perspectives A Workweek Amid the Wildlife Benjamin Tan, ’06, recently signed on to become the deputy CEO and chief commercial officer at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, a self-funded organization that operates the Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari, and Jurong Bird Park. Conservation is at its core, not only in its parks but also in Southeast Asia, where it is involved in more than 40 wildlife projects that protect species in their native habitats. A major expansion project is underway that will offer more potential for Singapore’s zoological parks to be world-leading centers of animal conservation, education, and research. There will be a new bird park that replaces the existing one after 50 years, and will see an increase in conservation-dependent species. There will also be a rainforest park, nature-themed indoor experiences, and an eco-friendly resort. Tan is in charge of helping the team rise to the challenge, beginning in 2022 when the new offerings progressively launch and Wildlife Reserves Singapore expects to see visitor figures double to 10 million a year. Transitioning from the aviation industry that kept him constantly on the road for much of the past decade, Tan says he finds deep meaning in working to preserve Singapore’s world-class biodiversity and rallying the parks’ visitors to embrace and advocate conservation and sustainable practices in their everyday lives. Here, he walks us through a typical week in his world.