Seeing beyond what meets the eye in wildlife conservation

National Parks Board staff using red torches during a survey of nocturnal wildlife at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Red light is less disturbing to nocturnal animals than white light. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Ms Li Tianjiao, a senior manager at the NParks’ National Biodiversity Centre, using a night vision camera during a nocturnal wildlife survey at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
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SINGAPORE - It was past 9pm on a Thursday evening in early September, and photojournalist Mark Cheong and I were crouched on a trail in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, staring into the thicket with National Parks Board (NParks) staff on a survey of wild animals that prefer the night.

We kept our red torches trained on the lesser mousedeer - red light does not disturb wildlife as much as white light - and watched it graze from some distance away.

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