In September 2005 we visited Singapore-
which has a reputation for being one of the most environmentally conscious nations in all of Asia,
if not all the world. From the urban environment to their award winning preserves we were more than impressed to say the least.
zoo is laid out beautifully in a cruelty-free “open” zoo scheme which largely employs the use of natural barriers
rather than cages. This both improves the health and happiness of the animals and makes the zoo far more visually pleasing.
Perhaps the most famous and best
part of the Singapore Zoo is the Night Safari. This gathers nocturnal species from around the world and places them in cage-free
areas largely resembling their natural habitats.
Perhaps the most praiseworthy aspect
of the Zoo is the awareness they seek to raise. They really make it a point to include the importance of education, conservation
and reform in all their presentations, a message that cannot be heard enough, which is why we so laud their mission.
Jurong Bird park was equally impressive.
The species were well preserved, healthy and happy, and come from all over the world. Their habitat appears natural rather
than caged-in for the most part. The facilities include the largest aviary in the world.
Island has a historical museum, as well as some of the most pristine
beaches. They also have a fantastic aquarium which serves as a worthy asset for educating the people about marine species
and their preservation.
Singapore Botanical Gardens is one
of the most superb parks on earth. It is what urban environmentalism should be all about.
We were proud to be able to donate
to all of these exemplary foundations, and we thank you for your assistance in making that possible.