For those in Singapore who have not been living under a shell (pun intended), you should know by now that the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum closed their doors at the end of March. This is due to their lease expiring and not being renewed because of new development in the area (according to news outlets). They have been given some leeway by Nparks to stay open until their new place is up. Fingers crossed that they are granted temporary residence until then.
UPDATE: Their Facebook page has information posted for donating to help them set up their new place. So please do drop by their Facebook page.
When we heard the news, we decided to drop by for a visit one last time at their location in Chinese Garden. We live in Tampines, so getting there is a good long hour by train. Which is also the reason why we can’t go as often. This is our third time going to the place and it hasn’t changed much. I mean, turtles (and more so tortoises) are know for living very long lives. Everybody’s favourite part is feeding the turtles, however, because a lot of people have actually made their way to the museum, this may have caused a bit of over feeding of some turtles. As such, we were asked to take it easy with the feeding and only feed those turtles by the bridge. No problem with us. The last time we were here, when Matthew started feeding the turtles, a horde of them started making their way up the bridge towards Matthew. He had fun back then.
It has been a few years since that day. And now the museum is in a tight spot where it needs to be relocated. However, it does not look like smooth sailing with the tight deadlines and the apparent limits of relocating live turtles and tortoises. Frankly, Singapore is a small-ish island with new and renewed development projects that are dictated by growth. To find a suitable place for such animals is a bit of a challenge due to their special needs. Still, they seem to be hanging on for a little while longer at the Chinese Garden and that is certainly good news. Here’s hoping the shelled creatures find a new home soon.