It is reported that there are approximately 1500 Malayan Flying Lemurs in Singapore. The flight was over in less than a second. Hopefully, walking in a different direction will increase your chance. Colugos, also known as flying lemurs, are uncommon in Singapore. It is a skillful climber but is helpless on the ground. Although called a flying lemur, it cannot fly and is not a lemur. English: A colugo (Galeopterus variegatus, adult female), seen in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Singapore. They are actually named as "colugos", but the term "flying lemurs" has been so commonly used that the two terms became synonymous. A month later, this baby colugo was spotted. The Sunda flying lemur is not a lemur and does not fly. I was using mobile phones for several sightings until I started to bring my DSLR to the nature reserve. Singapore Biodiversity Records. After less than an hour of being there, it started to climb up the tree. On the same day (actually, it's the day before this post was published), another colugo was seen on a tree right in front of the Visitor Centre. In Singapore, it occurs mainly in the Central Nature Reserves and adjacent plantations and parkland, and in the Bukit Batok Nature Park. Notice that some of the colugos in the photos are clinging to thick tree trunks, you will not see them if you happen to be checking out the trees from the wrong direction. Although they can be found in some forests in Southeast Asia, the smaller forest area in Singapore and terrain of Bukit Timah Hill allows them to be spotted much more easily. Though they are the most capable of all … Surveys were conducted from August to November 2003 to estimate the population density of Malayan flying lemurs for the first time in the Singapore Zoological Gardens. Thanks! Species: Malayan colugo (Cynocephalus variegatus), Philippines colugo (Cynocephalus volans). Mobile phones usually cannot zoom in close enough and with clarity. Order : DERMOPTERA Family : Cynocephalidae Species : Cynocephalus variegatus Seen in the central catchment area, Singapore Colugos are arboreal gliding mammals found in South-east Asia. The one below was spotting dark (black or brown?) Flying Lemur The rainforests of tropical Asia provide plenty of towering trees as launch pads for the flying lemur. This is unlike other animals that look similar to one another from the same specie. I will try for another chance again. Philippine colugos are of a different specie that can only be found in the southern islands of the Philippines, but their population is decreasing due to poaching for their meat and fur and clearing of rainforests. They will not be in those places either as they need clear paths to glide from trees to trees. Two species of colugos are found in the world but in Southeast Asia only. They glide through the air, with the aid of the large skin membranes between their limbs, when leaping from trees to trees. Note that you will be at lower altitudes on the hillside paths, so you need to be looking up the trees. All rights reserved. Usually clinging on tree trunk or gliding between trees. The latter is mottled grayish or brownish on its upper parts and is paler below. Go up the main road (the "ramp") from the Visitor Centre till you reach the first hut. Lim, N. (2007). The MacRitchie forest is one of the few habitats that the Flying Lemur thrives in. Someone commented that it's probably the prelude to mating. Wild animals of Singapore. Muzzle is pointed and eyes very large, feet with large claws. Reassessing Colugo Phylogeny, Taxonomy, and Biogeography by Genome Wide Comparisons and DNA Capture Hybridization from Museum Specimens (Doctoral dissertation). Order: DERMOPTERA Family: Cynocephalidae Species: Galeopterus (or Cynocephalus) variegatus Colugos are arboreal gliding mammals found in Southeast Asia. © 2019 Flora Fauna Web. Are they related? From the fur colour and pattern, this colugo is yet another one. Other than climbing trees and snuggling its young, it can glide distances of more than a hundred metres. Biology/Ecology. As it climbed higher and higher, it suddenly leaped away from the tree, opened out its "wing" fully and glided to another tree close by. They neither fly nor are they lemurs (a kind of primate endemic to the island of Madagascar). The Sunda flying lemur is adapted to many different vegetation types, including garden… Colugos are also called flying lemur. Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2008. Conversely, the Philippine flying lemur (C. volans) is confined to the southern parts of the Philippines only. Please support us by allowing Google Ads on our website. Journal of Mammalogy promotes interest in mammals by the publication of original research on their ecology, genetics, conservation, behavior, and physiology. It is strictly arboreal, is active at night, and feeds on soft plant parts such as young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruits. Bukit Batok Nature Park: Secret Home of the Flying Lemur (Malaysian Colugo) - See 73 traveller reviews, 133 candid photos, and great deals for Singapore, Singapore, at Tripadvisor. The well-maintained grounds, plant displays, and statues will keep you spellbound and strolling for hours. For travellers who like to see wild animals, don't miss them when in Singapore. Mason, V. C. (2016). Upperparts may either be grey or reddish-brown, mostly with irregular black streaks and white blotches with whitish eye ring. 'Flying lemurs' are primates' closest kin. This caught visitors by surprise. Next time a colugo climbs higher up, it is preparing to jump. The most striking aspects of the book, adapted from Lim's undergraduate thesis at the National University of Singapore, are the stunning full-page photographs … #Asia; #cool; #Planet Earth ; Siamang Gibbons Send a Message. Pei Yee Oh's 4 research works with 8 citations and 1,100 reads, including: Hematology and serum biochemistry of captive Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) in Wildlife Reserves Singapore Flying lemurs are such wonderful creatures that I decided to share about them in this post. The other is the Bukit Timah forest and some patches found in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. First of all, these mammals are erroneously called "flying lemur". I am glad they choose Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to be their habitat. The Malayan flying lemur (Cynocephalus variegatus) is a nocturnal mammalian arboreal folivore that inhabits the forests of Southeast Asia. Tracking gliding behavior in the 'flying' lemur TheAllINeed.com (NC&T/UCB) Researchers in Singapore, the United Kingdom and at the University of California, Berkeley, are discovering how these animals move with the help of a miniature backpack outfitted with accelerometers. This is also a golden opportunity for visitors to take close-up photos of the mammal and study it closely. The Sunda flying lemur is widely distributed throughout Southeast Asia, ranging from the Sunda Shelf mainland to other islands – Northern Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak), Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia (Kalimantan, Sumatera, Bali, Java), and many adjacent islands. The head-body length of Sunda flying lemur is about 33 to 42 cm (13 to 17 in). The photos in this post are taken using DSLR and in recent months only. Don't miss the flying lemurs and other wild animals when you are in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve next time. The Philippine flying lemur or Philippine colugo (Cynocephalus volans), known locally as kagwang, is one of two species of colugo or "flying lemurs." Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve. A brown-furred one this time, sticking its tongue out to clean its face. Colugo: the Flying Lemur of South-east Asia. Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens and you'll soon understand why this is the only tropical garden in the world that is World Heritage-listed. And it's probably a male. The nickname “Flying Lemur” may be a bit misleading, but these Colugos are the masters of the glide. While they can climb trees with ease, they are slow and clumsy when on the ground. Michael Hopkin Looks like a lemur, but more like a shrew. The message is clear: stay away from our territory! Vertebrata: Mammalia: Dermoptera (Flying Lemurs Or Colugos): Cynocephalidae (Colugos) Residency Status: Native. Please email for usage of this video. 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