World Wildlife Day 2021

World Wildlife Day is the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973 – as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

World Wildlife Day 2021 is themed “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”. It highlights the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystem services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions globally.

Between 200 and 350 million people live within or adjacent to forested areas around the world, relying on the various ecosystem services provided by forest and forest species for their livelihoods and to cover their most basic needs, including food, shelter, energy and medicines.

Forests, forests species and the livelihoods that depend on them currently find themselves at the crossroads of the multiple planetary crises we currently face, from climate change, to biodiversity loss and the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about World Wildlife Day at the United Nations official site.

Exploring our Kranji Marshes

In commemoration of World Wetlands Day 2021, we conducted our first guided walk at Kranji Marshes, one of the largest marshland habitats in Singapore. It was Cicada Tree Eco-Place’s first walk since the opening of Phase 3 and everyone was very excited. We were joined by new faces and familiar faces, all eager to learn about the biodiversity at Kranji Marshes.

Some of the fauna we spotted along our walk included:

  • Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
  • Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)
  • White-bellied Sea Eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster) – pair
  • Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
  • Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) in their nest
  • Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) diving for fish
  • Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
  • Yellow-Barred Flutterer (Rhyothernis phyllis) – swarm
  • Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
  • Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
  • Jacintha Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina)

“It was an enjoyable walk at Kranji Marshes. Our guide Shao Hua has extensive knowledge on the biodiversity there. He was very patient and answered our enquiries to the best of his knowledge. I saw many creatures including the White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), butterflies, Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) etc. I also learnt that the Fishtail Palm has leaves with jagged edges, which make it look like it has been eaten. Its purpose is actually to prevent other creatures from eating the leaves.”

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Check out some photos of the walk below! The walk was led by volunteers Li Fang & Shao Hua.


In commemoration of World Wetlands Day 2021, Cicada Tree Eco-Place will be conducting a free public guided nature walk at Kranji Marshes. This walk is suitable for children 6 years and older.

Experience the diverse habitats within Kranji Marshes which contains one of the largest freshwater marshlands in Singapore. Walk along the freshwater ponds, lush forest, grass habitat, and get a bird’s eye view of the marshes from the Raptor Tower. Get up close with the amazing plants and animals which call Kranji Marshes home. You might spot raptors, sunbirds, skinks, lizards, and many other birds, dragonflies and butterflies. Various plants and trees that are home and food for the Kranji Marshes fauna can also be observed, such as fig trees and palms.

Come join us, and learn more about the importance of wetland habitats such as Kranji Marshes.

Registration has now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Note: If you register for this event, you are confirmed a place, unless you register for the waitlist. We will contact you a few days before the event with more information. No individual confirmations will be sent.

Tree Planting at Pulau Ubin

Volunteers and friends of Cicada Tree-Eco Place continued our safely distanced greening work at Pulau Ubin on 27 and 28 November 2020.

A total of 64 volunteers helped to plant 246 trees at Pulau Ubin in support of NParks’ One Million Trees Movement. Organised by Cicada Tree Eco-Place, it is the third tree planting event after Pesta Ubin and Macritchie Reservoir earlier in 2020.

Tree Planting at Jurong Lake Gardens & MacRitchie Reservoir

Volunteers and friends from Cicada Tree Eco-Place continue to plant trees for nature!

Teresa Teo Guttensohn representing Cicada Tree Eco-Place planted 3 trees at Jurong Lake Gardens last Saturday on 26 September 2020.

Some of the trees planted included native and endangered species: Sterculia rubiginosa, Sterculia cordata, Sterculia parviflora, Calophyllum soulattri, Pometia pinnata.

Jurong Lake Gardens

MacRitchie Reservoir

Volunteers planted 15 trees, including the critically endangered Gaharu Tree at MacRitchie Reservoir.

The total count of trees planted thus far in support of Nparks’ One Million Trees Movement is 110+3+15=128 trees.

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