The ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre provides a safe sanctuary for reptiles, birds and amphibians rescued from the illegal exotic pet trade here in Singapore. It is illegal to sell, advertise for sale or keep all of these species below as pets in Singapore. Many of these animals have been found abandoned, whilst others are handed over to us by their owners.
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In the future, the AWRC will also be able to take in mammals. However, due to problems with the construction of the Main Sanctuary Area of the AWRC, we cannot house mammals at this time. In 2009, ACRES commenced a suit in the High Court against the main contractor (ANA) and its director, who was the site supervisor for the construction of the AWRC, in relation to, amongst other things, the delay in the opening of the AWRC. As of 31st August 2010, ANA Contractor has been ordered by the High Court to pay damages to ACRES, and Justice Kan Ting Chiu ordered a separate hearing before the Registrar to assess the amount of damages ANA should pay ACRES, which was announced to be $26.5 million. ANA has since declared bankruptcy, which has left us with a contaminated land which we could not use for the animals.
ACRES has however continued appealing for using a small portion that is being approved for use by relevant agencies, and we will be starting works once the paperwork is complete. Currently we have started efforts in rehabilitating some of the native mammals such as squirrels and common palm civets for release back in to the wild. Keeping the welfare of these animals in mind, they are not open for public tours.