SINGAPORE ZOO WELCOMES 21st WHITE RHINO CALF

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Robust baby up and walking within an hour of birth; First male calf in five years

Image 1 (left): Donsa, Singapore Zoo’s 32-year-old female white rhino proudly shows off her calf. This is Donsa’s 11th baby and one of seven white rhinos at the wildlife park. Altogether, 21 white rhinos have been born in the zoo, some of which have been sent to zoos in Australia, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand as part of a global animal exchange programme.

Image 2 (right): The yet-to-be-named calf stays close to mom Donsa at Singapore Zoo’s back of house rhino facility. Visitors to the park will be able to see him in a few months, when he is ready to join the rest of the herd. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 28 September 2017Singapore Zoo’s prolific 32-year-old white rhino Donsa quietly delivered her eleventh calf in the wee hours of 6 September, and by the time her keepers arrived for work within an hour of the birth, the healthy male calf was already taking his first wobbly steps.

With 20 rhino births under their belts, keepers knew Donsa was due to deliver, and had prepped the birthing den two days before, in anticipation of the new arrival.
The yet-to-be-named calf currently spends time bonding with mom in the back of house facility. An energetic lad, the young one enjoys being scratched with an extended brush.

Keepers use this opportunity to get him comfortable to their presence. These sessions also pave the way for future medical training: conditioning that allows animals to be examined and given simple treatment without being stressed.

Singapore Zoo is home to seven of these majestic creatures, and the latest addition is the first male born in five years after a string of females. Of the 21 babies born here, some have been sent to Australia, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand as part of the Zoo’s ex-situ conservation efforts through its worldwide exchange programme.

Although Donsa and baby are not in the public eye yet, you can meet Hoepel the proud father, and the other white rhinos, during their daily 1.15pm feeding session—the first ever in Asia and one of Singapore Zoo’s signature programmes—and experience an up close and personal encounter with these giants.

White rhinos are considered near threatened in the wild on the IUCN’s* Red List of Threatened species. Together with the Indian rhino, it is the largest species of land mammal after the elephant. They are poached for their horns, which some believe as having medicinal properties. In fact, the horns are made of solid keratin, the same material in hair and fingernails, and there has been no scientific evidence to suggest that they are a cure for anything.

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Image 3 (left): Although barely three weeks old, Singapore Zoo’s white rhino calf already knows what he loves—being scratched! Keepers indulge him in this activity as part of early conditioning, which allows him to be comfortable around keepers and less resistant to touch during future medical procedures. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

*International Union for the Conservation of Nature

SINGAPORE ZOO CELEBRATES 44 WILD YEARS WITH A DURIAN FEAST FOR AH MENG AND FRIENDS

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Image 1: Singapore Zoo celebrated her 44th birthday with a durian fiesta for Ah Meng and friends. Orangutans (from left) Ah Meng, Chomel and Anita enthusiastically tear open their presents to get at the durian inside. As Singapore Zoo’s flagship species, the orangutans represented the park’s living collection in receiving the special gifts. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 27 June 2017Singapore Zoo celebrated 44 years of wild encounters today with a feast fit for kings—the king of fruits that is. Both orangutans and humans alike were specially treated to a scrumptious feast of the pungent fruit, durian.

Singapore Zoo was officially opened on 27 June 1973, in Singapore’s early years of nation building, and is among the world pioneers of “open concept” zoos. Over four decades, Singapore Zoo is well-loved as the place where Singapore families spent countless leisurely days together to discover the wonders of wildlife and nature. Beyond our shores, Singapore Zoo earned a place among the best zoos in the world, and has attained a strong reputation for its conservation initiatives and breeding programmes.

As Singapore Zoo’s flagship species and animal icon, Ah Meng and her orangutan friends represented the Zoo’s living collection in the 44th anniversary celebrations.
Joining invited guests from their treetop homes, orangutans Ah Meng, Chomel, Putra, Anita and her new baby, received gifts of their favourite durians. The apes made quick work of the hard thorny shells and husked the durians with their bare hands and teeth, a task that would stump many humans.

After the apes got first dibs, the humans were quick to follow as selected Friends of Singapore Zoo and Friends of Wildlife members were invited to join in on the feast of durians and other tropical fruit. Invited guests also got up close and personal photo opportunities with the charismatic apes. For fans at home or overseas, the celebration was streamed via Facebook Live on Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s page for online fans to join in on the festivities.

Image 2_SZ44_WRSImage 2: Singapore Zoo’s animal icon Ah Meng charmed invited guests with her adorable antics as she chowed her favourite food, durian. Ah Meng was crowned Singapore Zoo’s animal icon on February 2016 and turned six in March.
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Image 3: Twenty-year-old orangutan Chomel cannot get enough of durian as she licks her fingers clean. Invited guests watched in awe as the orangutans opened durians with their bare hands and teeth.
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Image 4: Invited guests got the chance for up close and personal photo opportunities with not just the orangutans, but also their dedicated team of keepers.
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Image 5: The orangutans weren’t the only ones who got to enjoy fruits. Invited guests also feasted on durian and other tropical fruit in the presence of the charismatic apes.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

STATEMENT – PASSING OF OMAR THE WHITE TIGER

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Whether lounging stylishly on his rocky outcrop or leaping elegantly into the water, Omar left an indelible memory in the minds of all who were awed by his regal stature. We will miss Omar, and our thoughts and appreciation go especially to his caregivers, who for so many years took such great care of him. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 8 June 2017 — We are deeply saddened by the passing of our senior white tiger Omar yesterday. An icon of Singapore Zoo in his own right, he enthralled guests with his majestic presence. Omar leaves an indelible memory in the minds of all who were awed by his regal stature. His image is immortalised in waves of photographs capturing him in his finest moments—whether leaping elegantly into the water or lounging stylishly on his rocky outcrop.

Omar had been managed on our senior animal care programme, where healthcare and welfare of our senior age animals are customised to promote longevity and quality of life.

Over the last three years, his team of keepers and veterinarians had been monitoring him closely for a melanoma (a type of skin cancer) and degeneration of his joints. They had been providing supportive care to him for the past few months to ensure his quality of life was maintained. Recent reassessment had seen worsening of his health and the difficult decision was made to euthanase him to prevent further deterioration of his quality of life.

Born under human care in Taman Safari, Indonesia, Omar had charmed guests since arriving in Singapore Zoo as a 19-month-old juvenile tiger on 6 April 2001. He would have turned 18 years old in September—an impressive age for a large cat. In the wild, tigers have an average lifespan of between 10 to 15 years while those under human care live 16 to 20 years on average.

We will miss Omar, and our thoughts and appreciation go especially to his caregivers, who for so many years took such great care of him.

Singapore Zoo is now home to two white tigers—Pasha and Keysa. The 4-year-old brother-sister duo arrived from Batu Secret Zoo in Indonesia on 15 January 2015.

SCALY SURPRISES AWAIT AT REPTOPIA AT RIVER SAFARI AND SINGAPORE ZOO

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Join the reptile revolution over weekends of 27 May – 26 June;
Signature Zoolympix event and first-ever Camp Fest add pizzazz to holiday festivities

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Image 1: Love them or hate them, reptiles are fascinating creatures. Discover the scaly denizens of Singapore Zoo’s new RepTopia exhibit this June holidays. Make a date with the panther chameleon, Gaboon viper and other equally amazing reptilian friends, and learn more about them through engaging activities. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 27 April 2017 – An array of remarkable reptiles is set to make their debut at Singapore Zoo this June, with the launch of the aptly-named new reptile exhibit – RepTopia. Over the weekends of 27 May – 26 June, guests are in for a reptile revolution with a spectrum of engaging activities. Discover and appreciate reptiles through a diverse range of activities, including enlightening animal enrichment sessions, reptile-inspired craft activities and costumed charm-eleon meet and greet sessions.

As part of the RepTopia experience, the ever popular Zoolympix returns for the 13th year. This year’s edition—Zoolympix 2017: Reptile Revolution—invites you to turn your ewws to awws! Embark on the trail to change your perception of these awesome and charismatic animals. Discover reptile-y skills, defensive moves and more cool facts through games and rep-tivities.

For those who can’t get enough of wildlife, consider joining us for the first ever Camp Fest 2017! Make a date with our animal friends over the weekend of 27-28 May at Night Safari, River Safari or Singapore Zoo with one of three camping options. Fall asleep under the stars to the gentle roar of the lion, or snooze in the depths of the flooded forest of the Amazon.

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Dates: 27, 28 May, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 June (weekends only)
Time: Various (refer to onsite activity signage for details)
Fee: Activities are free but normal admission rates to both parks apply
River Safari: $30.00 (adult) and $20.00 (child 3 to 12 years)
Singapore Zoo: $33.00 (adult) and $22.00 (child 3 to 12 years)
Note: Local residents’ exclusive: Get $20 off the 2-park River Safari and Singapore Zoo Combo.
Valid from 27 May to 24 June 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

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Learn about the fascinating and weird abilities that reptiles have at various stations in RepTopia and Reptile Garden. From super speeds to colour changing abilities and eyes that see in different directions, you’ll be amazed!

Date: 27 May – 2 June, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26 June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo (various – check onsite for details)
Fee: $3 to participate (RepTopia quest map included!)
RepTopia quest map available at Awareness Booth (opposite Zoo Retail Shop) and welcome booth at sun bear exhibit
Registration closes at 3.30pm.
Notes: Normal admission rates of $33.00 (adult) and $22.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply
Activities are recommended for children from 4 years old

More information on the June holiday activities at http://www.zoo.com.sg/events-promos/reptopia.html

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Image 2: Enjoy an evening campfire at Safari Snooze at Singapore Zoo and be serenaded by the symphony of wildlife

Image 3: Drift off to sleep in the company of manatees at River Safari’s RiverBed and Breakfast

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

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Registration closes 13 May 2017. For more information about Camp Fest, visit http://education.zoo.com.sg/campfest.html

Fancy visiting our award-winning parks year-round? Enjoy annual access into all four of Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s parks with our Friends of Wildlife membership for just S$119 for an individual membership. Terms and conditions apply.

The Mandai Express daily shuttle is available from Khatib MRT to Singapore Zoo between 8.30am to 7.00pm at 30 minute intervals. Children below 3 years old ride for free. Fares are $1 each way, and only payable by EZ-link card.

ENJOY WILD MOMENTS AT SINGAPORE ZOO THIS SINGAPORE HERITAGE FESTIVAL

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Spend an afternoon with attraction’s iconic senior polar bear Inuka;
Relive childhood memories while discovering the park’s other veterans through themed activity

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Find out more about Inuka the polar bear (left), Omar the white tiger (middle) and Komali the Asian elephant (right) on the Old is Gold Family Trail at Singapore Zoo during this year’s Singapore Heritage Festival. Also, discover how keepers look after one of Singapore Zoo’s most beloved animals – Inuka – and go behind the scenes for a glimpse of his daily routine. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 6 APRIL 2017 — Fans of Inuka the polar bear are in for a treat when Singapore Heritage Festival rolls around this year. Those wanting to know more about Singapore Zoo’s senior resident can indulge in an afternoon with the world’s first polar bear born in the tropics, and go behind the scenes for a glimpse of how keepers provide quality geriatric care for him in his golden years.

Inuka’s keepers will also share their experiences and nuggets of information during the daily interaction sessions as guests watch Inuka engage in his favourite enrichment activities.

Visit other iconic senior residents such as Komali the Asian elephant, Omar the white tiger and Astove the Aldabra giant tortoise on the Old is Gold Family Trail. Learn about our veteran animals while bonding with family over your own memories of past zoo visits. A little souvenir awaits when you complete the trail.

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For more information, visit http://www.zoo.com.sg/events-promos/national-heritage-festival-2017.html

Regular admission applies for visits to Singapore Zoo. Guests who purchase tickets online can save up to 15%.

The Mandai Express daily shuttle is available from Khatib MRT to Singapore Zoo between 8.30am to 7.00pm at 30 minute intervals. Children below 3 years old ride for free. Fares are $1 each way, and only payable by EZ-link card.

HELP WILDLIFE ESCAPE EXTINCTION THIS MARCH HOLIDAYS

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Dinosaurs at River Safari and Singapore Zoo help spread conservation message with new themed activities on weekends of 11-19 Mar 2017; Local residents enjoy savings of 50 per cent with two-park combo through March

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Meet critically endangered animals at River Safari and Singapore Zoo this March holidays, and help steer them away from extinction. All-new activities promise family fun as you learn important conservation messages on how to stop today’s species from suffering the same fate as dinosaurs. Enjoy this new experience on the weekends of 11 – 19 Mar 2017. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 1 MARCH 2017 — This March holidays, our Zoo-rassic Park dinosaur friends in River Safari and Singapore Zoo are spreading the conservation message to help threatened wildlife escape a fate similar to them.

Discover critically endangered animals such as the Sumatran elephant, Sumatran orangutan and Sulawesi crested macaque when you embark on the Together for Wildlife trail and learn how the smallest action can help impact their lives. The trail continues with animals like the Indian gharial, Mekong Giant Catfish and Amur sturgeon at River Safari.

Find out how our keepers engage these critically endangered residents through a series of animal enrichments and feedings to help encourage their natural behaviour.
Parents will get the opportunity to bond with their children over craft activities. Pass on conservation messages to the little ones, while turning discarded egg cartons into adorable turtles or decorating orangutan and elephant masks.

From 1 – 31 March, local residents enjoy fabulous savings of 50 per cent with our two-park combo to Singapore Zoo and River Safari at $31.50 per adult and $21.00 per child (3-12 years old) (Usual price $63.00 per adult and $42.00 per child 3-12 years old). This promotion is available online and onsite. Terms and conditions apply.

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For more information, visit www.zoorassicpark.sg

HUMAN RACE RAISES $100,000 FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

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WRS to increase conservation contribution for Sumatran orangutan conservation projects;
Sumatran elephant, hornbill and turtle projects in Southeast Asia also receive funding support

Singapore, 18 February 2017 — Over 7,500 participants thronged the leafy pathways of Night Safari and Singapore Zoo in the ninth instalment of Safari Zoo Run today, in support of wildlife conservation, and in the hopes of garnering more funding support for their animal icon teams.

Runners representing Team Ah Meng came out tops, garnering additional funding support of $40,000 for Sumatran orangutan projects. Wildlife Reserves Singapore will also commit an additional $20,000 each to regional projects supporting helmeted hornbills, Southeast Asian freshwater turtles and Sumatran elephants—all critically endangered wildlife, which were represented by Team Sunny, Team Canola and Team Ah Meng.

In 2016, Ah Meng was unveiled as Singapore Zoo’s animal icon. In subsequent months, the other park icons—Jurong Bird Park’s Sunny the hornbill, Night Safari’s Chawang the elephant and River Safari’s Canola the manatee—were revealed.

Together, these four animal icons helped spread the conservation message at today’s Safari Zoo Run. This year, participants played a more active role and helped in deciding the division of funds for conservation when they chose a team to join. Each team, represented by the four park icons, champions a species of critically endangered animal. Running on a new points system, participants were given opportunities to collect points for their team. The team with the highest points would then lead to a larger allocation of funds for the conservation of the championed endangered species.

Team Ah Meng was one of the more popular choices, with close to 30 per cent of runners choosing to support Singapore Zoo’s animal icon. The team also scored points on the most number of Instagram posts uploaded during the race.

Mr Mike Barclay, Group CEO of Mandai Park Holdings, the holding company of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, joined the action and ran alongside runners in the 10km competitive category. Families could enjoy the more manageable 5.5km or 2.5km runs. A competitive 2.5km Kids Dash was also available for children. In addition, runners enjoyed appearances by animal mascots, educational show and tell sessions, and animal photography sessions after their races.

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Image 1: Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer (left, on stage), and Ms Sherri Lim, Chief Park Operations and Revenue Officer (third from left, on stage), both of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, flag off Safari Zoo Run’s first run of the day – the 10km competitive race. They are accompanied by the Ah Meng animal icon mascot. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

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Image 2: Runners took the time to take selfies and wefies at the various animal exhibits, to give their teams an edge. Teams which had the most sign-ups, Instagram posts and winning runners received more points, ensuring a higher allocation of funding support for their selected conservation projects. Team Ah Meng emerged as the winner! PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

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Image 3: Some Safari Zoo Run participants really got into the wild spirit! In the end, the animals are the champions, with Wildlife Reserves Singapore committing an additional $100,000 in funding support to regional conservation projects which will benefit helmeted hornbills, Sumatran elephants, Southeast Asian freshwater turtles and Sumatran orangutans. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

 

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