askST: Preventing roadkill in Singapore

Before development works started at Mandai Lake Road in January last year, Mandai Park Development installed speed-regulating elements such as humps and strips, and hoardings to stop animals from running onto the road. But there are gaps between the hoard
Before development works started at Mandai Lake Road in January last year, Mandai Park Development installed speed-regulating elements such as humps and strips, and hoardings to stop animals from running onto the road. But there are gaps between the hoardings. (above) Signs have also been put up in Mandai Lake Road asking drivers to slow down. Still, nature groups have noticed an increase in the number of roadkill cases there.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
Before development works started at Mandai Lake Road in January last year, Mandai Park Development installed speed-regulating elements such as humps and strips, and hoardings to stop animals from running onto the road. But there are gaps between the hoard
Before development works started at Mandai Lake Road in January last year, Mandai Park Development installed speed-regulating elements such as humps and strips, and hoardings to stop animals from running onto the road. But there are gaps between the hoardings. Signs have also been put up in Mandai Lake Road asking drivers to slow down. Still, nature groups have noticed an increase in the number of roadkill cases there.PHOTO: ANIMAL CONCERNS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION SOCIETY ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
Before development works started at Mandai Lake Road in January last year, Mandai Park Development installed speed-regulating elements such as humps and strips, and hoardings to stop animals from running onto the road. But there are gaps between the hoard
Before development works started at Mandai Lake Road in January last year, Mandai Park Development installed speed-regulating elements such as humps and strips, and hoardings to stop animals from running onto the road. But there are gaps between the hoardings. Signs have also been put up in Mandai Lake Road asking drivers to slow down. Still, nature groups have noticed an increase in the number of roadkill cases there.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
Before development works started at Mandai Lake Road in January last year, Mandai Park Development installed speed-regulating elements such as humps and strips, and hoardings to stop animals from running onto the road. But there are gaps between the hoard
Before development works started at Mandai Lake Road in January last year, Mandai Park Development installed speed-regulating elements such as humps and strips, and hoardings to stop animals from running onto the road. But there are gaps between the hoardings. Signs have also been put up in Mandai Lake Road asking drivers to slow down. Still, nature groups have noticed an increase in the number of roadkill cases there.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
A sambar deer was seriously hurt after it wandered onto the Bukit Timah Expressway near Mandai Road and caused a three-vehicle accident on June 17. It was later put down.
A sambar deer was seriously hurt after it wandered onto the Bukit Timah Expressway near Mandai Road and caused a three-vehicle accident on June 17. It was later put down.PHOTO: ANIMAL CONCERNS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION SOCIETY

What motorists and developers can do as building projects near forests drive animals onto roads

Since work to build two new wildlife parks in Mandai began in January last year, at least five native mammals have died in collisions with vehicles in the vicinity.

The casualties included a critically endangered Sunda pangolin, a leopard cat, two sambar deer and a pregnant wild boar.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2018, with the headline 'Preventing roadkill in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe