WRS to increase conservation contribution for Sumatran orangutan conservation projects;
Sumatran elephant, hornbill and turtle projects in Southeast Asia also receive funding support
Singapore, 18 February 2017 — Over 7,500 participants thronged the leafy pathways of Night Safari and Singapore Zoo in the ninth instalment of Safari Zoo Run today, in support of wildlife conservation, and in the hopes of garnering more funding support for their animal icon teams.
Runners representing Team Ah Meng came out tops, garnering additional funding support of $40,000 for Sumatran orangutan projects. Wildlife Reserves Singapore will also commit an additional $20,000 each to regional projects supporting helmeted hornbills, Southeast Asian freshwater turtles and Sumatran elephants—all critically endangered wildlife, which were represented by Team Sunny, Team Canola and Team Ah Meng.
In 2016, Ah Meng was unveiled as Singapore Zoo’s animal icon. In subsequent months, the other park icons—Jurong Bird Park’s Sunny the hornbill, Night Safari’s Chawang the elephant and River Safari’s Canola the manatee—were revealed.
Together, these four animal icons helped spread the conservation message at today’s Safari Zoo Run. This year, participants played a more active role and helped in deciding the division of funds for conservation when they chose a team to join. Each team, represented by the four park icons, champions a species of critically endangered animal. Running on a new points system, participants were given opportunities to collect points for their team. The team with the highest points would then lead to a larger allocation of funds for the conservation of the championed endangered species.
Team Ah Meng was one of the more popular choices, with close to 30 per cent of runners choosing to support Singapore Zoo’s animal icon. The team also scored points on the most number of Instagram posts uploaded during the race.
Mr Mike Barclay, Group CEO of Mandai Park Holdings, the holding company of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, joined the action and ran alongside runners in the 10km competitive category. Families could enjoy the more manageable 5.5km or 2.5km runs. A competitive 2.5km Kids Dash was also available for children. In addition, runners enjoyed appearances by animal mascots, educational show and tell sessions, and animal photography sessions after their races.
Image 1: Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer (left, on stage), and Ms Sherri Lim, Chief Park Operations and Revenue Officer (third from left, on stage), both of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, flag off Safari Zoo Run’s first run of the day – the 10km competitive race. They are accompanied by the Ah Meng animal icon mascot. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Image 2: Runners took the time to take selfies and wefies at the various animal exhibits, to give their teams an edge. Teams which had the most sign-ups, Instagram posts and winning runners received more points, ensuring a higher allocation of funding support for their selected conservation projects. Team Ah Meng emerged as the winner! PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Image 3: Some Safari Zoo Run participants really got into the wild spirit! In the end, the animals are the champions, with Wildlife Reserves Singapore committing an additional $100,000 in funding support to regional conservation projects which will benefit helmeted hornbills, Sumatran elephants, Southeast Asian freshwater turtles and Sumatran orangutans. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE