Ponya

The Red Panda, otherwise known as Ponya (in Nepali), resembles a raccoon in size and appearance and is not closely related to the Giant Panda. It is native to the temperate forests of the Himalayas, is a good tree climber, and spends most of its time in trees. The house holds the value of "Curiosity".

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House Companion Animal: Tamaraw

Found only on an island in the Philippines; threatened by habitat loss (agriculture, human settlement) & poaching

Residential Fellow: Dr Bimlesh Wadhwa

Residential Team: Mr. Melvin Ong, Ms Kim Sol, Ms Wong Jean

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.