“A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.”
— Albert Schweitzer
If you come across a native wild animal in Singapore please, in most instances, leave him/her where he/she is. Never pick up a healthy young wild animal, even if he/she looks alone and lost. In the vast majority of cases, the parents are never far away. Removing wild animals from their natural habitat is a criminal offence for the majority of species in Singapore.
However, there are some occasions when a wild animal may need human assistance. If you find a wild animal who is obviously in distress or severely injured, you can call the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Hotline on 97837782 for advice and assistance, and we will quickly be on our way to help the animal.
The following are useful guidelines to follow if you are concerned about a wild animal:
When does an animal need rescuing?
When NOT to rescue.
Call the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Hotline for advice on 97837782. The ACRES Wildlife Rescue Team will be dispatched to come and rescue the animal.
If the animal needs immediate assistance, is in immediate danger or may escape, you can execute the rescue whilst awaiting help from ACRES to arrive as follows:
Transporting the animal
If you come across a wild animal in critical condition and wish to immediately take him or her to the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre or a nearby veterinarian please follow the following guidelines:
Exotic wild animals who are illegally sold and kept as pets in Singapore are often found abandoned in parks and nature reserves, discarded by owners who no longer wish to take care of them. They may also be found wandering around housing areas, or in fact anywhere in Singapore. These animals often cannot survive in Singapore’s environment and may slowly starve to death or succumb to disease. If they do survive, they will compete with our native wild animals for resources and unbalance the delicate balance of our natural ecosystems, perhaps even wiping out native wild animal populations.
If you find a non-native wild animal in Singapore please call the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Hotline 97837782 and we will dispatch our rescue team immediately to come and rescue the animal.
Some of the species you are most likely to come across are the star tortoise, pig-nosed turtle and green iguana, but there are many others.
Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we cannot take in abandoned red-eared sliders at the AWRC, as it is not illegal to keep them as pets in Singapore and they are not a native species. The AWRC is only licensed for abandoned or surrendered exotic reptiles and amphibians who were being illegally kept as pets in Singapore, or for native species.