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

THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS COMES ALIVE AT WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE PARKS

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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.

Highlights
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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