The decision to cancel the Halloween Horrors event at the Night Safari planned for October this year, while a difficult call to make, was made with the best interests of the park and its many visitors in mind. I recognize that the decision has drawn a passionate response. We are looking for ways to redirect that passion into activities that are more in keeping with the stated objectives of the park.
The mission of Wildlife Reserves Singapore is to inspire an appreciation of nature through exciting and meaningful wildlife experiences. Our focus is on education, conservation, family recreation and bonding within the context of a wildlife reserve experience.
On reviewing the Halloween Horrors event, it was not clear that it met these objectives. Over the past few years, the event has not contributed to a noticeable increase in visitors in the month in which it occurred. By contrast, family themed events such as the National Day celebration and Hari Raya have resulted in a significant increase in visitors to the park on peak days.
From the perspectives both of the aims of the park and the commercial realities of running a world class wildlife attraction, the prudent course of action was to cancel the event and redirect those resources to other celebrations of more local relevance. The decision was made in the very best interests of the park and its visitors and reports that imply otherwise are misleading.
WRS will honour all contractual obligations to suppliers of goods and services in connection with this event and will fully reimburse each of the 169 patrons who have purchased the 800 tickets sold.
I appreciate the efforts that have gone into preparing for the event and especially the passion and commitment displayed by the students at Singapore Polytechnic who have been involved in this project. We are exploring ways in which that passion can be directed toward activities that will provide Singaporeans and overseas visitors to the park with an experience more in keeping with the objectives of the Night Safari and more inclusive of people who seek a family evening exploring the park’s many wildlife attractions.
Director & Group CEO
Wildlife Reserves Singapore