Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund celebrates 10 years of protecting native wildlife

23 AUG 2019
Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) marked its 10th anniversary with a gala dinner celebrating the wildlife heroes who dedicate their lives to protecting Singapore’s biodiversity. President Halimah Yacob, patron of WRSCF, graced the evening as guest of honour.

Patron of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF), President Halimah Yacob visited the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the fund and was introduced to Berani, a critically endangered Sunda pangolin. WRSCF was key in launching the Sunda Pangolin National Conservation Strategy and Action Plan last September, together with other key partners and stakeholders.

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WRSCF is the first conservation fund of its kind dedicated to Singapore’s wildlife. Established in 2009 with the mandate of being an independent fund to conserve threatened native species, WRSCF has in its first decade, nurtured home-grown conservationists, brought together the nation’s students, academia, authorities, and scientists to carry out projects to save the nation’s wildlife. Among the key accomplishments of WRSCF were the launch of three National Species Conservation Action Plans (for Raffles’ Banded Langur, Singapore Freshwater Crab, and Sunda Pangolin), and continued financial support to implement these action plans.

Ms Claire Chiang, Chairperson, Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund said, “The entrusted stewardship of safeguarding our limited natural resources is a serious commitment. The biodiversity of our waters, pockets of forests, and even urban neighbourhoods is still astonishingly rich. Our natural heritage is an asset to the nation, worthy of respect and deserving preservation.”

WRSCF has disbursed over $2 million to support more than 40 projects covering a range of native species and habitats; and has empowered over 40 researchers, and engaged and shared the conservation message with over 100,000 individuals through 70 workshops, symposia, and community engagement and education programmes.

President Halimah Yacob receives a copy of ‘Wildlife Matters’ from Ms Claire Chiang, Chairperson, Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) during a gala dinner celebrating wildlife heroes who dedicate their lives to protecting Singapore’s biodiversity. The book was launched in celebration of  the 10th anniversary of the WRSCF, the first conservation fund of its kind dedicated to Singapore’s wildlife.  

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The Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a gala dinner attended by President Halimah Yacob, who is also patron of the fund. Over the last decade, the WRSCF has disbursed over $2 million to support more than 40 projects covering a range of native species and habitats.

From left: Mr Mike Barclay, Mr Lok Vi Ming, Professor Leo Tan, Dr Shawn Lum, Mdm Kay Kuok, President Halimah Yacob, Ms Claire Chiang, Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Ms Theresa Sim and Dr Sonja Luz

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About Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund

Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) is a charity and Institution of Public Character, established in 2009 by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, the parent company of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. The Fund was set up with the primary purpose of conserving endangered native wildlife. As an independent charity, it is supported by a team of specialists from various related organisations. The Fund focuses on native animal conservation efforts and climate change issues.

WRSCF is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826.