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Wildlife Health, Rescue and Rehabilitation

In addition to conservation and research projects in Singapore, WRS is also involved in local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and wildlife health and breeding research.

Wildlife Rescue Centre

The Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park are proud to be wildlife rescue centres, where rescued wildlife are cared for and nursed back to health. We accept animal donations from the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), members of the public, the Singapore Police Force, ACRES, NParks, and other organisations. We are proud to have rehabilitated and released over 3000 animals in the past five years.


All attempts are made to absorb exotic donated and confiscated animals into our collection. However, animals that cannot be integrated for various reasons are maintained off-exhibit until a suitable home is found for them in another facility. In some cases, especially where a large number of animals are confiscated, we work with the AVA to repatriate the animals to their country of origin.


With our dedicated and expert staff, the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park continue to champion the wellbeing of animals that have been made victims of the illegal pet trade and ensure that they are well taken care of during their stay here.

If you have found injured wildlife, please call the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Hotline on 9783-7782. They are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Top: Confiscated Star tortoises.
Bottom: Release of Honey Buzzard.

Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre

In March 2006, WRS set up the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre (WHRC) to boost its research and conservation capabilities of animals at Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. The WHRC, a 1,600- square-metre, double-storey facility that cost S$3.6 million to build, was officially opened by President S R Nathan.

Built purposefully to provide medical care for the animals, WHRC has facilities such as the treatment room, surgery room, laboratory, x-ray room, pharmacy, animal wards and post-mortem room. There is also an interpretive gallery where visitors are able to gain an insight into the veterinary practices and cases.

WHRC aspires to be a regional and, possibly in time to come, global leader in veterinary healthcare and research, training of Zoo vets and reproductive research in Zoo animals. The centre further underscores Singapore Zoo and Night Safari’s commitment to conservation research, providing the infrastructure for the parks and overseas zoological partners to better execute their research programmes. The facility is part of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari’s master plan, which outlines a greater role that the parks will be playing in public education, conservation and research, as the parks are transformed into open, learning classrooms.

Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre

Breeding and Research Centre

The Jurong Bird Park houses a Breeding and Research Centre. See here for more details. This is also open for public to visit and learn how our feathered friends are reared.