Online Talk: Black Panthers are not from Wakanda – Unravelling the Mystery of the Malayan Leopard

Date : 31 Jul 2022
Time : 3pm to 4pm
Location : Zoom, Online

Note: Details of the talk will be sent to all participants closer to the date of the talk

Open to the Public - Registration Needed

Shrouded in myth and legend, black panthers are often symbols of stealth, strength and power. These enigmatic beasts once roamed the forests of Singapore. What animals are they exactly? Where can they be found? Speaker Ian Chew will reveal how these adaptable big cats got to the Malay Peninsula and evolved to become almost entirely melanistic, living in the shadow of tigers. Find out how they are faring in the wild today. Ian will also share his views on what can be done to ensure that this unique population of black leopards survives into the future. All are welcome to join us.

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- Free of charge

Closing Date
27 July 2022, Wednesday

For enquiries, contact Gloria Seow at

Speaker Biography
Ian Chew left the finance sector to pursue his passion for natural history and wildlife conservation. He is currently a post-graduate student at the National University of Singapore, conducting research on the ecology of carnivore species and the potential for rewilding in Singapore. He used to work at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum as an assistant curator of mammals. He was also involved in faunal surveys using remote cameras with Nature Society (Singapore) and Malaysian Nature Society. Ian has contributed articles for Nature Watch and the Malayan Nature Journal.

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