Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Rifle Range Road

Description

Rifle Range Road extends from Dunearn Road, through Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve, ending at Upper Pierce Reservoir. It is named as such because some of Singapore’s early shooting ranges and gun clubs were started and built here.

The Rifle Range Road provides a means of entry into several other nature trails both in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve. One of which is the Tree Top Walk which can be reached via a hiking trail starting from Rifle Range Road in Bukit Timah.

Visitors trekking along this road can spot the nationally critically endangered ant plant, Hydnophytum formicarum, interconnected with other epiphytes such as the Ant Fern (Lecanopteris sinuosa), Button Orchid (Dischidia nummularia), and Staghorn Fern (Platycerium coronarium). Also found near Rifle Range Road is the vulnerable Keruing Kerut (Dipterocarpus sublamellatus). Some of the wildlife that have been spotted along this road include the Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Icthyophaga ichthyaetus), Eurasian Wild Pig (Sus scrofa), and King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah). As most of the road is bordered by forests of the Central Nature Reserves, various forest animals can be spotted here when they wander out of the forest.

How to get there
Various sections of Rifle Range Road can be accessed from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Other Resources

Flora Singapura. Dipterocarpus sublamellatus. http://florasingapura.com/Dipterocarpus_sublamellatus.php. (Accessed December 2012).

Map.SG. 2007. Map of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Hindhede Drive and Rifle Range Road in Singapore. http://www.map.sg/area/q4549. (Accessed December 2012).

References

Lim, K. K., T. M. Leong and F. L. Lim, 2011. The King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah (Cantor) in Singapore (Reptilia: Squamata: Elapidae). Nature in Singapore, 4: 143-156.

Lok, A. F. S. L. and Tan, H. T. W., 2009. Tuberous, epiphytic, rubiaceaous myrmecophytes of Singapore. Nature in Singapore, 2: 231-236.

Yong, D. L., B. P. Y. H. Lee, A. Ang and K. H. Tan, 2010. The status on Singapore island of the Eurasian Wild Pig Sus scrofa (Mammalia: Suidae). Nature in Singapore, 3: 227-237.

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