7-9 February 2012 1 of 2




Zito and Laca came to the airport to see us off as we left Dili at the end of Phase VI on 7th February. The flight to Singapore was relatively short, around 3 hours, but the arrival at Changi International is always a shock after leaving a small airport like Dili's Nicolau Lobato International. Poh was at the airport to meet us and transport us to the Best Western Jayleen Hotel but already some of us were becoming ill.

Hinrich suggested we go out for a meal at our usual restaurant but Caitlin, Scott, Sven and I were feeling too exhausted and feverish to partipate so we retired to our rooms, a hot shower being more tempting than a hot meal and a soft bed more covetted than any soft breeze on a river bank. By all account the rest of the team had a great evening.

The next day, the 8th, we planned to visit Singapore Zoo, probably the best zoo in the world and certainly a must-see for zoology students. Caitlin and I dragged ourselves out to join the team but Scott and Sven could not be extracted from their darkened rooms.

Our visit to the Zoo was interesting, as usual, although due to my increasing fever I did not do much in focus photography. We saw Water monitor lizards (Varanus salvator), Clouded monitor lizards (V.nebulosus) and Sun skinks (Eutropis multifasciata) running free around the zoo exhibits and checked out the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) and False gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii) exhibits. We also watched the well choreographed Elephants of Asia presentation.

Sun skink, Eutropis multifasciata Clouded monitor lizard, Varanus nebulosus
Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis False gharial, Tomistoma schlegelii

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