SINGAPORE - The sprawling 87ha Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, home to hundreds of species of wildlife, celebrated its 20th anniversary with visitors and volunteers yesterday.
There were talks, walks and activities such as face painting and origami sessions.
The reserve has, over the years, facilitated research into bird migratory patterns and conservation studies of the biodiversity in mangroves, among other things.
It also earned the title of ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003, which recognises the area for its ecological completeness, naturalness and high conservation importance.
More than 100,000 people visit the reserve at Neo Tiew Crescent each year. And a pool of 300 volunteers conduct guided tours and other educational outreach programmes.
About 230 species of migratory birds stop by at the reserve during the migratory season from September to November each year.
The National Parks Board will launch new facilities and more trails next year, including one along the coast, which will link Sungei Buloh and Kranji Reservoir Park.
A new visitor centre was opened to the public yesterday.
Volunteer Lua Wai Heng, 32, who has been conducting guided walks at the reserve for 10 years, said he is very fond of the wetland. "It... reminds me of how life used to be like when I lived in a kampung in Lim Chu Kang as a boy."
Fellow volunteer guide Rebecca Tan, 18, said she wants to continue to inform and inspire the public about the biodiversity in Sungei Buloh. "I'm happy that it's a protected spot in Singapore where all of us will be able to continue to enjoy the wildlife in our midst."
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