SINGAPORE ZOO BEGINS 10-DAY CELEBRATION FOR INUKA’S 25TH BIRTHDAY

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Zoo launches Our Arctic Future photo exhibition with Royal Danish Embassy to raise awareness on arctic habitat of polar bears; Inuka to enjoy birthday ice treats for 10 days until 26 December

SINGAPORE, 16 December 2015 – Inuka, the first polar bear born in the topics, turns 25 this year and Singapore Zoo has kicked-off a 10-day celebration along with a photo exhibition to raise awareness on the natural arctic habitat of polar bears.

Her Excellency Berit Basse, Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore, officiated the launch at an intimate event held in Singapore Zoo’s Frozen Tundra exhibit on 16 December 2015.

Mr Mike Barclay, Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “As Inuka, Singapore’s very own locally born and bred polar bear turns 25, he is officially in his golden years and we will adjust his care to ensure he continues to enjoy a great quality of life with us here in the Singapore Zoo. We are very happy to celebrate his birthday with this excellent Our Arctic Future photo exhibition.”

Our Arctic Future photo exhibition highlights the importance of sustainability and evolving relationships between people and the arctic. It was developed by the Natural History Museum of Denmark in collaboration with the Governments of Greenland and the Faroe Islands for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. As Singapore approaches the close of its golden jubilee year, the photo exhibition also commemorates 50 years of bilateral relations between Denmark and Singapore.

Inuka is fondly referred to as the “best Christmas present ever” by Singapore Zoo keepers because he was born in his mother’s den in the early hours of 26 December 1990. At 25 years of age, Inuka is a senior bear. His last health check in July this year showed age-related conditions like arthritis and dental issues which the Singapore Zoo veterinary team is closely monitoring. Inuka currently measures 2.5m from nose to tail, and weighs 581kg.

Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Press Holdings and Director of SPH Foundation, said: “SPH and SPH Foundation have adopted Inuka since his birth 25 years ago. We are happy to see him grow both in size and popularity over the years. We wish Inuka a happy birthday and hope he can bring joy to many for years to come. Through our close partnership with Wildlife Reserves Singapore, we will continue to promote community awareness and responsibility in wildlife protection and conservation, which is one of SPH Foundation’s core objectives.”

During the 10-day celebration, guests at Singapore Zoo can catch Inuka enjoying birthday treats each afternoon at 1.20pm and learn more about the fascinating arctic landscape at the Our Arctic Future photo exhibition at Frozen Tundra.

The public can follow the festivities over the 10-day celebrations via Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

 

COME AND BID THE KOALAS A WARM FURRY FAREWELL

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Last chance to see the fuzzy quartet from Down Under before their departure in January 2016

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The animal residents of Singapore Zoo are coming together to say goodbye to their koala friends this December. Enjoy a spectrum of koala-themed activities at Koalamania! – A Furry Farewell Party at Singapore Zoo every weekend from 5-27 December, and remember to pop by the Australian zone to say your personal farewells to the koalas. PHOTO CREDIT: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Singapore, 27 November 2015 – Koalas Cantik, Sayang, Nila and Manja, who have been guests of Singapore since April this year, will soon pack their bags and head back Down Under. Visitors have until 3 January 2016 to visit the koalas, after which they will be quarantined for a month prior to their departure.

To celebrate their last six months here, and wish them well, Singapore Zoo is throwing a furry farewell party every weekend this December for the lovely quartet previously known as Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita.

The four furry ladies arrived in April this year, and are a precious gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.

Be part of the celebrations at Singapore Zoo and enjoy koala-themed activities including mascot appearances, game challenges, party crafts, magic shows and an interactive story trail. And don’t forget to pop by the Australian Zone to bid your personal farewells to the koalas!

Koalamania! – A Furry Farewell Party
Date: 5-27 December 2015 (weekends only)
Venue: Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore 729826
Fee: Activities are free of charge but Singapore Zoo admission rates of $32.00 (adult) and $21.00 (child aged 3 to 12 years) apply
Note: Purchase tickets online to skip the queue and enjoy up to 30% discount on admission

Further details are available at http://www.zoo.com.sg/koala-mania

TALLEST SG50 BABY SPOTTED IN SINGAPORE ZOO

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First giraffe calf in 28 years officially debuts at Wild Africa zone

Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years looks curiously around his exhibit. The male calf, born on 31 August this year, is the first for mom Roni, and dad Growie, which arrived in Singapore Zoo in 2005, from Israel and the Netherlands respectively.  PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years looks curiously around his exhibit. The male calf, born on 31 August this year, is the first for mom Roni, and dad Growie, which arrived in Singapore Zoo in 2005, from Israel and the Netherlands respectively.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 12 November 2015 — Singapore Zoo proudly welcomed its first giraffe calf in 28 years on 31 August this year. At a statuesque 1.9 metres, he is the tallest SG50 baby, and is a symbol of Singapore soaring to new heights in the years following its Jubilee celebration.

The calf is the first offspring of both mom Roni and dad Growie, which arrived in Singapore Zoo in 2005, from Israel and the Netherlands respectively. The unnamed calf has since grown 40cm, and now stands at 2.3 metres.

During the calf’s first month, zookeepers kept them separated from the rest of the giraffe herd to allow mother and baby to bond, and to ensure the calf was nursing properly. Keepers also needed time to baby-proof the exhibit as a safety precaution before allowing the calf to explore its new surroundings. Existing barriers had to be modified to ensure the baby can explore the exhibit safely.

Gradually, mother and baby were reintroduced to the other two giraffes in the herd—Growie, the father, and Lucy, an unrelated female, which arrived in Singapore together with Roni. The conditioning process took close to three weeks, as keepers wanted to ensure the calf was accepted by the herd. All four are now comfortably sharing the exhibit and can regularly be seen grooming each other to strengthen their bonds.

Aside from the mother’s milk, the calf can now be seen nibbling on leaves and chopped vegetables such as carrots. He now spends his days exploring and running around in the exhibit at the Zoo’s Wild Africa zone. While he’s starting to get used to passing trams and visitors, he will still race back to the safety of mom’s towering presence when faced with something unfamiliar.

Roni the giraffe bonds with her new male calf, born on 31 August this year. The baby, the first in 28 years, is the tallest SG50 Jubilee baby and can now be seen with the rest of the giraffe herd in Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Roni the giraffe bonds with her new male calf, born on 31 August this year. The baby, the first in 28 years, is the tallest SG50 Jubilee baby and can now be seen with the rest of the giraffe herd in Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

“Animal babies are always a cause for celebration as they are a good indication that the animals under our care feel comfortable and secure enough to breed in the environment that we’ve created for them. We hope the calf will tug at visitors’ heartstrings and inspire them to find out more about giraffes, and other animals that thrive in the same environment as these majestic creatures,” said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Although listed as least concern on the IUCN* Red List of Threatened Species, habitat destruction and fragmentation are threats to giraffe populations. To a lesser degree, they are hunted for their meat, coat and tails. The tail is prized for good luck bracelets, fly whisks and string for sewing beads, while the coat is used for shield coverings.

The baby giraffe is adopted by GROW growing-up milk from Abbott Laboratories (Singapore) Pte Ltd. There are plans to conduct a naming contest to find a suitable name for the little one in coming months.

Those visiting Singapore Zoo are encouraged to take photos of the new addition and upload them with the hashtag #sg50babygiraffe. Visitors can follow updates on the baby giraffe’s development at www.zoo.com.sg/sg50babygiraffe.

*IUCN: International Union for the Conservation of Nature

FURRIEST AUSTRALIAN TOURISTS PICK SINGAPORE NAMES AHEAD OF SG50

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Koalas Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita choose their Singapore names in time for Golden Jubilee weekend

Singapore, 5 August 2015 – Meet Cantik, Sayang, Nila, and Manja, otherwise known as Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita. Seeking to blend in fully with locals, the koala quartet from Down Under gave their paw of approval and picked their Singapore names in a simple ceremony at Singapore Zoo just days before the nation celebrates her 50th anniversary of independence.

Over 250 suggestions were crowd sourced through a koala nicknaming campaign last month, and eight of the most suitable names were shortlisted. It was then left to the four ladies to pick the one they liked.

The marsupials have become hot favourites with park visitors since their arrival on 13 April this year. The koalas are a gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.

Chan has chosen Cantik, which means beautiful in Malay and is similar to her original name. This lovely lady with the pink nose is a beauty in her own right. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Chan has chosen Cantik, which means beautiful in Malay and is similar to her original name. This lovely lady with the pink nose is a beauty in her own right. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Singapore Zoo’s littlest koala Idalia has decided she’d like to be called Sayang, which means love in Malay, and is often used as a term of endearment for a loved one. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore Zoo’s littlest koala Idalia has decided she’d like to be called Sayang, which means love in Malay, and is often used as a term of endearment for a loved one. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Pellita’s choice of a local nickname is Manja, which means affectionate in Malay. Quite an appropriate name for someone who always nuzzles up to her keepers (especially during feeding time!). PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Pellita’s choice of a local nickname is Manja, which means affectionate in Malay. Quite an appropriate name for someone who always nuzzles up to her keepers (especially during feeding time!). PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Being the oldest koala in the group in Singapore Zoo, Paddle has decided to go historical and chose Nila as her nickname. Sang Nila Utama was thought to be the founder of the Kingdom of Singapura in 1299. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Being the oldest koala in the group in Singapore Zoo, Paddle has decided to go historical and chose Nila as her nickname. Sang Nila Utama was thought to be the founder of the Kingdom of Singapura in 1299. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

The koalas, together with the rest of the animal and keeper family at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, wish Singapore a Happy 50th Birthday. Majulah Singapura! Click here or on the image below to view a wildly special birthday video:

The rarest, most adorable, and stunning residents of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo got together to extend the wildest birthday greeting in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday. These included orang utans, a falabella, and a Malay fish owl native to the island. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

The rarest, most adorable, and stunning residents of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo got together to extend the wildest birthday greeting in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday. These included orang utans, a falabella, and a Malay fish owl native to the island. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

SINGAPORE ZOO INVITES YOU TO NAME A KOALA!

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Pick Singapore names for koalas ahead of SG50 celebrations;
Participants can win tickets to visit the marsupials in Singapore Zoo

PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Singapore, 16 July 2015Singapore Zoo’s koala quartet is looking to blend in fully with locals ahead of the SG50 Jubilee Weekend with new Singapore names befitting their individual characteristics.

Since their arrival on 13 April this year, the marsupials have settled in nicely in their exhibit in Singapore Zoo’s Australian zone and have effortlessly worked their way into the hearts of park visitors. The koalas are a gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.

Members of the public are invited to gift the koalas with uniquely Singaporean names based on their characteristics and personalities. Singapore Zoo will conduct one round of short-listing, while the koalas will eventually pick their own names with a paw of approval in a ceremony in August. Details of the naming campaign can be found at http://www.zoo.com.sg/koala-mania.

WILD WAYS TO BEAT THE HEAT AT SINGAPORE ZOO

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Orang utans, hippos and other wild friends share tips on how to stay cool this summer

Singapore, 30 June 2015 — With temperatures soaring this summer, Singapore Zoo’s residents are taking every precaution to beat the heat, and engage in cool practices. Practical advice like wearing sunscreen and novel ways of staying heat-free are given a wild twist, courtesy of our animal friends.

Tip 1: Cover up!  If, like Satria, Singapore Zoo’s Sumatran orang utan, you just can’t bear to leave your coat at home, employ an equally fashionable gunny sack to seek refuge from the scorching sun. For human visitors, a scarf or an umbrella will work just as well. And don’t forget the sunglasses!  PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 1: Cover up!
If, like Satria, Singapore Zoo’s Sumatran orang utan, you just can’t bear to leave your coat at home, employ an equally fashionable gunny sack to seek refuge from the scorching sun. For human visitors, a scarf or an umbrella will work just as well. And don’t forget the sunglasses!
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 2: Make a splash!  Omar, Singapore Zoo’s white tiger, does it the simplest way – by spending the day creating big splashes in his pool. Not only will sloshing about in the water keep you cool, we hear it’s rather therapeutic as well.  PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 2: Make a splash!
Omar, Singapore Zoo’s white tiger, does it the simplest way – by spending the day creating big splashes in his pool. Not only will sloshing about in the water keep you cool, we hear it’s rather therapeutic as well.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 3: Slather on sunscreen (like it’s free) Bora, our white rhinoceros, says there’s nothing better than sloshing in some glorious mud to stay cool and keep away sunburns (and parasites!). Human friends, even if the sun’s behind the clouds, apply generous amounts of sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays when exploring Singapore Zoo.  PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 3: Slather on sunscreen (like it’s free)
Bora, our white rhinoceros, says there’s nothing better than sloshing in some glorious mud to stay cool and keep away sunburns (and parasites!). Human friends, even if the sun’s behind the clouds, apply generous amounts of sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays when exploring Singapore Zoo.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 4: Share a popsicle  Singapore Zoo’s Asian elephant Jati’s got her trunk wrapped around a mammoth popsicle – a perfect and fun antidote for soaring temperatures. And it looks like Gambir wants a piece of the action too! Share an ice cream or icy slush with your friends today.  PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 4: Share a popsicle
Singapore Zoo’s Asian elephant Jati’s got her trunk wrapped around a mammoth popsicle – a perfect and fun antidote for soaring temperatures. And it looks like Gambir wants a piece of the action too! Share an ice cream or icy slush with your friends today.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 5: Keep your head under water Singapore Zoo’s pair of pygmy hippopotamus has the right idea; follow their lead and submerge yourself in a pool of cool water to escape the mugginess. Hippos have been known to stay underwater for up to six minutes!  PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 5: Keep your head under water
Singapore Zoo’s pair of pygmy hippopotamus has the right idea; follow their lead and submerge yourself in a pool of cool water to escape the mugginess. Hippos have been known to stay underwater for up to six minutes!
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 6: If all else fails, wait it out (or move to Night Safari!) Instead of fighting the heat, Night Safari’s pride of Asiatic lions prefers to wait till twilight before indulging in their daily activities. In fact, 90 per cent of tropical species come out at night when it's cooler. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Tip 6: If all else fails, wait it out (or move to Night Safari!)
Instead of fighting the heat, Night Safari’s pride of Asiatic lions prefers to wait till twilight before indulging in their daily activities. In fact, 90 per cent of tropical species come out at night when it’s cooler.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

KOALAS READY TO WELCOME VISITORS AT SINGAPORE ZOO

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Singapore Zoo - Koalas Chan (R) and Idalia (L)

Four koalas received as gifts from Australia to Singapore ready to meet visitors;
Singapore Zoo celebrates Koalamania with a host of activities during June school holidays

SINGAPORE, 20 May 2015 – Four furry envoys from Australia – koalas Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita – are set to welcome visitors at Singapore Zoo with the opening of their new exhibit today, in a ceremony officiated by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore, and The Honourable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia.

The quartet is a precious gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.

Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said,“The four koalas are living emblems of the strong and longstanding friendship between Australia and Singapore. Their stay in Singapore Zoo presents an excellent opportunity for visitors to have a peek at these fascinating animals that stand among the biggest icons of endemic Australian wildlife.”

Originating from Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the four koalas landed safely in Singapore onboard Qantas Airways on 13 April 2015, and underwent a one-month quarantine period. They will stay at Singapore Zoo until January 2016 before returning to Australia. During the koalas’ time in Singapore, Qantas Airways will fly in eucalypt leaves – the koalas’ primary diet – twice weekly from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

In the home state of Queensland where the four koalas hail from, marsupials are considered ‘vulnerable’ and are threatened by habitat loss and encroachment, motor vehicle accidents, diseases, bush fires and even attack by suburban dogs. Wildlife Reserves Singapore (parent company of Singapore Zoo) is currently supporting the Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation Inc. in their efforts to produce a series of short education films to raise awareness of the threats koalas face in the wild.

Prior to the koalas’ arrival, Singapore Zoo took two months to design and build a special 210 square metre climate-controlled exhibit. The koala exhibit is an addition to the Australian zone, a dedicated section in Singapore Zoo that showcases Australian wildlife. ANZ Singapore is the proud adopter of the Australian zone.

During the opening of the koala exhibit, the Australian High Commission presented two street art murals to Singapore Zoo, created by graffiti and stencil artist Regan Tamanul.

Ms Chiang said, “As proud custodian of the four koalas, Singapore Zoo has planned a month-long Koalamania celebration in honour of the marsupials, and we invite everybody to join us for the festivities.”

In celebration of SG50, local residents visiting Singapore Zoo can visit River Safari on the same day and enjoy 50% off River Safari admission tickets. Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 60 years and above enjoy free admission to Singapore Zoo from 30 May to 30 June 2015.*

Singapore Zoo has planned a series of Koalamania activities for the June holidays in tandem with the opening of the koala exhibit. On weekends between 30 May to 28 June, visitors can look forward to aboriginal dance performances, mascot meet and greet sessions, and Australian arts and crafts stations. In addition, visitors can enjoy animal-themed Zoolympix educational activities with game-stations and awareness booths.

*Terms and conditions for promotions apply. Visit http://zoo.com.sg/events-promos/events-promos.html for details.

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