FLOCK TO JURONG BIRD PARK TO SEE A WEALTH OF CHINESE NEW YEAR COLOURS

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Singapore, 9 January 2012Jurong Bird Park explodes into a wealth of colour this Chinese New Year, with rainbow lories taking centrestage. Chinese New Year wouldn’t be complete without the traditional God of Fortune and Lion Dances, and the Park’s festive Bird Shows, all of which add to the gaiety and joy which surrounds such a festive occasion.

Rainbow lories found at the Lory Loft exhibit will be the focus this Chinese New Year – colourful and gregarious, they are often seen in flocks, which represents abundance, an auspicious representation for the New Year. To add to the festivities, the Park will be teeming with festive vibrant flowers, showcasing the landscaping flair of in-park Horticulturists.

Adding to the excitement, a Southern Lion Dance troupe will perform on high poles, showcasing the lion’s agility, grace and majesty as it confidently traverses height with precision. On the ground, three God of Fortunes will be giving away lucky red packets and
mingling with guests at Jurong Bird Park for photo opportunities. Even birds from the show want in on the festivities, with Sassy the sulphur crested cockatoo flying red packets to selected guests, and Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon parrot will wow guests with his linguistic ability and wish audiences ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai.’

After the Southern Lion Dance in the morning, a brisk walk into the Park towards Lory Loft at noon will bring guests to an up close encounter with vibrantly chattering lories. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a whole flock of lories swarming around as the keepers feed them, while a running commentary explains more about Lory Loft and the lories there. Throughout the day, two iPad Stations have been set up at Penguin Coast for visitors to create and design a Chinese New Year greeting card to be sent to friends and family.

A tradition only found in this part of the region, Yu Sheng has become a staple during Chinese New Year. Guests to the Bird Park can also indulge in this delicacy, known for its assailing flavours of sweetness, sourness, bitterness and spiciness. From 3 – 13 February, Hawk Café, located before the entrance to Bird Park, will dish this out from lunchtime, at attractive prices of $8 for 2 pax, $16 for 4 pax, $24 for 6 pax and $32 for 10 pax. Chinese New Year is also a time for a reunion with friends and family, and the Flamingo Lodge at Bird Park is the place to be to host reunion lunches and dinners. From 13 January – 6 February, diners can enjoy the Sweet Success Menu at $188+, the Good Fortune Menu at $338+, the Wealth, Fortune and Prosperity Menu at $438+ and the Family Reunion Meal at $538+.

View the rainbow lories in their splendour.

Gape at the amazing acrobatics of the Lion Dance troupe at Jurong Bird Park this Chinese New Year

ENTER THE DRAGON’S LAIR THIS LUNAR NEW YEAR AT SINGAPORE ZOO

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Singapore, 6 January 2011Singapore Zoo plunges into the Year of the Dragon with an exciting line-up of activities to celebrate the mythical creature this Lunar New Year. In many Asian cultures, dragons are still revered as representative of the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe, and are often associated with wisdom and longevity.

A must-see is the Festive Dragon Walk, which will showcase dragon-associated plants and animals such as the bearded dragon and dragon fruit.

Visitors can interact with auspicious Fu Lu Shou characters, which will bless them with wealth and fortune to kickstart the year, and be entertained by an exciting dragon dance. Marvel too at the 3D majestic flower dragon – definitely a shutterbug moment amidst the backdrop of the scenic Upper Seletar Reservoir.

Activities:
Festive Dragon Walk
Learn more about the dragon-associated plants and animals in the Singapore Zoo collection, such as the bearded dragon, arowana (also know as dragon fish), juvenile komodo dragon and dragon fruit (did you know we actually have this in our Tropical Crops Plantation?).

Exciting Dragon Dance
Catch the fluid and graceful movements of the dragon as it bestows good luck and fortune in this majestic dance. Dragons in this Chinese dance are usually made up of sections of bamboo frames draped in silk. This Chinese dance had its beginnings in China and was popularized by the Tang dynasty. The dragon is regarded as a symbol of power and royalty by the Chinese and the dragon dance evolved from this association.

Auspicious Fu Lu Shou Appearance
Whip out your cameras for photo opportunities with the Fu Lu Shou characters as they mingle with guests and bless them with wealth and fortune to usher in the Year of the Dragon.

A Feast Fit for a Dragon!
Finally, families can take a break at the end of a fun-filled visit by digging into a delicious Chinese New Year Lunch.

Date/Time: 13 Jan – 6 Feb 2011, 12.00 – 2.00pm
Venue: Pavilion/Terrace, Ah Meng Restaurant
Cost: Sweet Success Menu (for 4 pax) – $188+, Good Fortune Menu (for 5-6 pax) – $338+, Wealth, Fortune and Prosperity Menu (7-8 pax) – $438+, Family Reunion Menu (9-10pax) – $538+
[Excludes admission of $20 (adult), $13 (child 3-12 years)]
Note: Reservations need to be made 3 working days in advance. Please call 6360 8560 for reservations
Also available for dinner at Night Safari’s Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant (between 6.00-8.30pm)

Walk-in diners to Ah Meng Restaurant can also opt for the prosperous ‘Yu Sheng’ dish:
Date/Time: 13 Jan – 6 Feb 2011, 10.00am – 4.00pm daily, while stocks last
Cost: $8+ for 2 pax, $16+ for 4 pax, $24+ for 6 pax, $32+ for 10 pax
Note: Also available at Night Safari’s Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant

The bearded dragon will be showcased in the Festive Dragon Walk at Singapore Zoo this coming Chinese New Year

The Komodo dragon will be showcased in the Festive Dragon Walk at Singapore Zoo this coming Chinese New Year

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