Human-wildlife encounters appear to be on the rise in Singapore. There may be three reasons for this:
- Housing and other infrastructural projects are built ever closer to nature reserves and parks, causing wildlife to forage closer to human habitats.
- Singapore’s desire to become a biophilic ‘City in Nature’ – where nature is interwoven with the urban fabric – has enabled wildlife to thrive in pockets of nature that have not existed before
- Travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have compelled more Singaporeans to look to our own backyard for leisure activities, thereby increasing encounters with wildlife.
Human-wildlife encounters can easily escalate into conflicts, if public apathy towards animals is high while knowledge of animals is low. Yet, the rise in human-wildlife encounters present a golden opportunity for turning such encounters into interactions that are meaningful and sustainable.
Our study seeks to understand how positive human-wildlife interactions can be fostered in a ‘City in Nature’. We wish to understand the kinds of attitudes towards animals that lend themselves to positive interactions; and how these attitudes are shaped by people’s life experiences and knowledge about nature and wildlife.
The first phase of our study involves a population survey. The survey is expected to commence in Q2 2022.
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