Build fences in Mandai area to save wildlife

It was distressing to read the report of another animal dying after an accident (Rare deer put down after 3-vehicle accident; June 18).

In recent times, there have been several such deaths onroads like Mandai Road, Mandai Lake Road and the Bukit Timah Expressway.

Wild animals including snakes, monkeys, wild boars as well as the rarer civet cats, pangolins and deer have been killed.

Some of these animals, I believe, ventured out in search of quieter pastures.

Already, built-up Singapore does not have much wildlife left to offer eco-tourists.

Ironically, the works taking place in Mandai to develop the new resort and bird park to promote eco-tourism could be leading to the deaths of some animals.

If so much can be spent to develop the eco-resort, surely it makes sense to invest a relatively small amount to build simple wire fences to deter and prevent wild animals from encroaching onto the roads.

This would save not only them but also human road users, especially vulnerable motorcyclists, from accidents.

I hope the developers and authorities will act soon.

Edwin Pang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2018, with the headline 'Build fences in Mandai area to save wildlife'. Print Edition | Subscribe