GLITZ AND GLAMOUR TAKE CENTRESTAGE AT JURONG BIRD PARK THIS DECEMBER

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Vicky, a great pied hornbill, flies to a Show Presenter in the High Flyers Show

Singapore, 31 October 2012 – Shows have been synonymous with Jurong Bird Park for 30 years. This December holidays, the Birds n Buddies Show will make way for the conservation-driven High Flyers Show. In line with the new show, guests visiting the Bird Park this December will experience
glitz and glamour the moment they arrive at the Park.

From the Palm Plaza to the ticketing entrance, guests will enter a world where colour lives, resplendent with colourful macaws and golden hoops centered around showbiz. Next stop – the Penguin Coast walkway, which transforms into a Walk of Fame! One photo wall will be lined with photographs of Shows dating back 30 years, and the other will showcase bird stars from the High Flyers Show. To satisfy the need for posing with flair, a giant photography backdrop with props awaits at Penguin Coast for guests to feel like stars. During weekends at 1.45pm, head back to Penguin Coast where all-time bird stars will make a special guest appearance at the Walk of Fame. Guests will hear more about their stories of stardom from the presenter, and have a chance to take a photograph with the bird stars.

More photography opportunities abound – A flock of young flamingos are eager to have their minutes of fame! Happening daily after the High Flyers Show, for 15 minutes at 11.45am and 3.45pm, guests can mingle with them and have an exclusive photograph taken with them after the new High Flyers Show at the Pools Amphitheatre.

An exclusive segment with a great photographic opportunity has been added to the weekend Penguin Feeding sessions. As guests learn more about these tuxedoed creatures, one lucky child who can answer a simple question will be invited to try his / her hand at feeding the African penguins in this up-close opportunity.

After seeing and taking pictures with so many feathered stars, it is also time to ponder – what makes a star? Held over the December weekends at 10.30am and 11.45am at the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC), A Star is Born is a programme for children between the ages of 6-12. Here, they will find out why birds are talented and gifted with abilities to sing, dance and draw from our avian experts!

After a day out at Bird Park, hang out at Terrace Kiosk right next to the Pool’s Amphitheatre for some yummy treats! Available all day throughout December, these cool treats and snacks are available at special combo prices starting from $7.90 for a hot dog set with fries and a drink. While at the Bird Park, do grab some specially priced retail merchandise at Wings, Feathers and Lory Loft while stocks last, like the motif mug at $22.90 which comes with a choice of either a free flamingo or penguin plush worth $15.90.

December will be a star-studded one out west at Jurong Bird Park, so make tracks here soon! There is no extra charge for the activities, but normal admission rates of $18 (adult) and $12 (child) apply.

An Avian Keeper feeds the African penguins during the Penguin Feeding session.

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RIVER SAFARI’S GIANT PANDA FOREST OPENS NOVEMBER 29

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Giant pandas Kai Kai (left) and Jia Jia (right) are adapting well to their new home at the Giant Panda Forest. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 29 October 2012Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) today announced that River Safari’s giant panda exhibit – the Giant Panda Forest – will open to the public for a special preview from 29 November, in time for the year-end school holiday season.

The Giant Panda Forest is one of the key highlights and developments of the upcoming River Safari, Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. The new park, located in between Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2013. The panda exhibit will be opened to the public ahead of the park’s official launch for visitors to enjoy a special preview of the pandas.

Visitors will be able to enter the Giant Panda Forest from a specially-created access point in Singapore Zoo. Those planning to meet Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉) at the Giant Panda Forest can do so by purchasing a Singapore Zoo admission ticket* and a top-up fee of $5.00 per adult or $3.00 per child (3 to 12 years old).

“We are pleased that the giant pandas have settled into their new home and look forward to welcoming visitors who are excited to see Kai Kai and Jia Jia. By bringing visitors up close to these endangered bears, we aim to educate Singaporeans and tourists alike on the importance of conservation,” said Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman of WRS.

Tickets to the giant panda exhibit will be on sale daily from 8.30am starting 29 November. These tickets can be purchased at Singapore Zoo’s ticketing counters and are valid only on the day of purchase. Tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis to accommodate an optimum number of visitors in the Giant Panda Forest at any one time.

Apart from seeing the giant pandas, visitors to the Giant Panda Forest can look forward to meeting other wildlife from China such as the golden pheasant and the red panda. The 1,500 square-metre exhibit – the largest of its kind in South East Asia – simulates the bears’ natural habitat, with lush live plants, boulders and water features. The temperature is kept between 18-22 degrees Celsius year round and humidity is set at 50-60 per cent to ensure the pandas’ comfort.

The two pandas are here for 10 years as part of a joint collaboration between China Wildlife Conservation Association and WRS to raise public awareness on wildlife conservation and develop a breeding programme for these endangered animals.

More information on admission to the Giant Panda Forest can be found on http://pandas.riversafari.com.sg

*Current admission prices to Singapore Zoo are at S$20 per adult and S$13 per child (3 to 12 years).

Jia Jia

Kai Kai

DREAMFOREST FIESTA AT NIGHT SAFARI THIS DECEMBER

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Mystica @ Night Safari 2011

Singapore, 23 October 2012 – Transport yourself into a fiesta of dreams and mingle with larger-than-life forest creatures at Night Safari’s Mystica this December. The event happens on Fridays and Saturdays, and Christmas Eve and Day, between 7-25 December.

Be dazzled by whimsical lights that speak of magic, mystery and drama! Track down the quirky, illuminated characters that jump out of your dreams and be spellbound by their playful antics.

Held for the second time running, this year’s instalment beckons you into an enchanted wildlife wonderland inspired by our latest attraction – Wallaby Trail, which brings visitors through a fascinating discovery of flora and fauna in the Australasian region of Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.

Catch the parma
wallaby at Wallaby Trail

Expect close encounters with a range of marsupials, including the parma and Bennett’s wallabies in a walk-through exhibit designed to let visitors get as close as possible to its residents. Other animals include Australia’s native bird, the tawny frogmouth, and the white-lipped python from Papua New Guinea.

Be enchanted by our tantalising treats such as Forest Mushroom Sandwiches, Fantasy Macaroon Lolly, Magical Cookie Ball and Fairy’s Elixir at the Mystical Yummy Treats Corner.

Details
Dates: 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24 and 25 December 2012 (Fri and Sat, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance and Wallaby Trail
Cost: Entrance festivities are free but usual admission of $32 per adult and $21 per child between 3-12 years applies for those entering the park

Mystica 2012: Dreamforest Fiesta will make your wildest dreams come true!

DELVE INTO A MUSICAL ADVENTURE AT ZOO HOO 2012

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Singapore, 22 Oct 2012— Play along with nature’s band at Zoo Hoo, when you visit Singapore Zoo! Held during the weekends of 24 November – 16 December, Zoo Hoo 2012 will take little ones into a musical discovery of the rainforest’s sights and sounds.

Young participants will be encouraged to identify the sounds of nature and understand why animals make certain noises. Then, get hands-on to create musical instruments that complement nature and join in the rainforest’s symphony of tunes.

Details at a glance
Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: Various
Note: Activities are free but usual admission of $20.00 per adult and $13.00 per child between 3-12 years applies.

Highlights
A Rainforest Dance Experience
Get down and boogie, tribal-style, with our talented roving dancers! These energetic performers will be situated at the Singapore Zoo entrance to welcome those embarking on their musical rainforest adventure. Join in the fun as they show you how to get into the groove of the rainforest in their tribal-themed costumes. Don’t forget to take a photo before heading in for the rest of your adventure.

Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: 9.30am and 12.30pm (30 min)
Venue: Singapore Zoo entrance

Dora and Diego Meet and Greet

Join your favourite Nickelodeon stars; Dora and Diego as they take you through the rainforest for some adventures. You can even be part of the story by making and playing your own tambourine. So come on down for endless fun and games with the dynamic duo!

Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: 11.45am and 2.45pm (40 min)
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre

Mini Mid-day Musical
While you grab a bite at Ah Meng Restaurant, catch talented young singers belting out catchy jungle-themed tunes with their energetic voices.

Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: 11.30am and 1.00pm (30 min performance)
Venue: Ah Meng Restaurant (Courtyard Area)

Sounds like a Wild Encounter!

Come join our trainers as they explain the link between sounds and animal behaviour. Watch as they exhibit their strong bond with their animal charges through the use of bells and clickers, and get cosy with animals like dogs, ferrets, hedgehogs and even an African grey parrot!

Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: 12.15pm and 3.15pm
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld Birthday Pavilion

Excited to make some music with our wild friends this holiday season? Then come on down to Zoo Hoo 2012: A Musical Rainforest, only at Singapore Zoo!

SCHOOL’S OUT! HEAD DOWN TO JURONG BIRD PARK WHERE LEARNING TAKES FLIGHT

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Singapore, 19 October 2012 – With the school holidays right around the corner, it’s time to immerse the children in some experiential learning, which will definitely get them all excited. Three educational programmes have been planned at Jurong Bird Park for the November / December vacation for children to get an up close encounter with the feathered kind.

The Junior Avian Keeper programme is a one day activity on 23 November for children between the ages of 10-12 years old. As the name suggests, children don keeper uniforms and immerse themselves into the work of the Avian Keepers – preparing feed and enrichment for some of the most fascinating birds. They will get to feed birds with the food they have prepared, and learn how to care for little chicks too. Additionally, participants will also get an introduction to the inner workings of the Bird Park, go behind the scenes to the Avian Hospital to learn more about what it takes to be a veterinarian in the Park, and work under the guidance of keepers from Penguin Coast, Lory Loft and the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC).

A few days later, it’s time to embark on a quest to find out more about birds around us. The 3-Day Bird Quest Camp is a full day activity without a sleep-over component. Happening from 28 – 30 November, each day focuses on a different theme, like Birds of Prey, Feeding Time and Watery World. Children will become little avian experts as they come face to face with the world’s largest and smallest egg, unearth the secrets to nest building, learn about the unique adaptations in birds which make them the masters of flight, and lots more.

Holidays are not quite complete without a sleep-over. How about a cozy sleep-over in full view of the Park’s penguins? Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp is scheduled to be from 1 – 2 December, and the whole family is invited! Families will have plenty to laugh and learn together as they get an up close encounter while feeding birds, learn all about eggs and chicks at the BRC, meet Pinky the Humboldt penguin and have a photograph taken with her, and even pitch a tent for the night! As night falls, owls awaken, it’s time to heed the call to visit the World of Darkness.

There are limited places for each of the activities, so do make a reservation early! For more information on any of the programmes listed above, please visit Public Programmes at http://education.birdpark.com.sg.

Activity details
Junior Avian Keeper programme
Date: 23 November 2012 (Friday)
Time: 8.45am – 5.45pm
Age: 10-12 years old
Cost: $200 (Price excludes 7% GST, 10% off for Feather Friends, Friends of the Zoo or Wildlife Unlimited / Plus Family Membership)

Registration closes on 10 November 2012. To register, please contact Cyrena Lin at cyrena.lin@wrs.com.sg or at 6661 7838.

3-Day Bird Quest Camp
Date: 28 – 30 November (Wednesday – Friday)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm (all 3 days)
Age: 7 – 12 years old
Cost: $250 (Price excludes 7% GST, 10% off for Feather Friends, Friends of the Zoo or Wildlife Unlimited / Plus Family Membership)

Registration closes on 10 November 2012. To register, please contact Amberly Chew at amberly.chew@wrs.com.sg or at 6661 7809.

Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp
Date: 1 – 2 December 2012 (Saturday – Sunday)
Time: 2.00pm (Saturday) – 10.00am (Sunday)
Age: Families with children ages 3 and above
Cost: $110 per adult and $90 per child (excluding 7% GST, 10% off for Feather Friends, Friends of the Zoo or Wildlife Unlimited / Plus Family Membership)

Registration closes on 10 November 2012. To register, please contact Ong Peiying at peiying.ong@wrs.com.sg or at 6661 7819.

Children see up close how chicks are fed in the Junior Avian Keeper programme

A participant gets a chance to have a Harris Hawk on her fist in the Bird Quest Camp

JURONG BIRD PARK DELIVERS BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE IN THE VISITOR ATTRACTION CATEGORY

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Singapore, 15 October 2012 – Chandramohan s/o Ramalingam, a Trainer and Show Presenter at Jurong Bird Park, a park managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), has been recognised for offering the Best Customer Service in the Visitor Attraction category at this year’s Singapore Experience Awards. Hosted and presented by Singapore Tourism Board, the Singapore Experience Awards honours organisations and individuals which have made outstanding contributions to enhance Singapore’s image as a premier tourist destination.

This is the first time 33-year-old Chandra has won the award, and he edged out two other nominees from the Sentosa Leisure Group and Skyline Luge Sentosa to win in Best
Customer Service in the Visitor Attraction category.

The results were announced at a gala presentation ceremony at the Shangri-La Singapore earlier this evening, which was graced by President Tony Tan Keng Yam. There were 91 finalists who vied for 30 awards this year. Finalists in each category were nominated by industry players and experts, with the final winner selected by a panel of judges.

The Best Customer Service award recognises exemplary customer service in sectors such as Food and Beverage, Hotel, Nightspot, Retail, Tour Guiding, Transport and Visitor Attraction. Nominations for this category could be made by organisations and the public.

“I’m privileged to have won this award. When you are absolutely passionate about your job, wanting to share this passion and love with guests come naturally. While I am overjoyed at the recognition, I will still continue to do my best for the birds under my care and for the guests whom I hope to inspire,” said Mr Chandra s/o Ramalingam, Trainer and Show Presenter, Jurong Bird Park.

“We are delighted that Chandra’s efforts towards delivering memorable experiences to guests have been recognised. He is one of many stellar staff we have in WRS, and we are all very proud of him. We will continue to push the envelope and provide our guests with memorable experiences at Jurong Bird Park and our other attractions, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, and the upcoming River Safari,” said Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

GIANT PANDAS INTRODUCED TO NEW HOME AFTER COMPLETING MONTH-LONG QUARANTINE

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Singapore, 11 October 2012 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) today announced that giant pandas, Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉) have completed their one-month quarantine on 6 October and are now being introduced to their new home, the Giant Panda Forest at River Safari.

The upcoming weeks will see River Safari’s zoology team, headed by Assistant Director of Zoology, Ang Cheng Chye, introducing Kai Kai and Jia Jia to their climate-controlled habitat in the Giant Panda Forest. The 1,500 square-metre exhibit – the largest in Southeast Asia – simulates the bears’ natural habitat, with lush live plants, boulders and water features. The temperature is kept between 18-22 degrees Celsius year round and humidity is set at 50-60 per cent to ensure the pandas’ comfort. The habitat’s specifications exceed those set by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Keepers will be placing the bears’ favourite food – bamboos – in various locations in the exhibit to encourage them to explore their new surroundings. The bears’ duration in the new exhibit will be extended progressively to give ample time for them to familiarise themselves and be comfortable.

WRS’ veterinary team had previously given the giant pandas a clean bill of health after a thorough medical examination on 20 September. Both Kai Kai and Jia Jia have been feeding on locally-grown bamboos such as sulphur and Siamese bamboo a day after their arrival on 6 September.

Visitors can look forward to visiting Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the giant panda exhibit this December. Details of the opening of the Giant Panda Forest will be provided at a later stage.

Giant panda Kai Kai munches on bamboo

Jia Jia explores her new home in the Giant Panda Forest

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