27th August 2004, 05:40 PM
Birds culling at zoo/BP and night safari
Just read this in today's paper. Wonder will all the mandrain ducks be gone?
27th August 2004, 05:44 PM
Is it for all birds or just the pesky ones such as crows.
27th August 2004, 05:50 PM
THE Jurong BirdPark, Singapore Zoo and Night Safari are taking no chances with the discovery of bird flu in Malaysia.
Animal shows at the zoo will no longer use ducks, geese and chickens.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which runs the three attractions, said yesterday that it is culling chickens, ducks and geese at the three locations, following the discovery last week of bird flu on a farm in Kelantan near the Thai border.
When contacted, a spokesman could not say how many have been or will be killed in the exercise.
Crows and mynahs will also be culled, and migratory birds will be trapped and their wings clipped, to temporarily prevent them from flying, so that the risk of bird flu passing from the wild population to the exhibits will be minimised.
There will also be no more incubator and chick-hatching displays at the zoo's Children's World. Ducks, geese and chickens will no longer be used in the animal shows as well.
Vehicles at the parks will also be disinfected.
Dr Ho Yew Kee, the executive director of Wildlife Reserves, said: 'Some may view our measures as being overly kiasu, but given the potential threat, we believe it is more prudent to err on the side of caution.'