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.
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.
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.
Eight auspicious goat kids born in Singapore Zoo and exotic goat species in Night Safari will greet visitors
Singapore, 11 February 2015 – Usher in the Year of the Goat at Singapore Zoo and Night Safari to marvel at the beauty and grace of this year’s zodiac animal, and learn all about the elegant species.
Singapore Zoo has welcomed the birth of eight goat kids in the last two months, an auspicious sign of a bountiful year to come. The gamboling goat kids are looking forward to charming visitors to Singapore Zoo this festive season as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Visitors looking to rub off some goat luck can capture some precious shots with this year’s zodiac animal, watch goat enrichment, or feed the goats. In addition, children can learn more about goats and their wild cousins at a specially curated Goat Awareness Booth. All goat-themed Chinese New Year activities will run from 18-22 February.
Over at Night Safari, visitors can marvel at the wilder cousins of the domestic goats – the ‘snakehorned’ markhor, handsome Himalayan tahr, ‘blue’ bharal and rare mouflon.
While only the markhor and tahr are considered true goats, the bharal and mouflon are wild sheep that are no less nimble and sure-footed, making their homes in mountainous and rocky regions. These wild goats and sheep can be encountered along the Night Safari tram route.
Be greeted by an a-baa-ndance of surprises as the parks get decked out for the Lunar New Year with creative plant displays, festive animal enrichment and up-close encounters, and photo moments with adorable baby goats! Be sure to catch the acrobatic lion dance performances and meet the prosperity mascots.
Animal Encounters Goat Kids Photography at Singapore Zoo: Be charmed by the boisterous and adorable herd of young goats at Singapore Zoo, and witness an entourage of six baby goats (called kids) prancing alongside their keepers against the scenic backdrop of Upper Seletar Reservoir. Be sure to snap a souvenir shot with this year’s zodiac animal!
Wings of Asia Tour at Jurong Bird Park: Tour the park’s latest attraction and discover threatened species such as the beautiful Bali mynah and Luzon bleeding-heart dove, in an aviary featuring one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Asian birds. Stand a chance to win ang pows during a Q&A session at the end of the 15-minute tour.
Festive High Flyers Show at Jurong Bird Park: Lucky visitors will receive red packets delivered by Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo, and well-wishes of ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ from Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon.
Festive Animal Enrichment
Special treats for the animals serve as enrichment and encourage them to display their natural behaviours. If you’re lucky, you can catch them at their best as they chomp, dig, and crunch their way through their festive delights.
Jurong Bird Park: Fly in to the Breeding and Research Centre to watch ‘bird nannies’ giving young parrots enrichment such as ang pows filled with treats and oranges.
Night Safari: Look out for Asian elephants, Malayan tapirs and Indian rhinos enjoying festive goodies during the tram ride. Then trek the walking trails and peer at Himalayan tahrs, Malayan tigers, fishing cats, common palm civets and wallabies as they uncover hidden treats.
River Safari: Catch the cute antics of giant pandas, red pandas, crab-eating macaques and squirrel monkeys as they receive giant ang pows.
Southern Lion Dance
A pair of spectacular Southern lions will shimmy their way atop high poles in a high-octane performance at Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. As the sun sets, a pair of dazzling LED-lit Southern lions will light up the sky at Night Safari. This traditional mix of martial art, acrobatic and stage performance was introduced to Southeast Asia more than a century ago, and remains a mainstay of Lunar New Year celebrations.
Prosperity Mascot Appearances
No Lunar New Year is complete without good fortune from the prosperity mascots! Fu Lu Shou and the God of Fortune will make appearances at the four wildlife parks. Visitors at River Safari can also look out for Kai Kai, Jia Jia, red panda and golden pheasant mascots in their festive finery, as they spread the joy with 88 lucky ang pows daily.
Spin the Wheel at River Safari
Don’t miss out on the chance to win attractive prizes at River Safari! Simply present your admission ticket for an opportunity to spin the wheel, with a total of 88 prizes to be won daily.
Rare and exquisite miniature horses out on parade from 31 January – 2 February
Singapore, 29 January 2014 – Singapore Zoo’s eight falabellas are gearing up for the Year of the Horse and are all set to welcome visitors to the park. As part of the horse-picious Chinese New Year celebrations, visitors to the park can marvel at the entourage of eight miniature horses who will trot proudly alongside their keepers during the Falabellas Parade.
The parade will be held between 31 January and 2 February, and begins at Rainforest Kidzworld at 10.30am. Visitors are welcome to walk alongside the falabellas as they make their way to the festive flower-laden Garden With a View.
The falabella is a rare Argentine breed of miniature horse, known as the first and original miniature horse breed. It is a true purebred due to its unique and historic ancestry, which is one of its greatest attributes. Falabellas are viewed as prestigious to have and are highly prized by those who do own them.
There will be lots to see and do, as the parks get decked up for the Year of the Horse with flowering plants and creative displays. Amidst the festive ambience, enjoy energetic lion dance performances, rub off some good luck from prosperity mascots during the meet-and-greet sessions, take a walk on the ever-popular Zoo-diac Trail, and get up close with graceful horses to take a picture for luck!
Animal encounters Horse-picious photography: Greet the auspicious horses, this Chinese New Year’s star animal and have your picture taken with them at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo!
Falabella Parade at Singapore Zoo: Be charmed by graceful and exquisite falabellas at Singapore Zoo in the Falabella Parade, and witness an entourage of eight miniature horses trotting proudly alongside their keepers. This is a sight to behold! The Falabella is a rare Argentine breed of Miniature Horse, known as the first and original Miniature Horse breed. It is a true purebred due to their unique and historic ancestry, which is one of its greatest attributes. Estimates indicate that only a few thousand Falabellas exist in the world. Falabellas are viewed as prestigious to have and are highy prized by those who do own them.
Festive High Flyers Show at Jurong Bird Park: At Jurong Bird Park, between 30 January – 14 February, lucky visitors who get chosen during the twice daily High Flyers Show will receive red packets delivered by air from Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo, and well-wishes of ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ from Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon.
Wild Treats at Night Safari: While on the tram at Night Safari, keep a keen eye out as animals like the hippopotamuses, Malayan tapirs, and Indian rhinoceroses undergo some festive animal enrichment by their keepers. Find out more from the tram commentators how the tapirs and hippopotamuses are related to the equine family. There is also much to see while on the walking trails as the animals enjoy Wild Treats. Watch as fishing cats, common palm civets, wallabies, and giraffes have food placed out for them which stimulates their naturalistic instinct at foraging. What’s more, watch the Festive Tiger Token Feeding and be wowed by the majestic Malayan Tiger’s moves. Before leaving the Night Safari, do make a pit stop at the entrance, where a photo-opportunity with life-sized standees, complete with educational information on the tapir, hippopotamus and zebra await.
Southern lion dance
A pair of spectacular Southern lions will dance their way atop high poles in a high-octane fuelled performance at Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo. As night falls, Night Safari will feature a pair of Southern lions with specially designed LEDs – all the better to light the path in the New Year. This traditional mixture of martial art, acrobatic and stage performance was introduced in Southeast Asia more than a century ago, and remains a mainstay of Lunar New Year celebrations.
Prosperity mascot appearance
No Lunar New Year is complete without an appearance by prosperity mascots! Representing prosperity and good fortune, ‘Fu Lu Shou’ will make appearances at Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo, while visitors to Jurong Bird Park will get a chance to mingle with the ‘God of Fortune’.
The Chinese horoscope is a perennial favourite, and one which visitors eagerly crane to see. Visitors to all four parks will have a chance to explore the ever-popular Chinese Zoo-diac Trail, to get a glimpse of what the Year of the Horse holds.
Delicacies and special delights (F&B)
Forest Lodge at Singapore Zoo, Flamingo Lodge at Jurong Bird Park and Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant at Night Safari will be serving a Chinese New Year Sit Down Set at $688+ for 10 diners by special reservations from 24 January – 9 February. Tuck into a sumptuous 8 course meal amidst the tranquil surroundings of WRS parks and relish dishes like Baby Abalone with “Ling Zhi” Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce, Dual Flavoured Fried Prawns and Prosperity Yu Sheng.
The River Safari Teahouse has specially designed a Reunion Feast and Salmon Yu Sheng this Lunar New Year. The Reunion Feast, available in variations of 6 and 8 courses features dishes such as XO sauce fried rice with preserved meat and Braised Superior Fish Maw Soup with Crabmeat at prices from $78 (2 persons) to $288 (8 persons). Tantalise your taste buds with complementary flavours of sweet, sour and spicy with the Salmon Yu Sheng. This ever popular must-have dish for Chinese New Year is available for $8 (2 pax) to $38 (8 pax). Both menus are available from 27 January – 15 February.
Reservations for the Chinese New Year Sit Down Set can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or via a call to 6360 8560. Guests are welcome to walk into the River Safari Teahouse for the Reunion Feast and Salmon Yu Sheng, or can make email reservations through email@example.com or via a call to 6360 2260.
Gallop down to the Singapore Zoo to learn more about one of the most important domestic animals in the world! Kids can get their face and hand painted for a token S$4 and S$2 respectively while they horse around the booth.
Lions, Rhinoceros, and Giraffes among wild creatures watching on as competitive runners, families with young children, and leisure runners meander through the lush parks.
Singapore, 17 February 2013 – The first weekend in the Year of the Snake saw a spirited 8000-strong crowd participating in the Safari Zoo Run 2013, and running amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and giraffes, among other wild creatures, watched on.
Guest-of-Honour Mr Liang Eng Hwa (Member of Parliament, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) flagged off the race along with Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
In the first run held this Year of the Snake, participants had the golden opportunity to partake in snake-tivities after the run, such as visiting a snake-themed educational booth, viewing an auspicious snake showcase at Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Walk, and engaging in hand painting activities where children can get a snake painted on their hands. To top it off, many participants visited the Reptile Garden and saw over 20 species of snakes.
Now in its fifth year, Safari Zoo Run was conceptualised in memory of our orang utan Ah Meng, one of Singapore’s most adored animal personalities. Both Singapore Zoo and Night Safari were transformed into a race course that took participants through scenic paths and fascinating animal exhibits. The objectives of Safari Zoo Run are to encourage family bonding and promote healthy lifestyle amongst Singaporeans. The run also aids in wildlife conservation; S$100,000 from the run will go towards the care of endangered animals in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, as well as the adoption of orang utan Ah Meng Junior.
Singapore, 9 January 2012 – Jurong Bird Park explodes into a wealth of colour this Chinese New Year, with rainbow lories taking centrestage. Chinese New Year wouldn’t be complete without the traditional God of Fortune and Lion Dances, and the Park’s festive Bird Shows, all of which add to the gaiety and joy which surrounds such a festive occasion.
Rainbow lories found at the Lory Loft exhibit will be the focus this Chinese New Year – colourful and gregarious, they are often seen in flocks, which represents abundance, an auspicious representation for the New Year. To add to the festivities, the Park will be teeming with festive vibrant flowers, showcasing the landscaping flair of in-park Horticulturists.
Adding to the excitement, a Southern Lion Dance troupe will perform on high poles, showcasing the lion’s agility, grace and majesty as it confidently traverses height with precision. On the ground, three God of Fortunes will be giving away lucky red packets and
mingling with guests at Jurong Bird Park for photo opportunities. Even birds from the show want in on the festivities, with Sassy the sulphur crested cockatoo flying red packets to selected guests, and Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon parrot will wow guests with his linguistic ability and wish audiences ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai.’
After the Southern Lion Dance in the morning, a brisk walk into the Park towards Lory Loft at noon will bring guests to an up close encounter with vibrantly chattering lories. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a whole flock of lories swarming around as the keepers feed them, while a running commentary explains more about Lory Loft and the lories there. Throughout the day, two iPad Stations have been set up at Penguin Coast for visitors to create and design a Chinese New Year greeting card to be sent to friends and family.
A tradition only found in this part of the region, Yu Sheng has become a staple during Chinese New Year. Guests to the Bird Park can also indulge in this delicacy, known for its assailing flavours of sweetness, sourness, bitterness and spiciness. From 3 – 13 February, Hawk Café, located before the entrance to Bird Park, will dish this out from lunchtime, at attractive prices of $8 for 2 pax, $16 for 4 pax, $24 for 6 pax and $32 for 10 pax. Chinese New Year is also a time for a reunion with friends and family, and the Flamingo Lodge at Bird Park is the place to be to host reunion lunches and dinners. From 13 January – 6 February, diners can enjoy the Sweet Success Menu at $188+, the Good Fortune Menu at $338+, the Wealth, Fortune and Prosperity Menu at $438+ and the Family Reunion Meal at $538+.
Singapore, 6 January 2011 – Singapore Zoo plunges into the Year of the Dragon with an exciting line-up of activities to celebrate the mythical creature this Lunar New Year. In many Asian cultures, dragons are still revered as representative of the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe, and are often associated with wisdom and longevity.
A must-see is the Festive Dragon Walk, which will showcase dragon-associated plants and animals such as the bearded dragon and dragon fruit.
Visitors can interact with auspicious Fu Lu Shou characters, which will bless them with wealth and fortune to kickstart the year, and be entertained by an exciting dragon dance. Marvel too at the 3D majestic flower dragon – definitely a shutterbug moment amidst the backdrop of the scenic Upper Seletar Reservoir.
Activities: Festive Dragon Walk
Learn more about the dragon-associated plants and animals in the Singapore Zoo collection, such as the bearded dragon, arowana (also know as dragon fish), juvenile komodo dragon and dragon fruit (did you know we actually have this in our Tropical Crops Plantation?).
Exciting Dragon Dance
Catch the fluid and graceful movements of the dragon as it bestows good luck and fortune in this majestic dance. Dragons in this Chinese dance are usually made up of sections of bamboo frames draped in silk. This Chinese dance had its beginnings in China and was popularized by the Tang dynasty. The dragon is regarded as a symbol of power and royalty by the Chinese and the dragon dance evolved from this association.
Auspicious Fu Lu Shou Appearance
Whip out your cameras for photo opportunities with the Fu Lu Shou characters as they mingle with guests and bless them with wealth and fortune to usher in the Year of the Dragon.
A Feast Fit for a Dragon!
Finally, families can take a break at the end of a fun-filled visit by digging into a delicious Chinese New Year Lunch.
Date/Time: 13 Jan – 6 Feb 2011, 12.00 – 2.00pm
Venue: Pavilion/Terrace, Ah Meng Restaurant
Cost: Sweet Success Menu (for 4 pax) – $188+, Good Fortune Menu (for 5-6 pax) – $338+, Wealth, Fortune and Prosperity Menu (7-8 pax) – $438+, Family Reunion Menu (9-10pax) – $538+
[Excludes admission of $20 (adult), $13 (child 3-12 years)]
Note: Reservations need to be made 3 working days in advance. Please call 6360 8560 for reservations
Also available for dinner at Night Safari’s Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant (between 6.00-8.30pm)
Walk-in diners to Ah Meng Restaurant can also opt for the prosperous ‘Yu Sheng’ dish:
Date/Time: 13 Jan – 6 Feb 2011, 10.00am – 4.00pm daily, while stocks last
Cost: $8+ for 2 pax, $16+ for 4 pax, $24+ for 6 pax, $32+ for 10 pax
Note: Also available at Night Safari’s Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant
SINGAPORE, 26 January 2011 – Chinese traditions and avian species are coming together in a unique celebration this February as the Jurong Bird Park welcomes the auspicious Year of the Rabbit 2011 with a colourful flamingo parade, lion dance performances, zodiac trail, sumptuous Yu Sheng meals, and cartoon character meet-and-greet session.
Over 50 greater flamingoes will flaunt their pink hued plumes and do their long legged strut in the Bird Park in a first-of-its-kind parade this festive season. Flamboyant, beautiful and gregarious, these birds are the pink jewels of the Bird Park. The largest species of flamingo with average heights of 110–150 cm, these striking birds are found in parts of Africa, southern Asia and southern Europe. Predominantly pink and crimson in appearance, greater flamingos also have black on their flight feathers and on the tip of their bill. Visitors to the park from 3-6 and 12-13 February at 4:45pm can follow their delightful walk-about and savour the chance to admire these stunning birds up-close. All visitors will get a chance to take some close up pictures of the flamingoes, but 5 lucky visitors who answer the questions correctly will have a rarer photo opportunity – past the barricaded area with the birds.
To top it all, 8 rabbits will be making a special appearance at the Bird Park’s Penguin Coast in a pen, and guests can take pictures and have a look at these special rabbits daily from 3- 13 February. For an up close session, guests can come up close and stroke the rabbits from 2 – 2:30pm.
Visitors curious to find out their fortunes in the Year of the Rabbit can embark on the Bird Park’s Zodiac Trail, which features 12 Chinese zodiac characters foretelling the challenges and golden opportunities ahead. The younger ones in the family can also learn about the origins of Chinese New Year the fun way through an interactive story-telling session at the Pools Amphitheatre with popular Nickelodeon character Kai-Lan from the show “Ni Hao, Kai- Lan”. Selected kids will get a chance to go on stage to solve puzzles and win prizes. Parents can then whip out their cameras and take pictures of their kids as the Kai-Lan mascot will appear for 20 minutes for a photo-taking session.
After a full day of activities, families can dig into a healthy treat of prosperity salmon Yu Sheng at Bird Park’s Hawk Café to usher in prosperity and good health. Interested parties should make reservations at the café for meals from 3 – 13 February. As part of the festive celebrations, patrons will receive a 20% discount off Yu Sheng with every main course ordered.
With so much to do and see over Chinese New Year at the Bird Park, it’s time to hop over! For more information, please visit www.birdpark.com.sg
3 – 13 Feb (daily)
3 – 13 Feb (daily)
Fortune Rabbit photography and contact session
8:30am – 6pm
2 – 2.30pm (contact session)
3, 4, 5, 6, 12 and 13 Feb (weekends only)
Northern Lion Dance Performance
Palm Plaza to Pools Amphitheatre
10:30am and 2:30pm
3, 4, 5, 6, 12 and 13 Feb (weekends only)
Story telling session on Kai-Lan’s Chinese New Year and mascot photo taking session after