New sanctuary for rescued wildlife open in Lim Chu Kang

New sanctuary for rescued wildlife open in Lim Chu Kang
Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee (left) and Acres Executive Director Louis Ng relasing tortoises into a new enclosure at the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre.

SINGAPORE - The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) unveiled on Thursday morning a new sanctuary area built by more than 100 volunteers at its Wildlife Rescue Centre in Jalan Lekar.

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SINGAPORE - This nine kilogram giant turtle is happily taking a stroll now, but he wasn't doing so well when he was run over by a truck two years ago.

Meet Boltz, an Asian horn turtle, rescued by animal welfare group Acres (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society) in 2011, when a truck split his shell into two.

Boltz had to undergo one year of critical care and vets managed to put his shell together and seal his crack with Apoxy.

Laying over here is Kanmani, a green iguana who was abandoned by her owner. She was spotted rummaging through a rubbish dump and rescued by Acres last year.

These are just two of the 46 wild animals released into the brand new sanctuary area in Choa Chu Kang, officially opened by the wildlife rescue centre by Acres on Thursday.

The 46 animals comprise of turtles, tortoises and one iguana.

Minister of State for National Development Mr Desmond Lee, the guest of honour for the opening, personally released Big Mama, a star tortoise, as well as Boltz.

"So the animals that we have released today are all from the illegal wildlife trade. So when we say about the illegal wildlife trade is animals who have been abducted from the wild and transported vast distances so that they can be someone's exotic pet. And many a times, the animals are abandoned cruelly, where they are left to fend for themselves," said Mr Kalaivanan Balakrishnan.

"It's not just being passionate about a cause, and championing for a cause.. verbally, or online... but actually getting the hands dirty. If you look at the sanctuary, it is built by Singaporeans from all walks of life who feel passionately about animal welfare. The government has assisted by providing the land and expediting the approval. We will support the initiative of getting the communities involved because that's where you built ownership. Animal welfare is growing in the consciousness of Singaporeans - they feel strongly about it and the government will support the latest and other animal welfare groups in building communities such as this, "said Minister Lee.

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