1 September 2021
National Parks Board (Singapore)

PI: Dr Harvey Neo (LKYCIC, SUTD)
Co-PI: Dr Samuel Chng (LKYCIC, SUTD)
Team:  Dr Brigid Trenerry, Ms Ariel Tan Jen Li, Mr Li BayiMs Sara Ann Nicholas, Ms Sarah Wong I-Mae (LKYCIC, SUTD)

Human-wildlife encounters appear to be on the rise in Singapore. There may be three reasons for this:

  1. Housing and other infrastructural projects are built ever closer to nature reserves and parks, causing wildlife to forage closer to human habitats.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

If you’d like to learn more about the study, please write to us at We’d love to hear from you!