WORLD’S RAREST BLUE MACAWS IN SINGAPORE

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Native to Brazil, blue macaws to be conservation ambassadors for their kind; Jurong Bird Park a member of group working to save the critically endangered Spix’s Macaw from extinction.

Image (LEFT): The endangered Lear’s Macaw—on a 10-year loan to Jurong Bird Park—is distinguishable by its yellow teardrop-shaped marking near its beak. Image (RIGHT): The critically endangered Spix’s Macaw—is likely extinct in the wild with just over 150 individuals left under human care worldwide in dedicated facilities. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 3 November 2017 — Singapore is now home to two of the world’s rarest macaw species—the Spix’s Macaw and the Lear’s Macaw.

With the arrival of these conservation ambassadors, Jurong Bird Park will be the only zoological park in the world where visitors will be able to appreciate all three existing species of the blue macaw family—including the park’s existing Hyacinth Macaw collection—and learn about the efforts being made to save them from extinction. The Glaucous Macaw—the last member of the blue macaw family—has not been sighted since the 1960s and is believed to be extinct.

The critically endangered Spix’s Macaw, also known as the Little Blue Macaw, is believed to be extinct in the wild, with the last confirmed sighting in 2005, and there are just over 150 individuals left under human care worldwide. It is the same blue macaw which inspired the Rio movie series, and whose breeding programme is currently managed by Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, in Qatar, the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots, in Germany and Fazenda Cachoeira, in Brazil. The Lear’s Macaw is listed as endangered, and has about 1,300 individuals left in the wild. The Hyacinth Macaw is currently in Jurong Bird Park’s collection, and is listed as vulnerable.

Jurong Bird Park received one Spix’s Macaw and two Lear’s Macaws each from Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation and the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots. These birds will be ambassadors for their species, and for the conservation programme that strives to save them from extinction.

Jurong Bird Park is also a member of the Spix’s Macaw Working Group for the recovery and conservation of this species in the wild, along with six other members: Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, a branch of the Ministry of the Environment in Brazil; the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation—Lubara Breeding Centre; the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots; Parrots International and Fazenda Cachoeira.

In 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was inked between members of the Working Group, with Jurong Bird Park committing to provide support in establishing a breeding and release facility in Brazil—the species’ native homeland—with the ultimate aim of reintroducing the species into the wild. The reintroduction is targeted for 2021 and all the institutions are making a great effort to make this dream possible.

Since then, Jurong Bird Park has been playing an active role in the implementation of the conservation strategy for these species together with the partners, and in preparation for the arrival of the blue macaws, had sent animal care staff to the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots to learn about care and husbandry for these very important feathered friends.

The Spix’s and Lear’s Macaws are on a 10-year loan agreement, with their debut in Jurong Bird Park marking the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between Brazil and Singapore.

Visitors can look forward to visiting the blue macaws at Jurong Bird Park’s Parrot Paradise exhibit from 22 November onwards. At the exhibit, visitors will also be able learn more about the Spix’s Macaw Conservation Action Plan and Reintroduction Programme, spearheaded and led by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.

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MEMBERS’ EXTRAVAGANZA AT JURONG BIRD PARK THIS JUNE

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From 3 – 26 June 2017, fly down to Asia’s largest bird paradise for a full day of fun in the sun; New and existing Friends of Bird Park and Friends of Wildlife members get to enjoy member-exclusive treats and activities.

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Bring the whole brood to Jurong Bird Park this June holidays and indulge in your love for all things birds. Friends of Bird Park and Friends of Wildlife members can enjoy member-exclusive treats and activities from 3 to 26 June 2017. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 3 MAY 2017 — Sign up for a one-year Friends of Bird Park membership at the price of a one-day full priced ticket, and enjoy a members’ extravaganza over the June holidays with a series of specially curated treats and activities!

Start off a lovely day out in the Bird Park going up close to our adorable African penguins and feed them their favourite treat – fish! Just for the month of June, Friends of Bird Park and Friends of Wildlife members can sign up for an exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity with our Be-A-Parrot-Keeper programme and experience a day in the life of our avian keepers; where they will learn different aspects of caring for parrots, from preparing food and enrichment to understanding how our avian veterinarians conduct health checks.

Ignite that childlike imagination with a puppet show, or get crafty with bird-themed mementos which you can take home. Don’t forget to grab a photo with Sunny the hornbill and his friends during our mascot appearance sessions as well.

Membership comes with benefits – from 1 to 30 June 2017, Friends of Bird Park and Friends of Wildlife members will enjoy an exclusive 20 per cent off the western menu at Hawk Café and Birdz of Play. They will also receive a free plush keychain with a minimum spend of $30 or more at Jurong Bird Park’s retail outlet Feathers. New Friends of Bird Park members will receive a complimentary iced drink in a souvenir cup.

Guests who fancy visiting Jurong Bird Park more than once a year can now sign up for a one-year membership at the price of a one-day full priced ticket, and enjoy complimentary tram rides on weekdays and 10 per cent discount off food and beverage and retail purchases. Terms and conditions apply.

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For more information, please visit www.birdpark.com.sg/events-promos/wow.html

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CELEBRATE CHILDREN’S DAY WITH SOME SERIOUS FUN AT SINGAPORE ZOO THIS OCTOBER

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Children enter free and are invited to save their favourite baby animals by voting to determine how an additional $60,000 in conservation funds will be allocated; Learn about conservation on newly launched
Go Green for Wildlife microsite and through in-park activities

Celebrate Children’s Day by voting for your favourite animal and help direct additional conservation funding to protect the species. Kids 12 years and under heading to Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo from 1-31 October 2016 will enjoy free admission with a paying adult.
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SINGAPORE, 27 September 2016 – In line with Children’s Day, Singapore Zoo is celebrating kids of all species this October and little people 12 years and under will be treated to some serious fun.

Through cute, scaly, and unusual baby animals, the Zoo aims to convey conservation messages and impart a love for the environment in children. Every weekend in October, meet furry animals Poe the binturong pup, Foxtrot the fennec fox kit, and Winona the goat kid at Singapore Zoo, or their unusual but equally adorable baby friends, the caterpillar, mealworm, red-footed tortoise, and others.

In addition, guests can go on a self-guided baby animal trail to discover some of the new births in the park, including the proboscis monkey, white rhinoceros, Komodo dragon, orangutan and more! Guests who take a photo of at least six baby animals can redeem an attractive gift.

To drive awareness of sustainability and conservation among the young, children are empowered to play an active role in helping Wildlife Reserves Singapore (parent company of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo) decide where to channel part of its conservation funds. WRS supports over 25 conservation and research projects in Singapore and the region aimed at protecting wildlife in their native habitats. Under the ‘Vote for Wildlife’ initiative, an additional S$60,000 has been pledged in support of ongoing projects to protect Raffles’ banded langurs, Sumatran elephants, and Sumatran orangutans, broken down as follows:

  • For every online vote or share (www.gogreenforwildlife.com) WRS will donate 20 cents to the selected conservation project with funding capped at $40,000 across the 3 projects.
  • For on-site votes, the selected conservation projects will receive a boost of $10,000, $6,000, or $4,000 in conservation funds depending on number of votes.

The public are invited to vote onsite in Singapore Zoo, or on the campaign microsite http://www.gogreenforwildlife.com which also hosts a treasure trove of conservation knowledge to enrich little minds.

In addition, from 1-31 October, children 12 years and under enjoy complimentary admission into Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore Zoo, with the purchase of an adult ticket (Terms and conditions apply).

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SINGAPORE’S WILDEST RESIDENTS SAY ‘HAPPY SG51’ WITH 51% OFF ZOO ADMISSION

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Pricing privileges for Singapore residents to Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo from 1-31 August 2016 to celebrate the nation’s wildest parade

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To celebrate National Day, Singapore residents heading to Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo from 1-31 August 2016 will enjoy pricing privileges. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 21 July 2016 – Singapore’s wildest residents in Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo are in the mood to celebrate the nation’s 51st birthday with offers of 51% off admission tickets, a retro kampong-styled feast of delectable street food, and the launch of a new year-long Wild Birthday programme.

Singapore residents will enjoy 51% off bundled admission to Singapore Zoo and River Safari. Bird lovers can commemorate the nation’s birthday month with feathered friends at Jurong Bird Park with the Happy Bird Day Deal, with 51% off bird park admission.

What’s a celebration without great eats, Singapore-style? Take a stroll down memory lane and return to the nation’s kampong roots at Singapore Zoo’s Kampong Mandai food fare, where local favourites such as satay, pisang goreng and other tasty treats await.

In addition, from 1 August, Singapore citizens and permanent residents that visit any of the four WRS parks on their birthdays or within seven days after their birthdate will enjoy free admission when accompanied by a paying guest, as part of a year-round Wild Birthday promotion.

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Details are available at www.zoo.com.sg/wild-parade.

 

JURONG BIRD PARK 45th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE IN JUNE WITH ‘HOME TWEET HOME’

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Project aims to highlight importance of avian conservation in Southeast Asia; Festivities include painting miniature birdhouses, arts and crafts, and ‘Birthday baby trail’

Image 1 [LEFT] A dedicated docent painting nest boxes which will be sent to Begawan Foundation and Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre in Indonesia
Image 2 [RIGHT] These beautifully hand-painted nest boxes will be used by the endangered Bali Mynah and Black-winged Starling species in Indonesia

Singapore, 22 May 2016 – In celebration of its 45th anniversary, Jurong Bird Park has launched the ‘Home Tweet Home’ project which aims to highlight the importance of conservation for Southeast Asia bird species such as the critically endangered Bali Mynah and Black-winged Starling, among many others.

As a kick off, over 30 docents in Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) parks spent Sunday morning lovingly hand painting 45 nest boxes that will be used in conservation captive breeding programmes of two critically endangered bird species – the Bali Mynah and Black-winged Starling  in their native Indonesia. In the month of June, guests to Jurong Bird Park can see some of the nest boxes and even try their hand at painting a miniature version for a small donation to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Around 45 Southeast Asian bird species are listed as critically endangered today, and the threats they face include habitat loss and poaching for the illegal pet trade among others. As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Jurong Bird Park, we remain committed to giving these threatened species a chance to survive into the future with our continued support of local and Southeast Asian bird conservation. We hope to raise awareness and engage our guests on the plight of these birds and for them to join us on our efforts to help these birds.”

The 45 birdhouses painted as part of the Home Tweet Home project will be sent to WRS’ regional conservation partners Begawan Foundation and Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre.

ANIMAL RESIDENTS ENJOY FESTIVE TREATS TO USHER IN YEAR OF THE MONKEY

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For more information, visit wildcny.sg

 

JURONG BIRD PARK CELEBRATES 45 YEARS OF LIVING COLOURS

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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

JBP45 - 2000-strong crowd during birthday edition of High Flyers Show with flamingos, pelicans & macaws

Image 1: As part of Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary celebration, guests were treated to a special edition of the park’s popular High Flyers Show that 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.

 

SINGAPORE, 3 January 2016Jurong 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
collection.

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.

More information is available at www.birdpark.com.sg

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Image 2: Amigo, a yellow-naped Amazon and the only bird in the world that sings in three languages, wowed guests with a birthday song as part of Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary celebration. Opened on 3 Jan 1971, Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest bird paradise and Singapore’s first wildlife attraction that is home to 5,000 birds representing 400 of the world’s bird species.

JBP45 - Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo delivers a birthday card to a guest

Image 3: Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo thrilled audiences with a birthday card delivery to a member of the audience as part of Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary celebration. Opened on 3 Jan 1971, 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.

 

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