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Night Safari founder Bernard Harrison suggests 'un-zoo' as unique attraction

Published on Apr 9, 2014 8:28 AM
Ms Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of travel industry site Web In Travel, moderating yesterday's talk by Mr Bernard Harrison (right) entitled Creating World Class Tourist Attractions Out of Humble Products. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

The man who founded the Night Safari - a world-first when it opened in 1994 - has another radical idea.

Mr Bernard Harrison revealed yesterday that he has suggested to the Singapore Tourism Board the creation of an "un-zoo", in which visitors can enjoy "random" up-close encounters with trained animals like monkeys and otters.

Such encounters, orchestrated by guides, will be more exciting than seeing animals "behind glass", he said.

He was speaking to more than 100 civil servants, academics and consultants during a lecture at the Ministry of National Development organised by the Centre for Liveable Cities.

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Then you walk out, and in front of you wriggles a small, green snake. It goes in front of your path, and you say: 'Did you see that? 

Mr Bernard Harrison, former Wildlife Reserves chief executive, on the kind of "random" encounters that visitors can enjoy at an "un-zoo"