POLAR BEAR INUKA MOVES INTO NEW FROZEN TUNDRA EXHIBIT AT SINGAPORE ZOO

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First polar bear born in the tropics back with new neighbours, the raccoon dogs and wolverines.

Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics

Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics

Singapore, 29 May 2013 – The first polar bear born in the tropics, Singapore Zoo’s very own Inuka, moved into his new Frozen Tundra home today during a grand ‘housecooling’ party. The 2,700 sq metre exhibit features climate controlled resting areas, an expanded pool for Inuka to swim in, and two new sections for Inuka’s new neighbours: raccoon dogs and wolverines.

Modelled closely after the arctic habitat, some of the innovative features of Frozen Tundra that help replicate the chilly climate of the arctic include a new, larger pool filled with giant ice blocks so Inuka can enjoy refreshing swims, and an ice cave where he can retire to, to enjoy a polar siesta. Natural substrates have also been incorporated to provide him with a rich and varied home.

Frozen Tundra is the result of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS)’s commitment to upgrade Inuka’s living space and also reinforce WRS’ vision of providing visitors with interactive and enriching wildlife exhibits that provide for greater knowledge of the natural world, including of the climate, wildlife and issues facing the arctic habitat.

“At Singapore Zoo, we remain committed to not only providing a fun and beautiful park where families can bond over the wonders of mother nature, but also to our vision of engaging and educating our visitors about the natural world, the animals that share our planet and their habitats. This is a core value of Singapore Zoo,” said Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, WRS. “Those values and goals go hand in hand with our deep love of our animal friends here at Singapore Zoo, and Inuka is a shining example of that love.”

Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, officiated the launch ceremony of Frozen Tundra with Mr Lee and WRS board member Mr Chia Ngiang Hong. SPH Foundation is a long-time adopter of Inuka.

The launch of Frozen Tundra also showcases Inuka’s new neighbours, the raccoon dogs and wolverines. Raccoon dogs, also known as tanuki, are native to East Asia. Frozen Tundra’s raccoon dogs are named Pom and Poko and come from Japan’s Asahiyama Zoo.

Wolverines are the largest land-dwelling species of the weasel family. Native across the Northern Hemisphere, wolverines have adapted to a wide range of habitats. Frozen Tundra’s wolverines are a brother and sister pair named Boris and Ivana from Russia’s Novosibirsk Zoo.

The idea of creating a new habitat for Inuka was conceptualised in 2006, and Frozen Tundra was designed to not only give Inuka a bigger space but more importantly, create a new exhibit that provides visitors a window into the arctic world from which Inuka’s ancestors came from. Native to the Arctic Circle, polar bears are the world’s largest land carnivore and adult males can weigh up to 700 kg.

Classified as vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the bear occupies a narrow ecological niche and preys almost exclusively on seals. Polar bears hunt mostly on ice floes in winter months, and retreating sea ice due to global warming has resulted in the diminishing of their hunting grounds and food sources. If global temperatures continue to rise, polar bears may become extinct across most of their range within a hundred years.

Frozen Tundra opens daily to the public from 29 May 2013. Visiting hours are from 8.30am to 6pm.

Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, officiated the launch ceremony of Frozen Tundra with Mr Lee and WRS board member Mr Chia Ngiang Hong. SPH Foundation is a long-time adopter of Inuka.

Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, officiated the launch ceremony of Frozen Tundra with Mr Lee and WRS board member Mr Chia Ngiang Hong. SPH Foundation is a long-time adopter of Inuka.

Frozen Tundra is the result of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS)’s commitment to upgrade Inuka’s living space and also reinforce WRS’ vision of providing visitors with interactive and enriching wildlife exhibits that provide for greater knowledge of the natural world, including of the climate, wildlife and issues facing the arctic habitat.

Frozen Tundra is the result of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS)’s commitment to upgrade Inuka’s living space and also reinforce WRS’ vision of providing visitors with interactive and enriching wildlife exhibits that provide for greater knowledge of the natural world, including of the climate, wildlife and issues facing the arctic habitat.

The first polar bear born in the tropics, Singapore Zoo’s very own Inuka, moved into his new Frozen Tundra home during a grand ‘housecooling’ party on 29 May 2013. Frozen Tundra was designed to not only give Inuka a bigger space but more importantly, create a new exhibit that provides visitors a window into the arctic world

The first polar bear born in the tropics, Singapore Zoo’s very own Inuka, moved into his new Frozen Tundra home during a grand ‘housecooling’ party on 29 May 2013. Frozen Tundra was designed to not only give Inuka a bigger space but more importantly, create a new exhibit that provides visitors a window into the arctic world

Modelled closely after the arctic habitat, some of the innovative features of Frozen Tundra that help replicate the chilly climate of the arctic include a new, larger pool filled with giant ice blocks so Inuka can enjoy refreshing swims, and an ice cave where he can retire to, to enjoy a polar siesta.

Modelled closely after the arctic habitat, some of the innovative features of Frozen Tundra that help replicate the chilly climate of the arctic include a new, larger pool filled with giant ice blocks so Inuka can enjoy refreshing swims, and an ice cave where he can retire to, to enjoy a polar siesta.

NIGHT SAFARI PRESENTS: ART SEEN & HERD!

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Singapore street artists unleash wild artworks inspired by threatened animals to spread awareness among students about poaching and dwindling wildlife populations; 50% student discount on admission after 9pm from June to August 2013.

Mindflyer, The Killer Gerbil, ClogTwo and SKL0

Mindflyer, The Killer Gerbil, ClogTwo and SKL0

SINGAPORE, 23 May 2013 – For the first time, Night Safari has commissioned four prominent street artists to work on creative art pieces inspired by threatened and endangered animals in a bid to spread awareness of poaching and dwindling wildlife populations and spur action among youths. This visual bonanza, titled Art Seen & Herd!, will be unveiled during the June school holidays in conjunction with the introduction of Asiatic black bears and a new Malayan tiger exhibit at Night Safari.

The Art Seen & Herd! project employs art as a platform to raise awareness of wildlife poaching – one of the greatest threats to some of the world’s most loved species. Animals featured in the exhibition include the Asian elephant, Malayan tiger, Indian rhino, and the newest residents of Night Safari – three Asiatic black bears. These animals are often hunted and farmed to feed continuing consumer demand for animal parts for use in traditional medicine, despite the presence of synthetic substitutes or there being no real evidence of the efficacy of these treatments.

The artists will unleash art pieces highlighting the plight of these species through the visual narratives of their works. The artworks will include graffiti, illustrations and other visual art forms, all aimed at engaging youths in an inclusive, non-conventional and enlightening way.

To encourage students to learn more about the threats facing wildlife, Night Safari invites them for a fascinating journey in the park with 50% discount on admission after 9pm from 1 June to 31 August 2013*. The Art Seen & Herd! project also encourages students to take action by sharing information on the threats facing the animals and what they can do to save these species via popular social media platforms such as Instagram.

Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Art is a powerful form of expression that can unleash a lot of emotions without the need for words. In particular, street art is energetic, expressive, and genuine. Through this powerful medium, the Art Seen & Herd! project aims to reach out to youths in our continual mission to inspire an appreciation for wildlife and spreading the message on the importance of conservation.”

The four artists, among them award-winning talents, have been involved in various commissioned works, events and exhibitions locally and overseas. They are Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’), Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’ / ‘Sticker Lady’), Luthfi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’) and Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’). Their creative works have been seen on various mediums from street art, canvases, t-shirts to advertisements.

*STUDENT DISCOUNTS

With great discounts on admission and dining for students, an exciting wildlife adventure awaits at Night Safari, starting with the Art Seen & Herd! exhibition.

Hop onto a tram and journey through seven geographical regions to view over 2,500 nocturnal animals, including the threatened species featured in the exhibition. Then, catch the popular Creatures of the Night Show to see nocturnal animals in action, and explore the walking trails for close encounters with endangered wildlife.

To complete the Night Safari experience, chill out at Bongo Burgers restaurant with a menu that includes juicy gourmet burgers, jumbo hot dogs and chunky fries. This alfresco restaurant also features performances by tribal dancers from the mysterious rainforests of Borneo, who perform fire-eating and blowpipe demonstrations just a few metres away.

1. 50% discount on admission after 9.00pm (Usual Price: $35.00)

  • Promotion is only valid from 1 June 2013 to 31 August 2013.
  • Promotion is only valid for students from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, universities and educational institutions based in Singapore with a valid photo student ID/student pass/matriculation card.
  • Valid student ID must be presented at point of purchase to enjoy the discount.
  • Purchase of tickets can be done before 9pm, but admission is only valid after 9pm.
  • Tickets must be purchased on-site at Night Safari ticketing counters. Not valid for online ticketing.
  • Each student ID can only purchase a maximum of two admission tickets.
  • Tickets and admission will be subjected to student ID checks upon entering the park.
  • Not valid with other promotions or discounts.

Other terms and conditions apply. For full list, please visit www.nightsafari.com.sg

2. 10% off Bongo Burgers

  • Promotion is only valid from 1 June 2013 to 31 August 2013.
  • Promotion is only valid for students from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, universities and educational institutions based in Singapore with a valid photo student ID/student pass/matriculation card.
  • Valid student ID must be presented at point of purchase to enjoy the discount.
  • Not valid with other promotions or discounts.

All terms and conditions are subject to change without prior information.

ACTIVITIES

1. Art Seen and Herd! Exhibition
Marvel at this visual spectacle featuring four creative art pieces by local artists ClogTwo, Mindflyer, SKL0 and The Killer Gerbil who have herded together to give a voice to threatened and endangered animal species.

Dates: Daily from 1 June to 15 July 2013
Venue: Night Safari Entrance Plaza (Admission tickets not required)

2. Snap, Share and Win!
Spread your conservation messages and be rewarded with a wild night out!

Instagram Contest Mechanics:

  • Snap a picture of yourself with any of the art pieces
  • Tell us what you can do to save the threatened species illustrated in the art piece (e.g. ‘Elephants are poached for their ivory tusks to be used for medicinal purposes even though there is no scientific evidence on the benefits. Please don’t support the ivory trade’)
  • Post the picture on Instagram, hashtag #seenandherd and tag @nightsafariofficial for a chance to win one Safari Adventurer Tour package for yourself and four friends (worth $640)
  • Contest period: 1 June to 15 July 2013

The Safari Adventurer Tour includes a personalised buggy ride with a guide that will share insider tales about nocturnal animals and wildlife conservation. The winner also takes home exclusive Night Safari merchandise and limited edition gifts designed by the artists.

CHILL OUT AT FROZEN TUNDRA DURING THE JUNE HOLIDAYS WITH INUKA AND FRIENDS

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Inuka the polar bear

Inuka the polar bear

Singapore, 15 May 2013 – Singapore-born polar bear, Inuka is making a comeback this June and he’s got some new friends with him! Inuka’s new home at Singapore Zoo, called Frozen Tundra, will also showcase wolverines and raccoon dogs. Take a trip to Singapore Zoo and welcome back the one and only polar bear born in the tropics.

As part of the celebrations for Singapore Zoo’s 40th anniversary, Inuka’s housecooling party will be an extended one for the entire month of June. Exciting activities such as guided walkthroughs, token feeding sessions, glitter art and ice sculpture demonstrations await. Join us at Frozen Tundra for a really cool getaway this June.

Ivana the wolverine

Ivana the wolverine

  • Frozen Tundra token feeding session and guided walkthrough
    Learn fascinating facts about this themed exhibit while taking in the icy cool ambience of Frozen Tundra. Find out all you need to know about Inuka, the only polar bear in the world to have been born in the tropics, and see if you can spot the elusive raccoon dogs and gorgeous wolverines as you walk through the complex.
    Dates: All weekends in June (1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 June)
    Time: 10am, 1pm and 4 pm
    Venue: Frozen Tundra outdoor viewing gallery, followed by walkthrough in air-conditioned area
  • Photography session with polar bear mascot
    You might only be able to rub noses with Inuka, but this polar bear mascot will allow you to cuddle up for a cozy photograph, as a memento of your visit to Frozen Tundra.
    Dates: All weekends in June (1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 June)
    Time and venue:
    At Frozen Tundra: 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
    At Singapore Zoo entrance: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
  • Polar bear ice sculpting demo
    Watch a talented ice sculptor at work as he transforms a 140kg block of ice into a polar bear.
    Dates: All weekends in June (1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 June)
    Time: 1.30pm
    Venue: Frozen Tundra outdoor viewing gallery
  • Glitter Tattoo
    Get sparkly with a colourful glitter tattoo in celebration of Inuka’s comeback. Although free of
    charge, we do welcome donations, which will be channeled to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore
    Conservation Fund.
    Dates: All weekends in June (1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 June)
    Time: 10am – 1pm
    Venue: Frozen Tundra viewing gallery

Note: Activities are free, but normal admission rates of SGD22.00 (adult) and SGD14.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply for entry into Singapore Zoo.

Pom and Poko the raccoon dogs

Pom and Poko the raccoon dogs

STEP UP AS A ZOOLYMPIX RESCUE RANGER THIS JUNE HOLIDAYS

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Learn how to help our animal friends in ninth installment of Singapore Zoo’s wildly popular event

At the Rubbish Raft station, learn how you can help reclaim the habitat for wildlife by keeping rivers free from trash.

At the Rubbish Raft station, learn how
you can help reclaim the habitat for wildlife by
keeping rivers free from trash.

Singapore, 8 May 2013 — Zoolympix is back with a resounding bang in 2013! This time, each participant is transformed into a “Rescue Ranger” and gets to learn first-hand how habitat destruction and poaching are driving many animals to extinction. Leaping into its ninth year, Zoolympix will feature six exhibits in the zoo that will double up as interactive game stations. This series of challenging “rescue missions” will test young rangers’ memory, accuracy and agility.

With the zoo also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, nuggets of historical knowledge will be incorporated into a journey that will both educate and entertain. Participants will learn little-known trivia about some of the zoo’s landmark moments since its opening in 1973.

In addition, stand to win attractive lucky draw prizes that include wildly popular zoo experiences. First prize is a one-year Friends of the Zoo Family membership and 2D1N Sleep with the Beasts Camp, worth over $800 for a family of two adults and two children; second prize is a 4-in-1 Park Hopper family package for two adults and two children and a 3-day Zoo Explorer Camp for one child worth over $600; and third prize is a 3-in-1 Park Hopper and Jungle Breakfast package for two adults and two children worth over $300. Top three winners also win a year’s subscription to Wildlife Wonders, Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s in-house magazine.

Pop into the awareness booth to find out more about endangered local wildlife, and learn what the ‘real’ Rescue Rangers at Wildlife Reserves Singapore parks (meaning the keepers) do to protect these animals. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet a pangolin! While you’re there, indulge in a spot of face-painting or badge-making. Young readers are also free to browse our educational publications — available in English and mother tongue—and newly-published books about pandas.

Learn more about threatened wildlife at the Zoolympix Awareness Booth, and you might even get to meet a pangolin!

Learn more about threatened wildlife at
the Zoolympix Awareness Booth, and you might
even get to meet a pangolin!

Details
Date: 1 – 9 June 2013 (Daily)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Fee: $3 per Zoolympix passport, Available at the registration tent at the start of Treetops Trail (in front of the bird photography area)
Notes: Normal admission rates of $22.00 (adult) and $14.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply. Zoolympix activities are recommended for children between 5 and 12 years old

Rescue Ranger Stations
On Thin Ice
Venue: Frozen Tundra
Climate change is causing the Arctic ice to melt! Help a polar bear find its lunch by hopping between fragmented “ice” pieces to pick up as many seals as possible within 30 seconds.

Seed Seekers
Venue: Tropical Crops (Pavilion opposite Cat Country)
In a world where deforestation is rampant, Rescue Rangers must collect and save the seeds of tropical plants which could be in danger of extinction. Track down plants in the Tropical Crops exhibit and “collect” their seeds by making a shading from the embossed plaques next to them.

Forest Storeys
Venue: Fragile Forest
The first step in wildlife conservation is to understand it better. Test your memory and learn more about animals and their rainforest homes by placing the creatures in the correct layer of their rainforest habitat in 30 seconds.

Rubbish Raft
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld (Tugboat area)
Make a difference for the many fish, birds, frogs, and other wildlife friends by helping to keep rivers clean. In 30 seconds, scoop out floating rubbish in the water while standing on a raft and do your bit to reclaim the habitat for these river dwellers!

Penguin Eggs-pedition
Venue: African penguin exhibit
African penguins have nowhere to lay their eggs, now that the guano they use as nesting material has been harvested for fertiliser! In 30 seconds, sort penguins’ eggs into colour-coded “igloos” that ingenious scientists have provided as shelter for the eggs.

Stop Those Smugglers!
Venue: Sun bear exhibit
The smallest bear in the world needs to be saved from poachers! Stop sun bear smuggling by ringing in the pesky poachers. Toss rings over as many cone ‘smugglers’ as possible in 30 seconds.

JURONG BIRD PARK TAKES CURIOUS LITTLE MINDS ON A FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD

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Enjoy 1-for-1 promotions and exciting educational activities from 24 May – 30 June

Singapore, 6 May 2013 – Nourish the imaginative and curious little minds of your child with a learning experience at Jurong Bird Park, where visitors will embark on a round-the-world journey during the June school holiday weekends with a myriad of egg-citing activities.

The fun starts with huge savings off ticket prices with Jurong Bird Park’s buy-1-get-1 free promotion on admission tickets. Flash the coupon found at the Park’s website at the ticketing counters to enjoy this promotion from 24 May to 30 June 2013. The free ticket must be of the same or of a lower value than the ticket purchased.

From 1 to 23 June 2013, there is no better time to take a flap and a flight out west to the Bird Park, to participate in six special programmes which have been exclusively tailored for children to go on an interactive and fun edu-taining journey.

  1. Dora and Diego: Join Dora and Diego from the well-known Nickelodeon cartoon series, Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, as they take on Jurong Bird Park as their new destination for learning and discovery. There will be a chance for photo opportunities with Dora and Diego at the Pools Amphitheatre at 12.30pm during the weekends in June.
  2. Explorer of the 5 Continents: Let your child become an ‘Explorer of the 5 Continents’, and nurture their adventurous spirit! Every child will be handed a customised Jurong Bird Park kid’s explorer kit which contains a ‘passport’. With it, children can navigate around the park to collect stamps in their very own Jurong Bird Park explorer passport. Be sure to check in at the exhibits showcasing birds from Australia, South America, Antarctica, Asia and Africa to collect all 5 stamps!
  3. Dr Squawk’s Expedition: Meet Dr Squawk, the popular host of Bird Park Flies to Schools, who teaches children all about birds in an engaging and fun manner. Children between the ages of 5 to 12 years old can sign up for Dr. Squawk’s Expedition in the Bird Park, as she travels to different continents in search of her flightless feathery friends. This will be held at 2.30pm and 4.30pm at the Breeding and Research Centre. Pre-registration is required online, or at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the programme.
  4. Meet the Bird Stars: Seize the opportunity to get up close to Jurong Bird Park’s most eggxotic birds at a meet-and-greet session featuring unique-looking birds like Harriet the bar pouched wreathed hornbill and learn interesting facts about them at 1.45pm at Penguin Coast!
  5. Be a Junior Avian Keeper: Children who are deeply passionate about wildlife conservation should sign up for two specially organised immersive experiences to learn more about birds. The Junior Avian Keeper Programme for older children on 7 June aims to provide a hands-on experience with tasks such as preparing feed and enrichment for the birds.
  6. Holiday camps: Children between the ages of 6 to twelve can sign up with like-minded friends for the 3-Day Bird Quest Camp from 12 – 14 June, to embark on an expedition where they can experience up-close encounters with feathered friends, unearth the secrets of nest making and learn about how feathers help flight.

The fun does not stop here. After an exhilarating day, do not forget the wildlife conservation messages learnt at Jurong Bird Park. Visit the website and download fun and interactive games created by students from MAGES Institute of Excellence. This final year project by the students consists of 5 games which will be released over a period of 5 months. Through a series of challenges such as choosing the right types of food and working one’s way through a maze to free the birds, the games reinforce the importance of conservation and protection of wildlife. The first game – Born to Fly, which involves guiding a Bali Mynah through forestations while avoiding obstacles and predators – will be made available for download through the website in June, at http://education.birdpark.com.sg.

For more information on Jurong Bird Park, and the June holiday activities, please visit http://www.birdpark.com.sg.

Meet Dr Squawk, the popular host of Bird Park Flies to Schools, as she travels to different continents in search of her flightless feathery friends in Dr Squawk’s Expedition.

Meet Dr Squawk, the popular
host of Bird Park Flies to Schools, as she
travels to different continents in search of
her flightless feathery friends in Dr
Squawk’s Expedition.

Join Dora and Diego from the well-known Nickelodeon cartoon series, Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, as they take on Jurong Bird Park as their new destination for learning and discovery.

Join Dora and Diego from the
well-known Nickelodeon cartoon series,
Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, as
they take on Jurong Bird Park as their
new destination for learning and
discovery.

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