“Breakfast in the Wild”: A sustainable encounter with wildlife

Mandai Wildlife Reserve is exhibiting at ITB Asia this year, and proudly claims that every visit to their parks “comes with conservation included.” A portion of Mandai’s revenue is committed to protecting wildlife and supporting conservation projects in Singapore and the region, and a number of their activities and programmes include education surrounding the protection of wildlife and the environment.

Mandai’s “Breakfast in the Wild”, for example, gives diners a chance to meet some of the zoo’s animals while instilling a sense of respect for wildlife. The activity runs from 9:00a.m. to 10:30a.m. in the rainforest zoo and visitors get a chance to spend time with animals from 9:30a.m. to 10:00a.m. after enjoying a hearty breakfast made up of local and international dishes. The zoo’s wildlife ambassadors introduce the animals to guests, along with a number of ground rules. Visitors must wash their hands, leave their food at their table and queue in an orderly manner so as not to frighten or startle the animals. The wildlife ambassador who works with the orangutans suggests visitors take a break from eating and come and see the orangutan first as he comes down to enjoy some bananas but is free to leave at any time. A professional photographer is also present at “Breakfast in the Wild” to give visitors the opportunity to purchase photos with the animals.