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Tucked away in Singapore’s concrete jungle is a patch of real jungle, home to one of the island’s national treasures, the Night Safari. Here, Vijaya Kumar Pillai shares with us the exciting journey that resulted in the development and construction of the world’s first night safari. Vijaya Kumar Pillai, 66, director of Special Projects and Development at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, was there when the Night Safari existed only as a wild dream in a few people’s imaginations. It was the 1980s, and 60 acres of forest lay untouched in the wilds of Mandai. The late Dr. Ong Swee Law, then-Chairman…