabs Tachypleus gigas and Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda around the main island of Singapore. Aquatic Biology, 13: 127–136.

Lok, A. F. S. L., W. F. Ang and H. T. W. Tan, 2009. The status and distribution in Singapore of Dipteris conjugata Reinw. (Dipteridaceae). Nature in Singapore, 2: 339–345.

Ng, T. H. and K. K. P. Lim, 2010. Introduced aquatic herpetofauna of Singapore’s reservoirs. COSMOS, 6(1): 117–127.

Quek, B. S., H. H. Ng, H. T. W. Tan & P. K. L. Ng, 2011. The History of Singapore's Reservoirs. Pp. 59–61. 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.

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