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Sun 24 Jun 2007

ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre - preview party

Category : Singapore Naturalist

I was at the ACRES WIdlife Rescue Centre (AWRC) in Sungei Tengah this afternoon for a preview party with some of the MR-BT Briskwalk gang, Toddycats Dinesh, monkey, budak and the iconic Ria Tan. I also discovered that the Department of Biological Sciences can be proud - fresh biology graduate, Nora, is ACRES staff. That makes it two bio grads there, in addition to Louis Ng, of course.

Ria, Ladybug and I unashamedly opened up our umbrellas under the blazing sun and trooped after Nora, our guide around the premises/ We saw the upcoming enclosures, quarantine sites, education facility, visitor block, campsite, store, toilets, showers and the perimeter fence. Yup we were kinda curious - good thing we wore closed shoes for its still a construction site. It all looked very nice after some hard work by the ACRES team.

At one of the many conversations that peppered the afternoon, some of us were talking about the grim reality about the need for AWRC. Many of us had made tough decisions in the past and were grateful to see a place like this setup. Some fund-raisers had encountered detractors, as there would be, but it is always important to see if the logic of any operation can stand the test.

Eventually we sat down and in the early evening, it got cool and breezy and then there were games! The nature/envt group was riotous during the animal and music quiz as we lobbied for the rights of invetebrates! Eventually we easily lost to Team Bala who had, however, two members suspiciously tied for top spot! By then we were eager to get our hands on food which Anandha Bavan vegetarian restaurant had generously donated to the hungry guests. Everyone tucked in and a for brief moment there, everyone stopped talking!

I got catch up with some old friends and make a few new ones, including one who asked after Xylo! Oh, he's well and is in fact, chomping down on a fresh meal. I did have to leave quite early, in order to hand over some stuff and was just in time as it turned out.

As we left, we marveled at the reality of the ACRES' dream that was becoming true. Money is still needed so hop over to their webpage and donate if you can; every dollar counts. Read more about the Wildlife Rescue Centre here.

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