Lions, Rhinoceros, and Giraffes among wild creatures watching on as competitive runners, families with young children, and leisure runners meander through the lush parks.

Mr Liang Eng Hwa, Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, flags-off the first race for Safari Zoo Run 2013. An 8,000-strong crowd took part in the run in memory of orang utan Ah Meng. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Mr Liang Eng Hwa, Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, flags-off the first race for Safari Zoo Run 2013. An 8,000-strong crowd took part in the run in memory of orang utan Ah Meng. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

The first weekend in the Year of the Snake saw a spirited 8000-strong crowd participating in the Safari Zoo Run 2013, and running amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and giraffes, among other wild creatures, watched on. Amongst them were these enthusiastic adult-child pairs taking part in the 2.8km competitive category. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

The first weekend in the Year of the Snake saw a spirited 8000-strong crowd participating in the Safari Zoo Run 2013, and running amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and giraffes, among other wild creatures, watched on. Amongst them were these enthusiastic adult-child pairs taking part in the 2.8km competitive category. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 17 February 2013 – The first weekend in the Year of the Snake saw a spirited 8000-strong crowd participating in the Safari Zoo Run 2013, and running amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and giraffes, among other wild creatures, watched on.

Guest-of-Honour Mr Liang Eng Hwa (Member of Parliament, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) flagged off the race along with Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

In the first run held this Year of the Snake, participants had the golden opportunity to partake in snake-tivities after the run, such as visiting a snake-themed educational booth, viewing an auspicious snake showcase at Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Walk, and engaging in hand painting activities where children can get a snake painted on their hands. To top it off, many participants visited the Reptile Garden and saw over 20 species of snakes.

Now in its fifth year, Safari Zoo Run was conceptualised in memory of our orang utan Ah Meng, one of Singapore’s most adored animal personalities. Both Singapore Zoo and Night Safari were transformed into a race course that took participants through scenic paths and fascinating animal exhibits. The objectives of Safari Zoo Run are to encourage family bonding and promote healthy lifestyle amongst Singaporeans. The run also aids in wildlife conservation; S$100,000 from the run will go towards the care of endangered animals in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, as well as the adoption of orang utan Ah Meng Junior.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, receives a cheque for $100,000 from representatives of Pink Apple Pte Ltd, co-organiser of Safari Zoo Run. The money will go towards the care of endangered animals in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, as well as the adoption of orang utan Ah Meng Junior. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, receives a cheque for $100,000 from representatives of Pink Apple Pte Ltd, co-organiser of Safari Zoo Run. The money will go towards the care of endangered animals in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, as well as the adoption of orang utan Ah Meng Junior. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE