Titles and abstracts

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The Role of Wildlife Reserves in Research and Conservation in Singapore
Dr G Agoramoorthy
Director (Research & Conservation)
Wildlife Reserves Singapore

The Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), the organization managing the Singapore Zoological Gardens, Night Safari and Jurong BirdPark has been involved in the conservation of biodiversity in Singapore for the past decade. With more than 30 years of experience managing captive populations of several species of endangered wildlife, the WRS has used its expertise in collaborative efforts with local institutions such as the National Parks Board and National University of Singapore to promote biodiversity conservation. Projects include conservation breeding of local fauna such as the lesser mousedeer (Tragulus javanicus), leopard cat (Felis bengalensis), slow loris (Nyticebus coucang), small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea), and three-striped palm civet (Arctogalidia trivirgata). Besides, it also works to actively support students and biologists who conduct research and contribute to conservation of local fauna; examples are the on-going population census of flying lemurs (Cynocephalus variegatus), banded leaf monkeys (Presbytis femoralis), and long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). Furthermore, WRS has established the Wildlife Research and Conservation Fund to encourage biologists to carry out research on the conservation of biodiversity not only in Singapore but in other countries in South East Asia as well.