NIGHT SAFARI PRESENTS: ART SEEN & HERD!

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Singapore street artists unleash wild artworks inspired by threatened animals to spread awareness among students about poaching and dwindling wildlife populations; 50% student discount on admission after 9pm from June to August 2013.

Mindflyer, The Killer Gerbil, ClogTwo and SKL0

Mindflyer, The Killer Gerbil, ClogTwo and SKL0

SINGAPORE, 23 May 2013 – For the first time, Night Safari has commissioned four prominent street artists to work on creative art pieces inspired by threatened and endangered animals in a bid to spread awareness of poaching and dwindling wildlife populations and spur action among youths. This visual bonanza, titled Art Seen & Herd!, will be unveiled during the June school holidays in conjunction with the introduction of Asiatic black bears and a new Malayan tiger exhibit at Night Safari.

The Art Seen & Herd! project employs art as a platform to raise awareness of wildlife poaching – one of the greatest threats to some of the world’s most loved species. Animals featured in the exhibition include the Asian elephant, Malayan tiger, Indian rhino, and the newest residents of Night Safari – three Asiatic black bears. These animals 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.

The artists will unleash art pieces highlighting the plight of these species through the visual narratives of their works. The artworks will include graffiti, illustrations and other visual art forms, all aimed at engaging youths in an inclusive, non-conventional and enlightening way.

To encourage students to learn more about the threats facing wildlife, Night Safari invites them for a fascinating journey in the park with 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.

Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Art is a powerful form of expression that can unleash a lot of emotions without the need for words. In particular, street art is energetic, expressive, and genuine. Through this powerful medium, the Art Seen & Herd! project aims to reach out to youths in our continual mission to inspire an appreciation for wildlife and spreading the message on the importance of conservation.”

The four artists, among them award-winning talents, have been involved in various commissioned works, events and exhibitions locally and overseas. They are Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’), Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’ / ‘Sticker Lady’), Luthfi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’) and Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’). Their creative works have been seen on various mediums from street art, canvases, t-shirts to advertisements.

*STUDENT DISCOUNTS

With great discounts on admission and dining for students, an exciting wildlife adventure awaits at Night Safari, starting with the Art Seen & Herd! exhibition.

Hop onto a tram and journey through seven geographical regions to view over 2,500 nocturnal animals, including the threatened species featured in the exhibition. Then, catch the popular Creatures of the Night Show to see nocturnal animals in action, and explore the walking trails for close encounters with endangered wildlife.

To complete the Night Safari experience, chill out at Bongo Burgers restaurant with a menu that includes juicy gourmet burgers, jumbo hot dogs and chunky fries. This alfresco restaurant also features performances by tribal dancers from the mysterious rainforests of Borneo, who perform fire-eating and blowpipe demonstrations just a few metres away.

1. 50% discount on admission after 9.00pm (Usual Price: $35.00)

  • Promotion is only valid from 1 June 2013 to 31 August 2013.
  • Promotion is only valid for students from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, universities and educational institutions based in Singapore with a valid photo student ID/student pass/matriculation card.
  • Valid student ID must be presented at point of purchase to enjoy the discount.
  • Purchase of tickets can be done before 9pm, but admission is only valid after 9pm.
  • Tickets must be purchased on-site at Night Safari ticketing counters. Not valid for online ticketing.
  • Each student ID can only purchase a maximum of two admission tickets.
  • Tickets and admission will be subjected to student ID checks upon entering the park.
  • Not valid with other promotions or discounts.

Other terms and conditions apply. For full list, please visit www.nightsafari.com.sg

2. 10% off Bongo Burgers

  • Promotion is only valid from 1 June 2013 to 31 August 2013.
  • Promotion is only valid for students from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, universities and educational institutions based in Singapore with a valid photo student ID/student pass/matriculation card.
  • Valid student ID must be presented at point of purchase to enjoy the discount.
  • Not valid with other promotions or discounts.

All terms and conditions are subject to change without prior information.

ACTIVITIES

1. Art Seen and Herd! Exhibition
Marvel at this visual spectacle featuring four creative art pieces by local artists ClogTwo, Mindflyer, SKL0 and The Killer Gerbil who have herded together to give a voice to threatened and endangered animal species.

Dates: Daily from 1 June to 15 July 2013
Venue: Night Safari Entrance Plaza (Admission tickets not required)

2. Snap, Share and Win!
Spread your conservation messages and be rewarded with a wild night out!

Instagram Contest Mechanics:

  • Snap a picture of yourself with any of the art pieces
  • Tell us what you can do to save the threatened species illustrated in the art piece (e.g. ‘Elephants are poached for their ivory tusks to be used for medicinal purposes even though there is no scientific evidence on the benefits. Please don’t support the ivory trade’)
  • Post the picture on Instagram, hashtag #seenandherd and tag @nightsafariofficial for a chance to win one Safari Adventurer Tour package for yourself and four friends (worth $640)
  • Contest period: 1 June to 15 July 2013

The Safari Adventurer Tour includes a personalised buggy ride with a guide that will share insider tales about nocturnal animals and wildlife conservation. The winner also takes home exclusive Night Safari merchandise and limited edition gifts designed by the artists.

WILDLIFE IN NIGHT SAFARI AND SINGAPORE ZOO GREET 8000 RUNNERS IN FIRST RUN IN YEAR OF THE SNAKE

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Lions, Rhinoceros, and Giraffes among wild creatures watching on as competitive runners, families with young children, and leisure runners meander through the lush parks.

Mr Liang Eng Hwa, Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, flags-off the first race for Safari Zoo Run 2013. An 8,000-strong crowd took part in the run in memory of orang utan Ah Meng. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Mr Liang Eng Hwa, Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, flags-off the first race for Safari Zoo Run 2013. An 8,000-strong crowd took part in the run in memory of orang utan Ah Meng. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

The first weekend in the Year of the Snake saw a spirited 8000-strong crowd participating in the Safari Zoo Run 2013, and running amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and giraffes, among other wild creatures, watched on. Amongst them were these enthusiastic adult-child pairs taking part in the 2.8km competitive category. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

The first weekend in the Year of the Snake saw a spirited 8000-strong crowd participating in the Safari Zoo Run 2013, and running amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and giraffes, among other wild creatures, watched on. Amongst them were these enthusiastic adult-child pairs taking part in the 2.8km competitive category. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 17 February 2013 – The first weekend in the Year of the Snake saw a spirited 8000-strong crowd participating in the Safari Zoo Run 2013, and running amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and giraffes, among other wild creatures, watched on.

Guest-of-Honour Mr Liang Eng Hwa (Member of Parliament, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) flagged off the race along with Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

In the first run held this Year of the Snake, participants had the golden opportunity to partake in snake-tivities after the run, such as visiting a snake-themed educational booth, viewing an auspicious snake showcase at Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Walk, and engaging in hand painting activities where children can get a snake painted on their hands. To top it off, many participants visited the Reptile Garden and saw over 20 species of snakes.

Now in its fifth year, Safari Zoo Run was conceptualised in memory of our orang utan Ah Meng, one of Singapore’s most adored animal personalities. Both Singapore Zoo and Night Safari were transformed into a race course that took participants through scenic paths and fascinating animal exhibits. The objectives of Safari Zoo Run are to encourage family bonding and promote healthy lifestyle amongst Singaporeans. The run also aids in wildlife conservation; S$100,000 from the run will go towards the care of endangered animals in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, as well as the adoption of orang utan Ah Meng Junior.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, receives a cheque for $100,000 from representatives of Pink Apple Pte Ltd, co-organiser of Safari Zoo Run. The money will go towards the care of endangered animals in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, as well as the adoption of orang utan Ah Meng Junior. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, receives a cheque for $100,000 from representatives of Pink Apple Pte Ltd, co-organiser of Safari Zoo Run. The money will go towards the care of endangered animals in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, as well as the adoption of orang utan Ah Meng Junior. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

FURRY AND FEATHERED FRIENDS FROM WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE WISH EVERYONE A YEAR OF HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY

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Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari celebrate Chinese New Year with a line-up of festive activities.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with an abundance of love and affection from animal friends like Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo who will be handing out lucky red packets at Jurong Bird Park; a stunning dragon dance at Night Safari; and Kai Kai and Jia Jia who have put their sincere wishes on exclusive panda collectibles at River Safari.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with an abundance of love and affection from animal friends like Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo who will be handing out lucky red packets at Jurong Bird Park; a stunning dragon dance at Night Safari; and Kai Kai and Jia Jia who have put their sincere wishes on exclusive panda collectibles at River Safari.

Singapore, 22 January 2013 – The animal kingdom joins the Chinese New Year festivities with a myriad of celebratory activities at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo.

Getting up close with snakes
To celebrate the Year of the Snake, Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo will set up snake-themed educational booths with show-and-tell sessions by conservation ambassadors, exhibitions about lives of snakes, and hand painting activities where children can get a snake painted on their hands! In addition, get closer views through special CNY exhibits of the dog-toothed cat snake and royal python at Jurong Bird Park, and the blood python and mangrove snake at Singapore Zoo. Guests of Singapore Zoo will also be able to take photographs with a scaly friend as a memento of their visit during the Year of the Snake.

Lion Dance and Night-time Dragon Dance
Soak up the Chinese New Year spirit with the high-octane Southern lion dance performances on high poles at the entrance plazas of both Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo. Over at Night Safari, the dark night will be illuminated with the dance of a mystical dragon, a creature of ancient Chinese tales and a close relation to the snake.

Festive greetings from the animals
At Jurong Bird Park, the recently launched High Flyers Show will feature a special Chinese New Year twist. Guests 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.

Over at River Safari, be entertained by the antics of Kai Kai and Jia Jia, icons of peace and good fortune. Guests can also bring them home – in the form of cuddly plush toys. They can be purchased at the House of Kai Kai and Jia Jia at River Safari’s Giant Panda Forest, at $68 a pair, or $38 each if bought separately.

Festive decorations
The sensational and elaborate festive floral decorations around WRS parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo – have over the years almost become an attraction on their own for returning guests. Bursts of colour set the perfect backdrops for photos with loved ones.

There will also be photo opportunities with mascots representing prosperity and good fortune several times daily during the festive period.

Delicacies and special delights
From 4-24 February:
Flamingo Lodge and Lakeview Ballroom at Jurong Bird Park, Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant at Night Safari, and Forest Lodge at Singapore Zoo will be serving the Family Reunion Menu at $598+ for 10 diners by special reservations. 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.

From 10-12 February:
Ah Meng Restaurant at Singapore Zoo, which pays homage to our orang utan, icon, the late Ah Meng, will be having a festive buffet promotion, offering international selections at $30 (Adult) and $22 (Child), from 11.30am to 5.30pm.

At River Safari Teahouse, special Chinese New Year set menus, featuring dishes such as XO sauce fried rice with preserved meat, will be offered from $68+ (2 persons) to $268+ (8 persons).

Yu Sheng:
Tantalise your taste buds with complementary flavours of sweet, sour and spicy with our Prosperity Yu Sheng. This ever popular must-have dish for Chinese New Year is available at Ah Meng Restaurant at Singapore Zoo, Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant at Night Safari and River Safari Tea House for $8 (2 pax) to
$38 (10 pax), from 4-24 February.

F&B Reservation Details

F&B Reservation Details

Reservations can be made through Catering Sales and are subject to availability. For reservations and enquiries please call 6360 8560 or email event.sales@wrs.com.sg at least 3 days in advance.

Activity details (Jurong Bird Park)

Activity details (Jurong Bird Park)

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For more information on Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo and their Chinese New Year activities, please visit http://www.wrs.com.sg/

GET READY TO RUN WILD AT SAFARI ZOO RUN 2013

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Singapore, 20 December 2012 – Get set to run wild amidst the lush greenery and majestic wildlife of Night Safari and Singapore Zoo at the upcoming Safari Zoo Run on 17 February 2013, and stand to win attractive prizes!

The run, into its fifth year, was conceptualised in memory of Ah Meng the Sumatran orang utan, one of Singapore’s most adored personalities.

Each participant will receive an exclusive Safari Zoo Run Tee (worth $39.90 for adults and $19.80 for kids) and other attractive goodies including 50% discounted admission into Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park. In addition, all runners walk away with an exclusive animal-motif finisher medal and one-day entry to Singapore Zoo on the day of the run.

Adventurous little ones and adults can participate in the 2.8km and 12km Safari Zoo Challenge competitive runs respectively. There’s also a 2.8km competitive category for adult-child pairs. Families looking for healthy walk amid nature can enjoy a more leisurely pace with the 6km Safari Zoo Fun Run.

The top three winners in each of the competitive categories will stand to win attractive prizes worth up to $2,000.

Early bird registration is now open until 31 December 2012. 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 endangered animals at Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.

NIGHT SAFARI’S MYSTICA CHARMS WITH LIGHTS, MYSTERY AND DRAMA

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Mystica’s Tribal Queen (second from left) in her festive finery added an air of mystic and charm with her entourage as they strolled along Orchard Road.

Mystica’s Tribal Queen (second from left) in her festive finery added an air of mystic and charm with her entourage as they strolled along Orchard Road.

Singapore, 3 December 2012 – Ahead of the official opening of Night Safari’s Mystica on 7 December, spirited dreamforest folks turned Orchard Road into their playground last Saturday and added an air of mystery and charm to the bustling shopping belt.

Sporting lit-up costumes, the Bubbleman, Tribal Queen, Love Bird, Budding Flower and a pair of cheeky Wallaby Men mingled with delighted passers-by with their dramatic demeanour. Wherever they went, the entourage left a trail of bobbing blue lighted balloons, which were a popular takeaway with the young-at-heart. Some members of the public who joined in the fun and merriment even won Night Safari tickets and merchandise.

The fiery fire-eater from Night Safari’s Mystica, flanked by Love Bird and Budding Flower, shows off his flame-boyant skills.

The fiery fire-eater from Night Safari’s Mystica, flanked by Love Bird and Budding Flower, shows off
his flame-boyant skills.

Members of the public are invited to soak in the enchanting forest cheer and be captivated by the playful antics of the spirited dreamforest folks with Mystica at Night Safari this December. Mystica happens on Fridays and Saturdays, and Christmas Eve and Day, between 7-25 December.

Held for the second time running, this year’s installment beckons you into an enchanted wildlife wonderland inspired by Night Safari’s latest attraction – Wallaby Trail, which brings visitors through a fascinating discovery of flora and fauna in the Australasian region of Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.

In addition to the spirited dreamforest characters, expect close encounters with a range of marsupials, including the parma and Bennett’s wallabies in a walk-through exhibit designed to let visitors get as close as possible to its residents. Other animals include Australia’s native bird, the tawny frogmouth, and the white-lipped python from Papua New Guinea.

Bubbleman from Night Safari’s Mystica and his fancy headwear were a hit with the crowd.

Bubbleman from Night Safari’s Mystica and his fancy headwear were a hit with the crowd.

Details
Dates: 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24 and 25 December 2012 (Fri and Sat, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance and Wallaby Trail
Cost: Entrance festivities are free but usual admission of $32 per adult and $21 per child between 3-12 years applies for those entering the park

For more information, visit http://www.nightsafari.com.sg/events-promos/mystica-12.html

DREAMFOREST FIESTA AT NIGHT SAFARI THIS DECEMBER

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Mystica @ Night Safari 2011

Singapore, 23 October 2012 – Transport yourself into a fiesta of dreams and mingle with larger-than-life forest creatures at Night Safari’s Mystica this December. The event happens on Fridays and Saturdays, and Christmas Eve and Day, between 7-25 December.

Be dazzled by whimsical lights that speak of magic, mystery and drama! Track down the quirky, illuminated characters that jump out of your dreams and be spellbound by their playful antics.

Held for the second time running, this year’s instalment beckons you into an enchanted wildlife wonderland inspired by our latest attraction – Wallaby Trail, which brings visitors through a fascinating discovery of flora and fauna in the Australasian region of Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.

Catch the parma
wallaby at Wallaby Trail

Expect close encounters with a range of marsupials, including the parma and Bennett’s wallabies in a walk-through exhibit designed to let visitors get as close as possible to its residents. Other animals include Australia’s native bird, the tawny frogmouth, and the white-lipped python from Papua New Guinea.

Be enchanted by our tantalising treats such as Forest Mushroom Sandwiches, Fantasy Macaroon Lolly, Magical Cookie Ball and Fairy’s Elixir at the Mystical Yummy Treats Corner.

Details
Dates: 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24 and 25 December 2012 (Fri and Sat, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance and Wallaby Trail
Cost: Entrance festivities are free but usual admission of $32 per adult and $21 per child between 3-12 years applies for those entering the park

Mystica 2012: Dreamforest Fiesta will make your wildest dreams come true!

NIGHT SAFARI OPENS NEW WALLABY TRAIL AUGUST 17

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13 NEW EXHIBITS FEATURING MAMMALS, BIRDS AND REPTILES FROM AUSTRALASIAN REGION

(From left) Parma wallaby, tawny frogmouth, white-lipped python and the Naracoorte Cave.

SINGAPORE, 14 AUGUST 2012 – Visitors can expect animals hopping, slithering and crawling in their new exhibits at Night Safari’s latest Wallaby Trail. This walking trail officially opens to the public this Friday, August 17, and will bring visitors through a fascinating discovery of wildlife in the Australasian region which includes Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.

Originally the Forest Giants Trail, the revamped walking trail features 13 new indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. Visitors can expect close encounters with a range of marsupials, including the parma and Bennett’s wallabies in a walk-through exhibit designed to let visitors get as close as possible to its residents. Other animals include Australia’s native bird, the tawny frogmouth, and the white-lipped python from Papua New Guinea.

“We’re excited to highlight these Australasian species in the Wallaby Trail because the Australasian region is home to more than one million species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. The introduction of this walking trail adds another dimension to Night Safari’s wildlife experience and we hope to inspire visitors to appreciate and protect the earth’s extraordinary biodiversity,” said Mr. Kumar Pillai, General Manager, Night Safari.

The most prominent feature in the walking trail is the Naracoorte Cave. This re-construction of the Naracoorte Caves National Park in South Australia offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of cave dwellers such as free-flying bats, the giant river toad and the beauty snake. Through the use of dim lightings, this cave chamber showcases stalactite and stalagmite structures simulating a limestone cave. The trail also features an educational interpretive centre that showcases the beauty of Australasian flora and fauna through various animal and plant specimens.

The Wallaby Trail covers 4,800 square metres and can be easily accessed from the park’s main tram station.

WALLABY TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS

Entrance of Naracoorte Cave (left) and stalactites on the cave ceiling (right)

Parma and Bennett’s wallabies
Parma and Bennett’s wallabies are members of the macropod family which includes marsupials such as kangaroos and tree-kangaroos.

Like most marsupials, these wallabies carry young in pouches until they are developed.

Unlike kangaroos, wallabies are smaller. The parma wallaby is one of the smallest of the wallaby species, measuring approximately 50cm and weighing 5kg.

Bennett’s wallaby (left) and parma wallaby (right)

Sugar glider
This palm-sized animal gets its name from its fondness for sweet items such as fruits and flowers as well as its ability to glide up to 100 metres through the air.

Like their kangaroo cousins, these squirrel-like creatures also carry their young in a pouch.

A furry membrane that stretches from wrist to ankle allows them to glide through the night air, using the membrane as a parachute.

Sugar glider

Visitors can catch the sugar gliders in action as they glide from one branch to another in this exhibit.

White-lipped python
Found in Papua New Guinea, this beautiful python is easily recognised by the white marking along its lips.

This non-venomous snake feeds mainly on small mammals such as rats, lizards and birds, which are killed by constriction.

White-lipped python

Tawny frogmouth
The tawny frogmouth is native to Australia where it is commonly known as the morepork. Often mistaken for owls, these birds are in fact closely related to nightjars.

These nocturnal insect hunters have whisker-like feathers around their wide, frog-like mouths to trap prey. Unlike other birds that fly at night catching insects, tawny frogmouths remain very still, waiting for prey.

Their mottled greyish-brown plumage serves as effective camouflage during the day while perching on trees. When they stiffen their bodies and hold their heads up, they look like a branch.

Tawny frogmouth

Brush-tailed possum
The brush-tailed possum is a tree-dwelling nocturnal marsupial and the most common possum species in Australia. The largest of all possums, this animal has a naked patch on the underside of the tail to help it grip branches.

Brush-tailed possum

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

POCKETS FULL OF JOEYS AT NIGHT SAFARI’S NEWEST TRAIL

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WALLABY BIRTHS A FIRST FOR BENNETT’S AND PARMA SPECIES

First baby wallaby peeking out at Night Safari

SINGAPORE, 31 JULY 2012 – Just a few weeks before their newly-built home at Night Safari opens, zoo keepers saw tiny little heads peeking out of the pouches of their newest residents – the Bennett’s and parma wallabies. Both species arrived in January and were brought in for the park’s upcoming walking trail, the Wallaby Trail, scheduled to open on 17 August this year.

The birth of Bennett’s and parma joeys – 2 for each species – is a first for Night Safari since their arrival. Prior to this, both Night Safari and Singapore Zoo never had these two wallaby species in their animal collection. Bennett’s and parma wallabies are members of the macropod family which include marsupials such as kangaroos and tree-kangaroos. The parma wallaby is one of the smallest wallabies, with a length between 45-55cm (excluding its tail) and a body weight of up to 6 kg.

Visitors can expect close encounters with these wallabies in a walk-through exhibit at the Wallaby Trail, Night Safari’s newest trail that will bring visitors through a fascinating discovery of wildlife in the Australasian region. Other animals include Australia’s native bird, the tawny frogmouth, and the white-lipped python from Papua New Guinea.

Keepers noticed movement from the pouch of this female parma wallaby in mid-June. By the end of June, they saw a joey sticking its head out of the pouch.
Like most marsupials, females give birth to tiny, underdeveloped young carried in a special pouch. Inside the pouch, the joey attaches to a nipple and nurses for several months before venturing out into the world.

The Bennett’s wallaby is about 80 cm tall and can be identified through its thick and tawny grey fur, black paws and the red nape and shoulders.

A Bennett’s wallaby and its joey.
Even though the joey has grown big enough to leave the pouch, it will occasionally hop in and out of the pouch for the next few months to nurse.

SPREAD THE WILDLIFE LOVE, BE A DOCENT

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WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE IS SEEKING INDIVIDUALS WITH A PASSION FOR NATURE AND WILDLIFE

SINGAPORE, 21 Jun 2012 — Love animals and want to share your knowledge about wildlife and conservation? Put your skills to good use and sign up as a docent at our parks today!

WRS docents at African Adventure, and other docent stations, provide a valuable insight into the world of wildlife for our guests.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore is looking for passionate, committed individuals to spread their love for wildlife at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. As a docent, you get to regale guests with fascinating stories of our animals, take them on exciting guided tours, and share beautiful specimens, all in the name of spreading the conservation message!

A WRS docent providing a hands-on learning experience for our young guest at the Reptile Realm station

Our docents, like this one at the Conservation Cove station, are armed with a wealth of knowledge and always willing to share nuggets of information with guests.

Since 1997, docents have been educating our visitors about animals, in particular the need for wildlife and animal conservation. Be part of the legacy when you apply for the Docents Recruitment and Training (RATS) 2012.

Raring to go yet? Simply submit your application by 13 July 2012 and look forward to being part of the docent family!

Details:
Fee: $150
Application deadline: 13 July 2012
Age: 21 years old and above
Interview dates: 21 and 22 July 2012
Training period: Once a week (Saturday or Sunday) from 4 August 2012 to 23 September 2012

For more information, check out our FAQ section at http://education.zoo.com.sg/docent.html or contact us at 6360 2217, fax at 6362 0163 or email veu@wrs.com.sg

Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

NIGHT SAFARI CELEBRATES BIRTH OF RARE CLOUDED LEOPARDS

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- NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO BREED, THREE NEW CLOUDED LEOPARDS ARE BORN A YEAR AFTER THE PARK’S FIRST SUCCESSFUL CLOUDED LEOPARD BIRTH.

The three clouded leopard cubs are healthy and active.

Cubs are seen climbing on branches.

Singapore, 12 June 2012 – Barely a year since its first successful birth of clouded leopards, Night Safari recently welcomed another litter of clouded leopard cubs, one of the world’s rarest and secretive wild cat species. The three cubs that arrived on 14 April 2012 were born to parents Tawan and Wandee, who had their first litter in May last year.

Named for the cloud-like patterns of their coats which help them disappear into the shadows of the forest, clouded leopards are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity. These cats often exhibit very aggressive courtship behaviours which sometimes results in the death of the female during mating. It is estimated that less than 20% of captive clouded leopards have been successful at reproducing because the males tend to kill their females during mating.

This second birth is a result of a planned breeding program, which saw the introduction of Tawan and Wandee at an early age to promote bonding and minimise aggression. The mating pair arrived from Thailand’s Khao Kheow Open Zoo three years ago.

“We are very pleased that our efforts have paid off once again with the birth of this second litter. For a species of big cat facing many threats, every little kitten counts. We hope that this birth will go towards sustaining and increasing the population of clouded leopards both in captivity and in the wild,” said Mr. Subash Chandran, Assistant Director, Zoology, Night Safari.

Clouded leopards are the smallest of the big cats and their highly elusive nature, coupled with nocturnal lifestyle, mean that little is known about their population size and behaviour in the wild as they are very rarely seen. Listed as a vulnerable species by IUCN*, it is estimated that there are fewer than 10,000 individuals left in the wild. Clouded leopards are found primarily in lowland tropical rainforest habitats throughout Southeast Asia, Nepal and southern China. It is believed to be extinct in Taiwan. Population numbers are continuing to decline throughout their natural range due to habitat loss and poaching.

Well adapted to forest life, the clouded leopard has an exceptionally long tail – as long as its body – for balancing on trees. Their flexible ankles allow them to run down trees headfirst. Clouded leopards also have the longest canines of any feline, in proportion to their body size.

Night Safari displays clouded leopards at the Leopard Trail, one of the four walking trails in the park.

Mother Wandee watches over her cubs as they explore the surroundings.

A young clouded leopard

*International Union for Conservation of Nature

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