With the obligations that naturally come alongside as I enter maturity, I left my nest once more in 2017.
Seeking a holistic stability within the conservation discipline, I joined Dr Andie Ang in her Raffles’ banded langur challenge as an assistant researcher below the Wildlife Reserves Conservation Fund — now known as Mandai Nature.
The aims of this challenge are to recuperate and shield completely different wildlife species by way of long-term monitoring and conservation analysis in addition to securing the mandatory sources and commitments for long-term conservation efforts.
Doing analysis work meant I needed to shortly decide up new abilities resembling doing laboratory checks and writing studies.
Observing wildlife requires endurance, dedication and precision.
Observing macaques and langurs is barely completely different on account of their ranges of adaptation in direction of human presence.
When I first began observing the langurs, I missed out on a key piece of data which was quite embarrassing.
One day, I was documenting a household of langurs utilizing the highway to cross from one forest patch to a different.
I was impressed with myself for photographing that second for 2 causes.
First, it highlighted the significance of getting cover connectivity for protected passage for them (two rope bridges have been constructed by the National Parks Board alongside Old Upper Thomson Road).
Secondly, these have been nonetheless footage of animals in movement, which I assumed was an indication of a sure degree of pictures abilities.
However, I solely realised that I didn’t pay sufficient consideration when I learnt that one of many feminine langurs was carrying an toddler solely after reviewing these photographs two months later.
This was identified by my direct supervisor, Andie!
Five years on, I’ve learnt to make methodical observations when I’m out at fieldwork and to overview each documentation equally. That toddler langur which I had missed has grown into a powerful younger boy and its title is Spade.
Of course, analysis work has its share of downhearted tales. Andie and I not too long ago revealed a e book on the Raffles’ banded langur.
A feminine langur, Gamora, with its toddler, Ultraboy, graced the e book cowl. We wished to pay a particular tribute to Ultraboy.
After watching it develop until about three years and two months of age, it was struck and killed by a automobile on Upper Thomson Road.
A scarcity of secure cover connectivity above the highway was seemingly the trigger for it and the remainder of the household travelling on the highway to get from one forest to a different.
The e book highlights conservation plans and promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of our shared pure heritage.
The highs and lows of serving to the extremely misunderstood long-tailed macaques and the critically endangered Raffles’ banded langurs proceed to humble me and train me loads about tenacity.