Our research aims to provide insights on the ecological baseline information of urban and forested common palm civets in Singapore, focusing largely on civet-human conflict, and its feeding ecology and seed dispersal abilities. Through our studies since 2009, we have not only learnt more about the civet such as its distribution, diet and habits, but also, the attitudes that Singaporeans have towards them. We are also able to distinguish the diet of civets living in urban and forested areas which provide us with heightened knowledge on the fruit-frugivore interactions and seed-dispersal mechanisms in different ecosystems, and such knowledge is vital for the conservation of forests and animals (Corlett, 1998).
Various research techniques that have been used in our studies include spotlighting, camera trapping, scat analysis, sorting and identification of plant and animal parts, gut passage time experiments, seed germination trials, vegetation surveys, animal handling and GPS telemetry.
Findings from our research will have conservation implications on the management, rehabilitation and conservation of forests where the civet could be a potentially important link to recovery of forests in Singapore. Knowledge gained from our studies will also aid in the conservation efforts to mitigate human-civet conflict where appropriate management strategies could be devised.
Our research is conducted under the permit of the National Parks Board and is funded by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund.
Publications and theses
Chua, M. A. H & T. K., Fung. 2014. Sumatran palm civet at Grange Road. Singapore Biodiversity Records, 295.
Fung, T. K. & N., Sivasothi. 2011. The diet of the common palm civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Pallas, 1777) in urban and forested environments in Singapore. Unpublished Honours Thesis, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.
Xu, W. & N., Sivasothi, 2010. Autecology and public awareness of the Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Pallas, 1777) in an urban environment in Singapore. Unpublished Honours Thesis, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.
Conferences and posters
Fung, T. K & N., Sivasothi. “The diet of the common palm civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Pallas, 1777) in urban and forested environments in Singapore”. Oral presentation, 18th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress at University of Malaya, Jan 2014
Fung, T. K. “The diet of the common palm civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Pallas, 1777) in urban and forested environments in Singapore”. Poster, Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III at NUS, Sept 2011
Xu, W. “Autecology and public awareness of Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, (Pallas, 1777) in an urban environment in Singapore”. Poster, Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III at NUS, Sept 2011
Khew, C. 2015. Civets on Ubin get GPS collars. The Straits Times, Singapore. 23 Jan 2015, Home, pB19
GaoJian, L., J. Loei, W., Xu & T. K., Fung. 2015. Crested goshawk feasting on a common palm civet. Bird Ecology Study Group.
Wee, Y. C., V., D’Rozario, T. K., Fung & W., Xu. 2014. My introduction to common palm civet. Bird Ecology Study Group.
D’Rozario, V., T. K., Fung, W., Xu. & Y. C, Wee. 2014. Common palm civet: request for sightings samples of poop. Bird Ecology Study Group.
Tan, A. F., T. K., Fung & W., Xu. 2012. Creatures at Home: The nocturnal lives of Siglap’s civets. POSKOD.SG.
Fung, T. K. & W., Xu. 2011. Urban survivors in Singapore. Wildlife Times, Conservation & Education. Wildlife Reserves Singapore Group.
Ang, Y. Y. 2009. The great ‘musang’ stakeout. The Straits Times, Singapore. 30 Nov 2009
We are always more than happy to share about what we have learnt about the common palm civets, in the form of talks and presentations, or booths. You may write to us if you wish for us to give a talk at your school or organisation. Here are some places we have presented at or conducted walks for:
Booth, Ubin Day @ Pulau Ubin with Toddycats!, Jun 2015
Talk, CHIJ St. Theresa Earth Day Program, Apr 2015
Talk, NUS Comparative Medicine, Apr 2015
Walk, Ubin Day @ Pulau Ubin with Cicada Tree Eco-Place, Nov 2014
Talks, The Secret Lives of Mammals in Singapore @ Singapore Science Centre, Jun 2014
Talk, Nanyang Girls’ High School, May 2014
Talks, An Evening of Biodiversity: The Secret Lives of Mammals in Singapore, Apr 2014
Talk, Nature Society (Singapore), Mar 2014
Talk, Science on Saturday @ NUS, Jun 2013
Talk, NUS PEACE, Mar 2012
Talks, Geylang East Public Library with Toddycats!, Dec 2011
Talk, Raffles Girls Secondary School, Oct 2011
Talk, TMSI NUS, Aug 2011
Talks, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Aug 2011
Talk, Raffles Junior College, Aug 2011
Talk, NParks Staff @ Ubin, Jul 2011
Talk, EcoKidz Quest @ Singapore Zoo, Aug 2010
Talk, Conserving Singapore’s Biodiversity: Zoological Explorations of Singapore, Apr 2010.
Project Luwak Singapore: towards cruelty free coffee, 2013 to present
Volunteers of Toddycats Engage! NUS Toddycats!, 2010 to present