JURONG BIRD PARK LAUNCHES BIRDZ OF PLAY

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NEW ‘WET AND WILD’ CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND OPENS IN CELEBRATION OF PARK’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Singapore, 22 November 2011 – The world’s largest Park for birds is now home to Singapore’s newest children’s playground. Launched today, Birdz of Play at Jurong Bird Park is the only place in Singapore where kids of all ages can get wet and wild amidst a colorful avian paradise.

Birdz of Play is designed with children, fun and colour as key priorities, which resulted in vibrant bird motifs of all shapes and sizes liberally placed all over the play area. The 9,700sqm playground was officially opened by Mr David Ong, Member of Parliament, Jurong GRC this morning. Its’ unique features include wet and dry zones for both toddlers and older children.

Toddlers who love frolicking in the water in this tropical heat, can have hours of fun just going over and under water sprays; getting splashed by a “Flamdingo”; and catching the little water sprouts at the Dandelion Dome. Older kids can hold mock water fights by squirting a friend with the “Little Sqwerts Fish and Duck”. They can also ride the fun slides, and get a tremendous soaking under the overhanging, tipping bucket at the splash zone.

Over at the dry area, young kids can explore two-seated see-saws, swings and slides, which feature sensory elements that will invoke a child’s intellect, hearing and sight. The upper body strength and agility of the older ones will be challenged as they play and take a ride at the Disc Challenge and the Flying Fox sections.

All through the December school holidays, the park is also organising a series of wholesome programmes for the entire family at Birdz of Play. These weekend activities include ‘egg citing’ creative art and craft stations to a celebratory Hatch Day Party. More details are available at http://www.birdpark.com.sg.

Said Ms Isabella Loh, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, “The launch of Birdz of Play wraps up a very significant year for Jurong Bird Park, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. This new, interactive attraction is also an important milestone for Wildlife Reserves Singapore, as we continue to come up with interesting and original family-centric activities and facilities at all our award-winning parks. It symbolizes our commitment to the family unit by engaging them and providing a venue which is all about good, clean fun. We are confident that Birdz of Play will develop into a very successful play and learning venue at the Jurong Bird Park.”

Flight of fancy; Bird Park’s famous resident, Sassy delivered the last puzzle piece to Mr David Ong, Member-of-Parliament, Jurong GRC. He was accompanied by Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, accompanied Guest-of-Honour Mr David Ong, Member-of-Parliament, Jurong GRC as he received and fitted the last puzzle piece from Sassy, a sulphur-crested cockatoo. The final piece completed the big jigsaw puzzle, and launched the new play arena, Birdz of Play.

Get splashed by Flamdingo!

JURONG BIRD PARK CELEBRATES FAMILIES

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

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

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

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

WWFW dance flash-mob at Jurong Bird Park

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

Dancers carrying WWFW campaign posters

Members of the dance flash-mob crew

ANGRY BIRDS CATAPULT INTO JURONG BIRD PARK

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SINGAPORE, 14 July 2011 – Fans of the hugely popular Angry Birds iPhone application can now get their hands on game collectibles at the Jurong Bird Park, the world’s largest avian paradise. The flock of vibrantly-coloured plushes became hot ticket items and were quickly sold out when they were first released at the park in early May. From today, fans can browse and buy the full range at the Bird Park’s Feathers gift shop, which is located before the ticketing counter, so no admission is necessary to make a purchase.

Jurong Bird Park, the official licensed retailer of the Angry Bird collectibles in Singapore, will carry a wide range of products including huggable plush toys of varying sizes, keychains, figurines and iPhone mobile covers. A limited stock of iPad 2 covers, retailing at $79.90, will also be available, together with iPhone 4 and iTouch covers priced at $39.90.

This fun and addictive game, created by Finland-based Rovio Mobile, has been downloaded more than 100 million times by users on a range of devices. It involves catapulting ‘angry birds’ at greedy green pigs using a slingshot.

All prices inclusive GST:

1. iPad 2 cases – $79.90
2. iPhone 4 & iTouch covers – $39.90
3. 3″ clip-on – $9.90
4. 5″ plush toy with sound – $14.90
5. 8″ plush toy with sound – $22.90
6. 16″ plush toy – $69.90
7. 12″ plush toy with sound (assorted) – $35.90 (NEW)
8. 12″ green king pig with sound – $35.90 (NEW)
9. Keychain Figurine – $9.90 (NEW)
10. Figurine 2 Pack Asst – $13.90 (NEW)
11. 5″ Bouncing Ball – $13.90 (NEW)

Feathers gift shop (located before the Park’s entrance)
Jurong Bird Park
2 Jurong Hill
Singapore 628925
Tel: 6661 7857

Angry Birds Plush Toys

JURONG BIRD PARK ACHIEVES ANOTHER FIRST WITH SUCCESSFUL ARTIFICIAL INCUBATION OF GREAT PIED HORNBILLS

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Singapore, 30 May 2011Jurong Bird Park, the world’s largest avian paradise, has scored a first yet again with the successful artificial incubation of two great pied hornbills, one of the most notoriously difficult species to breed in captivity. Eggs were carefully removed from the hornbills’ nest box this breeding season and incubated at the park’s Breeding and Research Centre (BRC). This was necessary as the breeding pair had cannibalised the chicks the previous year.

“While such cannibalisation behaviours are natural and common in hornbills, it differs from species to species. With the oriental pied hornbills, it is the survival of the fittest where the weakest hatchling is usually killed and eaten by the female,” said Dr Minerva Bongco-Nuqui, Curator, Jurong Bird Park.

To avoid a similar situation, avian keepers kept a close watch on the nesting pair, and quickly extracted their eggs the second week after laying. “Hornbills are generally very selective and monogamous when it comes to mating and take a while to breed as they would require a long time to bond. Conservation and captive breeding are crucial for great pied hornbills since they are losing their natural habitat because of rapid urbanisation and human activities,” she added.

Due to the size of this magnificent bird and its special nesting requirements, captive breeding is especially difficult as tree cavities need to be big enough. Hornbills have unique breeding characteristics as the female seals herself in the nest, leaving a tiny slit through which her male counterpart feeds her foraged or hunted food. She would remain sealed in the nest for up to three months, when her chicks are ready to fledge and leave the nest.

The pair has been together for over 10 years, and had their first offspring in 2006. Their two new chicks hatched in the BRC on April 14 and 20 respectively, and have been under the care of Mr Elden Gabayoyo, the Avian Management Officer in charge of the Centre.

“As these hatchlings were artificially incubated, we were very careful about their diet,” he noted. “In the first few days, they were fed with mice pinkies, papaya, vitamin supplements and Pedialyte for hydration. When they grow older, they will eat mealworms, crickets and fruit such as papaya and banana, and will eventually be moved to the exhibit when they can feed on their own.”

This is the first time the Jurong Bird Park has artificially incubated a hornbill species. The latest offspring brings the total number of great pied hornbills at the park to 17. They are one of the largest members of the hornbill family, and can live up to 50 years in captivity. They are found in the forests of India, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra. Admired for their size and bright colours, they are prized for their body parts, e.g. beaks and heads are used as charms and souvenirs, feathers used in head dresses and flesh as medicine; hence the urgent need for greater conservation efforts for this and other hornbill species.

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