EXPERIENCE A DAZZLING WILDLIFE WONDERLAND AT NIGHT SAFARI’S MYSTICA THIS DECEMBER

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- Third installment of park’s signature event features glow-in-the-dark fun and enrichment trails

The cast of Mystica 2011

The cast of Mystica 2011

Singapore, 29 November 2013 – The Forest Fairy has dropped her magic vial, unleashing its mystical energies and transforming Night Safari into a Wildlife Wonderland. This December, whisk yourselves into another realm and be mesmerised by a wonderful world of fantastical creatures, magic and enchantment at Mystica 2013: Wildlife Wonderland.

A fluorescent array of interactive activities awaits the adventurous, in a forest shrouded by mystery. Have a magical mingle with the whimsical denizens of the forest. Better yet, become one of them and come in the most peculiar costume imaginable for a chance to win an attractive prize.

To shine like fairies, have a magical makeover at the fluorescent face painting area and then pop into the black light photo booth before emerging with a spontaneous, irreplaceable candid memory of yourself and your friends.

Even the animals will be getting in on the action, as they receive whimsical treats for their enrichment activity. Go on a walking trail to discover them all!

Join us for a dazzling time at Night Safari this December at Mystica 2013: Wildlife Wonderland!

The cast of Mystica 2012

The cast of Mystica 2012

Details
Dates: Weekends of 13, 14, 20, 21 Dec and 27-31 Dec
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Night Safari
Cost: Festivities are free but usual admission of SGD35 per adult and SGD23 per child between 3-12 years applies for those entering the park.

Highlights
Mingle in the Jungle
Be captivated by a host of whimsical creatures and friends of the forest as you take in the bewitching lights around the park.

Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance plaza

Dress In Your Best Contest
Attractive prizes await those who dive into the festivities and dress to impress our mystery judges. Turn up in the most outlandish costume you can think of and make sure you’re noticed by strutting your stuff at the entrance plaza. The best dressed each night will walk away a winner!

Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December
Time: 6.30pm – 11.30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance plaza

Glow-in-the-Park Face Painting and Black Light Photo Booth
For a spot of fun you can bring home, spin over to our face painting booth and turn yourselves fluorescent before popping into our black light photo booth. Emerge with a creatively candid memory of a different kind. We guarantee a glowing result.

Dates: 5 – 31 December
Time: 6pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance plaza
Note: Token donations requested for face painting

Animal Enrichment Trail
After meeting the creatures of fantasy, discover the real animals of the night along the walking trails. Witness the spirited side of the frisky otters, feisty fishing cats and prickly porcupines as they unravel creatively decked out enrichment goodies. The curious can ask questions and learn more about the animals from our friendly trail guide.

Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December
Venue and time:
1. Fishing Cat Trail at 7.30pm
2. Wallaby Trail at 8.30pm
3. East Lodge at 9.00pm
4. Spotted hyena exhibit (East Lodge Trail) at 10.00pm

SINGAPORE ZOO TURNS 40 WITH WILD BIRTHDAY BASH

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CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE WITH YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITIES. ZOO THANKS NATION WITH SPECIAL 40% OFF ADMISSION PRICE FOR SINGAPOREANS IN JULY.

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.

CELEBRATING EARTH DAY WITH A PENGUIN PLAY DATE AT JURONG BIRD PARK

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Themed ‘Don’t Dump It, Aquatic Creatures Deserve A Clean Home’, primary school children and youths lead the charge to spread penguin conservation messages at the park.

Singapore, 20 April 2013 – With Earth Day and World Penguin Day falling just three days apart, Earth Day at Jurong Bird Park is particularly meaningful for a group of children and youths who have become conservation ambassadors with a determined focus on spreading the message of “Don’t Dump It, Aquatic Creatures Deserve A Clean Home”, aimed at protecting penguins and other marine creatures.

Coming together for ‘A Penguin Play Date’, students from Greenridge Primary School (GRPS) and youth volunteers created two gigantic penguin art pieces made of recycled materials at Jurong Bird Park. These art pieces take the form of a 3-metre tall 2D silhouette, and a sliding penguin sculpture. In addition, 12 primary school children between the ages of 9-11 manned craft stations in the park to teach park visitors what they know about penguins and how to protect these birds by minimising waste.

GRPS students took a month to collect about 600 recycled bottles for the play date. The recycled bottles are in both art pieces. The penguin silhouette shows how something as innocuous as a kids’ beverage bottle can go a long way in creating an artistic statement for the species. The other art piece, a 1-metre tall papier-mâché sliding penguin depicts the bird sliding freely on ice, is a sight often seen in the Antarctic region.

“Penguins are very cute, and I’m sad that they can die when people throw plastics into the sea without thinking of the other creatures which live there. We hope people will help to protect the penguins,” said Angel Chua, Primary 6 student, Greenridge Primary School.

Inviting the public – particularly young children – to join their play date, the students set up craft stations to teach visitors how to make a simple penguin craft out of recyclable toilet rolls, which participants could bring home. Students completed each roll with a conservation message about penguins.

To equip these youth conservation ambassadors with knowledge about these charismatic birds, a highly interactive Penguins and Pals workshop was organised on 13 March. At this session, they learnt more about different penguin species, their diet, how they adapt to temperate climates and how penguins seem to ‘fly’ in the water. These students also visited two of the world’s five endangered penguin species that live in Jurong Bird Park – the African penguin and the Humboldt penguin. To inspire more students in GRPS about conservation and ensuring a clean home for penguins and other marine creatures, the students involved in the Earth Day project with Bird Park will share their experiences school-wide during a school assembly talk.

May Lok, Director, Education, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “To interest and inspire youths about wildlife, we work very closely with schools and over the last five years, more than 85,000 students have gone through workshops such as Penguin and Pals. A Penguin Play Date is the perfect example of how students, when empowered with the right knowledge and skills, can lead the charge to drive conservation messages to their peers and families, and encourage them to think of ways to protect the homes penguins and marine creatures. These youths are the most ideal conservation ambassadors.”

Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred the African and king penguins. Three endangered African penguin chicks have successfully hatched since December 2010, with the latest hatching on 14 March 2013. This chick is the first in Jurong Bird Park to have undergone successful artificial incubation at the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC). Five king penguin chicks have hatched since 2008, and the Park is the first institution in South East Asia to successfully breed this species in captivity.

Visitors will be able to view both the papier-mâché sculpture and the 2D silhouette for a month from 20 April at Penguin Coast.

For more information on Jurong Bird Park, please visit www.birdpark.com.sg

With Earth Day and World Penguin Day falling just three days apart, Earth Day at Jurong Bird Park is particularly meaningful for a group of children and youths who have become conservation ambassadors with a determined focus on spreading the message of “Don’t Dump It, Aquatic Creatures Deserve A Clean Home”, aimed at protecting penguins and other marine creatures.

With Earth Day and World Penguin Day falling just three days apart, Earth Day at Jurong Bird Park is particularly meaningful for a group of children and youths who have become conservation ambassadors with a determined focus on spreading the message of “Don’t Dump It, Aquatic Creatures Deserve A Clean Home”, aimed at protecting penguins and other marine creatures.

Inviting the public – particularly young children – to join their play date, the students set up craft stations to teach visitors how to make a simple penguin craft out of recyclable toilet rolls, which participants could bring home.

Inviting the public – particularly young children – to join their play date, the students set up craft stations to teach visitors how to make a simple penguin craft out of recyclable toilet rolls, which participants could bring home.

Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred the African and king penguins. Three endangered African penguin chicks have successfully hatched since December 2010, with the latest hatching on 14 March 2013.

Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred the African and king penguins. Three endangered African penguin chicks have successfully hatched since December 2010, with the latest hatching on 14 March 2013.

LEAP HERE! FOR FROGTASTIC FUN

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SINGAPORE ZOO CELEBRATES LEAP YEAR WITH FROG ACTIVITIES

Learn more about native frogs such as the banded bullfrog (Kaloula pulchra) (left) and spotted tree frog (Nyctixalus pictus) (right) at Singapore Zoo’s Leap Here! event this 25-26 Feb 2012. PHOTO CREDITS: LEONG TZI MING

Singapore, 20 February 2012– Celebrate the leap year with our amphibious friends who love leaping too! During the 25-26 February weekend, Singapore Zoo will be bringing you a fun-filled weekend where you can learn about and interact with these creatures.

They may not be the best animals to cuddle up with, but frogs do have a part to play in helping man, as pest control through their diet of insects, such as mosquitoes. Frogs can also tell us if an environment is healthy. Their permeable skin easily absorbs toxic chemicals, which means they are sensitive to very slight changes in the environment. Therefore, if anything drastic happens to frog populations around us, it is an indication that something is wrong in our biosphere as a whole.

Find out more about these fascinating creatures and participate in the myriad of activities we have lined up for the whole family this 25-26 February.

Details:
Collect a passport and have fun learning while playing games at five stations. Make sure you get a stamp at each stop. Upon completion, each participant will be given a goody bag and a chance to enter a lucky dip.

Those not keen to run around the Zoo can also be a part of the fun in other ways! Write your wish for our local frogs on a message board near the entrance ticketing area. Face painting by our Conservation Ambassadors is also available for those who wish to get creative and look like their newfound frog friends

Date: 25-26 February 2012 (Sat-Sun)
Time: 9am – 5pm
Who can participate: Children 7-12 years
Registration: Next to entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Station Locations: Various (indicated below)
Note: Registration on a first come first served basis for 500 children each day so come early to avoid disappointment!

Metamorphosise!
Find out how frogs grow and see how these unique creatures differ from other animals through metamorphosis. Then try your hand at putting their stages of growth in the right order.

Location: Fragile Forest Entrance

Ecological pest busters!
Ever wondered what frogs eat to get their stunning colour? Get some tips from their diet for ideas on getting that healthy glow. Be warned though, for these jumpers are known to be great for pest control, so think twice before adopting their eating habits!

Location: Opposite Fragile Forest Entrance

“Count the Clutch?” and “Long Leap the King!”
Test your estimation skills by guessing the number of frog eggs in a clutch. The person with the closest guess gets to have their name on the scoreboard at the station. Kids can then see how they measure up against their newfound frog friends in a leaping challenge by taking part in a standing broad jump contest.

Location: Sheltered area at Orchid Garden

Tadfrog Match
Ever had anyone tell you that you have dad’s nose or mum’s eyes? Frogs however, look quite different from their young. Come see how good you are at piecing their family portrait together, and learn more about where and how they live. You might even get to see a real-life family of frogs!

Location: Opposite Fragile Forest

Frog, three, two, one… Can you save the frogs from extinction?
Kids will be challenged to finish our challenging frog puzzles as fast as they can and stretch their brainpower by identifying the species. The person who completes the jigsaw puzzle in the shortest time will have their name on our scoreboard.

Location: Sheltered area at Tropical Crops

RIDE ON THE CAROUSEL OF FEAR AT NIGHT SAFARI’S HALLOWEEN HORRORS 2011

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Singapore, 28 July 2011Halloween Horrors, the premier annual event at the Night Safari, returns this year with more macabre and hair-raising fun as the world’s first nocturnal animal park transforms into a circus of horrors. Themed as the “Carnival of Fear”, visitors will be immersed in maudlin scenes featuring freakish characters from both Western and Eastern genres. From creepy clowns and circus zombies to tormented nightclub performers and ghostly street hawkers, this year’s event will certainly not be for the faint-hearted.

Highlights include:

Train of Terror
Visitors will get thrills and chills as they embark on a journey through the site of a circus train wreck on the popular Train of Terror at the Night Safari. Watch out for escaped “animals” and dead circus performers such as Xavier the Illusionist and Booseye the Knife Thrower, as they come back to life in the dark of night. A note of caution: the clowns love to hunt in a pack.

Dr. Freako’s Midnight Trail
Visitors can take a walk through Dr. Freako’s Midnight Trail along the Forest Giant Trail. A mad scientist who conducted brutal and unorthodox animal-human experiments, Dr. Freako and his creations will be showcased in all their gory glory here. These “failed” experiments still linger around the lab, so visitors should enter at their own risk! Be warned – they have a distaste for humans and feed on blood-curdling screams.

Graveyard Haunts
The extinction graveyard near the “Creatures of the Night” show will be home to countless animal victims of modern mass extinction. Amidst the eerie howls of deceased animal spirits, guests will be taught a hard lesson on how humans have played a part in destroying these species.

Shanghai Fright Club
This year’s Halloween Horrors signature ‘house of horrors’ is a haunted Shanghai night club set in the 1940s and 50s. Street hawkers and performers of the Shanghai Tang will rule the roost with an eastern twist. Visitors should take heed of the roaming spirits who will lure them into their lair with glitz and glamour, and be prepared to scream their lungs out as they unveil the club’s darkest secrets.

Dress to Scare!
Come dressed in your most terrifying outfit on Halloween Horror nights. Get spotted by us and you stand a chance to win a $50 Wildlife Reserves Singapore voucher. A winner will be spotted on each of the 11 nights. All winners will enter a final round of judging where the grand winner will win attractive prizes.

Advisory Information
Due to the intense scare factor of this year’s theme, it is not suitable for toddlers and children. Parental guidance and discretion are strongly advised. More information will be available on www.halloweenhorrors.com.sg from August 2011.

Details
Date: 30 Sept, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 October 2011 (11 nights)
Venue: Night Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Price: Please refer to the table below.

One-Way Ticket To Horror
Pricing Tiers
Off peak: 30 Sep, 1, 7, & 8 Oct
Adult: $40.00
Child: $30.00

Peak: 14, 15, 21, 22 Oct
Adult: $48.00
Child: $38.00

Halloween Horrors Weekend: 28, 29 & 30 Oct
Adult: $56.00
Child: $46.00

Discounts for online purchase
‐ 10% off for purchases completed in Aug – Sept 2011
‐ 5% off for purchases completed in Oct 2011
‐ OCBC cardmembers enjoy 10% off for purchases from Aug – Oct 2011. OCBC 10% discount is also valid for on-site purchases at the Night Safari from Sept to Oct

(The prices above include admission to Night Safari, one entry to the Shanghai Fright Club and one round on the Train of Terror per ticket holder)

Spooky Halloween Set Dinner
Date: 30 Sept, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Venue: Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant
Price: $49.00 ++
Timing: 6.30pm (Maximum 40 guests)

Spooky Halloween Set Dinner

Menu:
Mocktail
Skunk

Soup
Eye-popping Soup: Tomato Soup with Cream Cheese and Black Olive

Main Course
Mausoleum: Grilled Chicken Patty, Mashed Potato and French Bean

Dessert
Flicker of the Night: Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Coulis
Deathly Chocs: Petite Fours
The Devil’s Brew: Coffee or Tea

Make your reservation at event.sales@wrs.com.sg or call 6360 8650.

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