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.

RIVER SAFARI’S GIANT PANDAS KAI KAI AND JIA JIA DRAW CLOSER TO 72 HOURS OF LOVE

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This will be the pair’s third attempt at natural mating; Visitors will not be able to see giant pandas for three days during the mating season.

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ABOVE: Jia Jia takes an interest in Kai Kai (foreground). With the arrival of the giant panda mating season, visitors to River Safari’s Giant Panda Forest can expect to see Kai Kai and Jia Jia displaying courtship behaviour. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 27 March 2017 – Ahead of the annual giant panda mating season—which typically occurs from March to May—veterinarians have given both River Safari’s giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia a clean bill of health during their annual check-up last month. The annual health check included x-rays of Jia Jia’s abdomen, collection of urine samples and a dental and eye check.

This will be the giant pandas’ third attempt at natural mating, and visitors at the park may observe some intriguing courtship behaviour from the pair from now till May. As early as February, Kai Kai and Jia Jia have shown early signs that the mating season was coming soon.

Ten-year-old Kai Kai and nine-year-old Jia Jia entered mating season for the first time in 2015 but both natural mating and artificial insemination had been unsuccessful. For the coming mating season, keepers have fine-tuned techniques to stimulate their mating instincts.

Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s exhibits were first swapped in November last year, two months earlier compared to previous mating seasons, when exhibits were usually swapped in January. This helps to encourage hormonal changes when smelling the scent of the opposite gender.

As withprevious mating seasons, keepers continued to vary daylight hours and temperature at River Safari’s Giant Panda Forest. This simulates the seasonal transition from winter to spring in their homeland in Sichuan, China, triggering the breeding cycle of the pair—the first of their kind to live so close to the equator.

Vets and keepers are carefully observing the behaviour of the two pandas as well as monitoring Jia Jia’s hormonal levels. Once Jia Jia’s oestrogen level drops, the giant pandas will be taken out of their respective exhibits for three days to allow natural mating in the dens. During these three days, visitors to River Safari will not be able to see Kai Kai and Jia Jia in the Giant Panda Forest.

Vets have also collected Kai Kai’s semen via electro-ejaculation for artificial insemination to increase the chances of breeding the pandas should natural mating be unsuccessful.

Jia Jia looking for Kai Kai on the other side of the crossing gate

LEFT: Jia Jia looking out for Kai Kai on the other side of the crossing gate. Female giant pandas only have a window of 24 to 36 hours to get pregnant, which makes reproduction for this black-and-white icon very difficult.

 

 

Male giant panda Kai Kai puts on a show for Jia Jia while she munches on bamboo

LEFT: Kai Kai putting on a show for Jia Jia, who sits munching bamboo. The cover of the crossing gate—which separates the pandas’ exhibits and is normally closed—was removed to allow them to steal peeks at each other and pique their interest ahead of mating season.

 

Jia Jia undergoing an eye check by veterinary opthalmologist Dr Rui Oliveira

LEFT: Jia Jia undergoing an eye check by veterinary ophthalmologist Dr Rui Oliveira, while Dr Abraham Mathew, senior veterinarian, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, looks on.

 

 

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

 

SINGAPORE ZOO’S SENIOR POLAR BEAR INUKA TURNS 26

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Five-day celebration to feature birthday treats and enrichment activities,
including two tonnes of ice in Inuka’s den for the well-loved bear to explore

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Singapore Zoo kicked off a 5-day birthday celebration for its beloved polar bear, Inuka, which turns 26 this 26 December. Inuka received a lovingly made colourful ice cake from his keepers, which featured salmon and minced beef, and was topped with a delicate helping of organic and unsalted peanut butter. Inuka, well into his golden years, is currently on a special senior animal care programme. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 22 December 2016Singapore Zoo’s senior polar bear Inuka will turn 26 on 26 December, and the Zoo has kicked off a series of celebratory activities for its much adored resident.

Fans of the polar bear wrote to Singapore Zoo as early as September, asking when the birthday party would take place. Singapore Zoo kicked off the celebrations on 22 December, with a gathering of over 50 park guests, staff and media. Inuka’s climate controlled den—usually set at 12-13 degrees Celsius—was filled with over two tonnes of crushed ice and enrichment toys for him. In addition, the ice provides a different substrate for Inuka to explore.

Inuka’s birthday cake this year is created with salmon and minced beef—some of his favourite foods. As an added treat, a delicate helping of peanut butter provides the ‘icing’ on the cake.

Born 26 December 1990, 26-year-old Inuka in human years would be in his 70s. He is currently on a special senior animal care programme. A team of dedicated keepers takes care of his daily needs, which include providing a nutritionally balanced but varied diet, and an enrichment programme to keep him mentally and physically occupied.

Part of Inuka’s healthcare regime includes regular health examinations by the Zoo’s veterinary team. Health checks in the last three years showed age-related conditions like arthritis and dental issues, which the Singapore Zoo veterinary team is closely monitoring. In addition, he also has dry eyes and an ear infection from time to time. The polar bear is currently on long-term glucosamine and anti-inflammatory treatment for his arthritis. The keepers closely monitor his weight and have also adjusted his diet to ensure that he is maintained as close as possible to an optimal weight of 520kg for his joints. Inuka currently measures 2.5m from nose to tail, and weighs 505kg.

During the five-day celebration, guests at Singapore Zoo can catch Inuka exploring his ice cave for treats, or enjoying a special birthday enrichment session each morning at 10.25am, from 22-26 December 2016.

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has supported Inuka’s upkeep since birth. SPH Foundation, the charity arm of SPH, took over the adoption from 2007.

Follow Inuka’s birthday adventures via Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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– High-res images and video footage are available for download at https://wrscc.box.com/v/Inuka26
– All photos and the video are to be credited to Wildlife Reserves Singapore

 

UNCOVER A LOST WORLD AT ZOO-RASSIC PARK

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Singapore Zoo and River Safari aim to raise awareness on the sixth extinction with lifelike dinosaur animatronics display; Dinosaur-themed activities await during weekends of 26 Nov – 18 Dec 2016

Come face to face with T-rex (left), Spinosaurus, Velociraptor (right) and a host of their prehistoric cousins at Singapore Zoo and River Safari this year end. Zoo-rassic Park promises a fun-filled immersive adventure as you discover how to save today’s species from going the way of the dinosaurs. Dinosaur-themed activities await during weekends of 26 Nov – 18 Dec 2016, but visitors can continue to catch the dinosaurs in their new home until March 2017. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 16 November 2016 — In a unique display that does not involve living animals, Singapore Zoo and River Safari have brought in a lifelike animatronics collection of pre-historic creatures—dinosaurs.

From 26 November 2016 until March 2017, guests can expect to see the likes of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops in the newly installed Dinosaur Valley in Singapore Zoo, and some of their wild pre-historic cousins roaming in River Safari.

Ms May Lok, Director of Education, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the earth in the fifth extinction, and today, sadly, we are looking at a possible sixth extinction. Animal species are being wiped out at an unprecedented rate. We have lost 67 per cent of the world’s biodiversity in the last 50 years. Through Zoo-rassic Park, we hope to raise awareness on the issue, and rally our guests to do something to save the world’s biodiversity before it is too late.”

The immersive discovery trails draw parallels to the parks’ living collections. Journey through the Same Same But Different Trail in Singapore Zoo to learn about convergent evolution and be amazed by how the animals of today—like giraffes, rhinos, and bats—share similar features and behaviours with these relics of the past. Continuing the journey in River Safari, learn about living fossils in the Extinction Escapees Trail and find out more about ancient animals still alive today such as the Alligator Snapping Turtle, Indian Gharial and Giant Salamander.

Aside from the physical lifelike dinosaur display, Zoo-rassic Park offers guests an engaging augmented reality experience via Visual Discovery app Blippar. Whilst journeying through a misty walk in an immersive outdoor environment, guests can scan the dinosaurs peeping through the foliage to unlock an interactive experience and learn fun facts about their relationship to other animals in the Zoo.
Dinosaur-themed activities happen on the weekends of 26 Nov – 18 Dec 2016. Visitors can continue to catch the dinosaurs in their new home at Singapore Zoo and River Safari until March 2017.

Between 26 Nov – 18 Dec 2016, local residents also enjoy higher savings with the Dino-mite admission combo, with Singapore Zoo and River Safari dual park combo tickets at $39.00 per adult and $25.00 per child (3-12 years old) (Usual price $63.00 per adult and $42.00 per child 3-12 years old). The Dino-mite admission combo is available online and onsite. Terms and conditions apply.

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For more information, visit http://www.zoo.com.sg/zoorassic-park/

NIGHT SAFARI ANNOUNCES NAME FOR BABY ELEPHANT: NEHA, MEANING ‘LOVE’ IN HINDI

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Chawang and Sri Nandong’s offspring who took the internet by storm is now five-months-old, and has recently discovered the joy of mud baths

Image 1 (left): Night Safari’s littlest elephant has a name – and it is love-ly. Neha, which means love in Hindi, was chosen, and reflects the amount of affection showered over this calf from both her elephant and human family. Neha has recently discovered mud, and spends most afternoons scaling the mud mountain in her exhibit at Night Safari. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Image 2 (right): Little Neha often engages Tun, her favourite ‘aunty’ and playmate, to indulge in a mud spa with her, until both are caked in a glorious orange sheen. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 06 October 2016Night Safari’s largest baby of the year officially has a name and it is a rather love-ly one. Neha, which means love in Hindi, is the chosen moniker for the park’s five-month old baby Asian elephant who tugged hearts all over the Internet when she debuted in her colourful play pool earlier this year.

In addition to her daily routine of morning walks, naps and playtime with her favourite elephant aunty, Tun, Neha has recently discovered a rather messy way to fill her afternoons – gleefully scaling the mud mountain in her exhibit with unadulterated joy! Her infectious joy almost always prompts the other adult females to join in, leaving them all dolled up in an orange sheen in time to welcome guests to Night Safari when dusk falls.

While mom’s milk continues to make up her staple diet, Neha has started trying to munch on bananas as she experiments on solid food. She has been steadily gaining weight at a rate of 1-2kg daily (normal for an elephant) and is now 352kg, more than double her weight at birth. Her human carers say she is an exceedingly playful and carefree elephant.

Neha is the offspring of Chawang and Sri Nandong, and is adopted by JTB Pte Ltd. She is the youngest of six Asian elephants—two males and four females—which call Night Safari home.

Asian elephants are listed as endangered on the IUCN* Red List of Threatened Species, more so than their African counterparts. Threats include habitat loss and human-elephant conflicts. The native homes of the Asian elephants are often being logged and cleared for urban and agricultural development.

There are only an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 Asian elephants left in the wild today. To support the conservation of this majestic species, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) plays an active role on the steering committee of the Asian Captive Elephant Working Group, and was instrumental in setting up the Asian Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus Taskforce. In addition, WRS has funded field projects for Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) in Malaysia and ElefantAsia in Laos, and currently supports the work of the Elephant Response Unit in Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra.

*IUCN: International Union for the Conservation of Nature

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