TRIPLE THRILL FOR WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE AT SINGAPORE EXPERIENCE AWARDS 2013

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– Night Safari wins 11th honour for Best Visitor Attraction Experience category.
– Singapore Zoo’s ‘Wild Discoverer Tour’ joint winner for Best Travel Experience.
– ‘Pandamonium Hits Singapore’ wins Most Innovative Marketing Initiative.

Singapore, 21 October 2013Wildlife Reserves Singapore walked away with three accolades at the Singapore Experience Awards 2013: Night Safari, the world’s first wildlife park for nocturnal animals, was again recognised for providing the ‘Best Visitor Attraction Experience’, making this its 11th honour in this category; Singapore Zoo’s Wild Discoverer Tour was a joint winner for Best Travel Experience; Wildlife Reserves Singapore also won the Most Innovative Marketing Initiative with ‘Pandamonium Hits Singapore’.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore's winning team

Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s winning team

Hosted and presented by the Singapore Tourism Board, the Singapore Experience Awards is Singapore tourism’s highest accolade; celebrating the luminaries who constantly innovate and create distinctive and compelling Singapore experiences.

World-famous Night Safari beat two other nominees; Singapore Zoo, which is also managed by parent company Wildlife Reserves Singapore, and Botanic Gardens to win the ‘Best Visitor Attraction Experience’ category.

Singapore Zoo’s Wild Discoverer Tour tied with ‘Changi WWIITM – A Changi Museum War Trail’ for the ‘Best Travel Experience’ award.

These two awards are among 11 that were given out in the ‘Experience’ category, which recognise organisations which package experiential elements to create a distinctive Singapore experience that encompasses product and service excellence, and is enjoyable and memorable to visitors. Finalists were also scored against factors such as the delivery of the experience, customer satisfaction and marketing initiatives undertaken to enhance overall guest experience. Another important criterion for the category was a mystery shopping experience at the shortlisted attraction by the judging panel.

In the awards category for marketing and media, ‘Pandamonium Hits Singapore’ won the Most Innovative Marketing Initiative, beating ‘A Classic GSS Affair @OC’ and ‘Singapore “Be A Star Kid” Children Enrichment Program’.

This award is one of four in the marketing and media category, which celebrates marketing and promotional efforts through creative campaigns and media that showcase the compelling sights and sounds of Singapore.

Results were unveiled at a gala presentation ceremony at the Marriot Hotel Singapore this evening. This year saw a total of 82 finalists vying for 27 awards. Finalists in each category were nominated by industry players and experts, with the final winner picked by a panel of judges.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “There is much to celebrate this evening. We are elated and honoured to receive this trio of awards, which are testament to our hard work and commitment to achieving, maintaining, and even surpassing the best international standards for our wildlife parks.

Being the world’s first nocturnal zoo, Night Safari’s unique offering and stellar reputation has made her a firm favourite and iconic attraction for both foreign and local visitors. Through the years, the team has worked hard to maintain this world class establishment. Winning this year is especially sweet as we look forward to celebrating her 20th anniversary in May 2014.

And with Singapore Zoo celebrating her 40th anniversary this year, having our Wild Discoverer Tour jointly win the Best Travel Experience is definitely the icing on the cake!

We are equally thrilled that ‘Pandamonium Hits Singapore’ has been chosen Most Innovative Marketing Initiative. It’s just been a year since we welcomed giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia to Singapore’s shores, and clearly Singaporeans have embraced them with open arms and continue to follow their every move.”

He added: “We will continue to set the bar higher for ourselves every year, to provide our guests with their most memorable experiences at Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, and our other attractions, Jurong Bird Park and River Safari.”

JURONG BIRD PARK LAUNCHES INAUGURAL NATIVE BIRDS’ DAY

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– Event aims to raise public awareness on the importance of native birds

Singapore, 14 Oct 2013 – In a tribute to native birds, Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird sanctuary, will celebrate the inaugural Native Birds’ Day on 23 and 24 November.

The event aims to raise awareness on the importance of native birds and how the public can help protect them through a host of engaging activities including an expert forum, a bird photography trail, a photography exhibition and activities for children designed to educate young minds on the importance of conservation, in a fun and engaging manner.

As a special offer to native bird lovers, a 50% discount off Jurong Bird Park’s adult admission tickets will be offered to members of the public who sign up for the expert forum on 23 November. After the forum, participants can still partake in various activities held in the Park.

The forum and activities are free, but normal admission rates of SGD20.00 (adult) and SGD13.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply for entry into Jurong Bird Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Native Birds’ Day activities

    1. Native Birds’ Forum
    Listen in on this expert forum, helmed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, NParks, Nature Society and a veteran photojournalist from a leading newspaper. This in-depth discussion takes participants through the status of native birds and the importance of these beautiful birds in our ecosystem. Speakers also share their passion and enthusiasm for birds through personal anecdotes. Be inspired, and find out how you can play your part for our native birds!

    Topics include the photography of birds in ‘Birds in Action,’ ‘Sunbird basics,’ ‘Birds of Sungei Buloh’ and ‘Conservation projects locally and regionally.’

    All forum participants will get 50% off Jurong Bird Park admission. Do sign up soon by emailing corpcoms.jbp@wrs.com.sg before 14 November with your name, email address, phone number and the number of tickets required, as places are limited. Each participant will be allowed to purchase up to 2 adult admission tickets at a 50% discount. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Dates: 23rd November only
    Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm (Registration at 10.00am)
    Venue: Lakeview Room, Jurong Bird Park

    2. Photography Trail
    Kick-start your morning with an enriching photography trail which will heighten your senses. Follow wildlife photographer David Tan on a fascinating journey as he shares a few tips and tricks. Hone your own techniques through this exclusive hands-on session on the intricate art of bird photography. Whether you are an avid bird photography enthusiast looking to add better images to your collection, or a beginner looking to take a simple photograph, this trail will have something for everyone.

    All participants have to bring their own DSLR or a compact camera as equipment will not be provided. Slots are limited to 20 per session, with a minimum age of 15. Do sign up soon by emailing corpcoms.jbp@wrs.com.sg with your name, email address, phone number and preferred session before 14 November, as places are limited.

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 9.00am, both days (Registration at 8.30am)
    Venue: Entrance, Jurong Bird Park

    3. Photography Exhibition
    Indulge in a visual feast as photographs of our favourite native birds are showcased in a special exhibit. Be mesmerised as picture-perfect moments, such as a bird in mid-flight, or a parent feeding its chick, are encapsulated within these frames. The exhibition will be a whole-day affair, so feel free to pop by any time during the course of your visit.

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 8.30am to 6.00pm
    Venue: Penguin Coast

    4. Education Awareness Booth
    Children will be gleefully occupied by the plethora of entertaining and enriching activities available for them. Colour a bird on a sheet of paper, or if you are game enough, your own face could be the canvas for our friendly face-painters. A few of our local bird specimens, such as a hornbill casque, will be on display as well. For anyone who wants to know more, our volunteers will be happy to answer your burning queries.

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 11.30am to 4.00pm
    Venue: Penguin Coast

    5. Show Segment
    In addition to the above, there will be a special 15 minutes show segment once a day. Be awestruck as you watch Otto, our yellow-naped Amazon, sing the entire line of “I left my heart in San Francisco”! Kids can even choose to mimic the bird in a mini mimicry contest, where the winner walks home with a token. For those who wish to come up close and personal, a short photography session with the bird will also be conducted. Be sure not to miss this fantastic opportunity to interact with Otto!

    Dates: 23rd and 24th November
    Time: 1.45pm – 2.00pm
    Venue: Penguin Coast

ASIA’S FIRST GIANT RIVER OTTER BABY AMONG MORE THAN 400 BIRTHS AT WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

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Wildlife Reserves Singapore marks World Animal Day with tribute to babies born at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo.

Singapore, 3 October 2013Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) marks World Animal Day with a presentation of furry, feathery and slithery babies born in Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. The four parks saw more than 400 animal babies born between January and August this year, charming visitors with their adorable antics.

Among the most exciting births at WRS is that of Asia’s first giant river otter baby at River Safari. Born on 10 August, the unnamed male pup now weighs 1.6kg and measures 60cm. While it may be small now, giant otters can grow to an incredible length of 1.8m and weigh up to 34kg. River Safari is the first zoological institution in Asia to feature the endangered giant river otter, the largest of the world’s 13 otter species. Found only in South American river systems, giant otters are ferocious predators that hunt piranhas, anacondas and even caimans, earning them the title “river wolves”. Often hunted extensively for their fur and threatened by habitat loss, these river giants are now amongst the rarest otters in the world.

Since its birth on 10 August, Asia’s first giant river otter baby and his mother have been left alone in their den to bond. In a few weeks’ time, the pup will enter River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit where his parents will teach him how to swim. The parents, Carlos and Carmen, are from Germany’s Hamburg and Duisburg Zoo respectively, and arrived in Singapore in August 2012 as part of an animal exchange and breeding programme.

Since its birth on 10 August, Asia’s first giant river otter baby and his mother have been left alone in their den to bond. In a few weeks’ time, the pup will enter River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit where his parents will teach him how to swim. The parents, Carlos and Carmen, are from Germany’s Hamburg and Duisburg Zoo respectively, and arrived in Singapore in August 2012 as part of an animal exchange and breeding programme.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “We have maintained an excellent record of success in our captive breeding programme, and visitors to our parks are often pleasantly surprised to find adorable animal babies. The landmark birth of Asia’s first giant river otter baby represents the culmination of efforts and dedication of our zoology team in adopting and maintaining the highest standards of husbandry. With increasing threats such as habitat destruction and poaching, captive breeding programmes play a pivotal role in conserving threatened species for our future generations.”

Malayan tapir Putri, born on 3 June, enjoys her forest floor playtime at Night Safari. The Malayan tapir is one of the most endangered animals in Southeast Asia. Populations are declining due to poaching and habitat loss from deforestation for agricultural purposes.

Malayan tapir Putri, born on 3 June, enjoys her forest floor playtime at Night Safari. The Malayan tapir is one of the most endangered animals in Southeast Asia. Populations are declining due to poaching and habitat loss from deforestation for agricultural purposes.

Aside from the birth of the giant otter, over 100 species were born or hatched in the four WRS parks, of which 37 are classified as threatened in the *IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. These include the orang utan, manatee, hyacinth macaw and Malayan tapir. Through the years, WRS parks have exchanged many of these animals with other reputable zoos for breeding purposes.

*International Union for Conservation of Nature