Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo roll out enrichment goodies
for wild residents from 6 to 9 Feb 2016
SINGAPORE, 22 January 2016 – The wild residents at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo are ready to swing into the Year of the Monkey with festive enrichment treats specially created by doting keepers. From 6 to 9 February 2016, guests at the four wildlife parks can catch the amusing antics of animals, including a singing parrot wishing everyone “Gong Xi Fa Cai” and giant pandas enjoying their favourite food from larger-than-life ang pows.
For some serious monkey business, head down to Singapore Zoo which is home to over 30 monkey species. Some of the world’s rarest monkeys like the cotton-top tamarin, Javan langur and golden-headed lion tamarin will receive festive enrichment treats that tease their curiosity and test their problem-solving skills. As the monkeys chomp, dig and crunch their way through festive delights such as oranges, nuts and seeds, guests can marvel at their nimble and agile movements, adore their stunning features, or just snap away for a photo memory.
Other festivities across the four wildlife parks include acrobatic lion dance performances, meet and greet sessions with God of Fortune and Fu Lu Shou mascots, and a Zoodiac trail for guests to discover their fortune forecast in the Year of the Monkey.
Images 1-2: This Lunar New Year, swing over to Singapore Zoo and catch the cute antics of palm-sized monkeys such as the endangered golden-headed lion tamarins as they chomp, dig and crunch their way through festive delights. All four wildlife parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo – will roll out festive activities for guests from 6 to 9 February 2016. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Images 3-4: This Lunar New Year, swing over to Singapore Zoo and catch the cute antics of monkeys such as the threatened Javan langur enjoying festive enrichment treats that tease their curiosity and test their problem-solving skills. All four wildlife parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo – will roll out festive activities for guests from 6 to 9 February 2016. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Poonya had been suffering from gut infection and was under treatment since 7 January 2016. Despite keepers and vets providing 24-hour intensive care, her condition deteriorated. The red panda passed on at 1am on 13 January 2016. She was five years old.
Poonya arrived at River Safari in 2012, along with a male red panda named Puska from Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa.
River Safari is a member of the World Zoos and Aquariums Association’s Global Species Management Plan (GSMP) for red pandas. The park hopes to bring in another female panda.
The red panda shares similar diet and habitat as the giant panda, but is more closely related to raccoons and weasels instead of bears.
Over a third of the babies are native or Southeast Asian species, affirming the parks’ bid to conserve biodiversity in Singapore and Southeast Asia
Singapore, 12 January 2016 – More than 700 furry, feathery and scaly young across 150 species were born or hatched in Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo in 2015. Among them, over 40 species are listed as threatened under the *IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Deputy CEO and Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Each of these births and hatchings is significant and is part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s efforts to conserve threatened wildlife, particularly in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Breeding under human care allows us to maintain sustainable populations without having to collect from the wild, and our living collection serves to inspire positive actions in people to conserve our environment and biodiversity.”
Among the most exciting births of the year is that of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan born on 16 September 2015. The primate is the great-grandson of Singapore Zoo’s late icon, Ah Meng. To date, over 40 orangutans have been born in Singapore Zoo. To facilitate the breeding of these charismatic apes and ensure genetic diversity, orangutans born in the park have been sent to zoological institutions in Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Japan, Australia and New Zealand as part of a worldwide exchange programme.
2015 also saw the births of critically endangered cotton-top tamarins, a species of tiny primates, and endangered Southern white rhinoceros and pygmy hippopotamus in Singapore Zoo. The park has an exceptionally impressive track record with all three species, welcoming over 80 cotton-top tamarins, 16 Southern white rhinoceroses and 23 pygmy hippopotamuses in the past 42 years.
River Safari welcomed another manatee calf in October, bringing the park’s total herd to 13 individuals. The park also saw the hatchings of unusual amphibians like the fire-bellied newt, a species of small newt native to China, and the births of capybara, super-sized rodents native to South America.
Animal births in Night Safari were particularly exciting as many of the species are from Singapore or Southeast Asia, like Malayan sambar deer, Malayan bearded pig, binturong, hog badger, and the endangered Burmese brow-antlered deer.
Moving beyond the region, Night Safari saw three births of Indian crested porcupines in two years. The park also welcomed two pups to its cackle of spotted hyenas, bringing the park’s total to 11.
Jurong Bird Park continues to be actively involved in the breeding of threatened species, with the hatchings of two Bali mynahs and eight Luzon bleeding-heart doves. The park works closely with Avilon Zoo and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Philippines and Begawan Foundation in Bali, Indonesia, to increase the off-site numbers of these precious birds. The Bali mynah additions in 2015 are particularly special as it is the first time these chicks are hand-raised. All progenies will eventually be sent back to their respective home countries to be released into the wild.
Also joining the park’s avian collection is the lesser bird-of-paradise, the first successful hatching in over a decade. These birds, prized for their beautiful plumage, are notoriously hard to breed in captivity because of their unique courtship rituals prior to mating.
Dr Cheng added, “Captive breeding programmes play an important role in conserving threatened animal species whose numbers are declining as a result of activities like habitat destruction and poaching. Some of them can be valuable assurance colonies against extinction in the wild, with the aim of ultimate release back to nature, while all of them are ambassadors representing their relatives in the wild.”
New icon is closely related to Singapore Zoo’s well-known orangutan; Eighth instalment of popular run will span weekend of 27 and 28 February 2016
Singapore, 8 January 2016 – A new queen of the wild will look upon the human race at Safari Zoo Run 2016 in Singapore Zoo and reign as the much-awaited animal icon.
The passing of Ah Meng, Singapore Zoo’s famous matriarch and one of Singapore’s most adored personalities, in 2008 left a void in the hearts of many animal lovers and regular zoo visitors. All orangutans in Singapore are commonly referred to as “Ah Meng”. In her memory, the Safari Zoo Run was conceived in 2009.
Ahead of the Safari Zoo Run 2016, Singapore Zoo has identified the orangutan that reign and continue Ah Meng’s legacy.
The upcoming icon is said to share some similarities with her famous predecessor, like a penchant for durians, a big heart for her family, and endearing eyes. More nuggets about her personality will be shared when the date for Safari Zoo Run draws near.
Safari Zoo Run, Singapore’s wildest race, returns with competitive and family-oriented runs during the weekend of 27 and 28 February 2016. Avid runners can look forward to 10km and 5.5km races while families looking to bond over a healthy walk amidst nature can enjoy a more leisurely pace with the 5.5km or 2.5km family dashes.
The races will transport runners past animal exhibits through scenic paths lined by greenery in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. A host of carnival festivities awaits family participants after their race, with cheeky animal mascots, educational show and tell sessions, and animal photography opportunities.
The run aims to encourage family bonding and raise awareness on wildlife conservation, with a part of the proceeds going towards aiding the conservation efforts of Singapore Zoo and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Each participant will receive exclusive Safari Zoo Run apparel and other attractive goodies including Singapore Zoo and River Safari admission, discount vouchers to Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari, and exclusive F&B and retail offers. In addition, all runners will walk away with an exclusive animal-motif finisher medal.
Asia’s largest bird paradise kick-starts 45th anniversary celebration with special edition of High Flyers Show, one-day admission discount for local residents and treats for early birds
SINGAPORE, 3 January 2016 – Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird paradise, celebrated its 45th anniversary today with a one-day 45% admission discount for local residents, F&B and retail specials, and exclusive birthday goodie bag giveaways for 45 early birds.
To mark the occasion, guests enjoyed a special edition of the park’s popular High Flyers Show which included free-flying performances that showcase the natural talents, beauty and intelligence of close to 100 birds from all over the world. Amigo, a yellow-naped Amazon that sings in three languages, wowed guests with a birthday song, while Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo thrilled guests with a birthday card delivery to a member of the audience.
As part of the anniversary edition of the High Flyers Show, the park’s pioneer show birds – Big John the cockatoo and Rod Stewart the Egyptian vulture – returned to the stage and relived their days as feathered stars. Both were part of the first flock when the park launched its shows in 1982.
The High Flyers Show culminated in a grand finale of colours and excitement with dramatic fly-bys of swooping macaws and a flamboyance of flamingos prancing around a large ‘45’ display.
Opened on 3 Jan 1971, Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s first bird park, and one of the first few dedicated bird parks globally. The park aims to enhance guests’ understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows. It was conceived by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee who was the architect behind the development of Jurong town. Dr Goh saw value in creating a bird park for Singaporeans and their families to appreciate nature and wildlife in an increasingly urbanised city. Interestingly, it was said that Dr Goh, as a true economist, decided to build a bird park instead of a zoo in the early years of Singapore’s nation building because bird feed costs much less than meat for lions and tigers.
Today, the park is not just a space for Singaporeans to enjoy nature, it has also transformed into an internationally renowned attraction, attracting approximately 800,000 visitors annually.
Situated on a 20.2-hectare hillside, the award-winning park is a haven for 5,000 birds representing 400 of the world’s bird species of which 15% are threatened. The bird park is famed for its large and immersive walk-in aviaries such as Lory Loft, the world’s largest walk-in lory flight aviary, and Waterfall Aviary which is home to the world’s tallest waterfall inside an aviary. Jurong Bird Park and Waterfall Aviary played host to several notable dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who left impressed by the park’s amazing avian
Over the years, Jurong Bird Park has established itself as the region’s leading institution for the conservation of avian biodiversity. It has successfully bred threatened species such as the Bali mynah, blue-throated macaw and other significant species such as the black palm cockatoo and hyacinth macaw. The park collaborates with wildlife institutions and government agencies within and outside of Singapore to re-introduce indigenous species back into the wild, such as the
oriental pied hornbill and the critically endangered Bali mynah. Jurong Bird Park is the only park with an avian hospital in the Asia Pacific region, dedicated to providing the best veterinary care for birds.
The festivities on 3 January is part of a series of year-long celebratory events for Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary. Guests can look forward to interactive June holiday activities that create opportunities for multi-generational bonding while learning about the avian world, as well as public outreach programmes to raise conservation awareness on threatened avian wildlife. More details will be announced at a later date.