Who would have thought that in the brightly lit isle of Singapore you’d get to see a whole ton of fireflies? Yes, you heard us right! Through the efforts of the National Parks Board (NParks) and in collaboration with tech-giant Panasonic, more fireflies can be spotted in Pasir Ris Park’s mangrove habitat. The Firefly Species Recovery Programme seeks to improve the firefly habitat in that area and also to understand the optimal conditions for the fireflies to thrive. Why are fireflies so important? They indicate a healthy mangrove habitat!
Pasir Ris is the only place where you can get up close and personal with these lightning bugs and with certain measures put in place to preserve these fascinating beetles, you can be assured to see them when you’re out on an adventure with the family. These measures include using wildlife-friendly lights along the mangrove zone, mangrove trees to be planted to provide a conducive habitat for the fireflies, plus regular firefly population surveys will be conducted by Panasonic’s staff to monitor how effective these measures are.
For your next firefly spotting expedition with the family, download the guide of Pasir Ris Park HERE. The guide features key information on the Kitchen Garden trail as well as the hike through the Mangrove Forest.
A unique night adventure with the kids to introduce them to and educate them about fireflies in a mangrove habitat.
The whole family especially nature-loving enthusiasts.
It is said that Singapore is home to at least 10 species of fireflies and Pasir Ris Park is home to at least 2 species - Pteroptyx valida and Pteroptyx malaccae.
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