The Untamed Paths was conceived by a youthful bunch of passionate naturalists who believe in taking the learning outdoors. Our journey has always revolved around an undying passion for natural science AND having loads of fun.
What started out as just a hobby scrambling around tidal pools or sorting out different frog calls quickly turned into more serious work. We have never believed in exclusivity and now we hope to bring these immersive nature experiences to everyone in Singapore while shedding light on unconventional biodiversity.
Knowledge is infinite and we want to champion lesser-known wildlife in Singapore.
Join us as we explore our green (and blue) spaces because no 2 experiences will ever be the same.
Meet The Team
Founder and Lead Facilitator
Dennis was never one to take the conventional route - hence the birth of "The Untamed Paths". His adventurous lifestyle has led him along the path of a veterinary bioscience student and even into the intricacies of business marketing. An accomplished divemaster, he has also had a hand in regional marine conservation work involving thresher sharks, reef restorations and underwater surveys. When not under the ocean - he spends his days and nights out in the field observing and acquiring knowledge on local biodiversity. A big fan of wildlife, he has visited rescue centres in Sumatra and Borneo to get a better understanding of human-wildlife conflict in rural areas.
Dennis is also an avid wildlife photographer, powerboater, mountaineer and advocate for sustainable fishing - it is no secret that all the elements in his life are intertwined. Being around wildlife is second nature to him.
2017 Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year (Merit)
Straits Times Top 5 underrated parks and gardens in Singapore (Video)
CNA - Going Wild About Nature
Straits Times Tourist At Home (Review)
Rare Selangor mud snake rediscovered in Singapore after 106 years
Cloud specialised in environmental history at Yale-NUS College. By day, she's a policy officer strategizing for aviation recovery. By dusk, she's out exploring. Be it pitch-dark forests or knee-deep waters, pre-dawn or past midnight, she's up for adventures and animals! TUP has allowed her to marry her twin loves — education and the great outdoors—and simultaneously be part of a purpose-driven, ecologically-minded business.
Career highlights definitely include running up a hill to observe a pangolin with a hitchhiking baby, and sighting the elusive Selangor Mud Snake!
Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene: Environmental Perspectives on Life in Singapore.
Our Food Problem. CNA's Climate Change: A Wicked Problem, 2021. (Documentary)
Raised in the background of Idaho's chilly mountains, Gemma decided to explore new landscapes and moved to Singapore to attend Yale-NUS College, majoring in Environmental Studies. She has strong interests in natural sciences, but chose to specialize in social sciences due to her fascination with Singapore’s agricultural history.
Outdoor environmental education is a passion of hers and she seeks to advocate for the importance of conservation in all of her work.
Growing up in Singapore, Addy returned home after a decade-long overseas stint. From serene parks & gardens to thriving mangroves, she has learnt first-hand what Singapore’s natural wonders has to offer and would love to share this passion with her fellow residents!
She works in the environmental education sector by day, inspiring the next generation of scientists and future decision makers to love and protect the environment. Addy is also a certified PADI divemaster and is passionate about marine conservation. She has led expeditions around the region, done research in the Great Barrier Reef, and worked with Marine Conservation Cambodia. Locally, Addy works with various NGOs in the marine conservation field on events and outreach programmes.
Javon is our wildlife-filmmaking extraordinaire. Having spent a good amount of time at several production houses, he now brings his unique skillset to the nature scene. Filming wildlife is never an easy task and one that requires a great amount of patience and determination to truly excel in the art.
He spends the bulk of his time spearheading “Touching Tails” - a true blue Singaporean wildlife channel produced for the grandest stage. Javon strives to break boundaries and constantly step up his game in the hopes that one day - his films would evoke positive change.
Illustrator / Support Facilitator
Having an immense love for wildlife since he was a kid, Kenneth was only exposed to real wildlife while he was studying Veterinary Technology at TP (Temasek Poly) and hasn’t looked back since. He went on to work as a jellyfish aquarist at SEA Aquarium before becoming a freelance illustrator for guidebooks, science publications and creating his own merchandise. Kenneth hopes to elevate his abilities to work with big organisations to help spearhead conservation efforts through art and design. As an avid photographer, he continues to hone his skills and techniques to produce the best images for undescribed or rare animals. He is also currently one of the only few natural science illustrators in Singapore.
Conservation Photographer and Photo Contributor @kenlaphoto to guidebooks:
Snakes of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
A Photographic Guide to the Snakes of Java
A pocket guide to Mammals of Borneo.
Wildlife Illustrator @canlaken
When she’s not busy being a caterpillar mom and watching them eat, she’s out in the forest looking for birds, frogs and fungi and happily learning about them. You can find her posting and sharing about some of her finds on both Facebook and Instagram!
As a marine science and aquaculture student passionate about wildlife conservation, she believes that education and awareness are the key to helping others develop a sense of curiosity and appreciation for nature, and to preserve the natural environment for generations to come.
Being an amateur photographer, she hopes to share more about the native wildlife who live alongside us humans on this little island that we call home.
Andreia is a phasmid-spotter, amateur bird-watcher and an intertidal-walker. She was an environmental studies major at YNC where she specialised in ecological aesthetics. Her passion lies in the intersection between the human world and the natural environment. She has surveyed multiple gardens in Singapore and has also constructed a garden with 36 different plants!
Currently, she works in a social-impact startup - Solve n+1 to help people do good, better. A former dancer by training, she will teach you to tiptoe around the homes of our marine creatures to prevent treading on them!