The five new species of fauna that have been recorded for Singapore, after they were uncovered on Pulau Ubin, attest to nature's unfailing ability to surprise and charm, no matter how much or how little gratitude it receives in return. The new species are the little stint shorebird, the long-winged tomb bat, the big-eared pipistrelle bat, the arrow emperor dragonfly and the raccoon pseudo-orb weaver spider.
Not only are these names exotic to the layman, but also no one had missed them till they were found. Yet, once discovered, they added yet another fascinating layer to Singapore's natural habitat. The rich biodiversity that exists on Pulau Ubin has long contributed to the national ecosystem. The island's inestimable character, where the past continues to take precedence over the development of human settlements, makes it literally a paradise for flora and fauna to flourish in the undisturbed niches of natural life.