Tembusu Wildlife Association (tWild)

tWild is a community involvement project that incorporates both community service and education aspects towards animal conservation. It aims to increase students’ exposure and awareness of the threats faced by endangered animals, as well as how to mitigate them. One of tWild's initiatives was Tembusu’s “Animal of the Year”, wherein which awareness to the plight of one of the five endangered animals the houses are named after is highlighted. During that year, it is the responsibility of one house to remind the College community of the difficulties facing its namesake species, and educate us — through various activities, and initiatives — on what can be done in order to help in a concrete way. This usually ends with a college-sponsored field trip to encounter the animal in its habitat, along with those individuals, groups, and organizations who are attempting to conserve it.

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.