20 YEARS OF FUN IN THE DARK WITH NIGHT SAFARI

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- Home-grown attraction is world’s first zoo for nocturnal animals.
- Recipient of multiple accolades, including 11 awards in Best Visitor Attraction category.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore officiates Night Safari’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Night Safari is the world’s first zoo for nocturnal animals and was officially opened in 1994 by then Prime Minister Goh.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore officiates Night Safari’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Night Safari is the world’s first zoo for nocturnal animals and was officially opened in 1994 by then Prime Minister Goh.

Singapore, 23 May 2014 – The world’s first zoo for nocturnal animals, Singapore’s Night Safari, marked its 20th Anniversary with an evening celebration graced by the Guest of Honour who also officiated the park opening in 1994, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

“Night Safari is a home-grown attraction that has gained a reputation on the world’s stage for the unique, immersive wildlife experience we provide our visitors. It is a park where Singaporeans love to take their foreign visitors to at night, and has been so for the last 20 years,” said Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Night Safari was conceptualised by the same visionaries who created the critically acclaimed Singapore Zoo. Since opening on 26 May 1994, the park provides local residents and tourists an insight into the mystery of the tropical jungle at night by displaying a wide range of nocturnal animals in natural settings, and also filled a critical void in night-time attractions in Singapore.

The late Dr Ong Swee Law, founder and Executive Chairman of Singapore Zoo, in his project proposal for Night Safari wrote, “Nothing like the Night Safari can be found anywhere else in the world: it is truly unique.” He also highlighted that it makes good sense to view zoo animals at night since 90% of tropical mammals (excluding primates) are nocturnal, coupled with the fact that with regular sunsets occurring around 7.30pm and cool nights, Singapore is an ideal geographical location for a night zoo.

Today, Night Safari stands at the forefront of wildlife conservation, adopting innovative approaches to conservation science, partnership and research. The park opened the world’s first Sunda pangolin exhibit, and successfully bred the endangered species native to Singapore.

Ms Chiang said, “Beyond being a must-see recreational destination, we strive for excellence in wildlife conservation and have over the 20 years been successful in captive breeding of endangered species like the native Sunda pangolin, Malayan tapir, and Asian elephant.”

Night Safari, the world’s first zoo for nocturnal animals, celebrated its 20th anniversary with guest-of-honour Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who officiated the park’s opening in 1994. Left: Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, and Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Night Safari, the world’s first zoo for nocturnal animals, celebrated its 20th anniversary with guest-of-honour Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who officiated the park’s opening in 1994. Left: Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, and Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Over the past 20 years, Night Safari has constantly been renewing and rejuvenating its animal collection and product offerings to improve visitor experience. Notably, in 2003 the park launched the Creatures of the Night Show in a new amphitheater, and the Thumbuakar fire performance just two years later.

To commemorate Night Safari’s 20th Anniversary, the park will officially introduce a pair of white lions in addition to officially launching two new exhibits featuring Asiatic black bears and Malayan tigers that would be the finale to the park’s 35-minute tram experience.

Visitors to the park in the month of June will enjoy the 20th Anniversary festivities, which include energising fire performances by the wildly popular Thumbuakar group, talented shadow cutters, and glittery face-painters that help bring out the mystery of the night.

Night Safari, the world’s first zoo for nocturnal animals, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who officiated the park’s opening in 1994, graced the event and took a ride on the tram.

Night Safari, the world’s first zoo for nocturnal animals, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who officiated the park’s opening in 1994, graced the event and took a ride on the tram.

SAFARI GATE PROVIDES EASY ACCESS TO MANDAI WILDLIFE PARKS

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- Convenient, comfortable service ensures seamless transition to Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo

Newly launched Safari Gate provides easy access to Mandai wildlife parks (Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo) from the city, and enhances the visitor experience by providing hourly departures and on-board entertainment that gives visitors an insight into each park. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Newly launched Safari Gate provides easy access to Mandai wildlife parks (Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo) from the city, and enhances the visitor experience by providing hourly departures and on-board entertainment that gives visitors an insight into each park. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 29 April 2014 – The world-renowned wildlife parks in the Mandai cluster – Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo – are now more accessible with Safari Gate, a unique tourism offering conceptualised by DUCK & HiPPO and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS).

Visitors who enter the Safari Gate (at Suntec City or Singapore Flyer) will find themselves in the immersive world of wildlife that the Mandai attractions are famous for, with credit to the beautiful rainforest-themed interiors created by WRS landscape architects. From the holding area, visitors are ushered into the premium Rhino coach, which will take them directly to WRS’ parks in Mandai.

“Conceived jointly by WRS and DUCK & HiPPO, Safari Gate is a game changer, a departure from the current market offering of fixed-time group tours. It puts control back in the hands of the visitors. With hourly departures to the parks, 10 trips a day, visitors get to tour at their own time and pace. It’s free and easy, no more fixed timing or itinerary,” said Mr James Heng, Chief Duckie, DUCK & HiPPO.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Wildlife Reserves Singapore is constantly looking for ways to enhance visitor experience in our parks; and with Safari Gate, we are moving a step beyond our parks’ boundaries to enhance the transport touchpoint for our visitors. We seek to provide a seamless and convenient transition for them to get from the city to Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo, and back.”

Ms Ranita Sundramoorthy, Director of Attractions, Dining and Retail, Singapore Tourism Board said, “Safari Gate is an excellent example of how industry players can come together to find synergies and collaborate creatively to enhance the visitor experience. The Singapore Tourism Board welcomes more of such partnerships.”

Safari Gate was officially launched today by Mr James Heng and Mr Lee Meng Tat. As part of the launch, a group of special guests from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) were among the first to experience this premium service, and to enjoy an afternoon at River Safari.

Safari Gate allows visitors flexibility to start their tour at any time. With hourly departures from the city to the parks from as early as 8.30am and the last returning coach at 10:30pm, there are more then 10 trips per day to choose from. As an added service, DUCK & HiPPO provides free transfer from city hotels to the two Safari Gates.

Visitors are also free to tour at their own pace, and can make the most of their time at the parks without being tied down to a specific itinerary or fixed time departure.

Along the way, on-board entertainment gives visitors an insight into each park, and allows them to plan their visit prior to their arrival. The 45-minute Rhino coach to Mandai is no longer a mundane bus ride. It is a prelude to a wild adventure. More information about Safari Gate is available at www.safarigate.com.

SWEET SURPRISE FOR NIGHT SAFARI’S OLDEST MALAYAN TAPIR

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Manis the Malayan tapir celebrates her 35th birthday at world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals.

Away from the public eye, Manis’ keepers donned black and white polka dotted party hats in her honour and toasted her to many more happy, healthy years as she chomped on her birthday cake, made with her favourite food, including bread, watermelon, papaya and honeydew. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Away from the public eye, Manis’ keepers donned black and white polka dotted party hats in her honour and toasted her to many more happy, healthy years as she chomped on her birthday cake, made with her favourite food, including bread, watermelon, papaya and honeydew. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 1 April 2014Night Safari’s oldest Malayan tapir, Manis, turned 35 years old on 24 March 2014, and celebrated her birthday in style. She is also one of the region’s oldest Malayan tapirs under human care.

Manis, whose name means ‘sweet’ in Malay, tucked into a lovingly created layered cake consisting of bananas, bread and watermelons, surrounded by honeydew and papaya balls, and blended carrots and fruit sticks spelling out her name and age. The celebrations took place in the back of house yard, away from the public eye.

Night Safari currently has 10 tapirs in her collection; another two reside in Singapore Zoo. Between the two parks, 27 Malayan tapirs have been born. The last birth occurred on 3 June 2013, and happens to be Manis’ great-granddaughter.

Malayan tapirs are the largest of the five species of tapir, and the only one native to Asia. Listed as endangered on the IUCN* Red List of Threatened Species, threats include habitat loss and fragmentation, and increasingly, hunting pressure.

*IUCN: International Union for the Conservation of Nature

HUMAN RACE INTRIGUES ANIMALS AT SAFARI ZOO RUN 2014

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- Over 8000 runners show up in race to pay homage to the late Ah Meng, Singapore Zoo’s orang utan as elephants, lions, and rhinoceros watch on.

Singapore, 16 February 2014 – Unlike the usual lazy Sunday morning spent lounging in the treetops, the orang utans in Singapore Zoo watched curiously as runners raced in the Safari Zoo Run 2014, which was conceived six years ago to commemorate their most famous matriarch, Ah Meng.

Over 8000 runners arrived at Singapore Zoo for the run to pay homage to the late Ah Meng, one of Singapore’s most loved and iconic animal personalities, which died of old age in February 2008. The race spans across Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, taking runners through lush green paths and enthralling animal exhibits.

The Safari Zoo Run also aids in wildlife conservation; a portion of the proceeds from this year’s race will go towards the care of endangered animals in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.

(Centre, on stage) Guest-of-Honour Mr Ching Wei Hong, Chairman, National Family Council, flags off the annual Safari Zoo Run. He said, “I’m delighted to see the many families and happy faces today participating in the Safari Zoo Run. These families have created special family moments today, which will stay with them for life. This is in essence what we hope to promote through ‘Families for Life’ – to encourage families to spend more time together and strengthen family bonds. The Safari Zoo Run is an excellent event for families, and the Families for Life Council hopes to work with more like-minded partners to create opportunities for family bonding.” PHOTO CREDITS: PINK APPLE

(Centre, on stage) Guest-of-Honour Mr Ching Wei Hong, Chairman, National Family Council, flags off the annual Safari Zoo Run. He said, “I’m delighted to see the many families and happy faces today participating in the Safari Zoo Run. These families have created special family moments today, which will stay with them for life. This is in essence what we hope to promote through ‘Families for Life’ – to encourage families to spend more time together and strengthen family bonds. The Safari Zoo Run is an excellent event for families, and the Families for Life Council hopes to work with more like-minded partners to create opportunities for family bonding.” PHOTO CREDITS: PINK APPLE

A spirited crowd over 8000-strong, which included these enthusiastic children, participated in the Safari Zoo Run 2014, and ran amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and elephants, among other wild creatures, watched on. PHOTO CREDITS: PINK APPLE

A spirited crowd over 8000-strong, which included these enthusiastic children, participated in the Safari Zoo Run 2014, and ran amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and elephants, among other wild creatures, watched on. PHOTO CREDITS: PINK APPLE

GALLOP INTO CHINESE NEW YEAR WITH WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

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- Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo usher in the Year of the Horse with horse-picious festive activities from 24 Jan – 15 Feb 2014.

Visitors to Jurong Bird Park will have the opportunity to be awe-struck by a pair of lions as they dance atop high poles in an adrenaline-laced performance this Chinese New Year.

Visitors to Jurong Bird Park will have the opportunity to be awe-struck by a pair of lions as they dance atop high poles in an adrenaline-laced performance this Chinese New Year.

Singapore, 15 January 2014 – Usher in the Chinese New Year with Wildlife Reserves Singapore and enjoy the festivities at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo from 24 Jan to 15 February 2014.

There will be lots to see and do, as the parks get decked up for the Year of the Horse with flowering plants and creative displays. Amidst the festive ambience, enjoy energetic lion dance performances, rub off some good luck from prosperity mascots during the meet-and-greet sessions, take a walk on the ever-popular Zoo-diac Trail, and get up close with graceful horses to take a picture for luck!

Visitors to Jurong Bird Park during Chinese New Year will see festive flowering plants and creative displays, like this on showcase at the Penguin Coast.

Visitors to Jurong Bird Park during Chinese New Year will see festive flowering plants and creative displays, like this on showcase at the Penguin Coast.

Animal encounters
Horse-picious photography: Greet the auspicious horses, this Chinese New Year’s star animal and have your picture taken with them at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo!

Falabella Parade at Singapore Zoo: Be charmed by graceful and exquisite falabellas at Singapore Zoo in the Falabella Parade, and witness an entourage of eight miniature horses trotting proudly alongside their keepers. This is a sight to behold! The Falabella is a rare Argentine breed of Miniature Horse, known as the first and original Miniature Horse breed. It is a true purebred due to their unique and historic ancestry, which is one of its greatest attributes. Estimates indicate that only a few thousand Falabellas exist in the world. Falabellas are viewed as prestigious to have and are highy prized by those who do own them.

One of horse-picious activities visitors can look forward to at Singapore Zoo during Chinese New Year is the Falabella Parade. A rare sight to behold, an entourage of eight miniature horses will trot proudly alongside their keepers.

One of horse-picious activities visitors can look forward to at Singapore Zoo during Chinese New Year is the Falabella Parade. A rare sight to behold, an entourage of eight miniature horses will trot proudly alongside their keepers.

Festive High Flyers Show at Jurong Bird Park: At Jurong Bird Park, between 30 January – 14 February, lucky visitors who get chosen during the twice daily High Flyers Show will receive red packets delivered by air from Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo, and well-wishes of ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ from Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon.

At Jurong Bird Park, between 30 January - 14 February, lucky visitors during the twice daily High Flyers Show will receive red packets delivered by air from Sassy, the sulphur-crested cockatoo.

At Jurong Bird Park, between 30 January – 14 February, lucky visitors during the twice daily High Flyers Show will receive red packets delivered by air from Sassy, the sulphur-crested cockatoo.

Wild Treats at Night Safari: While on the tram at Night Safari, keep a keen eye out as animals like the hippopotamuses, Malayan tapirs, and Indian rhinoceroses undergo some festive animal enrichment by their keepers. Find out more from the tram commentators how the tapirs and hippopotamuses are related to the equine family. There is also much to see while on the walking trails as the animals enjoy Wild Treats. Watch as fishing cats, common palm civets, wallabies, and giraffes have food placed out for them which stimulates their naturalistic instinct at foraging. What’s more, watch the Festive Tiger Token Feeding and be wowed by the majestic Malayan Tiger’s moves. Before leaving the Night Safari, do make a pit stop at the entrance, where a photo-opportunity with life-sized standees, complete with educational information on the tapir, hippopotamus and zebra await.

Southern lion dance
A pair of spectacular Southern lions will dance their way atop high poles in a high-octane fuelled performance at Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo. As night falls, Night Safari will feature a pair of Southern lions with specially designed LEDs – all the better to light the path in the New Year. This traditional mixture of martial art, acrobatic and stage performance was introduced in Southeast Asia more than a century ago, and remains a mainstay of Lunar New Year celebrations.

Prosperity mascot appearance
No Lunar New Year is complete without an appearance by prosperity mascots! Representing prosperity and good fortune, ‘Fu Lu Shou’ will make appearances at Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo, while visitors to Jurong Bird Park will get a chance to mingle with the ‘God of Fortune’.

Zoo-diac Trail
The Chinese horoscope is a perennial favourite, and one which visitors eagerly crane to see. Visitors to all four parks will have a chance to explore the ever-popular Chinese Zoo-diac Trail, to get a glimpse of what the Year of the Horse holds.

Delicacies and special delights (F&B)
Forest Lodge at Singapore Zoo, Flamingo Lodge at Jurong Bird Park and Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant at Night Safari will be serving a Chinese New Year Sit Down Set at $688+ for 10 diners by special reservations from 24 January – 9 February. Tuck into a sumptuous 8 course meal amidst the tranquil surroundings of WRS parks and relish dishes like Baby Abalone with “Ling Zhi” Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce, Dual Flavoured Fried Prawns and Prosperity Yu Sheng.

The River Safari Teahouse has specially designed a Reunion Feast and Salmon Yu Sheng this Lunar New Year. The Reunion Feast, available in variations of 6 and 8 courses features dishes such as XO sauce fried rice with preserved meat and Braised Superior Fish Maw Soup with Crabmeat at prices from $78 (2 persons) to $288 (8 persons). Tantalise your taste buds with complementary flavours of sweet, sour and spicy with the Salmon Yu Sheng. This ever popular must-have dish for Chinese New Year is available for $8 (2 pax) to $38 (8 pax). Both menus are available from 27 January – 15 February.

Reservations for the Chinese New Year Sit Down Set can be made at saleshotline.wrs@wrs.com.sg or via a call to 6360 8560. Guests are welcome to walk into the River Safari Teahouse for the Reunion Feast and Salmon Yu Sheng, or can make email reservations through teahouse.rs@wrs.com.sg or via a call to 6360 2260.

A uniquely Singaporean dish, this Salmon Yu Sheng from the River Safari Teahouse is a must have this Chinese New Year.

A uniquely Singaporean dish, this Salmon Yu Sheng from the River Safari Teahouse is a must have this Chinese New Year.

Education booth
Gallop down to the Singapore Zoo to learn more about one of the most important domestic animals in the world! Kids can get their face and hand painted for a token S$4 and S$2 respectively while they horse around the booth.

Gallop down to the Education booth at Singapore Zoo this Chinese New Year and learn more about the noble horses from our knowledgeable volunteers!

Gallop down to the Education booth at Singapore Zoo this Chinese New Year and learn more about the noble horses from our knowledgeable volunteers!

Activity Details

EXPERIENCE A DAZZLING WILDLIFE WONDERLAND AT NIGHT SAFARI’S MYSTICA THIS DECEMBER

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- Third installment of park’s signature event features glow-in-the-dark fun and enrichment trails

The cast of Mystica 2011

The cast of Mystica 2011

Singapore, 29 November 2013 – The Forest Fairy has dropped her magic vial, unleashing its mystical energies and transforming Night Safari into a Wildlife Wonderland. This December, whisk yourselves into another realm and be mesmerised by a wonderful world of fantastical creatures, magic and enchantment at Mystica 2013: Wildlife Wonderland.

A fluorescent array of interactive activities awaits the adventurous, in a forest shrouded by mystery. Have a magical mingle with the whimsical denizens of the forest. Better yet, become one of them and come in the most peculiar costume imaginable for a chance to win an attractive prize.

To shine like fairies, have a magical makeover at the fluorescent face painting area and then pop into the black light photo booth before emerging with a spontaneous, irreplaceable candid memory of yourself and your friends.

Even the animals will be getting in on the action, as they receive whimsical treats for their enrichment activity. Go on a walking trail to discover them all!

Join us for a dazzling time at Night Safari this December at Mystica 2013: Wildlife Wonderland!

The cast of Mystica 2012

The cast of Mystica 2012

Details
Dates: Weekends of 13, 14, 20, 21 Dec and 27-31 Dec
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Night Safari
Cost: Festivities are free but usual admission of SGD35 per adult and SGD23 per child between 3-12 years applies for those entering the park.

Highlights
Mingle in the Jungle
Be captivated by a host of whimsical creatures and friends of the forest as you take in the bewitching lights around the park.

Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance plaza

Dress In Your Best Contest
Attractive prizes await those who dive into the festivities and dress to impress our mystery judges. Turn up in the most outlandish costume you can think of and make sure you’re noticed by strutting your stuff at the entrance plaza. The best dressed each night will walk away a winner!

Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December
Time: 6.30pm – 11.30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance plaza

Glow-in-the-Park Face Painting and Black Light Photo Booth
For a spot of fun you can bring home, spin over to our face painting booth and turn yourselves fluorescent before popping into our black light photo booth. Emerge with a creatively candid memory of a different kind. We guarantee a glowing result.

Dates: 5 – 31 December
Time: 6pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance plaza
Note: Token donations requested for face painting

Animal Enrichment Trail
After meeting the creatures of fantasy, discover the real animals of the night along the walking trails. Witness the spirited side of the frisky otters, feisty fishing cats and prickly porcupines as they unravel creatively decked out enrichment goodies. The curious can ask questions and learn more about the animals from our friendly trail guide.

Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December
Venue and time:
1. Fishing Cat Trail at 7.30pm
2. Wallaby Trail at 8.30pm
3. East Lodge at 9.00pm
4. Spotted hyena exhibit (East Lodge Trail) at 10.00pm

TRIPLE THRILL FOR WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE AT SINGAPORE EXPERIENCE AWARDS 2013

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- Night Safari wins 11th honour for Best Visitor Attraction Experience category.
- Singapore Zoo’s ‘Wild Discoverer Tour’ joint winner for Best Travel Experience.
- ‘Pandamonium Hits Singapore’ wins Most Innovative Marketing Initiative.

Singapore, 21 October 2013Wildlife Reserves Singapore walked away with three accolades at the Singapore Experience Awards 2013: Night Safari, the world’s first wildlife park for nocturnal animals, was again recognised for providing the ‘Best Visitor Attraction Experience’, making this its 11th honour in this category; Singapore Zoo’s Wild Discoverer Tour was a joint winner for Best Travel Experience; Wildlife Reserves Singapore also won the Most Innovative Marketing Initiative with ‘Pandamonium Hits Singapore’.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore's winning team

Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s winning team

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.

World-famous Night Safari beat two other nominees; Singapore Zoo, which is also managed by parent company Wildlife Reserves Singapore, and Botanic Gardens to win the ‘Best Visitor Attraction Experience’ category.

Singapore Zoo’s Wild Discoverer Tour tied with ‘Changi WWIITM – A Changi Museum War Trail’ for the ‘Best Travel Experience’ award.

These two awards are among 11 that were given out in the ‘Experience’ category, which recognise organisations which package experiential elements to create a distinctive Singapore experience that encompasses product and service excellence, and is enjoyable and memorable to visitors. Finalists were also scored against factors such as the delivery of the experience, customer satisfaction and marketing initiatives undertaken to enhance overall guest experience. Another important criterion for the category was a mystery shopping experience at the shortlisted attraction by the judging panel.

In the awards category for marketing and media, ‘Pandamonium Hits Singapore’ won the Most Innovative Marketing Initiative, beating ‘A Classic GSS Affair @OC’ and ‘Singapore “Be A Star Kid” Children Enrichment Program’.

This award is one of four in the marketing and media category, which celebrates marketing and promotional efforts through creative campaigns and media that showcase the compelling sights and sounds of Singapore.

Results were unveiled at a gala presentation ceremony at the Marriot Hotel Singapore this evening. This year saw a total of 82 finalists vying for 27 awards. Finalists in each category were nominated by industry players and experts, with the final winner picked by a panel of judges.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “There is much to celebrate this evening. We are elated and honoured to receive this trio of awards, which are testament to our hard work and commitment to achieving, maintaining, and even surpassing the best international standards for our wildlife parks.

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. Winning this year is especially sweet as we look forward to celebrating her 20th anniversary in May 2014.

And with Singapore Zoo celebrating her 40th anniversary this year, having our Wild Discoverer Tour jointly win the Best Travel Experience is definitely the icing on the cake!

We are equally thrilled that ‘Pandamonium Hits Singapore’ has been chosen Most Innovative Marketing Initiative. It’s just been a year since we welcomed giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia to Singapore’s shores, and clearly Singaporeans have embraced them with open arms and continue to follow their every move.”

He added: “We will continue to set the bar higher for ourselves every year, to provide our guests with their most memorable experiences at Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, and our other attractions, Jurong Bird Park and River Safari.”

ASIA’S FIRST GIANT RIVER OTTER BABY AMONG MORE THAN 400 BIRTHS AT WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

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Wildlife Reserves Singapore marks World Animal Day with tribute to babies born at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo.

Singapore, 3 October 2013Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) marks World Animal Day with a presentation of furry, feathery and slithery babies born in Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. The four parks saw more than 400 animal babies born between January and August this year, charming visitors with their adorable antics.

Among the most exciting births at WRS is that of Asia’s first giant river otter baby at River Safari. Born on 10 August, the unnamed male pup now weighs 1.6kg and measures 60cm. While it may be small now, giant otters can grow to an incredible length of 1.8m and weigh up to 34kg. River Safari is the first zoological institution in Asia to feature the endangered giant river otter, the largest of the world’s 13 otter species. Found only in South American river systems, giant otters are ferocious predators that hunt piranhas, anacondas and even caimans, earning them the title “river wolves”. Often hunted extensively for their fur and threatened by habitat loss, these river giants are now amongst the rarest otters in the world.

Since its birth on 10 August, Asia’s first giant river otter baby and his mother have been left alone in their den to bond. In a few weeks’ time, the pup will enter River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit where his parents will teach him how to swim. The parents, Carlos and Carmen, are from Germany’s Hamburg and Duisburg Zoo respectively, and arrived in Singapore in August 2012 as part of an animal exchange and breeding programme.

Since its birth on 10 August, Asia’s first giant river otter baby and his mother have been left alone in their den to bond. In a few weeks’ time, the pup will enter River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit where his parents will teach him how to swim. The parents, Carlos and Carmen, are from Germany’s Hamburg and Duisburg Zoo respectively, and arrived in Singapore in August 2012 as part of an animal exchange and breeding programme.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “We have maintained an excellent record of success in our captive breeding programme, and visitors to our parks are often pleasantly surprised to find adorable animal babies. The landmark birth of Asia’s first giant river otter baby represents the culmination of efforts and dedication of our zoology team in adopting and maintaining the highest standards of husbandry. With increasing threats such as habitat destruction and poaching, captive breeding programmes play a pivotal role in conserving threatened species for our future generations.”

Malayan tapir Putri, born on 3 June, enjoys her forest floor playtime at Night Safari. The Malayan tapir is one of the most endangered animals in Southeast Asia. Populations are declining due to poaching and habitat loss from deforestation for agricultural purposes.

Malayan tapir Putri, born on 3 June, enjoys her forest floor playtime at Night Safari. The Malayan tapir is one of the most endangered animals in Southeast Asia. Populations are declining due to poaching and habitat loss from deforestation for agricultural purposes.

Aside from the birth of the giant otter, over 100 species were born or hatched in the four WRS parks, of which 37 are classified as threatened in the *IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. These include the orang utan, manatee, hyacinth macaw and Malayan tapir. Through the years, WRS parks have exchanged many of these animals with other reputable zoos for breeding purposes.

*International Union for Conservation of Nature

CONSERVATION OF PANGOLINS GIVEN HOPE AT INAUGURAL ‘SCALING UP PANGOLIN CONSERVATION’ CONFERENCE

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First ever conference by IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group and Wildlife Reserves Singapore to be a global voice in the protection and conservation of pangolins.

Pangolin and young

Pangolin and young

Singapore/London, 19 June 2013 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore and the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN-SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group have come together to organise the first ever global conference on the rather shy, nocturnal pangolins which for years have been under threat from poachers for their meat and scales.

Themed ‘Scaling up Pangolin Conservation’, the four day conference from 24 – 27 June held at Night Safari aims to devise an overarching conservation strategy to improve their conservation efforts with specific and measurable initiatives, and to provide input into formal IUCN Red List assessments to reassess their status to further protect the species.

Professor Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director at the Zoological Society of London and Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group said, “This is a landmark event in pangolin conservation, we will have 50 researchers from around the world gathered to set a road-map for conserving pangolins over the next decade. Especially important here is formulating ways to reduce demand for pangolins in Asia.”

While they may look like walking pine-cones, pangolins, or scaly-anteaters as they are also known, are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia, and increasingly, in Africa. Globally, they are illegally traded in their tens of thousands each year.

This trade is primarily to China and Vietnam where they are considered a delicacy and their scales used in traditional medicines. In response to the magnitude of trade and other threats including loss of habitat and ill-considered land management practices, the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, an expert group of pangolin conservationists, was established in February 2012.

“Rapid action is urgently needed if pangolins in Africa and Asia are to be conserved given the rate at which they are being exploited for East Asian luxury markets,” commented Dan Challender, Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group and doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology.

The inaugural pangolin conference is part of Wildlife Reserves Conservation Fund’s (WRSCF) efforts to conserve endangered native wildlife. Since its inception in 2009, the Fund has supported various projects and conferences.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer at Wildlife Reserves Singapore said, “For years WRS has been working on helping our critically endangered species locally, via research and captive breeding. We are very pleased to co-organise and host this event, bringing together the foremost pangolin experts in the world, striving to find a strategy that will help this group of unique animals globally.”

To further raise public awareness to the plight faced by the pangolins, a free for public seminar will be held on 28 June from 12.30pm – 4pm at the Forest Lodge in Singapore Zoo with a series of four talks by experts:

  1. Trade in wildlife for meat and medicines pushing Southeast Asian species towards extinction by Chris Shepherd, Acting Regional Director for TRAFFIC in South-East Asia
  2. From the IUCN SSC and new technology for addressing illegal wildlife trade by Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director at the Zoological Society of London and Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group
  3. The pangolin trade in Asia by Dan Challender, Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group and doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
  4. Pangolins of Singapore: In situ and ex situ conservation efforts by Razak Jaffar, Assistant Curator, Night Safari, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

As there are limited seats to the public seminar available, interested participants are advised to RSVP by 21 June to Yap Xinli at xinli.yap@wrs.com.sg.

Additionally, to extend the message on pangolin conservation even further to the visitors at Night Safari, an outreach programme has been planned. Visitors to Night Safari on 21, 22, 28 and 29 June will be able to hear more about pangolins from the keepers at a short 15minute session starting from 9.15pm at the Pangolin Exhibit along the Fishing Cat Trail. Over the years, Night Safari has fine-tuned captive management of these unassuming creatures and has achieved a global first: The world’s first institution successfully to breed and raise the Sunda pangolin in captivity.

The ‘SCALING UP PANGOLIN CONSERVATION’ CONFERENCE has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund, the Zoological Society of London, San Antonio Zoo, the Houston Zoo, TRAFFIC and Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong.

NIGHT SAFARI UNVEILS ART SEEN AND HERD! EXHIBITION ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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SINGAPORE, 6 June 2013 – After weeks of brainstorming and preparation, Night Safari’s Art Seen & Herd! exhibition was officially unveiled to the public yesterday, in celebration of World Environment Day. Visitors to Night Safari were treated to a visual bonanza as four of Singapore’s street artists unleashed wild artworks inspired by threatened animals to spread awareness about poaching and the dwindling wildlife population.

The four artists – Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’), Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’), Luthfi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’) and Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’) – also shared the inspiration and ideas behind their works, as well as the conservation messages that they hope to convey to visitors. Animals featured in the exhibition are often hunted and farmed to feed continuing consumer demand for animal parts for use in traditional medicine, despite the presence of synthetic substitutes or there being no real evidence of the efficacy of these treatments.

Visitors can catch this free exhibition from now till 15 July 2013 at Night Safari’s entrance plaza. To encourage students to learn more about the threats facing wildlife, Night Safari is offering a 50% discount on admission after 9pm from 1 June to 31 August 2013. The Art Seen & Herd! project also encourages students to take action by sharing information on the threats facing the animals and what they can do to save these species via popular social media platforms such as Instagram. More information on the contest and student discounts is available at www.nightsafari.com.sg

SAVE THE GAME by Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’)

SAVE THE GAME by Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’)

SAVE THE GAME by Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’)

Like a game, the fate of the Indian rhino results in a win or loss. Long regarded as a symbol of strength, the rhino horn is ironically the bane of the animal. Rhinos are hunted for their horns to be used in traditional medicine. In actual fact, the rhino’s horn is made up of keratin, the exact same substance that our hair and nails are made of, and have no proven medical use.

So why not say NO to using animal parts? Save the game, save the rhinos.

PLIGHT NO MORE by Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’)

PLIGHT NO MORE by Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’)

PLIGHT NO MORE by Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’)

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A whimsical artwork with a message of hope and courage. A group of tiny spacemen are busy at work, trying to free a helpless Asiatic black bear from a bear bile farm by cutting off the chains and attaching wings to help it fly away to safety.

Imagine being trapped and housed in a tiny, restrictive ‘crush cage’, tortured by pain and insanity to get your bile juice extracted daily from a thick needle inserted into your abdomen, all in the name of ‘traditional medicine’. This bile-drawing process is painful, stressful and cruel. Will you be able to bear with this?

Say NO to using animal parts and help keep their lives bearable.

TURN A BLIND EYE by Luthi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’)

TURN A BLIND EYE by Luthi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’)

TURN A BLIND EYE by Luthi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’)

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With the endless hunt for their ivory tusks and loss of natural habitats through deforestation, Asian elephants are rapidly depleting in numbers.

In this interactive artwork, wooden blinds form the canvas representing the once sprawling woods the elephants inhabit. Turning the blind first reveals a cry for help for the elephants before ending with a solemn and dark ending for the elephant from the loss of its tusks and natural habitat. This is a grave reminder for us not to turn a blind eye to the dire state of the elephants. The ivory trade must stop and it must begin with us.

Say NO to buying ivory products and give these gentle giants a chance to live.

BAI SWEE by Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’)

BAI SWEE by Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’)

BAI SWEE by Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’)

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‘Bai Swee’, in the Hokkien dialect, means ‘only for show or display purposes’. Which leaves us to think, what is real anymore?

The once majestic Malayan tigers are now merely puppets of the human race. As their strength and dominance in this world wane, we can only see their former selves portrayed and kept alive by their human keepers. Here lies a grim reminder that we have to work harder to preserve what nature offers or soon we will only have soulless and empty shells of the Malayan tigers.

Many of these majestic felines have been hunted for their parts to be used in traditional medicine. Tiger parts, like any other animal parts, can be replaced by alternative formulas in traditional medicine.

Say NO to using animal parts and help keep these beautiful creatures living in the years to come.

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