WRS AND PA WELCOME THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS WITH CELEBRATIONS ACROSS ALL PARKS

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Singapore, 28 October 2011 – Singapore’s three wildlife parks will be bursting with lights and festivities every evening this Deepavali weekend, as Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) hosts its inaugural celebration with grand elephant parades and performances, cultural and fashion shows, as well as food bazaars at the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari.

In collaboration with the People’s Association (PA), WRS will also be hosting 1,000 underprivileged children, elderly and their families on Saturday and Sunday to a special programme at the Singapore Zoo. These guests will enjoy a dinner at the Ah Meng Terrace, cultural shows, and be part of “live” elephant photography and the elephant parade.

“We hope to attract Singaporeans from all walks of life and their families to our first Deepavali family event at our wildlife parks, which provide a great setting for family bonding and an opportunity for us to spread greater awareness for wildlife conservation. We want to reach out to people of all ages and from different ethnicities to show the cultural diversity and what better way than to do this at our parks.” said Ms Isabella Loh, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore. “PA’s collaboration was mooted by Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation’s President George Huang after a successful collaboration with SMa for Moon Night event. Our partnership with PA is also an excellent avenue for us to do our part in bringing together people of all races in our unique multi-ethnic society.”

Added Mr Yam Ah Mee Chief Executive Director of PA, “The People’s Association is happy to collaborate with WRS in this meaningful partnership. It allows us to offer even more choices and privileges to our more than one million PAssion Card members for admissions to the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari. These, together with special programmes organised during the weekend promotion and meeting packages for our grassroots network, will facilitate our work of bringing the community together. Visits to WRS’ attractions are popular with many families, and we find them to be ideal venues for encouraging community bonding and social cohesion. We look forward to more opportunities to work together with WRS in the future.”

Considered the most important day of the Hindu calendar, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, WRS’ Deepavali celebration will showcase various aspects of Indian culture, from the significance of elephants to the history of the festivity. Elephants have enjoyed charismatic status in the Indian culture, depicted as symbols of domestic, artistic and religious importance. Due to their dwindling numbers in the region, the conservation and breeding programme at the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari has also helped to educate the public about the importance of saving the elephant population in Asia.

To be held over this weekend from today (28 Oct) to Sunday, visitors to the parks can enjoy cultural performances including instrumental classical music displays, shop for festive goodies at the various bazaars and catch the mighty Asian elephants as they parade through the zoo. The event will be launched by Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District this evening.

For more information, visit:
http://www.birdpark.com.sg/l2_t2.aspx?l1=10&l2=30&langid=1
http://www.nightsafari.com.sg/l1_t2.aspx?l1=10&langid=1
http://www.zoo.com.sg/l1_t2.aspx?l1=10&langid=1

Singapore Zoo Elephant Parade

Night Safari Thumbuakar

Deepavali - Meet the mighty Asian Elephant

SINGAPORE ZOO LAUNCHES FIRST CHINESE MOBILE INTERACTIVE TRAIL

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Singapore, 24 October 2011Singapore Zoo, one of four wildlife parks managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) including the first river-themed attraction River Safari, goes digital with the launch of a Chinese mobile interactive trail for students. This exciting visitor experience uses location-based and Image Recognition Technology to create new learning activities for children at the zoo.

The trail employs the neumind approach, which focuses on visual recognition, and promotes words recognition, powerful memory ability and Chinese literary appreciation.

Today, 30 children from Greenridge Primary School will be among the first to try out this new mobile trail, which allows students to observe, explore and discover fascinating facts about the wildlife at the park. Instead of park guides and worksheets, trail participants will be equipped with specially configured smart phones. Pre-loaded content will be triggered by the phones’ Global Positioning System (GPS) as they move around the park.

Upon arriving at a designated site, such as the Wild Africa exhibit for example, the mobile phones will come alive with specific instructions prompting participants to conduct a mini treasure-hunt to look for a specific object within an animal enclosure. Taking a picture of the correct object will enable the children to access imbedded interactive content related to the specific animal at the exhibit. This includes fascinating video clips showing zebras escaping attacks, cheetahs running at top speed and rhinos marking their territories.

“We are very excited about introducing this first of its kind student experience which places great emphasis on real-life usage and interaction skills through the learning of the Chinese language. We are confident this digital generation of young people will appreciate the interactivity and rich content provided by this mobile trail. At the same time, we hope they will take away valuable lessons about wildlife and conservation while becoming proficient and comfortable users of the language.” said Ms May Lok, Director for Education, WRS.

The initiative is a collaboration between Wildlife Reserves Singapore, LDR Pte Ltd, CEOlution Pte Ltd and Neumind Learning Centre. Currently, the programme is only available to school groups. For more information, please contact the education department at eduadm.zoo@wrs.com.sg.

A Greenridge Primary School student completing an exercise about the cheetah while admiring the sleek cat during the launch of the Chinese mobile interactive trail

Students from Greenridge Primary School proudly displaying a completed activity about the zebra on their hand-held device.

How do giraffes drink? Students from Greenridge Primary School taking a video to demonstrate this, as part of an activity during the launch of the Chinese mobile interactive trail.

THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS COMES ALIVE AT WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE PARKS

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Singapore, 13 October 2011 – In celebration of the Festival of Lights this October, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo – will be gearing up for a full weekend of activities and programmes for families to enjoy.

Considered the most important day of the Hindu calendar, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, the activities will showcase various aspects of Indian culture for all to enjoy.

To be held over the weekend of 28-30 October, visitors to the three parks are in for a real cultural treat with performances that include an instrumental classical music display showcasing the harmony of the tabla and sitar as well as an energetic Bhangra Nation Parade. Soak in the atmosphere as you discover Indian goodies at the festive bazaar.

With plenty of activities lined up for the festival, there is something for everyone this October at the parks.

Highlights
Singapore Zoo
Date: 28 – 30 Oct (Fri – Sun)
Time: 6.00pm – 9.30pm (last ticket sale at 8.30pm)
Admission fees: Adult – $10, Child 3-12 years – $6

Elephant Photography and Parade
Trail along with our mighty Asian elephants, donned in traditional Maharaja suits.
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: From Proboscis Monkey at entrance to Elephants of Asia

Elephants at Work and Play
Be sure to catch the Deepavali edition of the well-loved elephant animal presentation.
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Elephants of Asia

Food and flavours
Take a break from the excitement and head straight to the festival bazaar where Indian delights await.
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 6.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Ah Meng Restaurant and Terrace

Indian Cultural Show
This colourful and spirited cultural performance showcases the best of Indian music and dance.
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 7.00pm and 8.40pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre

Symphony of Nature
Immerse yourself into musical pleasure with the strong rhythm and tunes of the tabla and sitar.
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 8.15pm and 9.10pm
Venue: Bornean Orang Utan Island

For more information, please go to www.zoo.com.sg

Night Safari
Date: 28 – 30 Oct (Fri – Sun)
Time: 6.00pm – 12 midnight
Admission fees: Adult – $32, Child 3 -12 years – $12

Cool Encounter with Reptiles
Our cool reptiles can’t wait to meet you. Come see them up close and get a reptile-inspired henna tattoo too!
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 6pm – 12 midnight
Venue: Ranger Station (Main Station)

Dances of the Night
Party and rock to the beat of the night with fiery dance and show performances.
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time/Venue: Rhythm of Fire – Thumbuakar Special: 7.00pm, 8.00pm and 9.00pm / Entrance Plaza
Creatures of the Night Show (Deepavali special): 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm and 10.30pm / Amphitheatre
Bhangra Nation Parade: 9.30pm and 10.30pm / Entrance Plaza

Flash-ion of India
Don’t miss our flash mob fashion show as the runway models don their colourful Indian finery
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 7.20pm, 9.20pm and 10.20pm
Venue: Entrance Plaza, Tram Station and outside Amphitheatre

For more information, please go to www.nightsafari.com.sg

Jurong Bird Park
Date: 28 – 30 Oct (Fri – Sun)
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Admission fees: Adult – $18, Child 3 -12 years – $12

Show it, like the peacock
Flaunt your creativity on the peacock-inspired art pieces by adding colour and life to them!
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Venue: Penguin Coast (Courtyard)

Festive Bazaar
Spice up the festive celebrations with Indian goodies and ornaments to bring home.
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Venue: Entrance (Courtyard)

Kids Cultural Workshops
Learn more about Indian culture the fun way!
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: Oh-mazing Ornaments – Plasticine Art and Craft Activity: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Move it, Shake it! – Indian Dance Workshop – 12pm and 2.30pm
Venue: Penguin Coast (Courtyard)

Snappy Saree Moments
Try out some of the prettiest sarees and strike a glamorous “Bollywood” pose!
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Venue: Penguin Coast (Courtyard)

Songs of the Wild
Groove to the rhythm of the day as the pleasurable sounds of the tabla and sitar fill the atmosphere.
Date: 28 – 30 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 11.30am and 2.30pm
Venue: African Waterfall Aviary

For more information, please go to www.birdpark.com.sg

Deepavali - Elephant

Night Safari Thumbuakar

Singapore Zoo Elephant Parade

ART GOES WILD AT SINGAPORE ZOO!

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Singapore, 10 October 2011 – Kids can dig deep into their artistic genes and unleash their creativity at the Singapore Zoo’s “Zoo Hoo! Art goes wild” event this year-end school holidays. Centred around art and animals, the event promises lots of colourful fun and educational activities.

To be held over five weekends from 19 November to 18 December, “Zoo Hoo! Art goes wild” will feature activities for the whole family. There will be real elephants parading the park, arts and crafts activities and even lovable cartoon characters SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star will make an appearance!

In line with the theme and as one of the main sponsors of Elephant Parade Singapore, an open air art exhibition of painted elephant statues, the zoo will also showcase 30 decorated, life-sized baby elephant sculptures around the park. Painted by local and international artists, each elephant will be a unique piece of art, providing quirky photo opportunities for kids and their parents.

What’s more, on 19 Nov, Playeum® the Play Museum celebrates The Big Draw at ZooHoo! Art Goes Wild”, with the theme “Fantastical Creatures Go Wild”. Using animals as an inspiration, Playeum® unleashes children’s imagination; to go wild as they immerse themselves in a wide range of art activities to create unique creatures of their own. What’s more they can enjoy the invaluable opportunity to work with artists who will play role models to bring out the children’s innate abilities. Come join us for a day of wacky fun and learning.

Highlights
Animal friends get creative
Visitors can watch and learn from our animal kingdom “Picassos”, i.e. the orang utan and Asian elephants, as they create art pieces on paper with simple strokes of paint.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time / Venue: 11.00am: Elephant painting at Elephants of Asia exhibit and 3.40pm: Orang utan painting at island free-ranging orang utan exhibit

Funky Elephant Parade
Make way for the majestic Asian elephants of the Singapore Zoo, as they sashay through the park all decked out in quirky finery. Accompanied by performers and musicians, our elephants will mesmerise visitors with their commanding presence.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 2.45pm: Elephant meet and greet, 3.00pm: Funky Elephant Parade
Venue: Proboscis monkey exhibit at Rainforest Walk

Create your own animal cartoon
Kids who have always dreamed of becoming animators can get their first experience of creating their own animal cartoon character at the zoo. They will first learn the basic cartoon techniques, while drawing inspiration from real life subjects at the zoo, such as the hedgehog, tortoise and iguana.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 11.45am
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld

Ele-paints Me!
Kids will have tons of fun taking and designing their own photographs on an Apple iPad. What’s more, they can email it to themselves as a memento of the event!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Rainforest Walk (near Zoo retail shop)

SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star Appearance
Join lovable SpongeBob Squarepants and his best friend Patrick Star in a bouncy bubbly session.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.30am and 3.30pm (30 min session)
Venue: Birthday Pavilion at Rainforest Kidzworld

Mask Making Fun!
Little ones (big ones are welcome too) can let their imagination run wild, as they design their own free souvenir mask* with different art supplies like coloured markers, magazines, crepe paper and bells.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Various locations around the park
* Whilst Stocks Last

Mad About Elephants! Booth
Find out more about elephants at this educational booth, and even have first-hand experience handling some of the specimens such as dung and teeth!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Ele-fun play area at Elephants of Asia exhibit

More more more animal fun!
A jumble of other animal activities await throughout the day!

Animal training and care demonstrations
Learn more about how our trainers condition the animals, and watch their amazing bond as they work together.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 1.30pm and 2.45pm (30 min each session)
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld

Man vs Wild Challenges
Pit your strength against the elephant or orang utan and see who comes out tops!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and18 Dec 2011
Time / Venue: 11.10am: Orang utan at island free-ranging orang utan exhibit and 3.15pm: Elephant at Elephants of Asia exhibit

Animal meet and greet
Depending on when you visit, you’ll be able to meet a snake or a falabella, the world’s smallest breed of horse!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm: Snake, 10.00am and 2.00pm: Falabella
Venue: Singapore Zoo entrance

Playeum®’s The Big Draw – “Fantastical Creatures Go Wild”
Children and their families can immerse themselves in a wide range of novel art activities to create unique creatures of their own.
Dates: 19 Nov (Sat)
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Various locations around Singapore Zoo

Note: Most activities free unless otherwise stated. Normal admission rates of $20.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 3-12 years apply. For more information, please visit www.zoo.com.sg.

Elephants painting at Singapore Zoo

Painting by elephant at Singapore Zoo

WHEN TWO’S A COUPLE AND THREE’S NOT A CROWD

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JURONG BIRD PARK CELEBRATES LATEST CUDDLY ADDITION TO ITS AFRICAN PENGUIN COLONY

Singapore, 05 October 2011 – Less than a year after moving to a new home, a pair of African penguins are proud parents of a feisty penguin chick. The couple, who were originally residents of Singapore Zoo, started breeding and nesting soon after relocating to their new home in Jurong Bird Park.

The cuddly chick was hatched on 22 August 2011 and at just 10 days old, weighed 425g; a desirable weight for an African penguin hatchling. Unlike adult penguins, a hatchling usually dons a grey juvenile plumage after its first moult of feathers which occurs between its second and third month of life.

“We are delighted to welcome Bird Park’s first African penguin chick. Birds normally breed when they feel safe, happy and secure in their environment. Although the penguins have been here for only 9 months, they have already acclimatised to their new environment under the watchful eye of the keepers. The hatchling is the first for the five-year-old female penguin, Mate,” said Mr Raja Segran, General Manager, Jurong Bird Park. “While Mate and the male African penguin, Captain, have very good chemistry, they required some help from our keepers when it came to nesting at their new home at the Park.”

As part of the husbandry procedures in the Bird Park, avian keepers provided sand and hay as nesting materials to encourage them to breed. Diet also plays an important part, and all the above, coupled with tender loving care from the keepers, were key in making the African penguins feel comfortable and secure to engage in breeding.

Previously categorised as ‘Vulnerable’ under the IUCN Red List for bird species, African penguins are now recognised as an endangered species. The decline in the population is attributed to lack of food due to over-fishing in surrounding waters. Other reasons include hunting by predators and egg-collecting.

Commonly found in the offshore islands along the coast of South Africa and Namibia, these penguins are also widely known as Jackass penguins because of their donkey-like bray. Easily seen with black stripes and spots similar to the Humboldt penguin, African Penguins are the only penguin species which are adaptable to temperate climates.

The Penguin Coast, consisting of an outdoor and an indoor exhibit spanning 1,600 metres, is home to six penguin species at the bird park. The indoor climate-controlled den features the Humboldts, Rockhopper, Macaroni, Fairy and King Penguins, while African Penguins bask in the outdoor enclosure.

Mate and Captain

Mate and Captain

FEATHER RUN OPENS TO ADULT RUNNERS WITH AN EVEN LONGER ROUTE!

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Singapore, 3 October 2011 – Make a date with the Bird Park’s colourful feather friends and flora at the annual Feather Run on 13 November 2011. Back for its third installation, the run has been extended and is open to adults for the first time. Each participant will receive a customised running bib, an exciting goody-bag worth $70 and a medal upon completing the run in the world’s largest bird park.

There is something for everyone at this year’s Feather Run. From the young to the elderly, everyone can take part in the 1.5 km Fun Run/Walk and contend in friendly competition, or take a leisurely walk and feast their senses with the myriad colours of Jurong Bird Park’s avian friends as well as the greenery in the park. Avid runners, whether adults or children aged 6 to 12, can choose to take up the 1.5km, 3.5km and 7km challenge as they run along the scenic routes of the hillside haven.

Children can dash off after the run to discover Birdz of Play, a new recreational and fun play area for kids at the bird park. Comprising of a wet and dry area for toddlers and older kids alike, the new attraction features a huge clambering splash and slide area. Destined to be a hit with many; especially the bucket which tips after a few minutes, makes the area perfect for cooling off after the run.

Enjoy Family and Early Bird discounts when you sign up for the run. Families with at least four participants can purchase the Family Package which offers savings of up to 35%.

Participants are invited to rediscover the bird park after the run and learn more about avian life as well as the education and conservation programmes undertaken by the park locally and abroad. The forest setting of the park is the ideal place for everyone to observe birds in their natural behaviour and watch highly interactive and entertaining bird shows.

For more information of Feather Run 2011, please visit www.featherrun.com.sg

Please refer to the table below for registration prices:

Feather Run

Feather Run

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