New tools help NParks spot more animals during night surveys of Singapore parks, reserves

Ms Li Tianjiao (above), a manager at NParks' National Biodiversity Centre, showing pictures of animals taken during a night survey. Thermal imaging goggles are among the new tools NParks is using to capture images of creatures like the Sunda slow lor
Ms Li Tianjiao (above), a manager at NParks' National Biodiversity Centre, showing pictures of animals taken during a night survey. PHOTO: VANESSA LIU
Ms Li Tianjiao (above), a manager at NParks' National Biodiversity Centre, showing pictures of animals taken during a night survey. Thermal imaging goggles are among the new tools NParks is using to capture images of creatures like the Sunda slow lor
Thermal imaging goggles are among the new tools NParks is using to capture images of creatures like the Sunda slow loris (above) and Sunda pangolin. PHOTO: NPARKS
Ms Li Tianjiao (above), a manager at NParks' National Biodiversity Centre, showing pictures of animals taken during a night survey. Thermal imaging goggles are among the new tools NParks is using to capture images of creatures like the Sunda slow lor
Thermal imaging goggles are among the new tools NParks is using to capture images of creatures like the Sunda slow loris and Sunda pangolin (above). PHOTO: NPARKS
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As dusk approaches, any hustle and bustle of human activity in the nature reserve winds down as visitors leave.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2019, with the headline New tools help NParks spot more animals during night surveys of Singapore parks, reserves. Subscribe