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It’s a Jungle Out There!

When we first started work on Tiger Tales: Almost True Animal Stories from Old Singapore, we wanted to fill it with as many animals we can find on the island as we possibly could. Accordingly our illustrator Chloe drew in many gorgeous native animals that were not explicitly mentioned in the stories.

From cheeky macaques and fat otters to sweet songbirds and red-eyed koels that coo their wake-up calls every morning unfailingly, you will find many creatures large and small in the pages of the book. Of course, they are a small fraction of the wildlife that still call our island home.

Jungle animals in Singapore
Jungle life in old and modern Singapore

According to National Parks, there are over 390 species of birds, 31 different species of amphibians, 69 types of mammals and more than 330 butterfly species in Singapore. There are 121 species of reptiles, including the mighty king cobra, a true blue native of the island. So keep your eyes peeled the next time you take a wander around the island with the family. Chances are high you will spot something exciting and exotic.

In the meantime, here’s a fun activity for little ones aged 6 to 8. It’s a word jungle out there. Can they spot the animals?

Tiger Tales: Almost True Stories from Old Singapore is available for sale at major bookstores in Singapore, including Books Ahoy, Books Kinokuniya, The Fullerton Shop at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Garden Shops at Botanic Gardens, Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop, Museum Shops at the National Museum and Asian Civilisation Museum, and Woods in the Books.

It is also available online at Books Kinokuniya, Closetful of Books, Epigram Bookshop, Natventure Books, Owl Readers Club and Woods in the Books.

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