MESSAGE FROM ISABELLA LOH, DIRECTOR & GROUP CEO, WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

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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.

Isabella Loh
Director & Group CEO
Wildlife Reserves Singapore

JOIN THE CARNIVAL OF FUN AT JURONG BIRD PARK AND SINGAPORE ZOO THIS CHILDREN’S DAY

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Singapore, 19 Sep 2011 – In the spirit of Children’s Day this October, the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park will be gearing up for a flurry of special activities from 3-9 October. Kids visiting the parks with their families during the weekend of 7-9 October especially, will be in for even more treats, with magic performances and animal mascot appearances at the Zoo as well as meet and greet sessions with feathered friends at the Bird Park.

Jurong Bird Park
Food and Feathers Trail: Children will learn about the relationship between the diet of man and birds. They will also learn the importance between the environment and birds. The little ones will find out how they can help protect our birds through this fun and educational walk. Participants will visit various learning stations featuring penguins, pelicans, owls and flamingoes.
Date/Time: 3 – 9 Oct 2011 (Mon – Sun), 9.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Register at Entrance

Meet & greet session with our feathered friends: Meet some of the stars in the Bird Park as show presenters share interesting nuggets of information about them.
Date/Time: 3 – 6 Oct 2011 (Mon – Thu), 9.30am – 9.45am. 7 – 9 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun), 1.45pm – 2.00pm
Venue: Pools Amphitheatre

Dr Squawk’s Flightless Feathery Friends: Set sail with Dr Squawk and learn more about our flightless feathery friends in this special Children’s Day programme.
Date/Time: 3 – 6 Oct 2011 (Mon – Thu), 9.45am – 10.00am
Venue: Pools Amphitheatre

Sweetheart the ventriloquist flaps some fun: Let Sweetheart and her flap-bulous puppet friend, Baby Pinky, kick up a storm of laughter for the little ones. Brace your tummies for 20 minutes of non-stop laughter!
Date/Time: 7 – 9 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun), 2.00pm – 2.20pm
Venue: Pools Amphitheatre

Note: All activities are free, but usual admission charges to the park apply ($18 per adult and $12 per child between 3-12 years)

Singapore Zoo
Rainforest ALIVE! booth: Kids can get creative and colour a vision of a rainforest scene together with various rainforest animals here. They will also get to indulge in fun face and hand painting activities*.
Date/Time: 3 – 9 Oct 2011 (Mon – Sun), 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Donation of any amount will go towards Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF).
Venue: Outside entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo
* Face and hand painting activities are only available from 7 – 9 October.

Make a Falabella Friend today!: Kids can get a close encounter with the world’s smallest breed of horse, the Falabella, at this pitstop.
Date/Time: 3 – 7 Oct 2011 (Mon – Fri), 11.00am – 11.30am
Venue: Outside entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo

The Grand Giraffe Parade: Dance around a bevy of graceful ‘giraffes’ for a perfect photo opportunity!
Date/Time: 3 – 9 Oct 2011 (Mon – Sun), 12.00pm – 12.30pm & 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Venue: 3 – 6 Oct: Outside entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo. 7 – 9 Oct: Rainforest Kidzworld

Magic on the Move with Uncle Jimbo: Singapore Zoo will celebrate Children’s Day with quirky magician Uncle Jimbo. This year, you’ll be in for a treat as Uncle Jimbo greets you at the zoo entrance with his bag of magic tricks. Don’t forget to catch his stage show too at the Rainforest Kidzworld for more magical fun!
Date: 7 – 9 Oct 2011(Fri – Sun)
Time/Venue: 10.30am –11.00am: Outside entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo. 11.30am – 12.00pm: Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre

Dr Ooz on the Loose!: Dr Ooz our in-house researcher is on a secret mission! He has to nab the nasty poachers who have ventured into the lush forest of Ooztopia before more animals get harmed! Join him as he shares with you his findings and learn about why the animals’ survival is important to our well-being.
Date/Time: 7 – 9 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun), 3.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre

Note: All activities are free, but usual admission charges to the park apply ($20 per adult and $13 per child between 3-12 years)

MESSAGE FROM ISABELLA LOH

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I would like to re- emphasise that President had nothing to do with Wildlife Reserves Singapore decision to cancel Halloween Horrors. I would like to apologise for bringing in his comments from the Mid Autumn Festival “Moon Night” celebrations into this issue.

The decision to review and reset the calendar of events was discussed and decided even before Moon Night. The decision to cancel Halloween Horrors is not due to any religious beliefs but in response to negative feedback from Friends of the Zoo and Corporate Partners.

Isabella Loh

Director & Group CEO

ANGRY BIRDS’ COUNTERPART MAKES ITS DEBUT AT JURONG BIRD PARK

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PARK’S ONLY PAIR OF RED-CRESTED CARDINALS WELCOMES FIRST HATCHLING

Singapore, 14 September 2011 – A red-crested cardinal – best resembling one of the main characters in the famous Angry Birds game – has hatched at the world’s biggest bird park. Jurong Bird Park recently welcomed its first red-crested cardinal hatchling at the Jungle Jewels aviary in August, and keepers noticed it when they saw the chick in its juvenile brown plumage, flying in the exhibit.

Commonly found in northern Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, the adult red-crested cardinal is easily identified by its bright red head, crest, and upper breast. This latest addition is the offspring of the Bird Park’s only pair.

“We have a pair in our collection because of species’ strict breeding requirements – they are known to be territorial, usually around their potential nesting areas during breeding season. It was only fairly recently that the male and female red-crested cardinal paired up, and we are overjoyed to have a chick flying around the Jungle Jewels Aviary. Birds only breed when they feel secure, are comfortable and husbandry needs are met, so this little chick, amongst others, is testament to our successes with our conservation objectives,” said Ms Kazveen Umrigar, Curator, Jurong Bird Park.

Also known as the Brazilian Cardinal, this particular bird species was once in demand as a cage bird and saw a sharp decline in its population in the wild. It is a monogamous species – the pair at the bird park has been together since 2000. Unlike other birds, the male cardinal solely constructs and weaves the nest, which is approved by the female during nesting and breeding.

Visitors can view this family of cardinals at the Jungle Jewels aviary, which is a 2,300 sq m showcase of the great diversity of birds in South America. The South American rainforest represents over half of the world’s remaining rainforest, and houses the largest and richest species of animals in the world.

Red-crested cardinal

Red-crested cardinal

Red-crested cardial hatchling

FIREFLIES AND LANTERNS LIGHT UP SINGAPORE ZOO ON MID-AUTUMN NIGHT

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WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE, WITH SINGAPORE ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL AND SINGAPORE MANUFACTURERS’ FEDERATION, PIONEERS MOON NIGHT 2011 TO CELEBRATE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND FAMILY TOGETHERNESS

Singapore, 11 Sep 2011 – For the first time, Singapore Zoo opened its doors to the public this evening for the inaugural Moon Night 2011 in celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival. Jointly organised by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation (SMa), the event hopes to raise awareness for nature conservation and biodiversity, while promoting family togetherness.

The main highlight of the evening was the release of fireflies into the forested area at the zoo by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, in an effort to reintroduce this distinctive species of insects into the mangrove ecosystem.

Dr Tony Tan and Mr George Huang, President of SMa also placed floating lanterns in the waters of Upper Seletar Reservoir. Visitors to the park were encouraged to buy the lanterns, with all proceeds donated to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF), which was set up with the purpose of conserving Singapore’s endangered native wildlife.

“Other than assisting our members in commercial interests, SMa is also conscious of and promotes good corporate social responsibility, including environment, work-life balance, culture and conservation in our members’ companies. We appreciate and support the great work of WRS and SEC, and will continue to work with them to engender environmentally conscious behaviour in our members and staff,” said Mr Huang.

Other festivities included the recounting of the story of Chang Er and her companion, the jade rabbit, and an animal petting session with the rabbits at the zoo. Visitors were also educated on the effects of the moon on animal behaviour through fun and interactive performances.

Considered an important date in the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a symbol of reunion brought about by the full moon. It traditionally calls for families and friends to gather and admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon while enjoying delicious moon cakes that is meant to represent people’s pursuit of a round and perfect life.

At the same time, the moon is inextricably linked to the everyday rhythms and rituals of life on earth, as well as the tide. Moon phases have been said to shape the evolution and lives of the animal kingdom, promoting the migratory habits of many animals today.

“We are excited to be organising the first ever Moon Night in the world, as it shows a clear sign of ownership in the pursuit for perfect balance and harmony. Through its special mix of cultural mythology and awareness-raising about biodiversity preservation, Moon Night 2011 is a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together during the Mid-Autumn festival at a unique location, while allowing WRS and SEC to educate Singaporeans on holistic approaches to wildlife and nature conservation,” said Isa Loh, Group CEO, WRS.

“SMa is happy to be part of this innovative and interesting event. It gives, not just our members, but also the families of their employees, the opportunity to gather as one big family,” added Mr Huang.

The release of fireflies is significant as the population continues to dwindle in Singapore due to urbanisation.

“On this special day while we celebrate the full moon, we are also encouraging the balance of life on earth as animal cycles and rituals are known to coincide with moon phases. On behalf of WRS and SEC, I would like to thank President Tony Tan and Mr George Huang, President of SMa, for celebrating and reinforcing the message of Moon Night with us,” added Ms Loh, who is also Chairman of the Singapore Environment Council.

(L-R) President Tony Tan Keng Yam leading the lantern procession at the Singapore Zoo with his granddaughter and Mr George Huang, President, Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation.

Ms Isa Loh, Group CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (far left), President Tony Tan, and Mr George Huang, President of Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation (far right) celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with members of the public at the Singapore Zoo’s inaugural Moon Night 2011 event.

JURONG BIRD PARK CELEBRATES FAMILIES

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FAMILIES ENJOY SPECIAL DISCOUNTS OFF PARK ADMISSION WITH WE WELCOME FAMILIES WEEK COUPONS

Singapore, 4 September 2011 – The world’s largest avian paradise kicks off a two-month long park admission promotion for families visiting the park. From 3 September 2011 to 3 November 2011, visitors will enjoy a special 50% off admission by presenting ‘We Welcome Families Week’ (WWFW) coupons. The promotional coupons are available in selected print media as well as electronically on http://www.wewelcomefamilies.sg.

Businesses for Families Council (BFC) partnered Jurong Bird Park to kick off the WWFW promotion with a dance flash-mob, hoping to increase awareness of this year’s WWFW campaign and consumer-centric promotions.

Jurong Bird Park, one of the award-winning attractions of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), offers wholesome family activities, educational programmes as well as avian exhibits and shows that allow family members of all ages to enjoy an unparalleled avian and wildlife experience.

WWFW dance flash-mob at Jurong Bird Park

Dancers depicting the bird park as a place for everyone of all ages

Dancers carrying WWFW campaign posters

Members of the dance flash-mob crew

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