Wildlife in Singapore

Wild boar in Singapore

When most people think of Singapore, I think they think of a modern city, with the skyline of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer. This is certainly a part of the story, however, it’s not the full picture. For one thing, a huge portion of Singapore is small towns known as “heartlands” that most tourists never venture into. For another, another huge section of Singapore is jungle or wetlands. Singapore is a tiny island and it is dedicated to protecting a certain amount of green space. Some of this green space is removed from the city and heartlands because it exists on separate islands, such as Chek Jawa on Pulau Ubin, where you can find wild boars, monkeys, snakes, crabs, and a wide variety of birds and butterflies, or the Sisters Islands where monkeys make their home. However, some of this wildlife is close to the city- in local nature parks, at the water reservoir, or in untouched space that borders the towns. Here are some examples of local wildlife that I’ve encountered in Singapore.

Wild boar at Chek Jawa
Wild boar at Chek Jawa
Crabs at chek jawa
crabs at chek jawa
butterfly at pulau ubin
Butterfly at Pulau Ubin
Lizard at Pulau Ubin
Lizard at Pulau Ubin

While Chek Jawa and Pulau Ubin are probably the best places to view wildlife in Singapore, if it’s lizards you’re looking for, you won’t need to venture that far. Unfortunately, lizards are so common in Asia that they are frequently found indoors and small geckos have even earned the name “house lizards”. I don’t care for these creatures, but they’re harmless. However, one type of lizard you probably want to find in your living room is the Asian water monitor. These are large, strong carnivorous lizards who make their home in or near the water.

water monitor at Sungei Buloh wetlands reserve
Water monitor at Sungei Buloh wetlands reserve

water monitor at Sungei Buloh wetlands reserve

water monitor at Sungei Buloh wetlands reserve

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, some of these animals live on the main island of Singapore, on the edges of the towns and in local parks. This means that sometimes the lines are blurred between nature and city, as is the case in the photos below that I took on my phone outside my HDB flat.

Monkey in Singapore monkey2

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the wildlife I have encountered in Singapore.

This post is part of the a-z challenge.

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6 thoughts on “Wildlife in Singapore

    • May 1, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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      Hi Frank. We enjoy nature photography to some degree, but we also find it very challenging. The most interesting subjects require so much patience. The boars were easy to photograph though. As you said, they are calm, but people don’t try to touch them or poke them with their selfie sticks, like I recently saw going on with monkeys in Bali. I don’t get that.

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  • May 2, 2016 at 8:02 am
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    Nice shots, Karen! The boar is cute! I wouldn’t want to be too close to the water monitor, though.

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    • May 2, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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      Thank you Carleen! I was surprised at how cute the boars were.

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