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Bats and Covid-19: Should we be afraid?

The novel coronavirus outbreak has been attributed to bats, which are host to a whole diversity of viruses. But bats are not at fault, and neither should we be afraid of these magnificent flying mammals.

In fact, scientists say that animal pathogens like viruses and bacteria are spread because of humans. The New York Times reports:

We invade tropical forests and other wild landscapes, which harbor so many species of animals and plants — and within those creatures, so many unknown viruses. We cut the trees; we kill the animals or cage them and send them to markets. We disrupt ecosystems, and we shake viruses loose from their natural hosts. When that happens, they need a new host. Often, we are it.

We Made the Coronavirus Epidemic, DaviD QUAMMEN, NEW YORK TIMES, 28 January 2020

Singapore’s bats in the news

Watch an interview on Channel 8 on Singapore’s resident bats and Covid-19, featuring Andrew Tay, Dr George Jacobs and Dr Leong Tzi Ming. Statements in English.

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徒步活动发起人乔治表示:“蝙蝠吃很多昆虫,蝙蝠也为植物传播花粉,所以我们需要蝙蝠。我们要公众了解和欣赏蝙蝠,我们想呈现的是, 冠状病毒会出现,不是蝙蝠的错。”




非营利环保组织负责人郑德利说:“我们保持距离,我们不要太接近,毕竟它们都是野生动物。我们只想要观察他们,研究它们,只要政府允许 ,我们会继续这样的户外徒步活动。”

(Cicada Tree Eco-Place conducts two to three bat walks each year and has been doing so for the last decade.) We keep our distance (as) we don’t want to be close (to bats). These are all wild animals. We just want to observe them, study them. As long as the government permits it, we will continue with the outdoor nature walks.

Andrew Tay, CO-FOUNDER at Cicada Tree Eco-Place


蝙蝠研究员梁智敏教授表示:“国人可能会有点过度小心,觉得如果看到蝙蝠,或者很靠近它, 甚至站在它下方,就会感染某种病毒,但事实不是这样。因为即使蝙蝠可能有很多病毒,但他们需要一个中介,才能传播病毒给人类 。”



Through nature reserve or around? Residents, nature groups stick to guns on Cross Island Line paths – TODAY, 3 Sep 2019

“We are totally not for the Cross Island Line to go through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve… It is a remnant fragment of an ancient rainforest with its incredible biodiversity. That’s something so priceless and invaluable that you can’t put a price on.”


The country’s first large-scale aerial park will be in Bukit Timah – Zaobao, 1 Sep 2019

然环境教育组织“知了树自然生态(Cicada Tree Eco-Place)主席赵琴音认为,空中公园将能吸引更多人接近大自然,也有助提升公众保育环境的意识。


Translation – “Environmental education NGO, Cicada Tree Eco-Place’s president and co-founder, Zhao Qin Yin (Teresa Teo Guttensohn) opined that the sky park would encourage more members of the public to interact with nature and raise their awareness of conservation.

She said: “The sky park is adjacent to the Rail Corridor, which is an important long term habitat for our endangered wildlife. The elevated linear park will also bring greater convenience to visitors and attract them to explore the surrounding nature trails.”

Zaobao , 1 Sep 2019

Nature, heritage groups back green corridor plan – ST, 1 September 2019

Nature Society president says planned elevated linear park could rival New York’s High Line

Tiffany Fumiko Tay

The idea for the Bukit Timah Canal to serve as a green corridor has been around for some years, and work to spruce up the adjacent Rail Corridor may finally turn it into reality, said Dr Shawn Lum, president of the Nature Society (Singapore), yesterday.

Dr Lum, who backed the idea in a 2016 interview with The Straits Times, noted that the canal intersects with a number of large green patches, “so linking them up and adding appropriate landscaping would be really interesting”.

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