Over 200 preschool children marched resolutely together on a conservation education ‘Walk for Wildlife’ at Singapore Zoo today, held in conjunction with World Wildlife Day (3 March). The event marked the launch of a new conservation campaign by parent company Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), ‘Together for Wildlife’, which is calling on communities, businesses and individuals to come together to protect the future of wildlife in Singapore and around the world.
Throughout March, an online public awareness campaign by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, #TogetherforWildlife, will encourage everyone to join together in turning things around for wildlife by posting a picture of themselves upside down on Instagram. For every upside down post recorded with #TogetherforWildlife in March, Wildlife Reserves Singapore will pledge S$1 towards wildlife conservation.
Focusing its conservation efforts on Singapore and the ASEAN region, WRS has provided support to over 50 wildlife conservation projects across Southeast Asia—through a combination of on-site leadership and best practices, research and funding—and has a further 27 regional conservation projects confirmed for 2018.
Southeast Asia has become a hotspot for biodiversity and habitat loss, alongside widespread illegal wildlife trade, putting a large number of species under threat. To tackle the major extinction crisis this region faces, WRS hosts the Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP), an alliance of conservation organisations, with the aim of focusing emergency conservation attention to critically endangered land and freshwater vertebrates in Southeast Asia. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 175 ASAP species are presently on the brink of extinction.
Through its four parks in Singapore—Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo—WRS also cares for a living collection amongst the richest in zoological institutions around the world, in which one in five of the species represented are threatened. In collaboration with Singapore partners, WRS plays a key role in supporting and implementing conservation strategies for native species as well as managing rescued animals through a rehabilitation process. In 2017, WRS received a total of 1,977 wildlife rescues, the majority of which were reintroduced to the wild through local partnerships.
WRS contributes more than S$2 million annually towards wildlife conservation efforts, and among the sources of the funding are corporate sponsorship and adoption, a 50-cent contribution from each park admission ticket sold, collections from animal token feeding and experiential tours in the parks, and sales from non-woven and corn bags from retail and F&B outlets.
A community programme has also been lined up in 2018, in support of the Together for Wildlife campaign. It will include education and outreach activities both within and outside of the parks, to share wildlife conservation messages with the community and encourage their involvement. In addition, as part of its collaboration efforts with zoos around the world, in 2018 WRS will join hands with San Diego Zoo Global to create special edition content for the San Diego Zoo Kids Channel— bringing the healing power of animals to millions of hospitalised children around the world.
Members of the public can visit www.TogetherForWildlife.sg for more information and to learn more about the campaign and steps they can take to come #TogetherForWildlife at home. A series of inpark activities will run through March 2018 in support of the Together for Wildlife conservation campaign.
Justsaying: I think such campaigns would definitely help wildlife conservation and I think all Singaporeans should put in their best and help this cause