Trees, ponds at wildlife parks offer food for thought

I learnt something during my recent visit to the Singapore Zoo and River Safari.

The two parks have made visits pleasant for visitors despite the hot and humid weather conditions.

The River Safari has more covered paths while the Singapore Zoo, being bigger, has plenty of tall trees to provide shade for its visitors.

There are also many shelters for visitors to rest.

Both places could explore installing water coolers at the covered paths and shelters so that visitors can quench their thirst in the face of the hot sun.

The amount of food the animals at the parks consume daily must be enormous.

How about growing plants and trees which, besides offering shade, can also provide leaves and fruits for some of the animals to feed on?

The ponds in the parks could also be used to rear fish, which can also be a source of food for other animals.

It is critical for the parks to keep their operational costs low without compromising on the well-being of the animals, and while still being able to create a pleasant and educational environment for all visitors.

I look forward to visiting the parks again during the next school holidays.

Lim Lih Mei (Ms)