Learn about our sustainability efforts at Wildlife Reserves Singapore

We’re eating up the earth.

In the sea, unsustainable practices such as overfishing are depleting marine life and placing the health of our fresh and saltwater ecosystems at risk.

On land, unsustainable palm oil plantations using slash-and-burn practices are destroying homes for animals such as orangutans.

What’s more, our regular use of non-biodegradable plastic is creating an enormous amount of waste and pollution, which could take thousands of years to break down.

Join us in our endeavor to save the earth, by eating only sustainable seafood, using 100% sustainable palm oil and avoiding plastic bottles - one at a time.

Sustainably-sourced Seafood

All our eateries serve only seafood that is sustainably-sourced. Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is caught with the least impact on the environment. This means that the catch (fish, prawns, crabs etc.):

  • Is not from a species that is overfished
  • Is caught with fishing methods that do not damage marine habitats like corals and do not trap and kill other species like turtles and dolphins in the process.

Sustainable fishing is important for two main reasons:

  • To ensure that future generations of humans can enjoy seafood. At present, 90 per cent of the world's fish stocks are overexploited. Scientists predict that if current rates of overfishing continue, in 30 years, there will be no more edible fish in the oceans.
  • To protect the health of fresh and saltwater ecosystems. The ecosystems of oceans and rivers rely on a delicate balance between all the species contained within it. Overfishing of one species can have huge ramifications for others both up and down the food chain. Likewise, unsustainable fishing practices can inflict damage on other organisms. For example, coral is damaged by dynamite fishing, trawler fishing, and even accidently by fishing boat anchors.

Choose to buy and eat only sustainable seafood. As more consumers and restaurants choose sustainably sourced food/ingredients, rising demand will encourage suppliers to make improvements in the way they farm or catch fish in order to achieve certification.
Here’s what you can do:

  • Visit the WWF website and download the Singapore Sustainable Seafood Guide or the WWF Fishial Recognition App to check which seafood is overexploited and should be avoided.
  • When out grocery shopping, look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) label on the seafood products you buy. These labels certify that what you’re buying is sustainably caught or responsibly farmed seafood.
  • Support companies that have made commitments to using only certified sustainable seafood.

100% Sustainable Palm Oil

We have switched to using only certified segregated sustainable palm oil for cooking in all of our F&B outlets. WRS has also joined the Singapore Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil, a group of companies who have banded together to encourage more companies to switch to sustainably produced palm oil.

  • Sustainable palm oil refers to palm oil grown on land that does not contain significant biodiversity or wildlife, so as to minimize the negative impact to wildlife and their habitat as well as our environment.

Read more about WRS’s commitment to sustainable palm oil consumption.

  • As land and forests must be cleared for the development of the palm oil plantations, the industry is notoriously linked to major issues like deforestation, habitat degradation and climate change in the countries where it is produced.
  • Large-scale deforestation is encroaching on the habitats of many species, driving them to extinction.
  • Findings show that if nothing changes, species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers in less than 3 years.
  • Slash-and-burn methods used to clear native forests also emit immense quantities of smoke and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing significantly to climate change and air pollution (e.g. Haze in Singapore caused by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia).

Consumer choice and purchasing behaviour can make a difference to the welfare and wellbeing of wildlife and their habitats. As more consumers choose sustainable palm oil, rising demand will encourage suppliers to make improvements in the way they produce palm oil in order to achieve certification.
Here’s what you, as a consumer can do:

  • Visit the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) website or download the RSPO Android App to check which companies hold supply chain certificates and source from certified sustainable palm oil growers.
  • When out shopping, look for the RSPO logo on the products that you buy.
  • Support companies that have made commitments to using only certified sustainable palm oil.

Reducing Bottled Water Campaign

Our Bottled Water Campaign aims to reduce bottled water consumption by discouraging guests from purchasing and drinking bottled water, and encouraging them to use and refill reusable water bottles instead. Our ultimate aim is to reduce single-use plastic waste. In our parks, bottled water is the key contributor of single-use plastic waste.
To support this initiative:

  • A total of 13 water dispensers will be installed throughout Singapore Zoo and River Safari by the end of 2016; similar installations will follow soon for Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
  • Our water dispensers will be free to use for all our guests.
  • Refillable Water Bottles will be sold at retail shops, F&B outlets and vending machines throughout our parks.
  • Plastic is non-biodegradable and takes thousands of years to break down, thus creating an enormous amount of waste and pollution.
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth FOUR TIMES.
  • Hundreds of thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, whales, and other marine animals die each year from ocean pollution and ingestion of plastic debris found on beaches or in oceans.

Every action counts. If we each reduce one single-use plastic bottle a day, Singapore will reduce plastic waste by 2 billion bottles a year! Plastic is non-biodegradable and takes thousands of years to break down, thus creating an enormous amount of waste and pollution.

  • REDUCE: Buy a reusable water bottle and carry it with you everywhere.
  • REFILL: Fill up at water dispensers or other safe drinking water sources.
  • RECYCLE: If you must use plastic bottles, recycle them.

Other sustainability initiatives at WRS

  • Using environmentally-friendly shopping bags instead of plastic bags in our retail stores
  • Using FSCTM-certified paper for the office, park maps, tickets, outreach material and F&B packaging
  • Recycling or reusing horticulture waste for other purposes
  • Harnessing solar energy, where possible, to power the lights in our parks