ALL HAIL THE KINGS AT JURONG BIRD PARK

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JURONG BIRD PARK IS THE FIRST IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND THE SECOND GLOBALLY TO SUCCESSFULLY BREED THE KING BIRD-OF-PARADISE

Two king bird-of-paradise hatchlings at 14 days old

Fully fledged king bird-of-paradise chicks being fed by the mother

Singapore, 19 July 2012Jurong Bird Park is the first in South East Asia and the second institution globally to successfully breed the king bird-of-paradise. Out of a clutch of two eggs, two chicks hatched on 18 May, bringing the total number of king bird-of-paradise at the Bird Park to five.

Jurong Bird Park first attempted to breed the king bird-of-paradise in 2010. That year, one egg by a breeding pair was found broken and the other was infertile. The inexperienced female king bird-of-paradise was also observed to be throwing eggs out of the nest box. Although the breeding pair was moved to an off-exhibit side aviary in 2011, successful hatchings were not to be achieved until a year later in 2012. Keepers decided to try something slightly different this year. They reused a nest box which already had a nest, abandoned by another female king bird-of-paradise. The present ‘mother’ accepted the nest and laid 2 eggs soon after.

Birds only breed in conditions they feel secure and comfortable in – and this species usually nests at heights of 3metres in the wild. In this instance, although the off-exhibit side aviary had less vegetation for camouflage, and the nest box was lower from the ground at 1.5metres, this breeding pair felt safe in the environment that Bird Park created for them.

“We are very proud to welcome not one, but two king bird-of-paradise hatchlings. Breeding and taking care of birds is not an exact science, and it took two years of dedication and keen observation by our keepers to achieve this. Although listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, restrictions have made it difficult to acquire more numbers of the king bird-of-paradise from New Guinea, so the two hatchlings will certainly add to the collection we have in Bird Park,” said Mr Raja Segran, General Manager, Jurong Bird Park.

Interestingly enough, the king bird-of-paradise is the smallest species of bird-of-paradise. Females are unadorned and a dull brown, while the males are crimson and white with bright blue feet and green-tipped fan-like-plumes on its shoulder. The two elongated tail wires are decorated with emerald green disk feathers on its tip. The king bird-of-paradise is distributed throughout lowland forests of New Guinea and nearby islands. This so-called “living gem” is the smallest and most vividly colored among birds of paradise. The diet consists mainly of fruit and arthropods. An extraordinary display is performed by the male with a series of tail swinging, fluffing of its abdomen white feathers that makes the bird look like a cottonball, and acrobatic pendulum displays.

PICTURE THE COLOUR RETURNS FOR A SECOND YEAR IN JURONG BIRD PARK

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DIFFERENTLY THEMED FROM LAST YEAR, THIS EDITION HIGHLIGHTS THE SHOW TEAM’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Singapore, 10 July 2012 – It’s time to get trigger-happy as Jurong Bird Park’s vibrantly coloured residents become subjects in the second edition of Picture the Colour. The overwhelming response of more than 6,700 entries for last year’s inaugural photo competition inspired us to run it again this year – albeit with a different theme.

A Show Presenter interacting with Vicky, a great pied hornbill from the Birds n Buddies Show

The owl parade during the Kings of the Skies Show, with the snowy owl in foreground.

This time, we celebrate Bird Shows, which have been a mainstay of the Park for the past 30 years. Over three decades, our shows have gradually veered towards edutainment, complementing the Park’s focus. Guests are often enthralled by our birds’ natural behaviours during shows, which makes it a good time for presenters to weave in conservation nuggets about each species. Finding out more about birds this way makes for an interactive learning experience. The Show team takes care of and trains the show birds, choreographs, pieces the music together and presents the show to visitors. Additionally, they look after some of the other Park exhibits. Shows form an integral part of the entire visitor experience, making this a fitting theme for the Park’s second photo competition.

Participants in the photo competition from 9 July – 30 September can choose to compete in one of two categories: Professional and Amateur. The Professional category caters to avid semi-professional photographers, challenging the skills of contestants in taking birds with DSLR cameras while the Amateur category is aimed at photography fans who use compact cameras. All photo entries are expected to be of presenters with birds in action during shows and feeding programmes at Jurong Bird Park.

The judging panel for Picture the Colour consists of professional photographers from the industry including Mr Lee Tiah Khee, Chief Photographer from Lianhe Zaobao, Ms Joyce Fang, Executive Photojournalist from Straits Times and Mr Terence Tan, a Freelance Photojournalist. They will also be joined by Ms C.S. Ling, a Nikon professional photographer who specializes in wildlife photography.

There will be three winners in each category who will be selected by the judges based on composition, subject, technical detail, creativity, amongst others. Fans of WRS’ Facebook page will also get the opportunity to pick their favourite pictures through a public vote, and a winner will be selected in each category for the ‘most liked picture’.

Supportive sponsors who have come on board to reprise their role from last year are Nikon and Cathay Photo. More than $8,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs. Prizes for this inaugural competition include Nikon products such as the D7000 kit, D5100 kit and the D3100 kit. Other prizes include vouchers from Cathay Photo as well as Jurong Bird Park merchandise. For more information about the ‘Picture the Colour’ photography competition, please visit: http://www.birdpark.com.sg/

HOW THE FLU FLEW AT JURONG BIRD PARK

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Singapore, 09 July 2012 – Home to 380 species of birds numbering 5,000, Jurong Bird Park has never seen an outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1), largely due to the surveillance methods rigorously adopted and put in place.

A veterinarian administers anti-oxidants Vitamins A, D and E to a lesser flamingo in Jurong Bird Park

A veterinarian administers the H5N2 vaccine to a lesser flamingo in Jurong Bird Park

There are various measures taken to screen and keep avian influenza at bay, beginning with the presence of sentinel chickens in the exhibits. Sentinel chickens have no immunity and will fall sick very easily when faced with a disease. They are the first alert in the event of any plausible infection. The blood and faeces of these sentinel chickens are tested monthly for avian influenza.

Before birds are imported into the Park via exchanges with other institutions, they are already tested, and when they arrive in the Park, they are tested once more. Furthermore, as a designated rescued avian centre by the governing authorities, the Bird Park receives donated birds and birds which the public rescue. All these birds from external sources are tested for avian influenza before further action takes place, to avoid compromising the health of the other birds in the park.

Relevant and susceptible species of the avian collection in Jurong Bird Park are also annually vaccinated with H5N2 vaccine, which increases the birds’ immune system by creating viable antibodies. With the immunity boost, there might be a decrease in morbidity when faced with H5N1.

A titer check is also carried out when the veterinarian collects a blood sample which undergoes a laboratory test to determine the efficacy of last year’s vaccination, and the level of H5N2 antibodies the bird produced.

These preventive measures, coupled with an epidemiology survey, an informative tool which indicates the influenza status, and the action the Park needs to take to be free of avian influenza, form the lines of defenses against avian influenza. Over and above these measures, the Bird Park also conducts an annual bird flu drill which simulates an actual outbreak in the event avian flu is encountered, as being prepared is key to combating it.

“All the field staff in the Bird Park are constantly vigilant and aware of the severity of the situation and having these bio-security measures keep the Park flu free. We have the necessary protocols in place, and are well prepared to deal with such an outbreak, should it happen,” said Mr Raja Segran, General Manager, Jurong Bird Park.

DONNING THEIR SUNDAY BEST FOR VALENTINE DUCK-SHIP AT JURONG BIRD PARK

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Singapore, 3 February 2012 – There are similarities between the avian and human world. Amongst both parties, there are instances of monogamy. Cranes, penguins, hornbills and ducks are some of the avian species which practice monogamy.

Mandarin ducks, famed for being a symbol of fidelity and marriage in Chinese culture, are thought to be monogamous. At Jurong Bird Park, it is now breeding season for these 27 Mandarin ducks, and what is interesting when breeding season comes round is that the male ducks (drakes) don their Sunday best for courtship. From a drab-looking, brown-white plumage, the drake morphs into an iridescent colour palette of orange, brown, purple, green and blue to attract the female duck. Once a pair is established, mating takes place in the water, and a clutch of 8-12 eggs is laid, with an incubation period of 30 days.

Carolina wood ducks are also known to be a monogamous species. Likewise with the Mandarin ducks, all wood ducks sport similar earthy colour tones until breeding season starts. The drake then sports a glossy plumage of several shades of green, white and black, with a sleek crest to attract a mate. Eggs are laid in clutches of 7-15 with an incubation period of 30 days.

The adventurous Carolina wood ducks take courtship a step further, taking nightly strolls on their own from their exhibit at the Bird Park’s entrance into the Park under the cloak of darkness. They visit the Mandarin duck exhibit, some 300m away from the entrance. They have also made tracks for the Pools Amphitheatre, where twice daily shows are held, but unfortunately, as their journey takes place after park hours, Bird Park staff have told them firmly that they are too late for show auditions and auditions have closed. The wood ducks then quack in dismay at being herded away from the Pools Amphitheatre. No chance at fame tonight!

Whilst the ducks engage in mating rituals, couples to Jurong Bird Park on 14 February can also indulge in a premium package specially put together for Valentine’s, where Cupid’s Candlelight Dinner takes centrestage. The recently launched Penguin Coast plays host to lovers as they wine and dine on delectable dishes like the oven-baked Chilean Codfish, Wagyu Beef, and Blueberry Chocolate Chateau, right in front of an amazing penguin viewing gallery. A dining treat to be savoured, couples will get an up close experience and photo opportunities with a bird of prey appearance, and penguin feeding and commentary as they dine the night away in tuxedoed company.

Jurong Bird Park’s Cupid Candlelight Dinner
Date: 14 Feb 2012 (Tuesday)
Venue: Penguin Coast
Time: 7pm
Pricing: $208 + per couple

Charges include admission and dinner at Jurong Bird Park for two, and an exclusive couples gift.

Seats are limited, so do make those reservations early! For reservations, please call 6360 8560 during office hours or email event.sales@wrs.com.sg.

Starter: Lovers’ Lobster Salad - Lobster Medallion with Mango, Avocado, Water Chestnut, Sherry Vinegar Enhanced with Aged Balsamic topped with Garden Salad

Soup: “My Little Dumpling” Scallop Soup - Light Cream of Scallop Soup with Smoked Turkey Dumpling and US Asparagus served with Assorted Country Style Bread (Multi-grain and Olive Bread Roll)

Entrée: Cod My Heart - Oven Baked Marinated Chilean Codfish with Champagne Sauce, Pea Puree, Chateau Dauphinoise and Baby Vegetables

Entrée: Wild About Wagyu - Corn Fed Wagyu Beef with Merlot Jus, Pea Puree, Chateau Dauphinoise and Seasonal Vegetables

Dessert: Lust for Chocolate - Flavor Blueberry Chocolate Chateau Enhanced with Vanilla Sauce and Strawberry Sauce Finished with Glazed Fresh Fruit

Also included in the dinner menu package:
** Free flow of soft drinks, orange, pineapple and lime juice.
** Special gift for the couple.
** Bottle of sparkling wine.

HATCH DAY EGGS-TRAVAGANZA: EGG-CELLENT FUN AT JURONG BIRD PARK’S BIRDZ OF PLAY THIS DECEMBER

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Singapore, 10 November 2011 – The world’s largest bird paradise, Jurong Bird Park, will be celebrating the “hatching” of its latest kids’ playground, Birdz of Play, through a series of eggciting activities during an event called the Hatch Day Eggs-travaganza in conjunction with the December school holidays.

Birdz of Play is a colourfully themed play area, with wet and dry play areas for toddlers and older children. Kids of all ages are in for a splashing good time as they engage in some wild water fun. One of the highlights is the water play area, which has a huge clambering splash and slide element, where a huge bucket of water will tip every few minutes, thoroughly drenching anyone under it. The dry play area will be a sensory one for kids, as they go though the interactive component, as well as play on the swing, see-saw or flying fox.

Event Highlights
Hatch Day Eggs-travaganza
Date: 3-25 December (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Activities are free but usual Park admission rates apply

Hatch Day Party
Kids will meet the cuddly and friendly egg mascots, Dodo and Didi at this free party. Both guardians in the Land of Eggs, they are overjoyed about a beautiful and exotic egg that they have uncovered. With the help of a magical stethoscope, Dodo has determined that today will be the day that this rare and beautiful egg hatches! Kids will also watch a magic show by the Egg Wizard and learn how to perform Dodo and Didi’s signature egg dance.

Time: 12.00noon
Venue: Birdz of Play

Join the Water Dippers at Waterplay!
Come have a bucket of laughs with the Water Dippers! Dressed in wet suits, big snorkel masks and flippers, the Water Dippers will entertain with heaps of physical comedy and slapstick antics. Armed with water guns and water buckets, they will play with the kids at the wet play area for a splashing fun time.

Time: 11:30am and 12:45pm
Venue: Birdz of Play

Eggnimal Craft Booth
Kids can show off their brilliant art-and-craft skills and learn how to make adorable animals and birds out of plastic eggs.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Birdz of Play

Send your Egg-mas Greetings
With Christmas just round the corner, kids can visit the booth to design their very own Eggmas e-card and send their personalised Christmas greetings to friends and family for free!

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Entrance of Jurong Bird Park

Meet & Greet Dodo and Didi
Kids will get a chance to come up close to the cuddly egg mascots, Dodo and Didi, and take a fun picture with them.

Time: 9:30-10:00am and 3:30-4:00pm
Venue: Entrance of Jurong Bird Park and Birdz of Play

Meet the Birds
At this session, kids will get to meet our talking Amazon parrot, Quincy and come up close and take a photo with our beautiful cockatoo and macaw.

Date: 17, 18, 24, 25 December
Time: 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Venue: Birdz of Play

Birdz of Play

Egg-citing Fun!

Egg-cellent Handicraft

JOIN THE CARNIVAL OF FUN AT JURONG BIRD PARK AND SINGAPORE ZOO THIS CHILDREN’S DAY

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Singapore, 19 Sep 2011 – In the spirit of Children’s Day this October, the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park will be gearing up for a flurry of special activities from 3-9 October. Kids visiting the parks with their families during the weekend of 7-9 October especially, will be in for even more treats, with magic performances and animal mascot appearances at the Zoo as well as meet and greet sessions with feathered friends at the Bird Park.

Jurong Bird Park
Food and Feathers Trail: Children will learn about the relationship between the diet of man and birds. They will also learn the importance between the environment and birds. The little ones will find out how they can help protect our birds through this fun and educational walk. Participants will visit various learning stations featuring penguins, pelicans, owls and flamingoes.
Date/Time: 3 – 9 Oct 2011 (Mon – Sun), 9.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Register at Entrance

Meet & greet session with our feathered friends: Meet some of the stars in the Bird Park as show presenters share interesting nuggets of information about them.
Date/Time: 3 – 6 Oct 2011 (Mon – Thu), 9.30am – 9.45am. 7 – 9 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun), 1.45pm – 2.00pm
Venue: Pools Amphitheatre

Dr Squawk’s Flightless Feathery Friends: Set sail with Dr Squawk and learn more about our flightless feathery friends in this special Children’s Day programme.
Date/Time: 3 – 6 Oct 2011 (Mon – Thu), 9.45am – 10.00am
Venue: Pools Amphitheatre

Sweetheart the ventriloquist flaps some fun: Let Sweetheart and her flap-bulous puppet friend, Baby Pinky, kick up a storm of laughter for the little ones. Brace your tummies for 20 minutes of non-stop laughter!
Date/Time: 7 – 9 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun), 2.00pm – 2.20pm
Venue: Pools Amphitheatre

Note: All activities are free, but usual admission charges to the park apply ($18 per adult and $12 per child between 3-12 years)

Singapore Zoo
Rainforest ALIVE! booth: Kids can get creative and colour a vision of a rainforest scene together with various rainforest animals here. They will also get to indulge in fun face and hand painting activities*.
Date/Time: 3 – 9 Oct 2011 (Mon – Sun), 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Donation of any amount will go towards Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF).
Venue: Outside entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo
* Face and hand painting activities are only available from 7 – 9 October.

Make a Falabella Friend today!: Kids can get a close encounter with the world’s smallest breed of horse, the Falabella, at this pitstop.
Date/Time: 3 – 7 Oct 2011 (Mon – Fri), 11.00am – 11.30am
Venue: Outside entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo

The Grand Giraffe Parade: Dance around a bevy of graceful ‘giraffes’ for a perfect photo opportunity!
Date/Time: 3 – 9 Oct 2011 (Mon – Sun), 12.00pm – 12.30pm & 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Venue: 3 – 6 Oct: Outside entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo. 7 – 9 Oct: Rainforest Kidzworld

Magic on the Move with Uncle Jimbo: Singapore Zoo will celebrate Children’s Day with quirky magician Uncle Jimbo. This year, you’ll be in for a treat as Uncle Jimbo greets you at the zoo entrance with his bag of magic tricks. Don’t forget to catch his stage show too at the Rainforest Kidzworld for more magical fun!
Date: 7 – 9 Oct 2011(Fri – Sun)
Time/Venue: 10.30am –11.00am: Outside entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo. 11.30am – 12.00pm: Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre

Dr Ooz on the Loose!: Dr Ooz our in-house researcher is on a secret mission! He has to nab the nasty poachers who have ventured into the lush forest of Ooztopia before more animals get harmed! Join him as he shares with you his findings and learn about why the animals’ survival is important to our well-being.
Date/Time: 7 – 9 Oct 2011 (Fri – Sun), 3.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre

Note: All activities are free, but usual admission charges to the park apply ($20 per adult and $13 per child between 3-12 years)

JURONG BIRD PARK CELEBRATES FAMILIES

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FAMILIES ENJOY SPECIAL DISCOUNTS OFF PARK ADMISSION WITH WE WELCOME FAMILIES WEEK COUPONS

Singapore, 4 September 2011 – The world’s largest avian paradise kicks off a two-month long park admission promotion for families visiting the park. From 3 September 2011 to 3 November 2011, visitors will enjoy a special 50% off admission by presenting ‘We Welcome Families Week’ (WWFW) coupons. The promotional coupons are available in selected print media as well as electronically on http://www.wewelcomefamilies.sg.

Businesses for Families Council (BFC) partnered Jurong Bird Park to kick off the WWFW promotion with a dance flash-mob, hoping to increase awareness of this year’s WWFW campaign and consumer-centric promotions.

Jurong Bird Park, one of the award-winning attractions of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), offers wholesome family activities, educational programmes as well as avian exhibits and shows that allow family members of all ages to enjoy an unparalleled avian and wildlife experience.

WWFW dance flash-mob at Jurong Bird Park

Dancers depicting the bird park as a place for everyone of all ages

Dancers carrying WWFW campaign posters

Members of the dance flash-mob crew

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