WRS Parks established as hotspots for local biodiversity
A series of community-based surveys on select groups of local animal species, involving approximately 100 people, revealed the presence of at least 8 locally threatened species within the four Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) parks – Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
Despite the fact that the parks are modified habitats with limited natural areas, they support rich biodiversity as evidenced by a total of 91 species of local wildlife observed within a day.
WRS is pleased to share that 80% of these species are native to Singapore, including the 8 threatened species featured (in the photo above) with one even being endemic (found only in) to Singapore, that is the Johnson’s Freshwater Crab.
These surveys were kick-started on 22 May 2014 to commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) last year. A second round of surveys was conducted in November 2014.
With these surveys, WRS has joined the ranks of many organisations worldwide in implementing the concept of “citizen science” in community-based research projects to engage people with science and conservation, in line with our mission to inspire an appreciation for wildlife.
The first biodiversity surveys of 2015 at WRS parks are coming up! With the help of volunteers, we will be surveying birds in the morning and herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) in the evening at the four WRS parks, all on Thursday 28 May.
This year’s IDB theme of “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” reflects the need to focus on mitigating poverty, ensuring livelihoods and creating economic opportunities, all of which go hand in hand with protecting biodiversity.
Drop me an email at email@example.com if you are interested to find out how you can join in the WRS biodiversity surveys on Thursday 28 May to commemorate International Day for Biological Diversity 2015!