19 Jul '11, 5am

A guide to S'pore's biodiversity - TODAYonline

SINGAPORE - He does not hate animals but Professor Peter Ng belongs to the camp which feels pigeons, mynas, crows and stray cats should be culled. These fauna, along with the sparrow and the American red-earred terrapin sold widely in pet shops, are alien to Singapore's natural habitat, argues the National University of Singapore (NUS) conservation biologist. "They compete with our native species of birds and other animals for limited resources like food and space," said Prof Ng, one of the editors of the first encyclopaedia on Singapore's biodiversity. With the launch of the 552-page tome, Singapore Biodiversity - An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development, by President S R Nathan yesterday, Prof Ng hopes that more Singaporeans will be more aware of the island's rich biodiversity. What makes this encyclopaedia different is that it does not just...

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