On the sunny Saturday morning of 2 April 2016, over 20 staff gave up the sweet comfort of their beds and turned up for a walk at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Organised by the SRC, the walk aimed to promote a healthy lifestyle and a deeper appreciation of Singapore’s natural heritage.
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve consists of 202 hectares of mangroves, mudflats, ponds and secondary forest. It is an oasis rich in biodiversity, and is home to many unique plants and animals as well as a wintering ground for migratory birds, some flying all the way here from Russia! It certainly did not disappoint, as participants spotted crocodiles, mud skippers, some really REALLY big spiders, different types of birds, including egrets and herons, and even a monitor lizard!
Furthermore, it was the first time the ladies were so excited and happy to see a buaya! (A “buaya” literally means “crocodile” in the Malay language, but also used to connote a lothario, womaniser or flirt.)
It was amazing that the National Parks Board took such care to ensure that the man-made structures blended in with the surroundings. The trip had certainly been a rare experience for urban city dwellers, as the participants did not expect such ‘nature’ to exist in Singapore. It was like stepping into another world. You could even see Johor Bahru across the Straits of Johor. A big thank you to the SRC for organising this interesting and fun activity, and Mr Samsul for taking all these wonderful photographs. As the saying goes, “Health is Wealth”. So, join us for the next SRC walk and let’s get “rich” together!