WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE TO ADOPT NEW ELEPHANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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New system deemed to provide higher degree of safety; Overhaul to be implemented in phases

Singapore, 15 December 2014 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) will be phasing in the protected contact elephant management system for all elephants in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo over the next few years.

When fully in place, all staff training and interaction with elephants under the protected contact system will be conducted through a physical safety barrier. The protected contact management system is based on positive reinforcement where animals are motivated by rewards such as food.

The two parks will be among the first zoological institutions in Asia to implement the protected contact management system for all elephants in its collection. Among the modern zoo community, this method is currently deemed to be the safest way to manage elephants while ensuring proper animal care and welfare.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, WRS, said, “The decision to adopt the protected contact management system was made after an internal review by our elephant managers and healthcare experts, who found that this system of management offers a safer work environment for the elephant keepers. Importantly, the new system will continue to allow our keepers access to the elephants for their daily care, although separated by a safety barrier.”

The complete implementation of the protected contact system will take three to five years as it will involve major redesign and construction of the elephant exhibits, back-of-house facilities as well as re-training of our elephants and elephant keepers.

The first phase of moving towards the protected contact system will be the cessation of programmes involving direct visitor contact with the elephants. From 5 January 2015, elephant rides and other activities where elephants are taken out of their exhibits will cease at the zoo. This is to allow the elephants to spend more time in the exhibits and to socialise among themselves.

Visitors to Singapore Zoo will still be able to enjoy the Elephants at Work and Play show (available twice daily at 11.30am and 3.30pm), and take part in elephant feeding sessions which happens after each show.

Dr Cheng continued, “Providing meaningful interactive opportunities with our animals is one of the most valuable services we bring to our visitors. Our new elephant exhibits will be designed to enable up-close encounters, and give us the chance to offer new behind-the-scenes experiences.”

BIRTH OF ENDANGERED ASIAN LION CUBS ROUND UP NIGHT SAFARI’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A ROAR

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Birth of two more cubs makes it a dozen babies in total for prolific Asian lion pair;

Only 300 Asian lions remain in India’s Gir Forest, the only place where they are found in the wild

Baring its full set of small but sharp teeth, this feisty little Asian lion cub is all set to roar into the new year, as part of the pride of 13 Asian lions that calls Night Safari home. The as-yet-unnamed cub is one of two Asian lion babies born on 27 September 2014. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Baring its full set of small but sharp teeth, this feisty little Asian lion cub is all set to roar into the new year, as part of the pride of 13 Asian lions that calls Night Safari home. The as-yet-unnamed cub is one of two Asian lion babies born on 27 September 2014. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Singapore, 9 December 2014 – As a sweet finale to Night Safari’s 20th anniversary this year, endangered Asian lion residents Khapat and Amba gifted the park with two Asian lion cubs, making them the 11th and 12th babies to be born to their prolific parents.

Born on 27 September, the tawny male and female pair was sexed, microchipped and given a round of vaccinations during their veterinary checkup in late November. Visitors can look out for them in upcoming months, when they will be introduced to their older siblings in the Asian lion exhibit along Night Safari’s tram route. For now, they are spending time bonding with mom in the cubbing den at a back of house facility.

One of the newest members of Night Safari’s Asian lion pride bares its teeth to demonstrate its mettle. The cub, one of two born on 27 September 2014, is currently bonding with mom in a back of house facility, but will be introduced to the Asian lion exhibit along Night Safari’s tram route in upcoming months. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

One of the newest members of Night Safari’s Asian lion pride bares its teeth to demonstrate its mettle. The cub, one of two born on 27 September 2014, is currently bonding with mom in a back of house facility, but will be introduced to the Asian lion exhibit along Night Safari’s tram route in upcoming months. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “It’s always heartening to welcome new babies into our collection, especially at a time when many of the world’s wildlife species are being threatened as a direct result of human-related activities. These births are a valuable addition to an assurance colony of Asian lions under human care, and will help to safeguard against extinction in the wild.

Dr Ng Weng Yan, veterinarian, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, holds the male cub still to take its weight, as part of a health check. The cub weighed close to 8kg at two months, while his sister is a little lighter at approximately 6.8kg. Aside from being sexed for the first time, the cubs were also vaccinated and microchipped for identification.  Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Dr Ng Weng Yan, veterinarian, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, holds the male cub still to take its weight, as part of a health check. The cub weighed close to 8kg at two months, while his sister is a little lighter at approximately 6.8kg. Aside from being sexed for the first time, the cubs were also vaccinated and microchipped for identification.
Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

The Asian lion is a separate subspecies from the African lion. Listed as endangered under the IUCN* Red List, it is smaller in size and sports a less significant mane compared to its African cousin. Most of the wild Asian lion population is found in India’s Gir Forest, a protected sanctuary where about 300 of these magnificent animals roam. Additionally, close to 340 Asian lions live in zoos. Night Safari has 13 lions in its pride, the fourth largest collection under human care.

Night Safari hopes that it will be able to contribute to Asian lion numbers, both wild and under human care, through its captive breeding programme. To date, Night Safari has successfully bred twelve Asian lion cubs, one of which was sent to Denmark’s Aalborg Zoo last June, as part of an animal exchange programme.

Award-winning Night Safari, the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals, officially celebrated her 20th anniversary in May this year.

*IUCN: International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

SAFARI ZOO RUN 2015 SET TO BE WILDER THAN BEFORE!

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Seventh installment of popular run will be double the fun, with dedicated days

for competitive and fun runners over the weekend of 7 and 8 February 2015

Photo Credit: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Photo Credit: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 3 December 2014Safari Zoo Run 2015 will be an even wilder affair compared to previous years, with activities spread across two days for the first time in the run’s seven-year history.

Next year’s run will see competitive runners racing on 7 February while 8 February will be the fun run where the runners will also get the opportunity to participate in a ‘Best Dressed Runner’ contest and get a chance to enjoy a whole host of carnival festivities.

The races, both competitive and fun, will transport runners past animal exhibits through meandering paths lined by greenery in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.

Safari Zoo Run was conceived to commemorate Singapore Zoo’s famous matriarch and one of Singapore’s most adored personalities — Ah Meng the Sumatran orang utan. The iconic personality died of old age in February 2008.

Photo Credit: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Photo Credit: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Avid runners can look forward to competitive races such as the 12km or 6km Safari Zoo Challenge on 7 February. The top three winners in each of the competitive categories will stand to win prizes worth up to $300.

Little ones between 4-8 years of age can encourage their parents to sign up for the 2.8km Parent & Child Run, while kids between 8-12 years can take part in the 2.8km Fastest Kid race. Families looking to bond over a healthy walk amidst nature can enjoy a more leisurely pace with the 6km Safari Zoo Fun Run. All family-friendly activities are scheduled for 8 February.

For the first time in the run’s history, fun runners will be able to enjoy a Safari Zoo Run Carnival after their race, where festivities, such as a bazaar, mascots’ meet and greet sessions, fun fair stations, educational stations, and exciting performances await.

Each participant will receive an exclusive dri-fit Safari Zoo Run singlet or T-shirt (worth $24.90) and other attractive goodies including discounted admission to Night Safari or a chance to stroll through River Safari in the evening. In addition, all runners will walk away with an exclusive animal-motif finisher medal and a one-day entry to Singapore Zoo on the day of the run.

Early bird registration is now open until 31 December 2014. For more information, log on to www.safarizoorun.com.sg.  Part of the proceeds from the Safari Zoo Run will go towards the care of threatened animals at Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.

Details at a glance

Dates and times    :    Safari Zoo Challenge

7 February 2015 (Saturday)

4.00pm – 7.00pm

Safari Zoo Fun Run

8 February 2015 (Sunday)

Races       : 9.00am – 12.00pm

Carnival    : 10.00am – 3.00pm

Venue                   :    Night Safari and Singapore Zoo

80 Mandai Lake Road

Singapore 729826

Race Categories

safari zoo run categories

*     Child defied as 3-12 years old

**   Free race participation for children below 3 years old. No runners’ entitlement for children below 3 years.

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED BALI MYNAHS FIND NEW HOME IN JURONG BIRD PARK

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First feathered residents move into soon-to-be-opened Wings of Asia aviary

Avian management officer, Ivan Choo, releases a pair of Bali mynahs into Jurong Bird Park’s Wings of Asia aviary which will officially open in late January 2015.  PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Avian management officer, Ivan Choo, releases a pair of Bali mynahs into Jurong Bird Park’s Wings of Asia aviary which will officially open in late January 2015.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

SINGAPORE, 4 December 2014 – Four critically endangered Bali mynahs, whose numbers add up to fewer than 50 in the wild, were among the first feathered residents to move into the new Wings of Asia aviary at Jurong Bird Park.

The Bali mynah, or Bali starling, is found only in the Bali islands of Indonesia and can be identified through its clear white feathers, black-tipped wings and vivid blue skin around its eyes. The declining numbers are primarily attributable to unsustainable, illegal trapping for the pet trade and rapid habitat destruction.

With fewer than 50 left in the wild, the Bali mynah is one of the many rare bird species that Jurong Bird Park aims to protect through its conservation and research programmes. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

With fewer than 50 left in the wild, the Bali mynah is one of the many rare bird species that Jurong Bird Park aims to protect through its conservation and research programmes.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

To conserve the species, Jurong Bird Park has been working with the Bali-based Begawan Foundation on a breeding and exchange programme to boost the population and enhance the gene pool of Bali mynahs raised under human care.

In the next few weeks, over 300 feathered residents will be moved into their new homes. Visitors to Jurong Bird Park will soon get to marvel at Asia’s rarest and most exotic birds with the unveiling of the Wings of Asia aviary in late January 2015.

LITTLE ZOO HOO WILDLIFE WARRIORS CAN DISCOVER WAYS TO SAVE THE EARTH IN SINGAPORE ZOO THIS DECEMBER

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Visitors are invited to go wild with fun activities like token feeding surprises,
warrior trail stations and play sessions every weekend from 6 – 28 December

Snap a photo with the Zoo Hoo Mascots at Singapore Zoo this year-end holidays before going on the Wildlife Warrior Trail to learn more about loving and saving wildlife through play and game. Zoo Hoo 2014 at Singapore Zoo happens every weekend from 6-28 December.  PHOTO CREDIT: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Snap a photo with the Zoo Hoo Mascots at Singapore Zoo this year-end holidays before going on the Wildlife Warrior Trail to learn more about loving and saving wildlife through play and game. Zoo Hoo 2014 at Singapore Zoo happens every weekend from 6-28 December.
PHOTO CREDIT: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Singapore, 19 November 2014 – Let the little ones unleash their heroism and become Zoo Hoo Wildlife Warriors at Singapore Zoo every weekend from 6 – 28 December, which promises fun and educational activities such as game challenges, art and craft stations and an interactive play and storytelling experience.

Kids on the Wildlife Warrior Trail (WWT) will learn ways to protect and save threatened animal species such as the orang utan, white rhinoceros, and Asian elephant. The first 350 kids to complete the trail every activity day will be rewarded with a special WWT goodie!

Along the way, enjoy art and craft sessions and make bottle cap badges, stickers and even your own 2015 calendar. Zoo Hoo 2014 at Singapore Zoo happens every weekend from 6-28 December.  PHOTO CREDIT: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Along the way, enjoy art and craft sessions and make bottle cap badges, stickers and even your own 2015 calendar. Zoo Hoo 2014 at Singapore Zoo happens every weekend from 6-28 December.
PHOTO CREDIT: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Wildlife Warrior Trail

Date:          6-28 December 2014 (weekends only)

Venue:       Singapore Zoo (80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826)

Fee:           Free of charge

Notes:       Singapore Zoo admission rates of $28.00 (adult) and $18.00 (child ages 3 to 12 years) apply

Highlights

Table of Activities

A DAZZLING TIME AWAITS AT NIGHT SAFARI’S MYSTICA

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200 lucky visitors who complete MYSTICA Quest each night will win sparkly prizes; Funtastical creatures & family fun await at park’s signature event between 21 Nov – 20 Dec

Image 1: The enchanting ensemble of Mystica inhabitants are waiting to welcome you to Night Safari this year end. This year, the park’s signature event will beckon guests to go on a Mystica Quest to collect multi-coloured wristbands in return for a glittery reward. Mystica will happen every Friday and Saturday night, from 21 November to 20 December.  Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Image 1: The enchanting ensemble of MYSTICA inhabitants are waiting to welcome you to Night Safari this year end. This year, the park’s signature event will beckon guests to go on a MYSTICA Quest to collect multi-coloured wristbands in return for a glittery reward. MYSTICA will happen every Friday and Saturday night, from 21 November to 20 December.
Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Singapore, 18 Nov 2014 – MYSTICA, the signature event of Night Safari, returns once again with an enchanting ensemble of wild mystical characters to light up the night.

Visitors to Night Safari will step into a wonderland of dazzling lights as they enter the park. There, they will be met by the mysterious and magical Island Keeper, who will encourage them to go on a MYSTICA Quest which will have them navigating challenges and solving puzzles to collect wristbands. Along the way, curious creatures will guide them. Be prepared to come face to face with the Ravishing Raven, the most divine of the MYSTICA inhabitants; the ebullient Jumparoo, with his springy dance steps; and the scintillating Slithery Snake, with her shimmery moves.

Image 2: MYSTICA’s most divine inhabitant, the Ravishing Raven is ever ready to take selfies with guests who approach him. This year, Night Safari’s signature event will beckon guests to go on a MYSTICA Quest to collect multi-coloured wristbands in return for a glittery reward.  Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Image 2: MYSTICA’s most divine inhabitant, the Ravishing Raven is ever ready to take selfies with guests who approach him. This year, Night Safari’s signature event will beckon guests to go on a MYSTICA Quest to collect multi-coloured wristbands in return for a glittery reward.
Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

When visitors have collected all the multi-coloured wristbands and completed their MYSTICA Quest, they will be rewarded with a sparkly surprise. The first 200 guests who do so every event night will receive a glittery gift.

Tertiary students 17 years and above enjoy four adult admission tickets for the price of three for onsite purchases only. Other terms and conditions apply. More details are available at nightsafari.com.sg/mystica

Image 3: A young Night Safari guest gleefully poses for a photo with MYSTICA’s Golden Birds, with their glistening feathers. MYSTICA will happen every Friday and Saturday night, from 21 November to 20 December. Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Image 3: A young Night Safari guest gleefully poses for a photo with MYSTICA’s Golden Birds, with their glistening feathers. MYSTICA will happen every Friday and Saturday night, from 21 November to 20 December.
Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Join us for an exhilarating time at Night Safari this year-end with MYSTICA, where the nighttime wilderness comes alive.

Details

Dates: 21, 22, 28, 29 Nov and 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 Dec (Fri and Sat)

Time: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Venue: Night Safari (start your quest at the Entrance Plaza)

Fee: Festivities at the entrance are free but usual admission of $39 (adult) and $25 (child 3-12 years) applies for those entering the park

Wildlife Reserves Singapore gets industry nod at Singapore Experience Awards 2014

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Night Safari wins Best Attraction and receives Exceptional Achievement Award;
WRS receives four awards for the year

Singapore, 31 October 2013 – Night Safari wins Best Attraction at Singapore Experience Awards for the third consecutive year, bringing the biggest cheer for the Wildlife Reserves Singapore team who walked away with four accolades at the Singapore Experience Awards 2014.

In a year where Night Safari celebrates its 20th anniversary, the world’s first wildlife park for nocturnal animals was recognised for providing the ‘Best Visitor Attraction Experience’, making this its 12th honour in this category. As it is Night Safari’s third consecutive year winning this accolade, the park also received an Exceptional Achievement Award under the Special Recognition category.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “It is a great tribute to receive these awards and the team is both honoured and euphoric. We are especially happy about the Night Safari win. The home-grown attraction celebrates her 20th anniversary this year, and being recognised yet again as the Best Visitor attraction is testament of the team’s hard work and commitment to providing the ultimate night-time wildlife experience to visitors.”

Being the world’s first nocturnal zoo, Night Safari’s unique offering and stellar reputation has made her a firm favourite and iconic attraction for both foreign and local visitors. Through the years, the team has worked hard to maintain this world class establishment.

Hosted and presented by the Singapore Tourism Board, the Singapore Experience Awards is Singapore tourism’s highest accolade; celebrating the luminaries who constantly innovate and create distinctive and compelling Singapore experiences.

In the awards category for marketing and media, ‘River Safari: The River is Calling’ won the Most Innovative Marketing Idea. This award celebrates marketing and promotional efforts through creative campaigns and media that showcase the compelling sights and sounds of Singapore.

In the awards category for individuals, a Wildlife Reserves Singapore employee from Singapore Zoo, Divine Real Clenista Santos walked away with the award for Best Customer Service (Retail).

Tan Han Qiang and Bryan Lim Kuan Loong were also nominated by the public for their exemplary performance at the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park respectively, and were finalists in the Best Customer Service (Attractions).

Results were unveiled at a gala presentation ceremony this evening. Finalists in each category were nominated by industry players and experts, with the final winner picked by a panel of judges.

Mr Lee added, “Receiving industry recognition at the Singapore Experience Awards is a great honour, and it no doubt spurs the team on to continue giving our best efforts to provide our guests with memorable wildlife experience in Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo.”

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