Exploring Upgraded Flora & Fauna Web

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First launched in 2008, NParks Flora & Fauna Web underwent a recent upgrade in end 2019, and is now sporting a fresh look and exciting new features! Here are the five new highlights that you will find useful when navigating through this one-stop information portal on plants grown in the region and animals found in Singapore. 

1. Spelling Suggestions

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Scientific names can be confusing! We understand this and spelling them correctly can also be a challenge. With the automatic spelling suggestion feature, a drop down list of potential species will appear when you start typing, for you to choose the correct species name from. 

2. Similar Species

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Mimicry in nature can be beneficial for plants and animals but leads to many head scratching moments when we have to differentiate similar-looking species from one another. 

The Similar Species is a new feature that irons out this confusion by suggesting species resembling or related to the one that you are viewing. Click on these similar looking species, such as the Common Jay versus Blue Jay, and Asoka tree versus Yellow Saraca, to learn how to tell them apart.
3. Search 

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Fast-paced city living demands quick results. Our search engines now come with fast filters which allow you to quickly refine search results to get the answers you need. Plants and animals have their own unique filters, toggle between these to explore further. 

Don’t see the filters you need? Fret not! Our extensive advanced search function continues to deliver customised criteria for every need.

4. Rare Videos

Moving images make plants and animals much more interesting. With the new video feature, learn from educational and exciting gardening and wildlife videos; such as the never-before-seen footage of the Sunda Pangolin and Slow Loris in their natural habitats. Click on the links to see these elusive nocturnal animals in action. 

5. Plant Summary
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Too much to explore and not enough time? A summary of the unique features of each plant will give the perpetual busy bee a quick and informative overview of the plant. But if you prefer detailed botanical information, just keep scrolling through each dedicated plant webpage to access the wealth of information, still available to enthusiastic gardeners, scientists and landscape professionals. 

More e-Resources to Explore
Can’t get enough of biodiversity and conservation matters on your phone or laptop? Here are a few more great online resources from NParks to get you connected to nature electronically!

1. SGBioAtlas Mobile App
Seen an interesting animal or plant? Share it using the SGBioAtlas app! This is a citizen science-based app for you to share your biodiversity sightings. It uses crowd-sourced information to map the distribution of flora and fauna throughout Singapore. All uploaded sightings are plotted out on an atlas on our online database, BIOME.

2. Coast-to-Coast Trail Mobile App
NParks first augmented reality-enabled mobile app features an interactive, curated walking experience across a series of parks and park connectors. Watch animal characters come to life on your phone when you visit each of the 10 checkpoints along the Coast-to-Coast Trail trail, hunt for and capture hidden fruit characters using the AR function to redeem rewards and receive exclusive news on promotions offered by our partners.

Find out more about the Coast-to-Coast Trail here.
3. Trees.sg
Interested in learning more about the trees that make up our urban forest? Check out trees.sg, our online map which shows the location of over 500,000 trees, featuring interesting bites of information on unique tree species, and even lets you show some love to your favourite tree by leaving it a treemail and giving it a hug! 
Text by Jessica Teo
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