There is a lot to like about the experience.
Some memorable moments:
-being told to jump over giant forest ants, something I won't even see or consider if I were on my own
-spooking a colugo and learning that they are closer relatives to primates not lemurs!!
-seeing a pair of glittery eyes through the thicket and Dennis saying "that's sambar deer". I've seen sambar deer in a national park in India, where they are the food of tigers. To think that a small population exists here and that our forests can support them is kinda crazy.
-seeing the endemic jade tree snail
Dennis is a personable guide. He's friendly and knowledgeable, but doesn't commit the common error of loading guests with too much information. He has a sharp eye. As we started walking in, he explained his interest and passion for observing biodiversity and how he self-taught to identify various flora and fauna, starting with insects and snakes and branching out to other species. AND he maintains this conversation while simultaneously hearing/seeing life around him.
He was also accommodating of my schedule, offering to start the tour three hours behind the regular time.
Overall it was a great evening that I've been telling my friends about. I am someone who deeply enjoys walking and being outdoors, but that night opened my eyes to the life that is around me. :) It's definitely worth exploring if you're someone who is looking to learn more about Singapore's endemic biodiversity and our forest ecosystems.