How fast a week goes by! Up for week 2 is Ivan Kwan, a nature guide and a naturalist (not to be confused with naturist). He will be taking charge of the account from July 8th to July 14th.
Here is Ivan in his own words:
Hi everyone! I’m Ivan Kwan. I’m currently 29 and live in Tampines. Situated in eastern Singapore, Tampines is the largest residential area, and is one of 3 regional centres. But did you know that Tampines owes its name to the ironwood trees that once grew here in abundance?
My passion is in wildlife and conservation, especially in a Singaporean context. Despite being the so-called Garden City, Singapore does still retain some remnants of its once untamed past. Today, many people, even locals, often assume that we’ve lost all our native wildlife in the pursuit of economic development and progress. But did you know that Singapore still has rainforests, mangroves, and even coral reefs? Did you know that there are animals and plants believed to be found only in Singapore, and nowhere else? Even though we have lost many of the original habitats over the years, our parks, nature reserves, and other wild spaces still contain an impressive diversity of species, and we’re still continuing to make new discoveries. And thanks in part to our policy of having plenty of urban greenery and vegetation, even in the heart of the city centre, it’s possible to see all sorts of interesting wildlife even in urban areas! There’s so much to share about our natural heritage and why we should be paying more attention to the other creatures that live amongst us.
Besides @hellofrmsg, I can be found online on a variety of platforms; you can follow @hai_ren, which is my personal Twitter account, or @Varanussalvator, my other account where I focus on wildlife, conservation, and paleontology from around the world, but with an emphasis on Singaporean natural history. I also maintain 2 blogs on natural history, The Lazy Lizard’s Tales (http://lazy-lizard-tales.blogspot.sg/), and Monday Morgue (http://mondaymorgue.posterous.com/), where I explore my morbid side by showcasing photos of animal carcasses found in Singapore. It gives me great pleasure and excitement to be given the chance to share more about nature in Singapore, and to act as your guide!