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

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Deepavali - Meet the mighty Asian Elephant

FIREFLIES AND LANTERNS LIGHT UP SINGAPORE ZOO ON MID-AUTUMN NIGHT

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WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE, WITH SINGAPORE ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL AND SINGAPORE MANUFACTURERS’ FEDERATION, PIONEERS MOON NIGHT 2011 TO CELEBRATE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND FAMILY TOGETHERNESS

Singapore, 11 Sep 2011 – For the first time, Singapore Zoo opened its doors to the public this evening for the inaugural Moon Night 2011 in celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival. Jointly organised by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation (SMa), the event hopes to raise awareness for nature conservation and biodiversity, while promoting family togetherness.

The main highlight of the evening was the release of fireflies into the forested area at the zoo by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, in an effort to reintroduce this distinctive species of insects into the mangrove ecosystem.

Dr Tony Tan and Mr George Huang, President of SMa also placed floating lanterns in the waters of Upper Seletar Reservoir. Visitors to the park were encouraged to buy the lanterns, with all proceeds donated to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF), which was set up with the purpose of conserving Singapore’s endangered native wildlife.

“Other than assisting our members in commercial interests, SMa is also conscious of and promotes good corporate social responsibility, including environment, work-life balance, culture and conservation in our members’ companies. We appreciate and support the great work of WRS and SEC, and will continue to work with them to engender environmentally conscious behaviour in our members and staff,” said Mr Huang.

Other festivities included the recounting of the story of Chang Er and her companion, the jade rabbit, and an animal petting session with the rabbits at the zoo. Visitors were also educated on the effects of the moon on animal behaviour through fun and interactive performances.

Considered an important date in the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a symbol of reunion brought about by the full moon. It traditionally calls for families and friends to gather and admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon while enjoying delicious moon cakes that is meant to represent people’s pursuit of a round and perfect life.

At the same time, the moon is inextricably linked to the everyday rhythms and rituals of life on earth, as well as the tide. Moon phases have been said to shape the evolution and lives of the animal kingdom, promoting the migratory habits of many animals today.

“We are excited to be organising the first ever Moon Night in the world, as it shows a clear sign of ownership in the pursuit for perfect balance and harmony. Through its special mix of cultural mythology and awareness-raising about biodiversity preservation, Moon Night 2011 is a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together during the Mid-Autumn festival at a unique location, while allowing WRS and SEC to educate Singaporeans on holistic approaches to wildlife and nature conservation,” said Isa Loh, Group CEO, WRS.

“SMa is happy to be part of this innovative and interesting event. It gives, not just our members, but also the families of their employees, the opportunity to gather as one big family,” added Mr Huang.

The release of fireflies is significant as the population continues to dwindle in Singapore due to urbanisation.

“On this special day while we celebrate the full moon, we are also encouraging the balance of life on earth as animal cycles and rituals are known to coincide with moon phases. On behalf of WRS and SEC, I would like to thank President Tony Tan and Mr George Huang, President of SMa, for celebrating and reinforcing the message of Moon Night with us,” added Ms Loh, who is also Chairman of the Singapore Environment Council.

(L-R) President Tony Tan Keng Yam leading the lantern procession at the Singapore Zoo with his granddaughter and Mr George Huang, President, Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation.

Ms Isa Loh, Group CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (far left), President Tony Tan, and Mr George Huang, President of Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation (far right) celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with members of the public at the Singapore Zoo’s inaugural Moon Night 2011 event.

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