SINGAPORE - Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a regular visitor to the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, and Night Safari and always wanted to know how he could help make improvements to the attractions, Wildlife Reserves Singapore chairman Claire Chiang said in a statement today.
Mr Lee died on Monday at the age of 91 at Singapore General Hospital, where he had been warded since Feb 5 for severe pneumonia.
Ms Chiang said that the former prime minister would ask questions about the animals and their husbandry and genetics, and even about the trees.
"Through these visits, we had the privilege to see the personal side of Mr Lee, as a husband, father, and grandfather who was devoted to his family; and we saw a busy man taking time to appreciate the beauty and sites of a country he was instrumental in building," she said.
She added that the board, management, and staff of Wildlife Reserves Singapore are "deeply grieved" by Mr Lee's passing.
He had been their most anticipated guest for decades and will be dearly missed, she said.