SINGAPORE ZOO’S EIGHT FALABELLAS WISH EVERYONE A BLESSED YEAR OF THE HORSE

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Rare and exquisite miniature horses out on parade from 31 January – 2 February

Singapore, 29 January 2014Singapore Zoo’s eight falabellas are gearing up for the Year of the Horse and are all set to welcome visitors to the park. As part of the horse-picious Chinese New Year celebrations, visitors to the park can marvel at the entourage of eight miniature horses who will trot proudly alongside their keepers during the Falabellas Parade.

The parade will be held between 31 January and 2 February, and begins at Rainforest Kidzworld at 10.30am. Visitors are welcome to walk alongside the falabellas as they make their way to the festive flower-laden Garden With a View.

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 its unique and historic ancestry, which is one of its greatest attributes. Falabellas are viewed as prestigious to have and are highly prized by those who do own them.

Male falabella Pampeano leads a posse of seven other miniature horses and their keepers, as they trot enthusiastically to Garden With A View. Visitors to Singapore Zoo can enjoy the Falabellas Parade, which will be held from 31 January to 2 February at 10.30am daily. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Male falabella Pampeano leads a posse of seven other miniature horses and their keepers, as they trot enthusiastically to Garden With A View. Visitors to Singapore Zoo can enjoy the Falabellas Parade, which will be held from 31 January to 2 February at 10.30am daily. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Eight blessed falabellas will add a horse-picious touch to the festive floral-laden Garden With A View in Singapore Zoo between 31 January to 2 February, with a Falabellas Parade held daily at 10.30am. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Eight blessed falabellas will add a horse-picious touch to the festive floral-laden Garden With A View in Singapore Zoo between 31 January to 2 February, with a Falabellas Parade held daily at 10.30am. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Bollin, a male falabella takes centrestage at Singapore Zoo’s Falabellas Parade, as the miniature horses put their best hooves forward this Chinese New Year. Visitors can be a part of the parade when they visit between 31 January to 2 February. The parade begins at Rainforest Kidzworld at 10.30am daily. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Bollin, a male falabella takes centrestage at Singapore Zoo’s Falabellas Parade, as the miniature horses put their best hooves forward this Chinese New Year. Visitors can be a part of the parade when they visit between 31 January to 2 February. The parade begins at Rainforest Kidzworld at 10.30am daily. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

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!

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AN ICY 23RD BIRTHDAY FOR INUKA, SINGAPORE ZOO’S POLAR BEAR

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- First polar bear born in the tropics celebrates with a popsicle of favourites.

Singapore, 26 December 2013 – Inuka, Singapore Zoo’s polar bear turned 23 years today, and celebrated with a three-tiered ice cake chock-full of his favourite food.

The first polar bear to be born in the tropics confidently strode to his colourful popsicle, embedded with salmon, herring, blueberries, apples and strawberries; and topped with a frozen watermelon, whipped cream and a salad of mulberry leaves.

As Inuka nonchalantly munched on his treat, scores of guests stayed glued to his every move, many trying to digitally capture the bear with their cameras. Inuka, the star attraction at Singapore Zoo’s Frozen Tundra exhibit, demolished his ice cake within half an hour, before diving into his pool for a swim in the rain.

Inuka, Singapore Zoo’s polar bear, confidently approached his ice cake, which had been lovingly prepared by his keepers. In the background, scores of visitors get their cameras ready, to capture the first polar bear in the tropics, which turned 23 years today PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Inuka, Singapore Zoo’s polar bear, confidently approached his ice cake, which had been lovingly prepared by his keepers. In the background, scores of visitors get their cameras ready, to capture the first polar bear in the tropics, which turned 23 years today. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

ENDInuka was oblivious to the crowds behind him as he munched on his three-tiered colourful popsicle, which was embedded with his favourite food, including apples, strawberries, salmon, herring and blueberries. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Inuka was oblivious to the crowds behind him as he munched on his three-tiered colourful popsicle, which was embedded with his favourite food, including apples, strawberries, salmon, herring and blueberries. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Inuka intently savouring his frozen ice cake embedded with salmon, herring, blueberries, apples and strawberries; and topped with a frozen watermelon, whipped cream and a salad of mulberry leaves. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Inuka intently savouring his frozen ice cake embedded with salmon, herring, blueberries, apples and strawberries; and topped with a frozen watermelon, whipped cream and a salad of mulberry leaves. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

WORLD’S RAREST TORTOISES TO LOSE FACE VALUE

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Tattooing the tortoise and keeping Ploughshares out of the Illegal Trade

Tattooing the tortoise and keeping Ploughshares out of the Illegal Trade

Singapore, 16th December 2013 – Conservation organizations fighting to save one of the world’s most threatened tortoises from poachers are resorting to a drastic measure—engraving identification codes onto the animals’ shells to reduce their black market value.

Although fully protected, Ploughshare Tortoises are prized for their beautiful high domed shells, but are being pushed closer to the brink of extinction due to high demand as unique and exotic pets. Engraving a tortoise’s shell makes it less desirable to traffickers and easier for enforcement agencies to trace.

Found only in north‐western Madagascar, the tortoise is Critically Endangered and only an estimated 400 adults remain in the wild. Numbers have been devastated through illegal collection and export to meet the international demand for the pet trade, especially in South‐East Asia, where they are sold in markets particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

In March, two smugglers were arrested with 52 Ploughshare Tortoises in suitcases while attempting to enter Thailand, where traders redistribute the animals to dealers locally and abroad. This was the largest ever seizure of Ploughshare Tortoises in Southeast Asia. One of the smugglers, a Malagasy woman was jailed, while the other, a Thai man, was released on bail.

This case exemplifies the increased audacity of smugglers, the urgency of the situation and the need for enforcement agencies to take the illegal trade in this species far more seriously. Based on seizures reported in the media, at least 86 Ploughshare Tortoises have been seized since 2010. Over 60% of these seizures occurred in Thailand while remaining seizures took place in Madagascar and Malaysia; with at least one of the shipments destined for Indonesia.

Four organisations – Wildlife Reserves Singapore, TRAFFIC, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Turtle Conservancy – are joining forces to hold a “Tattoo the Tortoise” event on 16th December at Singapore Zoo to raise awareness of the plight of the Ploughshare and to build support to fight trafficking in the species.

Singapore Zoo currently houses two Ploughshare Tortoises which were confiscated by the Agri‐Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore in 2009. The pair will be used to establish an ‘assurance colony’ in Singapore. The top shell of each tortoise will be engraved during this event – a first for South‐East Asia.

The event will include presentations by experts working on the conservation of these tortoises and an exhibition open to the public. These activities provide an opportunity for the public, governments and other relevant bodies to learn about the dire situation these animals face, and what they can do to save the Ploughshare Tortoises.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Chris R Shepherd, Regional Director, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia.
T: +6012 2340790, E: chris.shepherd@traffic.org

Ms Natt Haniff, Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications, Wildlife Reserve s Singapore
T: +65 6360 8659 / +65 9362 8115, E: natt.haniff@wrs.com.sg

Mr Richard Lewis, Madagascar Programme Director, Durrell Wildlife Conservati on Trust
E: Richard.Lewis@durrell.org

Ms Kaitlyn‐Elizabeth Foley, Program Officer and Grants Manager, Turtle Conserv ancy
T: +01 212 353‐5060, E: kaitlyn@turtleconservancy.org

ZOO HOO WILD WOW BIRTHDAY TO MARK GRAND FINALE OF SINGAPORE ZOO’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

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- Visitors invited to go wild with fun activities like token feeding surprises, games and magic shows from 30 Nov to 22 Dec.

Zoo Hoo Wild Wow Birthday

Zoo Hoo Wild Wow Birthday

Singapore, 7 November 2013 – This school holidays, we’re ending off Singapore Zoo’s 40th anniversary celebrations with a big bang! Join us during the weekends from 30 November to 22 December for “Zoo Hoo! Wild Wow Birthday”, which promises fun-filled activities such as token feeding birthday surprises, games, mascot appearances and magic shows for the entire family.

Go wild with the zoo’s resident animals as they enjoy their birthday surprises during select token feeding sessions. Snap a photo with the endearing animal mascot and be ‘wow-ed’ by exciting magic performances. Team up with your kids at fun games for some great family bonding time! Make sure you don’t leave without receiving an exclusive Singapore Zoo 40th activity book!*

This school holidays, watch the lion-tailed macaques unwrapping their enrichment presents

This school holidays, watch the lion-tailed macaques unwrapping their enrichment presents

Wild WOW Birthday
Date: 30 Nov– 22 December 2013 (Weekends only)
Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Fee: Free of charge
Notes: Singapore Zoo admission rates of $22.00 (adult) and $14.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply

Get an animal-themed face painting at Singapore Zoo’s Zoo Hoo Wild Wow Birthday

Get an animal-themed face painting at Singapore Zoo’s Zoo Hoo Wild Wow Birthday

Highlights

Token Feeding Birthday Surprise
What’s a birthday without yummy treats? Share in the pure delight of our animal friends as they unwrap birthday presents and treats! Catch our curious chimpanzees among other animals as they open their gifts during selected token feeding sessions.

Dates: 30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 December
Times & Venues:
1. Orang utan 11.00am
2. Pygmy hippo 2.30pm
3. Chimpanzee 4.35pm
4. Primate Kingdom 11.00am (Colobus monkey, Celebes macaque, lion-tailed macaque)

Wild Wow Photo Wall
Get creative with our ‘fun-ky’ 40th anniversary props at Zoo Hoo’s Wild Wow Birthday photowall and bring home a keepsake in a limited edition Zoo Hoo photo jacket for just $5.

Dates: 30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 December
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Rainforest Courtyard (outside retail shop)

Other Wild Wow Birthday Activities

Other Wild Wow Birthday Activities

Other Wild Wow Birthday Activities

* Singapore Zoo 40th activity book while stocks last.

AN OVERALL PAW-SITIVE RESULT FOR INUKA, SINGAPORE ZOO’S POLAR BEAR

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- First polar bear born in the tropics undergoes annual health-check.

Singapore, 4 November 2013 – As Inuka, Singapore Zoo’s 22 year old polar bear entered his senior years, Singapore Zoo’s vet team performed a health check on him under general anesthesia on 9 October 2013. The first polar bear to be born in the tropics was found to be in general good health for his age. He currently measures 2.5m from nose to tail, and weighs 532kg.

The hour-long medical examination included dental, aural and paw checks. Blood results show no abnormality in his kidneys and liver. There are some warty growths on the underside of his tongue, and a biopsy has been done to confirm if they are benign and can be left alone. Inuka’s teeth also needed some attention, which was to be expected at his age. X-rays of his lower limbs confirmed what his vets have suspected for some time; that he has mild arthritis on his ankle and right wrist joints. The vets will prescribe medications as required, to manage his arthritis.

After the examination, Inuka was revived with a reverse sedative and allowed to recuperate in his den. Within two days, he was back to basking in his ice cave and in no time was paddling in his pool, at Singapore Zoo’s Frozen Tundra.

A team of six from the veterinary department of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (parent company of Singapore Zoo) conducted various tests and observations on Inuka simultaneously to minimise sedation time. Here, a member of the medical team takes a closer look at Inuka’s teeth while Head Vet Dr Serena Oh checks on his shoulder, where he was darted.

A team of six from the veterinary department of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (parent company of Singapore Zoo) conducted various tests and observations on Inuka simultaneously to minimise sedation time. Here, a member of the medical team takes a closer look at Inuka’s teeth while Head Vet Dr Serena Oh checks on his shoulder, where he was darted.

Checks on large and dangerous animals are often conducted in the animal’s den to minimise the time they are sedated. During these times, vets use a portable x-ray machine to take x-rays of animal’s various body parts.

Checks on large and dangerous animals are often conducted in the animal’s den to minimise the time they are sedated. During these times, vets use a portable x-ray machine to take x-rays of animal’s various body parts.

Inuka’s paw measures an astounding 20cm across, which makes the hand of a grown man look miniscule in comparison!

Inuka’s paw measures an astounding 20cm across, which makes the hand of a grown man look miniscule in comparison!

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.”

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