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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


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- Week-long festivities at River Safari this September.


Singapore, 14 August 2013 – Get ready for pandamonium this September as giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia celebrate their birthdays and first anniversary in Singapore. In this triple celebration, River Safari will commemorate the pandas’ one-year anniversary in Singapore since their arrival on 6 September last year, and celebrate Jia Jia turning five on 3 September and Kai Kai turning six on 14 September.

Party animals can look forward to a lineup of festivities at River Safari from 7 to 15 September. Leading up to this festive occasion is the search for 10 lucky Panda Party Planners who will go behind the scenes with panda keepers to prepare a special birthday cake and toy for Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

1. Search for Panda Party Planners (August)
For the first time, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is inviting the public to go behind the scenes at River Safari with Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s keepers to be ‘Panda Party Planners’ and prepare a special birthday cake and toy for the two giant pandas. Ten lucky individuals will get to learn more about panda care, and enjoy a priceless experience that includes visiting River Safari’s bamboo nursery, food preparation at the Giant Panda Forest Kitchen, and making enrichment toys to keep the pandas mentally and physically stimulated.

WRS is partnering CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the 10-year Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, in the search for the Panda Party Planners. Five CapitaLand Inside Different Geographies readers will be given the exclusive opportunity to be part of Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s birthday party preparation. Simply follow @CL_Inside on Twitter, tell us why you should be chosen as a Panda Party Planner and hashtag CL_Inside (#CL_Inside) on the tweet to win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Log on to www.capitaland.com/inside to find out more.

2. Pandamonium at CapitaMalls (August)
Bask in the pre-party atmosphere this August as pandamonium hits selected CapitaMalls managed by CapitaMalls Asia, CapitaLand’s shopping mall business. Panda mascots Kai Kai and Jia Jia will be making their public appearances outside the wildlife parks to surprise panda fans with lots of birthday treats, including a chance to win tickets to the panda party through our photo contest^.

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^Shoot & Win Tickets to Panda Party
1. Shoot a photo together with the adorable panda mascots
2. Upload the photo onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
3. Hashtag #PandaParty
4. Stand a chance to win tickets for a private panda party on 6 September

3. Panda Party Week at River Safari (7-15 September)*
From 7-15 September, visitors to River Safari can participate in free guided tours at the lush Giant Panda Forest, home to Kai Kai and Jia Jia. Learn more about these endangered bears from wildlife volunteers at the panda awareness booth, and feel the teeth of a giant panda or get a whiff of panda poop! Face painters will be around to turn you into a panda before meeting the birthday duo, and party animals can go on a frenzy at our panda-themed photo booth!

A birthday party will never be complete without a cake. Visitors can enjoy a slice of panda birthday cake with every set meal purchased at Mama Panda Kitchen. To herald the festivities, Mama Panda Kitchen will whip out new panda-themed bites, including a chocolate custard panda pau, panda cookies, pineapple shortcakes, and cupcakes.

Go wild at House of Kai Kai and Jia Jia with a new range of panda plush toys all decked out in colourful multi-racial costumes. In addition, visitors can take home birthday edition towels and other exclusive panda merchandise – all offered at discounted rates in celebration of the panda party week.


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All New Panda-Themed Bites
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Wild Discounts on Panda Merchandise

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Gastronomical and wildlife adventure at Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park.

Cantonese Roast Pork

Cantonese Roast Pork

Singapore, 10 July 2013 – In celebration of the Singapore Food Festival this July, visitors can look forward to exploring Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park and indulging in a mouthwatering seven-course feast at a special price of S$68+.

The experiential dining journey begins with lunch at River Safari Tea House, the park’s Chinese restaurant that features cuisine from the main dialect groups in Singapore. Set in a quaint teahouse setting, visitors can savour six tantalizing Asian delights including Teochew Bak Kut Teh, Hakka Yong Tau Foo and Cantonese Roasts.

After lunch, visitors can embark on a wild adventure in the park and meet over 5,000 animal specimens representing 300 species, including endangered giants such as the giant river otter, Mekong giant catfish and giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

A sweet finale of delectable desserts await at the Mama Panda Kitchen. The dessert platter includes cempedak crème brulee, fresh tropical fruits and the ever-popular panda paus for a pandastic ending in the park.

Claypot "Three Cups" Chicken

Claypot “Three Cups” Chicken

Singapore Delicacies @ River Safari

13 July 2013 (Sat), 14 July 2013 (Sun), 20 July 2013 (Sat), 21 July 2013 (Sun)

Adult: $68+
Child (3 to 12 years old): $48+
Above prices include admission to River Safari. For reservations, please call 6360 8560 or email event.sales@wrs.com.sg

11.30am to 12.00pm: Registration and collection of admission tickets at River Safari Tea House (Located near River Safari Entrance Plaza)
12.00pm to 1.30pm: Lunch at River Safari Tea House
1.30pm to 3.00pm: Free and easy tour at River Safari
3.00pm to 4.30pm: Dessert platter at Mama Panda Kitchen (Located near Giant Panda Forest)

Panda Pau

Panda Pau


The Singapore Food Festival 2013 Sampler
Cantonese Roast Combination: Honey Char Siew, Roasted Pork & Soya Sauce Chicken
Teochew Bak Kut Teh
Claypot “Three Cups” Chicken
Hokkien Five Spice Prawn & Pork Roll
Hakka Yong Tou Foo
Hainanese Claypot Vegetables
Chef’s Special Seafood Fried Rice
Jasmine Tea
Free Flow Soft Drinks or 1 Glass of Tiger Beer

Mama Panda Kitchen Dessert Platter

Panda Pau
Cempedak Crème Brulee
Fresh Tropical Fruits Platter
Coffee / Tea


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Singapore, 27 June 2013Singapore Zoo turned 40 today and a party was thrown in her honour to mark the momentous occasion. Mr S.R. Nathan, Sixth President of Singapore, was present for the celebrations alongside those who have helped in her growth as a world-renowned zoo, including popular animal stars such as the orang utans.

Guest of Honour Mr S R Nathan at Elephant garlanding

Guest of Honour Mr S R Nathan at Elephant garlanding

“Singapore Zoo turning 40 is a very significant occasion for us at Wildlife Reserves Singapore. In the past 40 years, Singapore Zoo has become a fun and educational institution that both Singaporeans and international friends love. Many of us have grown up with her and many more have fond memories of coming to the zoo with our families, friends and teachers,” said Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore. “This journey has been one filled with much excitement along the way and we have treasured every minute of it because we want people from around the world to be inspired by nature and develop a deep appreciation for wildlife.”

Mr S R Nathan and Ms Claire Chiang officiated Singapore Zoo's 40th Birthday Celebrations

Mr S R Nathan and Ms Claire Chiang officiated Singapore Zoo’s 40th Birthday Celebrations

Singapore Zoo first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973 with a collection of 272 animals representing 72 species. This was after five years of development work which began in 1968 when Dr Ong Swee Law, Chairman of Singapore’s Public Utilities Board, conceived the idea of locating the zoo in the catchment forests around the Upper Seletar Reservoir.

Since then, the Zoo has established herself as one of the world’s finest, not only for her unique collection of animals and immersive exhibits, but also for her leadership in conservation, education and recreation. Some of her fondest memories include the first orang utan birth in 1975, the opening of the Children’s Zoo and Adventureland in 1980, and the release of the first free-ranging animals – the squirrel monkeys, cotton-top tamarins and cotton-eared marmosets – in the zoo in 1992. Today, she has a collection of over 2,800 animals of over 300 species, 26 per cent of which are threatened.

Orang Utan Chomel meets Mr S R Nathan

Orang Utan Chomel meets Mr S R Nathan

Orang Utans enjoying the Singapore Zoo 40th Birthday Fruit cake

Orang Utans enjoying the Singapore Zoo 40th Birthday Fruit cake

Annually, over 1.7 million Singapore and international visitors enjoy experiential learning journeys at the award-winning zoo. Singapore Zoo has become an evergreen destination which many visitors discover as children. As years pass, they re-visit as parents when their own little ones are growing up, and eventually return as grandparents with their grandchildren.

“As our world continues to urbanise, we have an even more important and urgent task at hand of educating the public to appreciate, protect and secure the future of our most valued assets – wildlife – because once gone, we won’t get to enjoy that anymore. Singapore Zoo will continue its mission to inspire its visitors to develop an appreciation for nature and wildlife. We look forward to stronger collaborations with our partners to bring fun and value to our visitors, especially the young ones,” said Ms Chiang.

Mr S R Nathan signing on the Singapore Zoo 40th Birthday Card

Mr S R Nathan signing on the Singapore Zoo 40th Birthday Card

As a gesture of thanks to the local community, 40th birthday surprises will continue all year round, starting with a 40% discount on admission throughout July for all Singaporeans and permanent residents to join in the merriment and celebrate the park’s milestone birthday.

In addition, guests can take part in the 40 Wild Years Trail, and redeem retail and F&B offers upon completion. The trail will run from 27 June – 31 July 2013 and consists of five questions that will take visitors to some iconic sites within Singapore Zoo. Activity sheets will be available at all Singapore Zoo ticket counters.

For more information and the latest updates on Singapore Zoo’s 40th anniversary celebrations, visit www.zoo40.zoo.com.sg, or www.facebook.com/wrs.sg.



Singapore, 14 September 2012 – Male giant panda Kai Kai (凯凯), born on 14 September 2007, spends his first birthday in Singapore today with a delicious cake made of ice, carrots and other panda treats.

Panda-licious: Kai Kai enjoys a special birthday cake made of ice, carrots, apples and high-fibre biscuits. The male giant panda and his female counterpart, Jia Jia, are undergoing quarantine at the den block in River Safari.

Kai Kai watches in anticipation as Abdul Halim, River Safari’s Assistant Curator of Zoology, adds finishing touches to the birthday cake.

Abdul Halim, River Safari’s Assistant Curator of Zoology, arranges high-fibre biscuits to form the initials “KK5” as toppings for Kai Kai’s fifth birthday. The cake had to be frozen overnight and weighed approximately 5 kg.

Kai Kai indulges in a buffet of sulphur bamboo (Phyllostachys sulphurea) and Siamese bamboo (Thyrsostachys siamensis).

Both Kai Kai and Jia Jia have settled into their dens and have started to feast on locally-grown bamboo such as sulphur bamboo and hedge bamboo a day after their arrival on 6 September 2012. After undergoing quarantine, they will be released into their exhibit to explore and familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. Visitors can look forward to visiting Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the giant panda exhibit this December.





Singapore, 30 Jul 2012 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s parks will be celebrating the nation’s birthday with a month-long promotion in August. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents born in the same month as Singapore will be offered free admission at Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo. To redeem, simply flash your identification card at the respective ticketing counters.

Details at a glance:
Date: 1 – 31 August 2012
Time: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park

Terms and conditions:
• Valid from 1 – 31 Aug 2012
• Valid for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents only
• Proof of identity required
• Not valid with other offers and online purchase. Redemption valid at point of purchase only
• Promotion is only valid at Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo
• Offer is not exchangeable for cash
• Does not include tram ride at Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo

National Day is the perfect time to spend with loved ones, so why not make it a family affair with our array of activities for every age?

Jurong Bird Park Highlights
Take the kids to the Birdz of Play area at Jurong Bird Park, where they can flap their imaginary wings at Singapore’s only bird-themed playground. Cool off in the tropical heat at the wet play area, which even comes with a giant tipping bucket that will get them wet and wild!

Fancy an educational but equally fun activity? Take them to the newly opened Breeding & Research Centre, where you’ll find out all about the breeding and nursing processes that take place at the Bird Park.

Explore the various delights that the Bird Park has to offer, from the majestic African Waterfall Aviary with over 1,000 free-flying native African birds to the Lory Loft, where birds will quite literally eat out of your hands! Also not to be missed is the Kings of the Skies show, which will take you back in time to appreciate the ancient medieval art of falconry.

Have these colourful winged wonders quite literally eating out of your hands at the Bird Park’s Lory loft.

The newly opened Birdz of Play offers hours of splashing-good fun!

Singapore Zoo Highlights
Make getting up early a joyous affair with Singapore Zoo’s Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife. This programme allows visitors to come up close and personal to animals such as elephants and orang utans, or even pet a snake – all this while enjoying a sumptuous buffet breakfast with an international spread. After filling yourselves up, embark on a journey into the world’s best rainforest zoo, with open-concept exhibits that allow you to come even closer to nature.

Dine alongside animals like the orang utan at Singapore Zoo’s Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife programme.

Watch our orang utans having fun at their free-ranging exhibit – the largest of its kind in the world. Equipped with vines and branches to allow them to swing around freely, the exhibit also has platforms and hammocks, which stimulate these highly intelligent apes mentally. Step into the Fragile Forest, where you’ll be greeted by creatures such as ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, mousedeer and sloths, all at arms-length!

Watch our free-ranging orang utans live and play at their exhibit.

Come up close to our Madagascar natives, the ring-tailed lemurs at the Fragile Forest.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deepavali - Elephant

Night Safari Thumbuakar

Singapore Zoo Elephant Parade


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