CELEBRATING EARTH DAY WITH A PENGUIN PLAY DATE AT JURONG BIRD PARK

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Themed ‘Don’t Dump It, Aquatic Creatures Deserve A Clean Home’, primary school children and youths lead the charge to spread penguin conservation messages at the park.

Singapore, 20 April 2013 – With Earth Day and World Penguin Day falling just three days apart, Earth Day at Jurong Bird Park is particularly meaningful for a group of children and youths who have become conservation ambassadors with a determined focus on spreading the message of “Don’t Dump It, Aquatic Creatures Deserve A Clean Home”, aimed at protecting penguins and other marine creatures.

Coming together for ‘A Penguin Play Date’, students from Greenridge Primary School (GRPS) and youth volunteers created two gigantic penguin art pieces made of recycled materials at Jurong Bird Park. These art pieces take the form of a 3-metre tall 2D silhouette, and a sliding penguin sculpture. In addition, 12 primary school children between the ages of 9-11 manned craft stations in the park to teach park visitors what they know about penguins and how to protect these birds by minimising waste.

GRPS students took a month to collect about 600 recycled bottles for the play date. The recycled bottles are in both art pieces. The penguin silhouette shows how something as innocuous as a kids’ beverage bottle can go a long way in creating an artistic statement for the species. The other art piece, a 1-metre tall papier-mâché sliding penguin depicts the bird sliding freely on ice, is a sight often seen in the Antarctic region.

“Penguins are very cute, and I’m sad that they can die when people throw plastics into the sea without thinking of the other creatures which live there. We hope people will help to protect the penguins,” said Angel Chua, Primary 6 student, Greenridge Primary School.

Inviting the public – particularly young children – to join their play date, the students set up craft stations to teach visitors how to make a simple penguin craft out of recyclable toilet rolls, which participants could bring home. Students completed each roll with a conservation message about penguins.

To equip these youth conservation ambassadors with knowledge about these charismatic birds, a highly interactive Penguins and Pals workshop was organised on 13 March. At this session, they learnt more about different penguin species, their diet, how they adapt to temperate climates and how penguins seem to ‘fly’ in the water. These students also visited two of the world’s five endangered penguin species that live in Jurong Bird Park – the African penguin and the Humboldt penguin. To inspire more students in GRPS about conservation and ensuring a clean home for penguins and other marine creatures, the students involved in the Earth Day project with Bird Park will share their experiences school-wide during a school assembly talk.

May Lok, Director, Education, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “To interest and inspire youths about wildlife, we work very closely with schools and over the last five years, more than 85,000 students have gone through workshops such as Penguin and Pals. A Penguin Play Date is the perfect example of how students, when empowered with the right knowledge and skills, can lead the charge to drive conservation messages to their peers and families, and encourage them to think of ways to protect the homes penguins and marine creatures. These youths are the most ideal conservation ambassadors.”

Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred the African and king penguins. Three endangered African penguin chicks have successfully hatched since December 2010, with the latest hatching on 14 March 2013. This chick is the first in Jurong Bird Park to have undergone successful artificial incubation at the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC). Five king penguin chicks have hatched since 2008, and the Park is the first institution in South East Asia to successfully breed this species in captivity.

Visitors will be able to view both the papier-mâché sculpture and the 2D silhouette for a month from 20 April at Penguin Coast.

For more information on Jurong Bird Park, please visit www.birdpark.com.sg

With Earth Day and World Penguin Day falling just three days apart, Earth Day at Jurong Bird Park is particularly meaningful for a group of children and youths who have become conservation ambassadors with a determined focus on spreading the message of “Don’t Dump It, Aquatic Creatures Deserve A Clean Home”, aimed at protecting penguins and other marine creatures.

With Earth Day and World Penguin Day falling just three days apart, Earth Day at Jurong Bird Park is particularly meaningful for a group of children and youths who have become conservation ambassadors with a determined focus on spreading the message of “Don’t Dump It, Aquatic Creatures Deserve A Clean Home”, aimed at protecting penguins and other marine creatures.

Inviting the public – particularly young children – to join their play date, the students set up craft stations to teach visitors how to make a simple penguin craft out of recyclable toilet rolls, which participants could bring home.

Inviting the public – particularly young children – to join their play date, the students set up craft stations to teach visitors how to make a simple penguin craft out of recyclable toilet rolls, which participants could bring home.

Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred the African and king penguins. Three endangered African penguin chicks have successfully hatched since December 2010, with the latest hatching on 14 March 2013.

Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred the African and king penguins. Three endangered African penguin chicks have successfully hatched since December 2010, with the latest hatching on 14 March 2013.

SINGAPORE ZOO RECEIVES HIGHEST HONOUR IN SERVICE EXCELLENCE

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Recipient of the Singapore Service Excellence Medallion is recognised as most outstanding organization that has demonstrated pinnacle levels of customer satisfaction and organisational service excellence.

Singapore Zoo was the recipient of the Singapore Service Excellence Medallion

Singapore Zoo was the recipient of the Singapore Service Excellence Medallion

Singapore, 11 April 2013Singapore Zoo has received the Singapore Service Excellence Medallion, a top honour that marks its superior guest satisfaction and organisational service excellence.

The award ceremony was held in the presence of guest-of-honour Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and Minister of Finance.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Singapore Zoo turns 40 this year – and receiving the Singapore Service Excellence Medallion is a tribute to all the staff who have served in the Singapore Zoo and who made this wildlife attraction a national icon and internationally recognized brand.”

He added, “Singapore Zoo aims to give our guests a unique and meaningful wildlife experience. To achieve this, our team is always happy to go the extra mile to provide a fun-filled, interactive, and wholesome experience for our visitors. Together we hope to inspire an appreciation for wildlife in everyone that comes through our gates.”

The Singapore Service Excellence Medallion represents the epitome of service excellence, and Singapore’s highest accolade, that acknowledges outstanding achievements by organizations and individuals in inspiring and sustaining a culture of service excellence in Singapore. It is organized by agencies of the national GEMS Up movement (Go Extra Mile For Service) and aims to catalyze and inspire a transformation in service amongst organisations in Singapore and to produce worthy role models for all to emulate. GEMS Up Movement is represented by five agencies – SPRING Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Workforce Development Agency, National Trades Union Congress and the Institute of Service Excellence at Singapore Management University.

Singapore Zoo is the 2013 Medallion Recipient for Organisations, a pinnacle honour presented to the most outstanding organisation that has demonstrated pinnacle levels of customer satisfaction and organisational service excellence.

Ms Quak Sim Hui, assistant manager of operations, Singapore Zoo, was also honoured at the award ceremony as a finalist for the medallion for individuals, a category that recognises nominees from organisations who have delivered exceptional service and exemplified the organisation’s mission, vision and values.

Singapore Zoo has frequently been named amongst the best zoos of the world, and with its award winning open concept, is often referred to as the world’s best rainforest zoo. Through the years, the Zoo’s mission has been to inspire an appreciation of nature through exciting and meaningful wildlife experiences, with a determined focus on the three pillars of education, recreation, and conservation and research.

RIVER SAFARI WELCOMES FIRST VISITORS

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Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park celebrates soft opening on 3 April.

Singapore, 3 April 2013 – More than 300 people including jubilant school children, wildlife enthusiasts, and tourists gathered before 9am for the soft opening of Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park today.

In a surprise lucky draw for members of the public who made a special attempt to be at the park when the gates first open, five visitors won a “Friends of River Safari” membership (valued at S$90.00) which allows them unlimited admission to the park year-round. The winners, along with the 300-strong crowd, joined the staff of Wildlife Reserves Singapore for a countdown to the park’s opening time – 9am – to a great cheer.

The park welcomed close to 1,500 visitors on the first day of its soft launch.

The 12-ha River Safari is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks and will showcase animals from freshwater habitats inspired by eight of the world’s iconic rivers including the Mississippi, Nile, Mekong, Yangtze and Amazon rivers.

More than 300 people including jubilant school children, wildlife enthusiasts and tourists gathered before 9am for the soft opening of Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park today for a special countdown.

More than 300 people including jubilant school children, wildlife enthusiasts and tourists gathered before 9am for the soft opening of Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park today for a special countdown.

In a surprise lucky draw for members of the public who made a special attempt to be at the park when the gates first open at 9am on 3 April, five visitors won a “Friends of River Safari” membership (valued at S$90.00) which allows them unlimited admission to the park year-round.

In a surprise lucky draw for members of the public who made a special attempt to be at the park when the gates first open at 9am on 3 April, five visitors won a “Friends of River Safari” membership (valued at S$90.00) which allows them unlimited admission to the park year-round.

A group of school children watches in amazement as a giant river otter – the world’s largest otter - swims across an underwater tunnel at River Safari. They were among the first to explore River Safari on its soft opening day on 3 April.

A group of school children watches in amazement as a giant river otter – the world’s largest otter – swims across an underwater tunnel at River Safari. They were among the first to explore River Safari on its soft opening day on 3 April.

Visitors at River Safari’s Mekong River zone which showcases river giants such as the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish and the giant Siamese carp. They were among the first to explore River Safari on its soft opening day on 3 April.

Visitors at River Safari’s Mekong River zone which showcases river giants such as the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish and the giant Siamese carp. They were among the first to explore River Safari on its soft opening day on 3 April.