Singapore

ACRES officially opens wildlife sanctuary

Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, watching the released animals at the new ACRES sanctuary on Nov 14, 2013. Photo: Don Wong
Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, and children releasing animals at the new ACRES sanctuary on Nov 14, 2013. Photo: Don Wong
Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, watching the released animals at the new ACRES sanctuary on Nov 14, 2013. Photo: Don Wong
An iguana, one of the released animals at the new ACRES sanctuary on Nov 14, 2013. Photo: Don Wong
Built by more than a hundred volunteers over 6 months the sanctuary welcomed almost 50 rescued wild animals today
Published: 12:15 PM, November 14, 2013
Updated: 4:00 AM, November 15, 2013

SINGAPORE — The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) officially opened a wildlife sanctuary at their Wildlife Rescue Centre today (Nov 14).

This morning, 46 animals were released into the sanctuary that was built by more than a hundred volunteers over six months. The animals, including tortoises, turtles and an iguana, were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.

Mr Louis Ng, Chief Executive of ACRES, said the 300 sqm sanctuary in Jalan Lekar will not only improve the living conditions for the rescued wild animals, but also free up space in their quarantine facility, which has reached its full capacity.

Mr Desmond Lee, the Minister of State for National Development, said more Singaporeans are aware of animal welfare issues today.

“I am heartened by the various community-led and ground-up initiatives, including the efforts put in by animal welfare groups like ACRES, in public outreach and education,” he said.

“The Government, too, will do its part to facilitate this, and I am happy that we had assisted ACRES in realising this dedicated wildlife rescue facility,” he added.