ACRES supporters, with us every step of the way, have made wonderful things possible for animals great and small since ACRES was founded in 2001.

Here are some of the achievements for the animals that, together, we can be very proud of:


  • Due to intensive joint efforts from NParks and Otterwatch, ACRES cares for her first otter pup rescued and reunites with the family.
  • First time repatriation of two Asian Leopard cats confiscated as a result of ACRES’s investigations in 2018, due to joint efforts from National Parks Board, Wildlife Reserves of Singapore and the Malaysian Wildlife Department (Perhilitan).


  • Landmark repatriation of 51 Indian star tortoises back to the wild in India, along with partner NGO Wildlife SOS in India.
  • ACRES opens additional outdoor sanctuary to make room for tortoises to continue experiencing outdoor environment.
  • Innovative community wildlife rescue team is launched, with PDF advisories to seek help from public to help distressed wildlife upon our assessment and advise.
  • ACRES repatriates another 6 reptiles back to the wild in Malaysia: four giant Asian pond turtles and two elongated tortoises.
  • ACRES hosts the first-of-a-kind roundtable on online wildlife trade in partnership with the AVA, Interpol and local online platforms such as the Facebook and Adpost. 
  • ACRES launches first of a kind wildlife coexistence roadshows in Singapore.
  • Undercover operations result in seizure of rhino horn and bear products sold online in Singapore.
  • ACRES rescues and releases her first Indo-pacific humpback dolphin in Singapore’s waters, who was tangled up in over 8 kg of debris weighing the animal down.
  • Undercover investigations lead to seizure of critically endangered wild caught slow loris offered for sale in Singapore in a fish farm.


  • ACRES opens a brand new aviary for rehabilitation of rescued native species of birds before they can be returned to the wild.
  • Their first-ever reptile gets repatriated back to the wild, after being rescued from the illegal wildlife trade: Rahayu, a Malaysian giant turtle, an endangered species of freshwater turtle who was found on Singapore’s roads with fish hook and line in her mouth. 
  • 2017 sees increase in the number of rescue calls totaling to over 27,000 calls (since 2010) to our hotline related to wildlife in distress; rescued over 14,000 wild animals and released over 7,000 wild animals back to the wild.
  • ACRES works closely with the AVA Animal Management Group and the Wildlife Reserves Singapore on a month-long operation to rescue Sugar, a long-tailed macaque at Segar road whose behaviour was severely altered due to human feeding, and ACRES successfully rehabilitated and released her back to the wild.
  • ACRES became part of the wild boar task force initiated by the AVA along with other experts, to attend to cases pertaining to wild boar situations.
  • To reach out to the masses, ACRES launches infographics that are effective to educate residents on co-existing with long-tailed macaques and wild pigs in both English and Mandarin.
  • ACRES plans and conducts joint sting operations with the AVA to nab wildlife criminals who offers prohibited species online, resulting in seizure of animals such as leopard geckos, turtles, tortoises, sugar gliders and slow loris.
  • ACRES upgrades the simple treatment room to a wildlife treatment and recovery ward, thanks to the sponsorship of Dr Jean Paul-Ly, ARC Health Services.


  • ACRES investigates a total of 45 shops displaying and selling birds to assess the welfare conditions of the birds based on the Pet Shop Licensing conditions set forth by the AVA, revealing that out of the 36 shops that displayed birds for sale, 27 pet shops (75%) breached one or more of the Pet Shop Licence Conditions. Findings shared with the enforcement authorities results in some changes brought about in some shops. 
  • ACRES launches the advisory for conflict species of native wildlife such as snakes, bats, civets, macaques, wild pigs and pigeons, and disseminates to about 2,000 HDB blocks as part of the education efforts.


  • ACRES launches the Animal Crime Investigation Unit (ACIU), the first of its kind in Singapore.
  • The ACIU carried out undercover investigations on 42 pet shops and farms in Singapore to assess the welfare standards of the pets sold, showing that 83% of pet shops do not provide basic welfare for their animals.
  • The unit also carried out undercover investigations on 150 jewellery and antique shops to assess levels of illegal trade in tiger parts. As a result of their work, effective action has been taken against those found to be breaking the law when it comes to animal welfare and protection.
  • A 6-month undercover investigation exposed over 150 prohibited wildlife being sold online in Singapore. 
  • ACRES repatriates her first primate to Malaysia from the illegal wildlife trade in Singapore – a pig-tailed macaque.
  • ACRES becomes a member of the common palm civet and pangolin working group in Singapore, which was formed to consolidate efforts in conserving these animals  in Singapore through rescue, education, rehabilitation and release along with the Nparks and WRS.
  • The advocacy work of ACRES was acknowledged by the Singapore Advocacy Awards, Singapore’s first advocacy awards initiative. Chief Executive of ACRES, Louis Ng, was awarded the accolade of Advocate of the Year, whilst ACRES was named as an Honouree in the category of Advocacy Organisation of the Year.
  • ACRES gets featured in WildCity, a two-part documentary featuring Singapore’s native wildlife and narrated by Sir. David Attenborough.
  • Animals and Birds (Amendment) Bill was passed on the 5th of November 2015, after more than two years of work by the Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee (AWLRC)  which ACRES is a member of.
  • Singapore’s Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong and Mdm Ho Ching visits ACRES wildlife rescue centre in support of the work we do.

Action was taken against companies and individuals who flout the current laws of animal welfare and protection.


  • ACRES becomes a member of the python working group, which includes other members such as the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, NParks and the NUS. This group becomes pivotal in studying the reticulated pythons of Singapore through rescue, research and release.
  • Outdoor sanctuary gets a upgrade to house aquatic and semi-aquatic turtles from the exotic illegal pet trade in outdoor enclosures.
  • Launches our Team Sanctuary volunteer programme for 14 year and above individuals to be part of the animal protection movement.
  • ACRES presents a Position Paper, first of it’s kind in Singapore on the implementation of a Trap Neuter Release Manage Programme for street dogs in Singapore to Minister Of State, Mr. Desmond Lee.
  • ACRES becomes the project manager for the first pilot programme to trap, neuter and release stray dogs, which will be implemented by SOSD, Action for Singapore Dogs and Noah’s Ark Cares on the ground, in partnership with the JTC (Jurong Town Corporation). This pilot project, on Jurong Island, aims control the population (estimated at 300 dogs) without culling them.


  • In response to growing human-macaque conflict in residential areas, ACRES establishes the first ever Monkey Guards programme as an ethical alternative to culling.
  • ACRES successfully implements techniques at several condominiums to reduce human-macaque conflict, without people – or monkeys – getting hurt.
  • ACRES becomes a service provider for the wildlife related situations in Singapore from 2013 for the next few years, handling an average of 20-50 activations a month from the AVA, related to wildlife-related situations.
  • ACRES opens a brand new outdoor sanctuary with lush vegetation for the tortoises and turtles rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Singapore, to experience better quality of life. Thanks to Minister Desmond Lee, for gracing the event.

Residents were taught ways on how to prevent human-macaque conflicts, by our Monkey Guards team.


  • For the wildlife-related situations, ACRES starts working closely with the Singapore Police Force (SPF), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), National Environment Agency (NEA), the Town Councils (EMSU), the National Parks Board (NPB), Transcom, and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS).


  • ACRES campaigns for the 27 wild-caught dolphins acquired by Resorts World Sentosa for their new attraction to be sent back to the Solomon Islands for release back into the wild.
  • Entitled “Save The World’s Saddest Dolphins”, more than 650,000 people supported this campaign by attending our concerts, film screenings, dialogue sessions, media events, and joining the online campaign.

4 wild-caught dolphins have died in the care of Resorts World Sentosa.


  • ACRES hosts the Asia for Animals (AFA) Conference for the second time, welcoming over 390 delegates from 26 countries and 207 organisations to Singapore for the largest ever AFA to date.
  • Organised by Chong Pang CC YEC, in partnership with ACRES, the “Youth Forum on Animal Welfare – Animals Matter to Me!” in February is a first-of-its-kind forum in Singapore for youths to give constructive feedback to MPs from the Sembawang GRC and help shape animal welfare policies in Singapore. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman (Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development) and Dr. Lim Wee Kiak to this inaugural event.
  • Our undercover investigation into the illegal trade in tiger parts reveals a significant trade in alleged tiger parts at jewellery stores throughout Singapore and results in the largest ever seizure of alleged tiger parts by the authorities in Singapore.
Largest ever seizure of alleged tiger parts in Singapore following an ACRES investigation.
Youth Forum on Animal Welfare.


  • Following our extensive survey of welfare standards at 39 zoos in Peninsular Malaysia, ACRES embarks on a major project – the Malaysia Zoo Animal Welfare Programme – to improve zoo animal welfare in Malaysia by engaging Malaysian NGOs, the zoo industry and the government.
  • ACRES holds the first ever gathering for an animal issue at Speakers Corner in April. The “When Sharks Die, The Oceans Die” event draws attention to the catastrophic impacts of the shark fin trade on marine ecosystems using a giant “Jenga” demonstration- clearly illustrating how when sharks disappear, the entire marine ecosystem will collapse.
  • Sharks continue to be in the spotlight as ACRES launches a number of initiatives to raise awareness about the impact of the shark fin trade on shark welfare, shark conservation and the health of the oceans. In celebration of World Animal Day, ACRES invites Singaporeans to “Break the Tradition, Spare the Sharks”, symbolically breaking a soup bowl in pledging to leave sharks fin out of their diet.
  • On the 9th of August, the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre officially opens its doors and begins its vital rescue and rehabilitation work for animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and native wild animals in need of help.
Offical opening of the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre (AWRC) – Singapore’s first dedicated wildlife rescue centre.


  • The ACRES HEAL: Humane Education for All Life Programme makes it debut. HEAL is an engaging humane education programme designed especially for primary school children, instilling in them compassion and respect for all animals, people and the environment and inspiring them to make a positive difference in society.
  • ACRES, together with NUS (National University of Singapore), organises Singapore’s first ever Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium (SAWS) – the first ever national symposium dedicated to animal welfare. The Symposium is a platform for various local animal interest groups and the general public to gather and discuss issues affecting domestic and wild animals, as well as those exploited on an industrial scale.
  • ACRES launches the “Animal Protectors Grant”, an exciting new scheme by which groups with a passion to make a difference for animals in Singapore can apply for grants to start their projects. Eight Animal Protectors Grants are awarded in 2008, for a range of projects including producing educational children’s books on animal protection, making a documentary on animal welfare, raising public awareness on the illegal wildlife trade and sterilising stray cats.
  • We conduct our first survey of animal welfare standards at major zoos in Malaysia and Singapore and are delighted when Zoo Negara implements many of our recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals there, including stopping the elephant shows and releasing the elephants from their chains.
  • ACRES holds our first ever capacity-building workshop on zoo animal welfare in Malaysia.
First ever Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and launch of the Animal Protectors Grant.
Launch of the HEAL Programme for primary schools.


  • ACRES launches the ACRES and STOC Endangered Species Labelling Scheme, a collaboration with the Singapore TCM Organisations Committee (STOC) to wipe out the trade in endangered species for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Singapore.
  • ACRES is granted the Institution of Public Character (IPC) status, effective from June 1st 2007. This is a real breakthrough for us and a sign that the work of ACRES is valued by the government and is recognised as having benefits for the community.
  • ACRES Executive Director, Louis Ng, receives the TOYP (The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) of Singapore Award in recognition of his contribution to society through his work with ACRES.
Label displayed by shops that sign up for the ACRES & STOC Endangered Species-Friendly Labelling Scheme.


  • In January, after years of campaigning by ACRES, the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act is repealed and re-enacted. The changes strengthen penalties for trading in or owning endangered species and give more enforcement powers to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.
  • ACRES continues to work towards improving the living conditions of the polar bears at the Singapore Zoo and the phasing out of the keeping of polar bears in tropical climates, and is delighted when the Singapore Zoo announces that they will not acquire any more Arctic animals in the future.
  • ACRES expands our zoo animal welfare work to Japan, where, after conducting investigations in the welfare of polar bears, we work with the zoos to improve the welfare of the bears. We begin raising awareness on captive polar bear welfare at various international conferences.
  • Thanks to the generous support of ACRES supporters, especially the late M K Ramachandran, we are able to send Asha the rhesus macaque, who was found illegally being kept as a pet in Singapore, on her way to a better life in her home country of India.
  • ACRES joins the global “Animals Matter to Me” campaign, calling for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). The campaign, initiated by WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals), is supported by animal protection groups all over the world. Tens of thousands of Singaporeans have since supported the campaign, declaring “Animals Matter to Me!”
  • Our second undercover investigation into the illegal trade in bear parts at TCM shops reveals a dramatic drop in trade. However, 20% of shops surveyed were selling alleged bear products and, as a direct result of the investigation, six shops were fined under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act 2006 (ESA) and seventeen shops were given warning letters, sending a strong message that this illicit trade will not be tolerated.
  • In October, ACRES acquires the land on which to build Singapore’s first dedicated wildlife rescue centre.
The Singapore Zoo agrees to no longer bring in Arctic animals.


  • ACRES hosts the Asia for Animals Conference- Asia’s largest and most dynamic animal protection conference.
  • Our undercover investigation into the illegal exotic pet trade reveals one in five pet shops in Singapore selling prohibited species and raises much-needed awareness on this problem. The resulting nationwide crackdown on this illicit trade and confiscations of scores of animals puts a big dent in the illegal exotic pet trade in Singapore and sends a strong deterrent message to would-be offenders.
  • ACRES congratulates the Singapore Zoo for taking the progressive step of ending the circus-style animals shows, which ACRES had previously raised our concerns about in meetings with the zoo.
A star tortoise rescued from a nationwide crackdown on the illegal exotic pet trade.


  • ACRES repatriates Blue the vervet monkey to the Munda Wanga sanctuary in Zambia- the first ever repatriation of a rescued primate from Singapore.
  • We launch our “Wild but not Free” campaign, highlighting the critical issue of the illegal wildlife trade, which is a major problem in Singapore and throughout Asia.
  • ACRES launches our 24-Hour Wildlife Crime Hotline (97837782), for members of the public to blow the whistle on those illegally trading in or owning wild animals and their parts. Since its launch, hundreds of wild animals have been rescued by ACRES, and several individuals illegally trading in wild animals and wild animal products have been brought to task.
  • ACRES organises an overseas expedition for Singaporean youths to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre in Cambodia, to refurbish their Education Centre and assist with taking care of the rescued wild animals there.
  • ACRES hold discussions with the Singapore Zoo with regard to improving the living conditions of the polar bears held there and is pleased when some improvements are made.
Blue, back home in Africa!


  • ACRES “Suffering not smiling” campaign to free the wild-caught ‘pink’ Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins from Dolphin Lagoon, Sentosa, highlights the plight of captive dolphins and gains much media coverage.
  • Blue the vervet monkey, who was found being illegally kept as a pet in Singapore, becomes the first illegally-held wild animal to be confiscated as a direct result of ACRES’ work.
  • Our second undercover investigation into the illegal wildlife trade this time puts the spotlight on the trade in tiger parts in Singapore. Alleged tiger parts are found illegally on sale in Traditional Chinese Shops and the evidence is submitted to the authorities.
Suffering, Not Smiling campaign.


  • We once again take to the road, embarking on awareness roadshows on the issues of Cruelty-Free Living and Responsible Pet Ownership at public venues throughout Singapore.
  • ACRES, together with other NGOs from across Asia, campaign to end the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Korea.
  • Our investigations and positive collaborations with zoos result in great improvements to the living conditions of chimpanzees at zoos in Malaysia, Indonesia and China, The chimpanzees who had been found living in wholly substandard conditions, had been sent to these zoos by the Singapore Zoo. After meeting with us to discuss our concerns, we were pleased when the Singapore Zoo assured us that they would improve their animal exchange protocol.
Our Cruelty-Free Living roadshow.


  • ACRES is founded and officially registered as a Society on the 24th of May.
  • Our undercover investigation into the illegal bear bile trade, revealing a thriving illegal trade in alleged bear bile products in Singapore, marks the beginning of ACRES’ groundbreaking efforts to wipe out the wildlife trade here. Prosecutions of those involved, as a direct result of our work, send a strong message to the other traders to stop this illegal activity. Media coverage raises awareness on this important issue.
  • Together with a mechanical life-like bear, ACRES travels all over Singapore to raise awareness of the cruel bear bile farming industry, resulting in hundreds of people pledging to never take bear bile medicines.
  • Our Animal-Friendly Tourism campaign puts the spotlight on the widespread problem of animals being cruelly exploited for tourism for the first time in Singapore.