Bukit Timah was a lush jungle with a variety of giant trees. In early 1942, Japanese troops fought here and won a battle against Indian and Australian troops, allowing them to advance on Singapore City.
Exploring the reserve I hiked under a tall canopy of rainforest trees. The park housed some nine hundred species of plants.
I heard the chatter of some of the over one hundred species of birds that frequent the forest, but they were hard to spot. Likewise over fifty reptiles survived in the reserve and I counted my lucky stars that I didn’t run across one of them.