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Singapore's Wildlife Comeback: Sambar Deer Making a Surprising Return to the City!

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

In a recent study, it was revealed that the Sambar deer, a large species of deer native to Southeast Asia, is making a comeback in Singapore. After decades of being absent from the island, sightings of Sambar deer have been reported in several nature reserves across Singapore, indicating that the species is thriving once again.

This news comes as a welcome surprise for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers in Singapore, as it is a sign that the conservation efforts in the country are paying off. The Sambar deer is just one of the many species of wildlife that have been reintroduced to the country in recent years, following extensive efforts to preserve and protect Singapore's natural habitats.

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However, as exciting as this news may be, it is important to remember that these animals are wild and should be treated with caution and respect. Here are some first aid tips and safety awareness measures to ensure the safety of both wildlife and humans in Singapore:

  1. Keep a safe distance: Wild animals are unpredictable and can be dangerous if they feel threatened or cornered. Keep a safe distance from them and never attempt to approach or touch them.

  2. Avoid feeding them: Feeding wild animals can cause them to lose their natural instincts and become dependent on humans for food, which can lead to aggressive behavior and other problems.

  3. Stay alert: When in areas where wildlife is known to roam, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Be mindful of signs indicating areas where wildlife is present.

  4. Know basic first aid: In the unlikely event that you are injured by a wild animal, it is important to know basic first aid techniques such as stopping bleeding and treating wounds.

Due to the large size of the deer, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore was alerted and a team was able to safely contain the injured animal. PHOTO: ACRES

The return of the Sambar deer and other wildlife species to Singapore is a testament to the country's commitment to preserving its natural heritage. It is important that we continue to support these conservation efforts and work towards creating a sustainable environment for both humans and wildlife.

By following safety awareness measures and treating wildlife with respect, we can ensure that these animals continue to thrive in Singapore's natural habitats. As a society, we must recognize the importance of wildlife in Singapore and work towards preserving it for future generations to enjoy. Reference:

"Sambar deer making a return in Singapore, study shows" - The Straits Times Link: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/sambar-deer-making-a-return-in-singapore-study-shows
"Wildlife Conservation in Singapore: Past, Present, and Future" - Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Link: https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/app/uploads/2017/06/RBZ-2008-56-1-9.pdf
"Singapore’s conservation achievements" - Wild Singapore Link: https://wildsingapore.com/news/20080815.htm
"The Singapore Red Data Book: Threatened Plants and Animals of Singapore" - Ministry of the Environment, Singapore Link: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/-/media/nparks-real-content/gardens-parks-and-nature/nature-conservation/red-data-book/singapore-red-data-book.pdf
"Wild Animals of Singapore: A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes" - Nick Baker Link: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/-/media/nparks-real-content/gardens-parks-and-nature/nature-conservation/wild-animals-of-singapore.pdf
"The Singapore Green Plan 2030" - Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, Singapore Link: https://www.mse.gov.sg/-/media/corporate/sgp2030/pdf/singapore-green-plan-2030.pdf
"Wildlife in a Changing World: An Analysis of the 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species" - International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Link: https://www.iucn.org/content/wildlife-changing-world-analysis-2008-iucn-red-list-threatened-species




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