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OWN

About

The Our Wild Neighbours Initiative

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Not only is Singapore home to a population of 5.7 million people, it is also home to a large variety of native wildlife. As we progress towards a City in Nature, it is common for people to encounter monitor lizards at fish ponds, a reticulated python travelling through our waterways, a flock of hornbills at a coffee shop, or for people to be awoken by the ‘uwu’ bird. 
 
However, it isn’t always easy to live with our wild neighbours. The Urban Wildlife Working Group (UWG) is a collaboration of multiple stakeholders for the conservation and management of low-profile native urban wildlife in Singapore, and seeks solutions for wildlife conflict, rescue, rehabilitation and release.

 

Every month, members of the UWG receive an average of 2500 calls from the public about wild animals. Over time, we learnt that issues around human-wildlife encounters often stem from a lack of understanding and preparedness about Singapore’s native wildlife. 

Thus, in April 2022, UWG members together with other partners in the nature community launched the Our Wild Neighbours (OWN) initiative – a consolidated, country-wide outreach programme to promote coexistence with Singapore’s native wildlife.

Our Goals

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Promote coexistence

with Singapore's wildlife

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Equip the public with knowledge

of what they can do during wildlife encounters

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Raise Awareness

about ongoing wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release efforts 

This Website

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On this website, you can learn about commonly encountered wildlife species in Singapore, and what you can do if you were to encounter them. Those who are curious and wish to learn more can attend events associated with the OWN initiative, and also browse Further Resources we have compiled. 

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OWN Partners

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Core Committee

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ACRES (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society)

Core Committee

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Mandai Nature

Core Committee

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National Parks Board (NParks)

Core Committee

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Otter Working Group

Core Committee

Other OWN Partners

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Herpetological Society of Singapore

Herpetological Society of Singapore

OWN Partner

Nature Society Singapore (NSS)

Nature Society Singapore (NSS)

OWN Partner

Jane Goodall Institute Singapore (JGIS)

Jane Goodall Institute Singapore (JGIS)

OWN Partner

Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group

Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group

OWN Partner

Mandai Wildlife Group

Mandai Wildlife Group

OWN Partner

Singapore Pangolin Working Group

Singapore Pangolin Working Group

OWN Partner

NUS Toddycats

NUS Toddycats

OWN Partner

Singapore Wildcat Action Group (SWAG)

Singapore Wildcat Action Group (SWAG)

OWN Partner

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Website Design & Creation

Amanda Chng

Catherine Chang

Illustrations

Serene See