WILDLIFE MEETS ELEPHANT ART AT SINGAPORE ZOO

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WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE UNVEILS 25 SCULPTURES AT THE ZOO AS PART OF ELEPHANT PARADE SINGAPORE ART EXHIBITION

Singapore, 13 November 2011 – This weekend, Singaporeans everywhere will come face to face with multi-coloured, life-sized baby elephant sculptures throughout the island, with the launch of the Elephant Parade two days ago. This open-air art exhibition across the world promotes and supports the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant, and the Singapore Zoo will have a collection of 25 such sculptures grazing on its grounds for over two months.

Painted by local and international artists, each ‘elephant’ is a unique piece of art, which will be auctioned off during two private events on 12 and 14 January 2012, to raise funds for the cause. Five percent of the proceeds from the auctions will be donated to Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund, the conservation arm of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), which was set up with the primary purpose of conserving Singapore’s endangered native wildlife, and also supports capacity building, education and awareness programmes on key species and conservation issues in the Southeast Asian region.

One of the elephants was specially designed in collaboration with the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). Seven artists, four from the MINDS – Woodlands Gardens School and three from the MINDS – Woodlands Employment Development Centre, came together to paint the ‘elephant’, called Love and Protect, which depicts a boy and girl linking protective hands around the elephant, in a field of grass.

Singapore Zoo has also scheduled several activities in conjunction with the inaugural Elephant Parade. A Nikon Photography Contest will be held on Facebook to encourage people to look for quirky photo opportunities with the elephant sculptures. To participate, visitors need to take a photo with the displays at the Singapore Zoo and upload them with the completed caption: “My wish for the Asian elephant is…” Winners will walk away with Nikon Coolpix cameras and Elephant Parade replicas.

In addition, WRS will set up an educational booth, “Mad about Elephants”, at the Ele-fun play area at the Elephants of Asia exhibit for five weekends from 19 November. Visitors can view elephant artifacts and specimens at a show and tell session. This activity aims to highlight how Asian elephants are dying in the wild – from 200,000 a century ago to a fifth of that population now.

Ms Claire Chiang, WRS Chairman and Ambassador of Elephant Parade Singapore said: “We are very proud to be part of this meaningful initiative, which brings global attention to the plight of these beautiful animals in the wild. WRS runs a very successful captive breeding programme for these Asian elephants, which has recently resulted in the birth of one-year-old Nila Utama at Night Safari, the first of its kind to be born at our parks in nine years. Through partnerships with organisations like the Elephant Parade as well as tie-ups with voluntary welfare organisations such as MINDS, we hope to raise awareness and encourage the wider public to join the effort to protect these charismatic creatures for future generations.”

Ms Claire Chiang (left), Ambassador of Elephant Parade Singapore and Chairman of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, and Mike Spits, Managing Director of Elephant Parade, get ready to unveil the elephant sculpture called ‘Love and Protect’ painted by seven artists from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).

Ms Claire Chiang Ambassador of Elephant Parade Singapore and Chairman of Wildlife Reserves Singapore signing her name on the cast of the ‘We Love Mosha’ elephant. Mosha is the elephant that was the inspiration for Elephant Parade, an open-air art exhibition across the world that promotes and supports the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant.

Samba performers and real elephants in quirky finery livened up the launch of Elephant Parade Singapore at Singapore Zoo.

WRS AND PA WELCOME THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS WITH CELEBRATIONS ACROSS ALL PARKS

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Singapore, 28 October 2011 – Singapore’s three wildlife parks will be bursting with lights and festivities every evening this Deepavali weekend, as Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) hosts its inaugural celebration with grand elephant parades and performances, cultural and fashion shows, as well as food bazaars at the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari.

In collaboration with the People’s Association (PA), WRS will also be hosting 1,000 underprivileged children, elderly and their families on Saturday and Sunday to a special programme at the Singapore Zoo. These guests will enjoy a dinner at the Ah Meng Terrace, cultural shows, and be part of “live” elephant photography and the elephant parade.

“We hope to attract Singaporeans from all walks of life and their families to our first Deepavali family event at our wildlife parks, which provide a great setting for family bonding and an opportunity for us to spread greater awareness for wildlife conservation. We want to reach out to people of all ages and from different ethnicities to show the cultural diversity and what better way than to do this at our parks.” said Ms Isabella Loh, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore. “PA’s collaboration was mooted by Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation’s President George Huang after a successful collaboration with SMa for Moon Night event. Our partnership with PA is also an excellent avenue for us to do our part in bringing together people of all races in our unique multi-ethnic society.”

Added Mr Yam Ah Mee Chief Executive Director of PA, “The People’s Association is happy to collaborate with WRS in this meaningful partnership. It allows us to offer even more choices and privileges to our more than one million PAssion Card members for admissions to the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari. These, together with special programmes organised during the weekend promotion and meeting packages for our grassroots network, will facilitate our work of bringing the community together. Visits to WRS’ attractions are popular with many families, and we find them to be ideal venues for encouraging community bonding and social cohesion. We look forward to more opportunities to work together with WRS in the future.”

Considered the most important day of the Hindu calendar, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, WRS’ Deepavali celebration will showcase various aspects of Indian culture, from the significance of elephants to the history of the festivity. Elephants have enjoyed charismatic status in the Indian culture, depicted as symbols of domestic, artistic and religious importance. Due to their dwindling numbers in the region, the conservation and breeding programme at the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari has also helped to educate the public about the importance of saving the elephant population in Asia.

To be held over this weekend from today (28 Oct) to Sunday, visitors to the parks can enjoy cultural performances including instrumental classical music displays, shop for festive goodies at the various bazaars and catch the mighty Asian elephants as they parade through the zoo. The event will be launched by Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District this evening.

For more information, visit:
http://www.birdpark.com.sg/l2_t2.aspx?l1=10&l2=30&langid=1
http://www.nightsafari.com.sg/l1_t2.aspx?l1=10&langid=1
http://www.zoo.com.sg/l1_t2.aspx?l1=10&langid=1

Singapore Zoo Elephant Parade

Night Safari Thumbuakar

Deepavali - Meet the mighty Asian Elephant

ART GOES WILD AT SINGAPORE ZOO!

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Singapore, 10 October 2011 – Kids can dig deep into their artistic genes and unleash their creativity at the Singapore Zoo’s “Zoo Hoo! Art goes wild” event this year-end school holidays. Centred around art and animals, the event promises lots of colourful fun and educational activities.

To be held over five weekends from 19 November to 18 December, “Zoo Hoo! Art goes wild” will feature activities for the whole family. There will be real elephants parading the park, arts and crafts activities and even lovable cartoon characters SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star will make an appearance!

In line with the theme and as one of the main sponsors of Elephant Parade Singapore, an open air art exhibition of painted elephant statues, the zoo will also showcase 30 decorated, life-sized baby elephant sculptures around the park. Painted by local and international artists, each elephant will be a unique piece of art, providing quirky photo opportunities for kids and their parents.

What’s more, on 19 Nov, Playeum® the Play Museum celebrates The Big Draw at ZooHoo! Art Goes Wild”, with the theme “Fantastical Creatures Go Wild”. Using animals as an inspiration, Playeum® unleashes children’s imagination; to go wild as they immerse themselves in a wide range of art activities to create unique creatures of their own. What’s more they can enjoy the invaluable opportunity to work with artists who will play role models to bring out the children’s innate abilities. Come join us for a day of wacky fun and learning.

Highlights
Animal friends get creative
Visitors can watch and learn from our animal kingdom “Picassos”, i.e. the orang utan and Asian elephants, as they create art pieces on paper with simple strokes of paint.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time / Venue: 11.00am: Elephant painting at Elephants of Asia exhibit and 3.40pm: Orang utan painting at island free-ranging orang utan exhibit

Funky Elephant Parade
Make way for the majestic Asian elephants of the Singapore Zoo, as they sashay through the park all decked out in quirky finery. Accompanied by performers and musicians, our elephants will mesmerise visitors with their commanding presence.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 2.45pm: Elephant meet and greet, 3.00pm: Funky Elephant Parade
Venue: Proboscis monkey exhibit at Rainforest Walk

Create your own animal cartoon
Kids who have always dreamed of becoming animators can get their first experience of creating their own animal cartoon character at the zoo. They will first learn the basic cartoon techniques, while drawing inspiration from real life subjects at the zoo, such as the hedgehog, tortoise and iguana.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 11.45am
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld

Ele-paints Me!
Kids will have tons of fun taking and designing their own photographs on an Apple iPad. What’s more, they can email it to themselves as a memento of the event!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Rainforest Walk (near Zoo retail shop)

SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star Appearance
Join lovable SpongeBob Squarepants and his best friend Patrick Star in a bouncy bubbly session.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.30am and 3.30pm (30 min session)
Venue: Birthday Pavilion at Rainforest Kidzworld

Mask Making Fun!
Little ones (big ones are welcome too) can let their imagination run wild, as they design their own free souvenir mask* with different art supplies like coloured markers, magazines, crepe paper and bells.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Various locations around the park
* Whilst Stocks Last

Mad About Elephants! Booth
Find out more about elephants at this educational booth, and even have first-hand experience handling some of the specimens such as dung and teeth!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Ele-fun play area at Elephants of Asia exhibit

More more more animal fun!
A jumble of other animal activities await throughout the day!

Animal training and care demonstrations
Learn more about how our trainers condition the animals, and watch their amazing bond as they work together.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 1.30pm and 2.45pm (30 min each session)
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld

Man vs Wild Challenges
Pit your strength against the elephant or orang utan and see who comes out tops!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and18 Dec 2011
Time / Venue: 11.10am: Orang utan at island free-ranging orang utan exhibit and 3.15pm: Elephant at Elephants of Asia exhibit

Animal meet and greet
Depending on when you visit, you’ll be able to meet a snake or a falabella, the world’s smallest breed of horse!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm: Snake, 10.00am and 2.00pm: Falabella
Venue: Singapore Zoo entrance

Playeum®’s The Big Draw – “Fantastical Creatures Go Wild”
Children and their families can immerse themselves in a wide range of novel art activities to create unique creatures of their own.
Dates: 19 Nov (Sat)
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Various locations around Singapore Zoo

Note: Most activities free unless otherwise stated. Normal admission rates of $20.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 3-12 years apply. For more information, please visit www.zoo.com.sg.

Elephants painting at Singapore Zoo

Painting by elephant at Singapore Zoo

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