Monday, April 30, 2007

ACRES wildlife rescue center (AWRC)

ACRES is building a new Wildlife Rescue Center in Singapore to help house confiscated wildlife from the illegal wildlife trade. Currently many animals from illegal wildlife trade confiscated in Singapore have to be put down due to lack of housing.

ACRES Wildlife Rescue Center (AWRC) will help provide the housing needed to save the lives of hundreds of animals. The AWRC will also serve as an educational facility to promote awareness of conservation and illegal wildlife trade. ACRES needs S$1 million dollars for the AWRC, and up to now they have raised only around half the amount.

AWRC Information
AWRC Donation page

At the AWRC donation page, you can buy and donate bricks, trees, and even whole animal enclosures! For more information on ACRES, click here

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't like Acres. I want the polar bear to stay in SG.
--jn

dreamy said...

Oh? Why? the polar bears are feeling very hot here...

Anonymous said...

1. better air conditioning can be done.

2. not everyone can afford to go to some a European country or US/Canada to see a polar bear (also in the zoo). So how can we educate children and generations to come?

3. the plan is to send it to a European country, and Innuka will still be in captivity and the temperature there isn't the same as the Arctic anyway. So what's the point??? And did anyone read that this year, European countries are alreasdy having a climate change?

--jn

dreamy said...

Hmm, I dun know why the zoo here can't better the air conditioning, but if he stays here, he will be all alone, and I thought he will be very lonely.

I agree with ur 3rd point. Actually, I don't really support zoos haha.. although it's a good way to educate young children about animals. But no matter what, being kept in the same place for the whole of our life and not in our actual environment, may in some way affect our psychology and not reflect our actual nature, so I guess it's the same with the animals, especially if they are born and bred in the zoo :)

Anonymous said...

Quite true.. he will be lonely. But I thought they can get more polar bears here to accompany him.. hahaha.... (I know you'll scold me for thinking this :P)

The polar bears are my favourite animals in the zoo. Actually they are always my fav animal. Hee... :D

Edanator said...

How are we supposed to teach our children about the animals if we do not show them in their natural environment? A polar bear lives on the huge ice-covered planes of the Arctic north. They feed on seals which they hunt through their breathing holes. They are amazing, intelligent and highly dangerous. (and, sadly, endangered). To keep this, our largest predator on land, in a small confined space on the equator is nothing but abuse, and shows a condescending attitude towards animals which is something we should NOT teach our children.

dreamy said...

haha... I wouldn't scold u (am I so fierce and intolerant? :)), although I wouldn't agree with u either :D

Eda has a good point.
Still, there was a case of a polar bear cub (knut) who was abandoned by his mother. Animal rights activists argued that he should be left to die to follow the instincts of nature while the zoo decides to raise him by hand, in that case the zoo's decision would appeal to me. But I thought if he was left to intermingle with another polar bear from the wild, maybe he can survive.

Anonymous said...

So sending it to another zoo is not abuse? how abt the time when its confined in a container? It's not like another zoo is like it's real habitat.

--jn

Anonymous said...

typo.

Should be "its" not "it's"

Anonymous said...

Yup, I would also think that bringing up Knut is the right choice. Leaving it to die = killing it.

It also means that if a human baby is born and the mother has postpartum depression, the baby should be left to die if we follow the same argument as those animal activists.

Edanator said...

I wonder how much of activists those guys were? To me, it sounds like the press sought people with extreme views which fit the stereotype of animal activists. I'm sure 99.9999% of all activists would oppose killing the Bear, but by making sweeping statements that associate animal activism with fanatical nutcases people don't have to answer their arguments.

Anonymous said...

Yup, actually we don't know them truly so I should take back my sweeping statement. I apologize for that.

Now that I have thought over abt the polar bear issue, I realised that the SG zoo is not a good place for him. But, I still feel that another European zoo, may not be a good place either, unless the zoo provides a very big enclosure (sigh.. still enclosed) and has very good air conditioning. Btw, are there any zoos in Alaska or Canada that it can be sent to? The climate there would be closer to the natural one for polar bears.

I also went to the ACRES site (in the link from the original post) and understood what they are trying to do. They have a noble mission to save the animals. :)

--jn

dreamy said...

hay.. the SG polar bear is staying.

Anonymous said...

it is staying? why?

Anonymous said...

ok, i just read from newpaper.
hehe... so good.. that means i can still see him :)

--jn

Anonymous said...

but hopefully they will make bigger air conditioned area for the bears.

hmm... i wonder whether it will feel lonely after its mother dies..
--jn

Edanator said...

He's staying? I heard that he was supposed to be moved to Japan after his mother died.

dreamy said...

I think it definitely will. The polar bear enclosure is so small in the zoo.. I feel sorry for him.

No he isn't moving anymore. cuz the zoo thought that moving it to a new place could give it stress, and it may die while it's being moved, also Inuka's reproducibility period is almost over.

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