NATIVE BIRDS TAKE FLIGHT AHEAD OF SINGAPORE’S INAUGURAL NATIVE BIRDS’ DAY

– Jurong Bird Park spearheads event to heighten appreciation for native birds with support from National Parks Board.
– Two pairs of native birds to be placed in a purpose-built aviary at Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West as part of a multi-agency rescue and rehabilitation programme.

To mark the upcoming inaugural Native Birds’ Day spearheaded by Jurong Bird Park, a pair of black-naped orioles (left) and pink-necked green pigeons will be placed in an aviary as part of a joint rescue and rehabilitation effort with NParks.
To mark the upcoming inaugural Native Birds’ Day spearheaded by Jurong Bird Park, a pair of black-naped orioles (left) and pink-necked green pigeons will be placed in an aviary as part of a joint rescue and rehabilitation effort with NParks.

Singapore, 15 November 2013 – White-rumped shamas, emerald doves, Oriental magpie robins, green pigeons and Oriental white-eyes. What do all these have in common? These are more than 100 species of birds native to Singapore.

Jurong Bird Park with the support of National Parks Board (NParks) and Nature Society of Singapore (NSS), will be organising a two-day festival to celebrate the inaugural Native Birds’ Day on 23 November 2013. The festival, to be held on 23 and 24 November 2013, is designed to build greater appreciation for native birds.

“Birds play an important part in our rich biodiversity, especially native birds. However, not many of us are aware of their existence, and the role they play to maintain the balance in our biodiversity. Jurong Bird Park is coming together with National Parks Board and Nature Society of Singapore to bring native birds to the fore so we can develop greater appreciation for them and to ensure they continue to thrive in the community,” said Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

He continued, “The Native Birds’ Day Festival is a weekend where we want to bring everyone together to celebrate our native birds and get everyone to learn about them in a fun and engaging way.”

To mark the upcoming Native Birds’ Day, Jurong Bird Park and NParks will join hands to place a pair of pink-necked green pigeons and a pair of black-naped orioles into a purpose-built rehabilitation aviary. These two pairs of native birds were brought to Jurong Bird Park by a member of the public.

Three of the four were juveniles when they were brought to the Bird Park. The veterinarians had to rehabilitate and nurse them back to health, and this included hand-raising them until the birds were old enough to eat on their own. As part of the rehabilitation process, they will remain in the aviary for 7 days so that they can get used to their surroundings before they are released. This activity is part of the two agencies’ efforts to conserve the native bird population in Singapore.

“The aviary at Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West will offer the birds a lush and green environment to rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild. The aviary, the first of its kind in a town park, is made possible with the support of the community at Ang Mo Kio. Volunteers have been conducting bi-monthly surveys at the park, and you might be surprised to know that more than 15 species of birds have been sighted in Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West. Such collaborations show that everyone has a part to play in realising Singapore’s City in a Garden vision.” said Ms Kartini Omar, Director of Parks, NParks.

The activities planned during Native Birds’ Day Festival at Jurong Bird Park* include –

Native Birds Day Festival

To commemorate Native Birds’ Day, Jurong Bird Park will be offering a 50 per cent off its adult admission tickets to those who sign up for the Native Birds’ Day expert forum on 23 November 2013. Members of the public are to sign up for the forum by emailing the following details to corpcoms.jbp@wrs.com.sg before 20 November 2013 –

– Name
– Email Address
– Phone Number
– Number of tickets required

Each participant will be allowed to purchase up to two admission tickets at the special discounted rate.

*Activities are free but park admission charges apply

NIGHT SAFARI UNVEILS ART SEEN AND HERD! EXHIBITION ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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SINGAPORE, 6 June 2013 – After weeks of brainstorming and preparation, Night Safari’s Art Seen & Herd! exhibition was officially unveiled to the public yesterday, in celebration of World Environment Day. Visitors to Night Safari were treated to a visual bonanza as four of Singapore’s street artists unleashed wild artworks inspired by threatened animals to spread awareness about poaching and the dwindling wildlife population.

The four artists – Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’), Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’), Luthfi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’) and Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’) – also shared the inspiration and ideas behind their works, as well as the conservation messages that they hope to convey to visitors. Animals featured in the exhibition are often hunted and farmed to feed continuing consumer demand for animal parts for use in traditional medicine, despite the presence of synthetic substitutes or there being no real evidence of the efficacy of these treatments.

Visitors can catch this free exhibition from now till 15 July 2013 at Night Safari’s entrance plaza. To encourage students to learn more about the threats facing wildlife, Night Safari is offering a 50% discount on admission after 9pm from 1 June to 31 August 2013. The Art Seen & Herd! project also encourages students to take action by sharing information on the threats facing the animals and what they can do to save these species via popular social media platforms such as Instagram. More information on the contest and student discounts is available at www.nightsafari.com.sg

SAVE THE GAME by Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’)

SAVE THE GAME by Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’)
SAVE THE GAME by Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’)

Like a game, the fate of the Indian rhino results in a win or loss. Long regarded as a symbol of strength, the rhino horn is ironically the bane of the animal. Rhinos are hunted for their horns to be used in traditional medicine. In actual fact, the rhino’s horn is made up of keratin, the exact same substance that our hair and nails are made of, and have no proven medical use.

So why not say NO to using animal parts? Save the game, save the rhinos.

PLIGHT NO MORE by Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’)

PLIGHT NO MORE by Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’)
PLIGHT NO MORE by Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’)

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A whimsical artwork with a message of hope and courage. A group of tiny spacemen are busy at work, trying to free a helpless Asiatic black bear from a bear bile farm by cutting off the chains and attaching wings to help it fly away to safety.

Imagine being trapped and housed in a tiny, restrictive ‘crush cage’, tortured by pain and insanity to get your bile juice extracted daily from a thick needle inserted into your abdomen, all in the name of ‘traditional medicine’. This bile-drawing process is painful, stressful and cruel. Will you be able to bear with this?

Say NO to using animal parts and help keep their lives bearable.

TURN A BLIND EYE by Luthi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’)

TURN A BLIND EYE by Luthi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’)
TURN A BLIND EYE by Luthi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’)

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With the endless hunt for their ivory tusks and loss of natural habitats through deforestation, Asian elephants are rapidly depleting in numbers.

In this interactive artwork, wooden blinds form the canvas representing the once sprawling woods the elephants inhabit. Turning the blind first reveals a cry for help for the elephants before ending with a solemn and dark ending for the elephant from the loss of its tusks and natural habitat. This is a grave reminder for us not to turn a blind eye to the dire state of the elephants. The ivory trade must stop and it must begin with us.

Say NO to buying ivory products and give these gentle giants a chance to live.

BAI SWEE by Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’)

BAI SWEE by Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’)
BAI SWEE by Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’)

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‘Bai Swee’, in the Hokkien dialect, means ‘only for show or display purposes’. Which leaves us to think, what is real anymore?

The once majestic Malayan tigers are now merely puppets of the human race. As their strength and dominance in this world wane, we can only see their former selves portrayed and kept alive by their human keepers. Here lies a grim reminder that we have to work harder to preserve what nature offers or soon we will only have soulless and empty shells of the Malayan tigers.

Many of these majestic felines have been hunted for their parts to be used in traditional medicine. Tiger parts, like any other animal parts, can be replaced by alternative formulas in traditional medicine.

Say NO to using animal parts and help keep these beautiful creatures living in the years to come.

SINGAPORE ZOO CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF LIFE ON THE WILD SIDE

Homegrown zoo among pioneers of open concept wildlife attractions.
Search is on for people who share Zoo’s 27 June birthday for special surprise.

Singapore, 5 March 2013Singapore Zoo, which ranks among the world’s best zoos, reaches another significant milestone this year as it turns 40; and the wildlife institution’s own growth and success story mirror closely that of the nation that bore it.

“As a young zoo in an equally young nation, turning 40 is monumental, and a time for us to both reflect and look ahead. We have learnt much along the way, and grown with our visitors who have come to appreciate and recognise our efforts in conservation, education, and recreation,” said Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore. “We hope, in our way of striving to provide exciting and meaningful experiences, we have managed to inspire in our visitors an appreciation of nature and wildlife.”

Built in the budding years of Singapore’s independence, Singapore Zoo was the brainchild of a very young team led by Dr Ong Swee Law. Although armed with little knowledge of zoos, their unreserved gusto and foresight propelled them ahead and Singapore Zoo has been a hit since its opening in 1973, with its pioneering open concept and its ‘people-friendliness’.

Over the years, Singapore Zoo became a major recreational and educational centre that grew up alongside the nation and her people, and the millions of tourists that arrive on the island. The zoo is an evergreen destination which many visitors discover as children with their parents or during school excursions. As years pass, they re-visit as parents when their own little ones are growing up, and eventually they return as grandparents with their grandchildren.

In 1994, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, then Senior Minister of Singapore, said, “The Singapore Zoo makes Singapore a better place for children and their parents.”

Echoing that sentiment even today, Ms Chiang continued, “Generations of Singaporeans have walked the paths of Singapore Zoo since we opened in 1973, supporting us and loving our family members like Ah Meng, Inuka, and Omar as their own. Many visited first as schoolchildren, then as adults with their own families. We are honoured to be a part of Singapore life, and we do hope that our visitors will continue the tradition of introducing their children, and even grandchildren, to the wonders of wildlife.”

To commemorate the momentous 40th year, Singapore Zoo will be rolling out celebratory activities from now till the end of the year. Among the most exciting is the search for people born on 27 June 1973 to join the Singapore Zoo Birthday Bash, 40% discounts off admission prices for people turning 40 in 2013, and more. Details of some of the upcoming activities:

  1. The Wild Search for a 40th Birthday Buddy!: As part of the 40th birthday celebrations, Singapore Zoo is on the lookout for people who share her birthday on 27 June 1973. People born on that date are invited to email corpcomms.szg@wrs.com.sg and Singapore Zoo will invite them for a very special Singapore Zoo Birthday Bash, and take them on an exclusive tour with a zoo pioneer.
  2. Turning 40 in 2013: From 1 March until 31 December 2013, Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who turn 40 this year can enjoy 40% off admission ticket prices for themselves and four other friends when they visit during their birthday month.
  3. 40th Birthday Bash Zoo Hunt: Over the 16-17 March school holiday weekend, the young (and young at heart) can take part in the 40th Birthday Bash Zoo Hunt. Participants get the chance to complete a trail that takes them through some of the Zoo’s most notable sites.

Singapore Zoo is one of four wildlife attractions managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, with the others being Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and the upcoming River Safari. The Zoo is also a designated rescued wildlife centre by the governing authority.

For more information and the latest updates on Singapore Zoo’s 40th anniversary celebrations, visit www.zoo.com.sg, or Singapore Zoo’s Facebook page.

Many Singaporeans will remember their first visit to Singapore Zoo. In a file photo, children visiting Singapore Zoo during its early years seem to imitate the apes they see before them, or is it the other way around?
Many Singaporeans will remember their first visit to
Singapore Zoo. In a file photo, children visiting
Singapore Zoo during its early years seem to imitate
the apes they see before them, or is it the other way
around?
Although Ah Meng, famed orang utan and Singapore Zoo icon for many years has passed on, her legacy lives on in her descendants; here, her granddaughter Chomel proudly carries her son Bino. Close to 40 orang utans have been born in Singapore Zoo
Although Ah Meng, famed orang utan and Singapore
Zoo icon for many years has passed on, her legacy
lives on in her descendants; here, her granddaughter
Chomel proudly carries her son Bino. Close to 40
orang utans have been born in Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo has welcomed numerous critically endangered cotton top tamarin babies and exhibits this species in a free-ranging environment at Rainforest Walk. These feisty and fearless primates are the first residents visitors see when they enter the park.
Singapore Zoo has welcomed numerous critically
endangered cotton top tamarin babies and exhibits this
species in a free-ranging environment at Rainforest
Walk. These feisty and fearless primates are the first
residents visitors see when they enter the park.
Visitors are often awed when faced with a troop of more than 90 Hamadryas baboons at the award-winning Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia exhibit, in surroundings that mirror the dramatic rocky landscape reminiscent of the majestic rugged terrain that the exhibit is named after.
Visitors are often awed when faced with a troop of more
than 90 Hamadryas baboons at the award-winning Great
Rift Valley of Ethiopia exhibit, in surroundings that mirror
the dramatic rocky landscape reminiscent of the majestic
rugged terrain that the exhibit is named after.

PROWL INTO THE WILD WITH NIGHT SAFARI’S FANTASTIC FELINES

Wild About Cats

16 May 2012 – This June school holidays, prowl into the wild and exciting world of cats as the world’s first Night Safari takes you on an incredible journey to learn about seven fantastic felines. From lounging leopards to the mighty king of beasts, explore the super senses of these magnificent creatures, many of which are endangered or threatened in the wild. Discover why some species are under threat – these feline tales will evoke your curiosity for more.

30% Discount on Admission
Enjoy 30% off admission in June* (Sundays to Thursdays only) when you snap and flash a picture of one of the following at our ticketing counters:

  • Night Safari’s discount coupon found on Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/wrs.sg). Discount coupon will be available from 28 May to 30 Jun 2012.
  • Night Safari’s June advertisement in The Straits Times, TODAY or I-WEEKLY

*Terms & Conditions:
–  Valid for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, employment pass & study permit holders only.
–  Valid from 1 to 30 Jun 2012 from Sundays to Thursdays only.
–  Present snapshot of coupon or advertisement and produce original identification cards at Night Safari’s ticketing booths to enjoy offer.
–  Each identification card valid for one ticket purchase only.
–  Discount not valid with any other promotion.
–  Ticket is valid on day of purchase only.

Details:
Period: 1 to 23 June 2012, Activity dates on 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 June, (Fridays and Saturdays only)
Venue: Night Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Time: Refer to activity timings below
Fee: Activities are free. Normal admission rates of $32.00 for adults and $21.00 for children between 3-12 years apply.

ACTIVITIES
The world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals is home to seven cat species. Hop onto a tram and take a wild ride into seven different geographical regions to view majestic cats such as the Asian lion and the Malayan tiger. Then, catch the popular Creatures of the Night show to see the fishing cat and serval in action, and explore the walking trails for close encounters with other feline friends.

1. Poacher’s Station
Ever wondered how a tiger’s fur feels or how a tiger penis looks like? Head down to the Poacher’s Station to see real artifacts of these cats as well as a life-size taxidermised tiger and lion, all in the company of Conservation Ambassadors who will share educational and conservation facts with you.

This year, the spotlight is on the tiger, whose population is rapidly declining due to human- animal encroachment. Find out more about the plight of the endangered tigers and what you can do to help prevent them and other wild cats from becoming extinct. At the same time, play an active role in conservation by donating to Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund that is dedicated to the conservation of endangered native wildlife.

Venue: Entrance of Night Safari (In front of retail store)
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm

2. Big Cat Feeding Session
Renowned for their power and strength, tigers and lions are specially adapted for their hunting and predatory way of life. Marvel at how these big wild cats devour their meat during these token feeding sessions:

Asian Lion
Venue: Asian Lion exhibit along Leopard Trail
Time: 8.00pm & 9.00pm

Malayan Tiger
Venue: Malayan Tiger exhibit along East Lodge Trail
Time: 8.30pm & 9.30pm

3. Kitty Meet and Greet
Meet the park’s latest kitty cats: a pair of fishing cats and bearcats. Born on January 13 this year, the young fishing cats are ready to meet you. The two other bearcat cubs – born on January 26 – are also known as binturongs, which are members of the civet family.

Venue: Entrance of Night Safari
Time: 7pm & 8pm

Fishing Cats
Bearcats

4. Guided Walking Trail Tour
Embark on an exclusive guided tour at the Leopard Trail and learn more about the cats and other nocturnal animals that roam these trails. Highlights include meeting the park’s first successful litter of clouded leopards as well as the leopard and golden cat.

Venue: Leopard Trail
Time: 8.30pm
Fee: Free of charge
No of pax per tour: Maximum 10 pax
Registration: Assemble at Poacher’s Station at park’s entrance on activity night. Tour participation is based on a first-come-first serve basis.
Note: Tour is conducted in English only.

5. Food & Retail Galore
Enjoy dining under the stars at Bongo Burgers restaurant while being entertained by fire- blowing performances by the Thumbuakar tribal dancers.

Promotion*: Fish & Chips + Jumbo Fish Burger Combo with 2 soft drinks @ $28.00 (u.p. $34.70)

Venue: Bongo Burgers restaurant
Period: 1 to 23 Jun 2012 (Fridays and Saturdays only)

Fish & Chips
Jumbo Fish Burger Combo

*Terms and Conditions:
– Not valid with any other discount or promotion.
– Admission fee not required for dining at restaurant.

Complete your jungle experience and take home a piece from the wild side with you. Pop by the newly opened retail store and bring one of these adorable little feline plushes home.

Retail plushies – cats