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

JBP45 - Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon parrot sings Happy Birthday

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.

 

HIGH FLYING JURONG BIRD PARK TURNS 45 ON 3 JANUARY 2016

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To celebrate its birthday on 3 January, Jurong Bird Park offers Singapore residents 45% off admission, special edition of breathtaking High Flyers Show, retail and F&B specials;
First 45 guests walk away with an exclusive goodie bag

Jurong Bird Park, which turns 45 on 3 January 2016, invites guests to join in the celebrations with 45% off park admission for Singapore residents, a birthday edition of the High Flyers Show, as well as retail and F&B specials. The first 45 guests to visit the park on its birthday will receive an exclusive hamper. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

 

SINGAPORE, 17 December 2015Jurong Bird Park, Singapore’s first wildlife attraction, turns 45 on 3 January 2016, and the park is inviting everyone to flock over to join in the festivities.

Singapore residents who visit the park on its birthday (3 January, Sunday) will enjoy 45% off admission at Asia’s largest bird paradise. In addition, the first 45 guests will walk away with a goodie bag containing exclusive merchandise worth S$80.

For one day only, guests will get to enjoy a birthday edition of the popular High Flyers Show at 11am and 3pm, which promises a spectacular showcase of living colours in the avian world. Some pioneer show birds will take a day off their comfortable retirement to re-live their days as feathered stars and make special appearances.

Opened on 3 Jan 1971, Jurong Bird Park aims to enhance guests’ understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows. 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. As the oldest wildlife park in Singapore, it is an excellent model of success, spearheading avian conservation and education infused with recreation fun for both young and old, locals and tourists.

Over the years, the bird park has made significant strides towards establishing itself as theregion’s leading institution for the conservation of avian biodiversity. In the area of ex-situ conservation, it has a Breeding and Research Centre dedicated to the breeding and promulgation of birdlife, and has won several accolades for its breeding programmes. Committed towards conservation, Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred threatened species such as the Bali mynah, blue-throated macaw and other significant species such as the black palm cockatoo, hyacinth macaw and red-fronted macaw.

Guests heading to the park on 3 January will also enjoy retail and F&B deals, including 45% off their choice of kids’ meal at Bongo Burgers restaurant with any purchase of a regular set meal.

The festivities on 3 January will kick off a series of celebratory events for Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary. More details will be announced at a later date.

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

FLOCK OVER FOR BIG ADVENTURES AT JURONG BIRD PARK THIS DECEMBER

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Discover the amazing abilities of giants and kings of the avian world

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The Andean condor – the world’s heaviest bird of prey – will debut for the first time in 10 years at Jurong Bird Park’s Kings of the Skies show which showcases the agility and might of these feathered wonders. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

SINGAPORE, 25 November 2015 – This December school holidays, Jurong Bird Park invites visitors for an adventure of epic proportions to discover the amazing giants and kings of the avian world. Come up-close with the world’s largest bird and witness the flight of the heaviest bird of prey swooping down with its breathtaking wingspan – all at Asia’s largest bird paradise.

Held on the weekends from 5 to 27 December, visitors can expect a flock of activities, from a giant puppet parade, hands-on arts and crafts, and a special feeding session with the world’s largest bird – the ostrich. Kids can go on a trail and track down ‘big’ birds such as the Australian pelican (largest bill), hyacinth macaw (largest flying parrot), and take part in educational game stations to learn about the special features of birds.

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Catch a flock of pelicans, including the Australian pelican with the world’s largest bill, during feeding time at Jurong Bird Park’s Pelican Cove. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Get ready to be swept away by the descent of the park’s latest ‘king’ – the Andean condor. This impressive vulture will debut for the first time in the park in 10 years. Holding the titles of the heaviest bird of prey and one of the world’s largest flying birds, this species can weigh up to 15kg with a wingspan measuring up to 3.2 metres. The Andean condor will wow visitors with its display of might and intelligence during the weekend editions of the Kings of the Skies Show at 10am and 4pm. Visitors can also take a photo with a life-size replica of the condor’s wings to see how remarkably wide they are.

Local residents can enjoy huge savings with the Feather Friends membership promotion. For the price of a one day admission ticket, local residents can sign up for a special Feather Friends membership and enjoy unlimited year-round entry to Jurong Bird Park. This special membership is available at S$28 for adults and S$18 for children (aged 3 – 12 years) and senior citizens (aged 60 years and above). Those interested can sign up at the entrance of Jurong Bird Park, or online to skip queues.

More information is available at http://www.birdpark.com.sg/

TUTUS AND BIRDS FLOCK TOGETHER AT JURONG BIRD PARK

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St Petersburg Ballet meets feathered friends at Asia’s largest bird paradise

SINGAPORE, 28 May 2015Jurong Bird Park witnessed a harmony of feathered wonders today, as members of the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet flocked to the park ahead of their Swan Lake performance in Singapore. Decked out in white tutus and feathered headbands, the four ballerinas hand-fed colourful lories and lorikeets, and preened alongside a flamboyance of flamingos, wowing visitors in the park.

Ballerinas from St Petersburg Ballet feeding lories and lorikeets at Jurong Bird Park’s Lory Loft – the world’s largest lory flight aviary. The nine-storey high exhibit is one of the park’s popular attractions and is home to over 200 free-flying birds found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Visitors can expect bright colours of red, yellow, green and blue fluttering above their heads as they feed the birds with a nectar mix. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Ballerinas from St Petersburg Ballet feeding lories and lorikeets at Jurong Bird Park’s Lory Loft – the world’s largest lory flight aviary. Visitors can expect bright colours of red, yellow, green and blue fluttering above their heads as they feed the birds with a nectar mix. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Ballerinas from St Petersburg Ballet feeding lories and lorikeets on a suspension bridge at Jurong Bird Park’s Lory Loft – the world’s largest lory flight aviary. The nine-storey high exhibit is one of the park’s popular attractions and is home to over 200 free-flying birds found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Visitors can expect bright colours of red, yellow, green and blue fluttering above their heads as they feed the birds with a nectar mix. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Ballerinas from St Petersburg Ballet feeding lories and lorikeets on a suspension bridge at Jurong Bird Park’s Lory Loft – the world’s largest lory flight aviary. The nine-storey high exhibit is one of the park’s popular attractions and is home to over 200 free-flying birds found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Ballerinas from St Petersburg Ballet posing on pointe against a flamboyance of flamingoes at Jurong Bird Park’s Flamingo Lake where hundreds of pink-hued greater and lesser flamingoes reside. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Ballerinas from St Petersburg Ballet posing on pointe against a flamboyance of flamingoes at Jurong Bird Park’s Flamingo Lake where hundreds of pink-hued greater and lesser flamingoes reside. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

VETS AND KEEPERS GIVE PELICANS A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

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More than 30 pouched giants at Jurong Bird Park underwent annual health check to safeguard against avian influenza

IMAGE 1: Veterinarian Dr. Chiharu Okumura administers a dewormer to a great white pelican during Jurong Bird Park’s annual health check on 20 May to ensure the birds are free of parasites. The annual operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

IMAGE 1: Veterinarian Dr. Chiharu Okumura administers a dewormer to a great white pelican during Jurong Bird Park’s annual health check on 20 May to ensure the birds are free of parasites. The annual operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

SINGAPORE, 26 May 2015Jurong Bird Park was a flurry of feathers last Wednesday as more than 30 pelicans underwent a health check that included weight-taking, blood sample collection, deworming and vaccination against avian influenza. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 Jurong Bird Park staff, including three veterinarians and four vet assistants, who restrained and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds. The annual check ensures the birds are healthy, and facilitates early detection and treatment of illnesses.

IMAGE 2: Veterinarian Dr. Neo Pei Ci administers a vaccine against avian influenza on a Dalmatian pelican – the largest pelican species – as part of an annual health check at Jurong Bird Park on 20 May. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

IMAGE 2: Veterinarian Dr. Neo Pei Ci administers a vaccine against avian influenza on a Dalmatian pelican – the largest pelican species – as part of an annual health check at Jurong Bird Park on 20 May. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

Pelicans are among the heaviest flying birds and are characterised by their long beaks and famous elastic throat pouches that assist them in catching fish. Jurong Bird Park is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of pelicans with all eight species represented. These are the American white, great white, brown, pink-backed, Peruvian, Australian, Dalmatian and spot-billed pelicans. Visitors at the park can find the Peruvian pelicans basking in the sun alongside cormorants and herons at the Shore Birds exhibit. All other seven species can be found diving for fish at Pelican Cove which features the world’s first underwater viewing gallery for these birds.

IMAGE 3: Veterinarian Dr. Chiharu Okumura (left) conducts a physical check on a Dalmatian pelican as part of an annual health check at Jurong Bird Park on 20 May. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

IMAGE 3: Veterinarian Dr. Chiharu Okumura (left) conducts a physical check on a Dalmatian pelican as part of an annual health check at Jurong Bird Park on 20 May. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

IMAGE 4: A keeper weighs a Dalmatian pelican by holding the bird while standing on the scale. All birds are individually weighed to monitor any significant weight loss or gain which could indicate potential health problems.

IMAGE 4: A keeper weighs a Dalmatian pelican by holding the bird while standing on the scale. All birds are individually weighed to monitor any significant weight loss or gain which could indicate potential health problems.

In celebration of SG50, local residents can sign up for a special Feather Friends membership and enjoy unlimited year-round entry to the park – all for the price of a one day admission ticket. More information can be found at http://members.wrs.com.sg/

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