Some 70 children from NurturStars were in the news on 2 March 2018, seen with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament, on a conservation education ‘Walk for Wildlife’ at Singapore Zoo in conjunction with World Wildlife Day.
They were among 200 children specially invited to join the march for the launch of a new conservation campaign by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) to garner support for protecting wildlife.
The “Together for Wildlife” campaign encouraged members of the public to post a picture of themselves upside down on Instagram by the end of March to express their support to turn things around for wildlife, and WRS would pledge S$1 towards wildlife conservation for every upside down post recorded.
Mr Tan, who is also Deputy Chairman of Mandai Park Holdings (holding company for WRS), was the guest of honour at the event. He spoke on the importance of raising awareness “for conserving wildlife and biodiversity amongst our younger generations and educating them on the ways they can take action” to give hope to the future of wildlife everywhere.
During their time at the Zoo, the children watched a presentation by WRS introducing them to various wildlife that were being threatened with extinction. They also learnt about how plastic pollution had harmed otters and other wildlife.
WRS’ community and education effort has engaged some 340,000 school children since 2016 with various interactive programmes.