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Singapore's 'surprisingly green face' in new book

Published on Nov 7, 2012 6:00 AM
Wild Singapore's co-authors (from left) Geoffrey Davison, Ria Tan and Benjamin Lee traced Singapore's natural history from the early 1800s, taking in the breadth and depth of existing flora and fauna. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

British publisher John Beaufoy was taken aback in 2010 when he was pitched the idea for a book on "wild Singapore". He thought it was an oxymoron.

But two years on, the book will sit on shelves worldwide alongside other titles in the "Wild" series, such as Wild Sabah and Wild Sri Lanka. The 208-page hardcover book will be launched on Friday at the Botanic Gardens.

Mr Beaufoy, who will be flying in from London for the launch, said: "I think many people overseas will react in a similar way to me - they will be surprised, and I must say, rather delighted by the surprisingly green face of Singapore that the book presents."

Its authors are three conservationists: Dr Geoffrey Davison, assistant director of the National

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