BE A JUNIOR BIRDWATCHER AT JURONG BIRD PARK

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- Kids hone their skills in birding this June with multitude of holiday activities. Jurong Bird Park offers free admission for kids accompanied by a paying adult.

Singapore, 19 May 2014
– Enthrall young minds with the fascinating world of birds this June with Jurong Bird Park’s Be A Junior Birdwatcher programme.

Created with the aim of making learning journeys both fun and educational, Be A Junior Birdwatcher will take children through the Junior Birdwatcher Academy where they will hone their skills in birdwatching, go on a birding expedition, and experience feeding and up close encounters with birds!

What’s more, this holidays, the ‘Kids Come In Free’ promotion, entitles all kids to free admission* when accompanied by a paying adult. This offer will be available throughout the school holidays, and complements the host of egg-citing activities lined up for young ones.

Birds Gone Wild!

Birds Gone Wild!

Activity details

1. Be a Junior Birdwatcher
Kids will love being a Junior Birdwatcher for the day. Armed with multiple tools such as a logbook and binoculars, young ones are sure to enjoy their journey as they document their observations.

Dates: 7-29 June, weekends only
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm

2. Junior Birdwatcher Academy
Young and aspiring visitors have a chance to be certified as a Junior Birdwatcher at Jurong Bird Park! All they have to do is to complete the tasks in the birdwatcher logbook, receive a stamp and they will be presented with a Junior Birdwatcher Certificate at the end of their mission.

Dates: 7-29 June, weekends only
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

3. The Curious Adventures of Rico
Everyone knows that the Kaka bird is extinct except Rico, a passionate birdwatcher, who believes that it still exists. No one has seen the Kaka bird since 1851. Based on his research, it was last ‘seen’ in a remote waterfall in Waterfall Aviary. His journey starts at the Penguin Coast where he looks for other bird watcher enthusiasts to join him on his search. Featuring a puppet show and tell, kids will assist Rico in identifying various bird species.

Dates: 7-29 June, weekends only
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Waterfall Aviary Terrace
4. Let’s Go Birdwatching
Our veteran birdwatcher will bring junior birdwatchers on a hiking trail to Waterfall Aviary to start their journey and explain the types of birds found there and their favourite resting spots. This interactive session will allow kids to have fun while learning as they match the birds they have seen against their bird ID card. Junior birdwatchers who have matched their findings accordingly will win a prize!

Dates: 7-29 June, weekends only
Time: 1.00pm, 2.00pm
Venue: Waterfall Aviary

5. Birds Go Wild!
One of the senior birdwatchers has found a special spot thriving with amazing birds. He will meet the young birdwatchers there and they will then get a first-hand experience in feeding and getting up close and personal with the birds.

Dates: 7-29 June, weekends only
Time: 10.30am, 2.30pm
Venue: Waterfall Aviary

* ‘Kids Come In Free’ terms and conditions:

  • Offer includes one (1) complimentary single day child admission ticket with one (1) full-priced single day adult admission ticket to Jurong Bird Park.
  • Valid from 31 May 2014 to 29 June 2014.
  • Valid for all Singaporeans, PR & employment pass/study permit holders.
  • Flash coupon, found on www.birdpark.com.sg and proof of identity to enjoy offer. Excludes tram rides.
  • Child defined as 3 to 12 years old.
  • Not valid with other discounts, promotions or rebates.
  • Not valid for tour groups, travel agents, school groups, online and SISTIC bookings.
  • Promotion is only valid for tickets bought over the Jurong Bird Park ticketing counters.
  • Offer applies to admission on day of ticket purchase.
  • Admission ticket purchased is not refundable or exchangeable for cash or kind.
  • No claims will be entertained for any lost, torn, defaced or expired ticket.
  • Jurong Bird Park reserves the right to amend the terms & conditions without any prior notice.

RIVER SAFARI LAUNCHES INAUGURAL BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS FOR VISITORS

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- Two exclusive programmes launched in June to take visitors on learning journeys.

Singapore, 14 May 2014 – For the first time, visitors can have a glimpse of the inner workings of River Safari with the launch of two new behind-the-scenes programmes. Titled Fishy Business and Be a Panda Researcher, these programmes are packed with hands-on experiences that present a unique perspective on Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park and its animal residents.

Participants exploring behind-the-scenes for a first-hand look at the life support system of the world’s largest freshwater aquarium at River Safari. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Participants exploring behind-the-scenes for a first-hand look at the life support system of the world’s largest freshwater aquarium at River Safari. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Panda fans can learn more about the park’s famous residents, giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, as well as their wild cousins in Be a Panda Researcher. Through a series of investigative tasks at various activity stations, participants will get down and dirty to ‘dissect’ panda poo and appreciate the hard work that goes into meeting Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s special dietary needs. By examining paw prints and other markings, they will also gain insights into how researchers track pandas in the wild and implement conservation measures to save these endangered bears from extinction.

Participants preparing food for the park’s aquatic residents as part of the Fishy Business programme, one of the two inaugural behind-the-scenes tours launched at River Safari. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Participants preparing food for the park’s aquatic residents as part of the Fishy Business programme, one of the two inaugural behind-the-scenes tours launched at River Safari. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Those game for some Fishy Business can venture deep into the underbelly of the Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit and discover what the aquarists do to keep the animal residents in the pink of health. Participants will explore the massive life support system of the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, conduct water tests and prepare food and enrichment for river giants such as the manatees and arapaimas. The finale to the programme is a visual spectacle of the silver arowana, also known as the water monkey, leaping out of the water to strike at its prey during special feeding sessions.

Ms May Lok, Director, Education, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “Many a times visitors are curious about our work, and our team is also eager to share the passion and joy in the day-to-day care for our 6000 animals. Be a Panda Researcher and Fishy Business are the first behind-the-scenes tours in River Safari we have curated for the public. We hope visitors who participate in these programmes will walk away with a deeper understanding on the park and its animal residents, and a greater appreciation of freshwater ecosystems.”

Be a Panda Researcher and Fishy Business programmes are each available at S$39 for adults and S$29 for children, inclusive of River Safari admission*. Be a Panda Researcher can accommodate a maximum of 60 people while Fishy Business can accommodate a maximum of 30. Both tours are recommended for children 9 years and above. Reservations can be made online at http://education.riversafari.com.sg/whatshap.html. The two programmes are launched in commemoration of 50 years of tourism development and promotions in Singapore.

*Admission does not include Amazon River Quest boat ride.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AS GROUND DOVES BOOST BREEDING PROGRAMME IN JURONG BIRD PARK

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- Ground doves, known for their faithfulness to their partners until death, hatched as a result of careful diet and husbandry planning; Luzon and Mindanao bleeding heart pigeons among rare species.

A Luzon bleeding heart pigeon in Jurong Bird Park’s South East Asian Aviary. After a successful breeding programme, 10 progenies will be sent back to the Philippines this year to increase the wild population on Polillo Islands.

A Luzon bleeding heart pigeon in Jurong Bird Park’s South East Asian Aviary. After a successful breeding programme, 10 progenies will be sent back to the Philippines this year to increase the wild population on Polillo Islands.

Singapore, 13 February 2014 – With Valentine’s Day happening tomorrow, Jurong Bird Park is a-flutter with successful hatchings of ground dove pigeons, known for their faithfulness to their partners until death. Amongst them are Luzon and Mindanao bleeding heart pigeons, both of which can only be found in the Philippines.

A Mindanao bleeding heart pigeon in Jurong Bird Park, seen here at Heliconia Walk.

A Mindanao bleeding heart pigeon in Jurong Bird Park, seen here at Heliconia Walk.

After a successful two-year breeding programme, Jurong Bird Park now has ten Luzon bleeding heart pigeon progenies ready to be sent back to the Philippines this year to be released to the wild on Polillo Islands. Luzon bleeding heart pigeons are a threatened species of bird, with declining numbers in the wild due to deforestation and the illegal pet trade.

The project is Jurong Bird Park’s first off-site conservation project involving an endemic species from the Philippines in the ASEAN region. Recognising Jurong Bird Park’s expertise in conservation and breeding, two pairs of Luzon bleeding heart pigeons arrived in the park two years ago as part of an agreement signed with Avilon Zoo (Philippines) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Philippines. These birds started breeding from October 2012 and continued through January 2014 to produce 10 progenies.

All bleeding heart pigeons and golden heart doves are part of a group of Australasian pigeons known as ground doves, known to be very faithful to their partners until death. If one dies, the other will look for another to pair up with. Upon becoming parents, both males and females will take turns to incubate the eggs. For the first few days of a chick’s life, the chick is fed crop milk produced by both genders. Once the chick is older, both parents will forage for food for the young. Ground doves are very caring, often preening each other and their chicks. They will also sun bathe together, strengthening the bond communally.

“To have 10 Luzon bleeding heart pigeon progenies available for release over a short span of two years is a remarkable achievement. This project was initiated with the aim of contributing to the recovery of this species in its natural habitat, and we look forward to developing more conservation projects for other endemic Philippine species. The success and the knowledge gained paves the way for Jurong Bird Park to engage in other similar regional conservation projects.” said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Science Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

A pair of Mindanao bleeding heart pigeons arrived in the Bird Park from San Diego Zoo in September 2013, as part of an exchange programme. Although this pair was not known to be prolific breeders, they adjusted well to their new home and that a few weeks after their arrival, they laid one fertile egg, which hatched after an 18-day incubation period. Another fertile egg was laid just before Christmas last year, which also yielded a chick.

A first-ever breeding of Mindanao bleeding heart pigeons in Jurong Bird Park, seen here at Heliconia Walk with a three month old chick.

A first-ever breeding of Mindanao bleeding heart pigeons in Jurong Bird Park, seen here at Heliconia Walk with a three month old chick.

A two-pronged scientific approach involving husbandry and diet was taken towards the successful breeding of the Luzon and Mindanao bleeding heart pigeons. The Luzon bleeding heart pigeons were placed in an off-site aviary with minimal human contact, while a specialised diet with increased protein levels was provided for added nutrients during breeding season. Although the Mindanao bleeding heart pigeons were placed in a visible public enclosure, the aviary was properly landscaped, which provided the birds with a heightened sense of security necessary for breeding. Similarly, they were also given a protein-rich diet during breeding season.

In addition to the successful hatchings, Jurong Bird Park will welcome two pairs of golden heart doves from Germany for breeding and conservation purposes. Endemic to Papua New Guinea, these birds are uncommon in institutions as it is a challenge obtaining birds from New Guinea due to governmental restrictions.

Come to Jurong Bird Park this February to see the Luzon bleeding heart pigeons at the South East Asian Exhibit, and the Mindanao bleeding heart pigeons at Heliconia Walk. Two pairs of golden heart doves will be on display from April at Window on Paradise. For more information, please visit www.birdpark.com.sg

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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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

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.”

JURONG BIRD PARK LAUNCHES INAUGURAL NATIVE BIRDS’ DAY

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- Event aims to raise public awareness on the importance of native birds

Singapore, 14 Oct 2013 – In a tribute to native birds, Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird sanctuary, will celebrate the inaugural Native Birds’ Day on 23 and 24 November.

The event aims to raise awareness on the importance of native birds and how the public can help protect them through a host of engaging activities including an expert forum, a bird photography trail, a photography exhibition and activities for children designed to educate young minds on the importance of conservation, in a fun and engaging manner.

As a special offer to native bird lovers, a 50% discount off Jurong Bird Park’s adult admission tickets will be offered to members of the public who sign up for the expert forum on 23 November. After the forum, participants can still partake in various activities held in the Park.

The forum and activities are free, but normal admission rates of SGD20.00 (adult) and SGD13.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply for entry into Jurong Bird Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Native Birds’ Day activities

    1. Native Birds’ Forum
    Listen in on this expert forum, helmed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, NParks, Nature Society and a veteran photojournalist from a leading newspaper. This in-depth discussion takes participants through the status of native birds and the importance of these beautiful birds in our ecosystem. Speakers also share their passion and enthusiasm for birds through personal anecdotes. Be inspired, and find out how you can play your part for our native birds!

    Topics include the photography of birds in ‘Birds in Action,’ ‘Sunbird basics,’ ‘Birds of Sungei Buloh’ and ‘Conservation projects locally and regionally.’

    All forum participants will get 50% off Jurong Bird Park admission. Do sign up soon by emailing corpcoms.jbp@wrs.com.sg before 14 November with your name, email address, phone number and the number of tickets required, as places are limited. Each participant will be allowed to purchase up to 2 adult admission tickets at a 50% discount. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Dates: 23rd November only
    Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm (Registration at 10.00am)
    Venue: Lakeview Room, Jurong Bird Park

    2. Photography Trail
    Kick-start your morning with an enriching photography trail which will heighten your senses. Follow wildlife photographer David Tan on a fascinating journey as he shares a few tips and tricks. Hone your own techniques through this exclusive hands-on session on the intricate art of bird photography. Whether you are an avid bird photography enthusiast looking to add better images to your collection, or a beginner looking to take a simple photograph, this trail will have something for everyone.

    All participants have to bring their own DSLR or a compact camera as equipment will not be provided. Slots are limited to 20 per session, with a minimum age of 15. Do sign up soon by emailing corpcoms.jbp@wrs.com.sg with your name, email address, phone number and preferred session before 14 November, as places are limited.

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 9.00am, both days (Registration at 8.30am)
    Venue: Entrance, Jurong Bird Park

    3. Photography Exhibition
    Indulge in a visual feast as photographs of our favourite native birds are showcased in a special exhibit. Be mesmerised as picture-perfect moments, such as a bird in mid-flight, or a parent feeding its chick, are encapsulated within these frames. The exhibition will be a whole-day affair, so feel free to pop by any time during the course of your visit.

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 8.30am to 6.00pm
    Venue: Penguin Coast

    4. Education Awareness Booth
    Children will be gleefully occupied by the plethora of entertaining and enriching activities available for them. Colour a bird on a sheet of paper, or if you are game enough, your own face could be the canvas for our friendly face-painters. A few of our local bird specimens, such as a hornbill casque, will be on display as well. For anyone who wants to know more, our volunteers will be happy to answer your burning queries.

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 11.30am to 4.00pm
    Venue: Penguin Coast

    5. Show Segment
    In addition to the above, there will be a special 15 minutes show segment once a day. Be awestruck as you watch Otto, our yellow-naped Amazon, sing the entire line of “I left my heart in San Francisco”! Kids can even choose to mimic the bird in a mini mimicry contest, where the winner walks home with a token. For those who wish to come up close and personal, a short photography session with the bird will also be conducted. Be sure not to miss this fantastic opportunity to interact with Otto!

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 1.45pm – 2.00pm
    Venue: Penguin Coast

FLAP TO JURONG BIRD PARK AND INTERACT WITH GREGARIOUS PARROTS THIS CHILDREN’S DAY!

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Singapore, 25 September 2013 – Gather your kids, fly over to the Breeding and Research Centre (BRC) in Jurong Bird Park and indulge their senses at ‘Squawk to Children’s Day’, an engaging activity lined up for them this Children’s Day. Get up close and personal with beautiful macaws and cockatoos, while enthusiastic trainers impart avian knowledge to the little ones. Grab this exclusive opportunity to take a photograph with one of our cockatoos, and because it is Children’s Day, all participants will be rewarded with a Children’s Day gift from Jurong Bird Park!

Children's Day at Jurong Bird Park

Children’s Day at Jurong Bird Park

Squawk to Children’s Day

Venue: Breeding and Research Centre (BRC); Junior Eggs-pert Room
Date: 4 – 5 October 2013
Time: 11.45am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: Free*

In this remarkably interactive session, trainers will showcase the differences between macaws and cockatoos, while explaining the remarkable attributes which make parrots extremely popular amongst kids and adults alike. Kids will get to observe these beautiful creatures up close too.

Another segment gives kids a rare glimpse into how birds are fed at the BRC by the Centre’s experts. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with our umbrella cockatoo, in an exclusive meet-and-greet session.

*Jurong Bird Park admission rates of $20.00(adult) and $13.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply.

CELEBRATE CHILDREN’S DAY WITH INUKA THE POLAR BEAR

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Singapore, 23 September 2013 – Chill out in Singapore Zoo’s Frozen Tundra with the little ones this Children’s Day and enjoy a frosty fun time with a lineup of educational activities about polar bears. Pique your child’s curiosity about polar bears – the largest land predator in the world – in our ‘Snow’ & Tell session, and see the children go wild on a great seal hunt. To end off on a warm and fuzzy note, work on a beautiful ‘Happy Children’s Day’ card together for Inuka the polar bear!

Inuka swimming at Frozen Tundra

Inuka swimming at Frozen Tundra

Children’s Day activities at Singapore Zoo
Date: 4– 5 October 2013
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

1. Snow & Tell session
Venue: Auditorium
Duration: 20min
Time: 9.30am, 10.30am, and 11.30am

Discover how polar bears adapt, survive, and live comfortably in their cold environment in a Snow and Tell session. Participants will learn interesting facts such as the polar bears’ habitat, diet, and threats they face in the wild. Also find out how zookeepers at Singapore Zoo look after and engage our very own polar bear, Inuka. This talk is free of charge* and requires no registration. Simply follow the signs to the auditorium at the specified time slots.

* Singapore Zoo admission rates of $22.00 (adult) and $14.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply

2. The Great Seal Hunt
Venue: Frozen Tundra
Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm

Children get to hone their predatory instincts in the Frozen Tundra Great Seal Hunt. Participants play the role of little polar bears hunting for prey — hidden seal stickers around the Frozen Tundra exhibit. Follow the instructions on the stickers and mark out the specially designed Frozen Tundra map provided by Singapore Zoo staff. The first 100 participants to complete their map will win attractive prizes!

 3. Draw for Inuka!
Venue:
Frozen Tundra
Time: Zoo operating hours – 8.30am to 6.00pm

Have your child express their creativity by penning their own drawings of Inuka wishing him a Happy Children’s Day! Participants can bring their drawings when visiting the Zoo and their work will possibly be displayed at the Frozen Tundra exhibit. A drawing corner and drawing materials will be available for children who wish to draw at the Zoo itself.

KAI KAI AND JIA JIA IN SINGAPORE, ONE YEAR ON

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- Wildlife Reserves Singapore and CapitaLand celebrate giant pandas’ birthdays and first anniversary in Singapore; Visitors to enjoy slew of pandastic activities from 7 to 15 September.

Singapore, 6 September 2013
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party for Kai Kai and Jia Jia today, with a specially-made cake and toy for the birthday duo. The birthday bash marks the start of week-long festivities at River Safari from 7 to 15 September to commemorate the pandas’ one-year anniversary in Singapore and celebrate Jia Jia turning five on 3 September and Kai Kai turning six on 14 September.

Male panda Kai Kai received a three-tiered birthday cake made of ice, bamboo and his favourite treats, while his female counterpart, Jia Jia, received a chime toy made of bamboo stems. The birthday presents were specially created and presented by 10 Panda Party Planners – lucky members of the public, including five readers of the CapitaLand Inside Different Geographies e-publication, who went behind-the-scenes with panda keepers to prepare these treats for the pandas to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “The past year has been an exciting one as we discover more about the personalities of our pandas. Kai Kai and Jia Jia are ambassadors for their own kind, and we hope that visitors who meet them will learn more about these endangered bears and be inspired to protect these magnificent creatures.”

Almost 600,000 panda lovers have visited Kai Kai and Jia Jia since the Giant Panda Forest opened to the public last year. Kai Kai, who is usually laid-back, has recently been spotted climbing up a tree at 5pm every day to look out for his keepers, and preparing to retreat to his den for evening treats. He is curious when keepers implement enrichment activities such as introducing new scents, or wrapping treats with leaves for him to find.

Jia Jia, on the other hand, is the shyer of the two. A closed-circuit television was installed in February so that visitors can see Jia Jia during moments when she chooses to stay in her den. In recent months, Jia Jia started showing her playful side and can be seen tumbling down slopes and knocking down nearly 10 trees, which horticulturists have had to replant.

Mr S R Nathan, Chairman, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, CapitaLand’s philanthropic arm, said: “We are pleased to see that Kai Kai and Jia Jia have settled in well in their Singapore home since they arrived a year ago. In the past year, Kai Kai and Jia Jia have brought Singapore much joy with their adorable antics and heightened awareness towards wildlife conservation. As we commemorate Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s first year in Singapore and celebrate their birthdays today, we hope to continue our emphasis on educating younger Singaporeans on caring for the eco-system.”

Mr Lim Ming Yan, President & Group CEO of CapitaLand Limited, said: “Today’s celebration marks Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s birthdays as well as an important milestone for their 10-year stay in Singapore. We are happy to partner WRS in celebrating this delightful occasion as the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme. To further CapitaLand’s commitment towards wildlife conservation education, we have also actively engaged our stakeholders including readers of our CapitaLand Inside Different Geographies e-publication in the search for Panda Party Planners and our shoppers during the ‘Pandamonium at CapitaMalls’ roadshows in Singapore held last month.”

Inside the Giant Panda Forest, a few home improvements have been added to ensure the pandas’ comfort. Among the new features are:
– Additional branches for Kai Kai and Jia Jia to climb
– Wooden platforms raised above ground level for the pandas to sit and rest on
– Caves in Jia Jia’s exhibit for the shy bear to hide in

Visitors can enjoy the celebratory activities at River Safari during the panda party week from 7 to 15 September. These include free guided tours at the Giant Panda Forest as well as panda awareness booths where you can 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!

For more information, visit http://www.riversafari.com.sg

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party for giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at River Safari today. Kai Kai, who will turn six on 14 September this year, enjoyed a three-tiered birthday cake made of ice, bamboo, flowers and his favourite treats.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party for giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at River Safari today. Kai Kai, who will turn six on 14 September this year, enjoyed a three-tiered birthday cake made of ice, bamboo, flowers and his favourite treats.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party for giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at River Safari today. Jia Jia received a chime toy made of bamboo stems.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party for giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at River Safari today. Jia Jia received a chime toy made of bamboo stems.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party for giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at River Safari today. The birthday bash marks the start of week-long festivities at River Safari from 7 to 15 September to commemorate the pandas’ one-year anniversary in Singapore and celebrate the birthdays of Jia Jia who turned five on 3 September and Kai Kai turning six on 14 September this year. From left: Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore; His Excellency Mr Duan Jielong, Ambassador, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Singapore; Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Mr S R Nathan, Sixth President of Singapore; and Chairman, CapitaLand Hope Foundation; Mr Lim Ming Yan, President and Group CEO CapitaLand Limited, Ms Jennie Chua, Director, CapitaLand Hope Foundation.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party for giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at River Safari today. The birthday bash marks the start of week-long festivities at River Safari from 7 to 15 September to commemorate the pandas’ one-year anniversary in Singapore and celebrate the birthdays of Jia Jia who turned five on 3 September and Kai Kai turning six on 14 September this year.
From left: Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore; His Excellency Mr Duan Jielong, Ambassador, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Singapore; Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Mr S R Nathan, Sixth President of Singapore; and Chairman, CapitaLand Hope Foundation; Mr Lim Ming Yan, President and Group CEO CapitaLand Limited, Ms Jennie Chua, Director, CapitaLand Hope Foundation.

Visitors watched in anticipation as female panda, Jia Jia, who recently turned five, made her way towards her birthday treat.

Visitors watched in anticipation as female panda, Jia Jia, who recently turned five, made her way towards her birthday treat.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party today, kicking off the programme with a lively panda-themed dance item.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party today, kicking off the programme with a lively panda-themed dance item.

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