World Endangered Species Day – Kids Poster Design Contest

We are still open for submissions, so keep them coming! Please note that only designs featuring native, endangered wildlife will be eligible.

To commemorate World Endangered Species Day, Cicada Tree Eco-Place is pleased to announce a poster design contest open to all children in Singapore between the ages of 6-8 and 9-11. Simply draw or design a poster featuring our endangered native wildlife with the slogan “Protect Our Last Wilderness” for a chance to win a prize!

Question: Who can participate? 

Answer: Students/Children residing in Singapore between the ages of 6 years to 11 years.

Question: What must I draw or paint? 

Answer: Endangered native wildlife (animal or plant) of Singapore. 

To be eligible, students’ artwork must depict a native land or ocean-dwelling animal species that either lives in or migrates through Singapore and its waters, or a plant that is found in Singapore, and has been placed on the threatened or endangered species list.

To be eligible, students’ artwork must depict a native land, freshwater or sea-dwelling animal or plant species of Singapore and its surrounding waters, and which is in Singapore’s threatened, endangered or extinct species list.

Examples of locally endangered or extinct animals are: Singapore Freshwater Crab, Horseshoe Crab, Jade Tree Snail, Fluted Giant Clam,

Raffles Banded Langur, Malayan Porcupine, Slow Loris, Malayan Pangolin, Dugong, Knobbly Sea Star, Trilobite Beetle, Missing Marvelous Katydid, Hawksbill Turtle, White-bellied Woodpecker, Scarlet Minivet.

Examples of locally endangered or extinct plants are: Singapore Dendrobium, Singapore Durian, Kerinting Palm, Keranji Tree, Tempinis Tree, Chengal Tree, Bakau Mangrove Tree, Sea Teak, Sun Fern, Sea Tape Grass, Singapore Kopsia, Baboon’s Head Antplant.


Question: What must I include on the poster? 

Answer: Poster design must include:  

i. The campaign slogan – “Protect Our Last Wilderness”, 

ii. A simple conservation message (not more than 15 words) on your posters that would encourage others to protect the chosen wildlife. 

iii. Name of chosen wildlife on artwork.

Question: How should I submit my poster design? 

Answer: Your Scanned Poster should be submitted by accessing Jotform with the buttons in red above and below. Make sure to fill in your name, age and tell us why you picked your animal/plant.

Question: By when must I submit? 

Answer: You must submit your artwork by 30 June, 2020. Late entries will not be judged.

Question: What are the prizes? 

Answer: 6 Top entries will be selected for the following prizes:

Top 3 entries (6 to 8 Category)

$50 book voucher and a book prize

Top 3 entries (9 to 11 Category)

One-year free family membership at Nature Society (Singapore) worth $75 and a book prize. 

IMPORTANT: All 6 Top entries, and any other number of selected entries may be featured on Cicada Tree Eco-Place official website and/or other media platforms. By participating, you consent to having your poster design published with artist’s name, age, conservation message and description of artwork included.

Question:Where and when will the winning entries be announced? 

Answer: Results will be published on the official website of Cicada Tree Eco-Place between 13 – 15 July 2020 or earlier.

Winning participants will be notified via email on delivery or collection of their prizes. 

Question: What is Cicada Tree Eco-Place 

Answer:  We are a non-profit, non-governmental organisation run entirely by a group of volunteer educators and environmentalists.

Co-founded in 2006 by a group of five Singaporeans, and supported by volunteer educators, conservationists, environmentalists, eco-artists and wildlife activists, it was formally registered as a society the following year in 2007.

The society was formed in urgent response to the alarming climate change crisis and its impact on wildlife and humans. It advocates for the protection of our precious natural heritage and seeks to educate the youth and communities about eco-living to combat global warming.

To make a difference for wildlife, we have dedicated our efforts to building bridges between the public and our spectacular biodiversity. With this in mind, we champion environmentally-friendly practices that are both impactful and practical, to individuals and organisations alike.


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Endangered Species Poster Contest:

‘Protect Our Last Wilderness’ is a conservation campaign by Cicada Tree Eco-Place. It highlights the pressing need to prevent the disappearance of the island’s last remaining wilderness areas, which are an important buffer against the effects of climate change.  Protecting them is our moral responsibility. Learn more about the campaign today!

[Species Red Alert for Kids] – Secret Durians of Singapore!

Singapore Durian (Durio singaporensis) flowers, tree trunk and leaves. Photos: Lua Hock Keong.

by Teresa Teo Guttensohn

Hey kids! Did you know that we have our very own native and rare durian trees in Singapore?

One of them has special leaves and is named after our country. It’s called – you guessed it! – the Singapore Durian (Durio singaporensis). The leaves are green on top and have a metallic brown underside. From below, it looks like a bronze leafy umbrella – how cool is that?

Ripened fruit of the Singapore Durian (Durio singaporensis) from MacRitchie Rainforest. Photo: Aminurashid bin Eksan.

The Singapore Durian grows in our rainforests and can reach 40m high. Too high for you and I to reach the small fruit about the size of a grapefruit. Just as well, as the ripe durian fruit splits open high up on the tree, and forest animals like monkeys love to feed on it. Yum yum!

The seeds have little flesh so humans don’t eat them, which means more food for the wild animals – yeah! This endangered durian tree is found only in Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia.

Can you imagine a tiny, spiky red durian? Our other native Durian tree, Durio griffithii, is no less special, as its teenie-weenie durian fruit is bright, fire-engine red in colour when ripe! The common name for this tree is Durian Burong (burong means bird in Malay) or Squirrel’s Durian. Unfortunately, this rare local durian tree of our forests is endangered as well.

Like people, many wild animals such as small mammals, squirrels and birds love to feed on durian. Did you know that durian flowers are pollinated by bats and moths? Without their help, we would not have our beloved King of Fruits!

Lastly, did you know that we have a fake durian tree? Nope, this is not fake news! We have a super rare mock durian tree… but that’s another story for another day.

Let’s protect our last wilderness of Singapore with all it’s precious wildlife before its too late!

Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Dr Adrian Loo, Lua Hock Keong and Aminurashid bin Eksan for sharing photos, and to Joy Wong for her kind help.

View the Top 10 Endangered Rainforest Species Named After Singapore:

‘Protect Our Last Wilderness’ is a conservation campaign by Cicada Tree Eco-Place. It highlights the pressing need to prevent the disappearance of the island’s last remaining wilderness areas, which are an important buffer against the effects of climate change.  Protecting them is our moral responsibility. Learn more about the campaign today!

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