Learn more about native frogs such as the banded bullfrog (Kaloula pulchra) (left) and spotted tree frog (Nyctixalus pictus) (right) at Singapore Zoo’s Leap Here! event this 25-26 Feb 2012. PHOTO CREDITS: LEONG TZI MING

Singapore, 20 February 2012– Celebrate the leap year with our amphibious friends who love leaping too! During the 25-26 February weekend, Singapore Zoo will be bringing you a fun-filled weekend where you can learn about and interact with these creatures.

They may not be the best animals to cuddle up with, but frogs do have a part to play in helping man, as pest control through their diet of insects, such as mosquitoes. Frogs can also tell us if an environment is healthy. Their permeable skin easily absorbs toxic chemicals, which means they are sensitive to very slight changes in the environment. Therefore, if anything drastic happens to frog populations around us, it is an indication that something is wrong in our biosphere as a whole.

Find out more about these fascinating creatures and participate in the myriad of activities we have lined up for the whole family this 25-26 February.

Collect a passport and have fun learning while playing games at five stations. Make sure you get a stamp at each stop. Upon completion, each participant will be given a goody bag and a chance to enter a lucky dip.

Those not keen to run around the Zoo can also be a part of the fun in other ways! Write your wish for our local frogs on a message board near the entrance ticketing area. Face painting by our Conservation Ambassadors is also available for those who wish to get creative and look like their newfound frog friends

Date: 25-26 February 2012 (Sat-Sun)
Time: 9am – 5pm
Who can participate: Children 7-12 years
Registration: Next to entrance retail shop, Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Station Locations: Various (indicated below)
Note: Registration on a first come first served basis for 500 children each day so come early to avoid disappointment!

Find out how frogs grow and see how these unique creatures differ from other animals through metamorphosis. Then try your hand at putting their stages of growth in the right order.

Location: Fragile Forest Entrance

Ecological pest busters!
Ever wondered what frogs eat to get their stunning colour? Get some tips from their diet for ideas on getting that healthy glow. Be warned though, for these jumpers are known to be great for pest control, so think twice before adopting their eating habits!

Location: Opposite Fragile Forest Entrance

“Count the Clutch?” and “Long Leap the King!”
Test your estimation skills by guessing the number of frog eggs in a clutch. The person with the closest guess gets to have their name on the scoreboard at the station. Kids can then see how they measure up against their newfound frog friends in a leaping challenge by taking part in a standing broad jump contest.

Location: Sheltered area at Orchid Garden

Tadfrog Match
Ever had anyone tell you that you have dad’s nose or mum’s eyes? Frogs however, look quite different from their young. Come see how good you are at piecing their family portrait together, and learn more about where and how they live. You might even get to see a real-life family of frogs!

Location: Opposite Fragile Forest

Frog, three, two, one… Can you save the frogs from extinction?
Kids will be challenged to finish our challenging frog puzzles as fast as they can and stretch their brainpower by identifying the species. The person who completes the jigsaw puzzle in the shortest time will have their name on our scoreboard.

Location: Sheltered area at Tropical Crops


Singapore, 10 October 2011 – Kids can dig deep into their artistic genes and unleash their creativity at the Singapore Zoo’s “Zoo Hoo! Art goes wild” event this year-end school holidays. Centred around art and animals, the event promises lots of colourful fun and educational activities.

To be held over five weekends from 19 November to 18 December, “Zoo Hoo! Art goes wild” will feature activities for the whole family. There will be real elephants parading the park, arts and crafts activities and even lovable cartoon characters SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star will make an appearance!

In line with the theme and as one of the main sponsors of Elephant Parade Singapore, an open air art exhibition of painted elephant statues, the zoo will also showcase 30 decorated, life-sized baby elephant sculptures around the park. Painted by local and international artists, each elephant will be a unique piece of art, providing quirky photo opportunities for kids and their parents.

What’s more, on 19 Nov, Playeum® the Play Museum celebrates The Big Draw at ZooHoo! Art Goes Wild”, with the theme “Fantastical Creatures Go Wild”. Using animals as an inspiration, Playeum® unleashes children’s imagination; to go wild as they immerse themselves in a wide range of art activities to create unique creatures of their own. What’s more they can enjoy the invaluable opportunity to work with artists who will play role models to bring out the children’s innate abilities. Come join us for a day of wacky fun and learning.

Animal friends get creative
Visitors can watch and learn from our animal kingdom “Picassos”, i.e. the orang utan and Asian elephants, as they create art pieces on paper with simple strokes of paint.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time / Venue: 11.00am: Elephant painting at Elephants of Asia exhibit and 3.40pm: Orang utan painting at island free-ranging orang utan exhibit

Funky Elephant Parade
Make way for the majestic Asian elephants of the Singapore Zoo, as they sashay through the park all decked out in quirky finery. Accompanied by performers and musicians, our elephants will mesmerise visitors with their commanding presence.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 2.45pm: Elephant meet and greet, 3.00pm: Funky Elephant Parade
Venue: Proboscis monkey exhibit at Rainforest Walk

Create your own animal cartoon
Kids who have always dreamed of becoming animators can get their first experience of creating their own animal cartoon character at the zoo. They will first learn the basic cartoon techniques, while drawing inspiration from real life subjects at the zoo, such as the hedgehog, tortoise and iguana.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 11.45am
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld

Ele-paints Me!
Kids will have tons of fun taking and designing their own photographs on an Apple iPad. What’s more, they can email it to themselves as a memento of the event!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Rainforest Walk (near Zoo retail shop)

SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star Appearance
Join lovable SpongeBob Squarepants and his best friend Patrick Star in a bouncy bubbly session.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.30am and 3.30pm (30 min session)
Venue: Birthday Pavilion at Rainforest Kidzworld

Mask Making Fun!
Little ones (big ones are welcome too) can let their imagination run wild, as they design their own free souvenir mask* with different art supplies like coloured markers, magazines, crepe paper and bells.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Various locations around the park
* Whilst Stocks Last

Mad About Elephants! Booth
Find out more about elephants at this educational booth, and even have first-hand experience handling some of the specimens such as dung and teeth!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Ele-fun play area at Elephants of Asia exhibit

More more more animal fun!
A jumble of other animal activities await throughout the day!

Animal training and care demonstrations
Learn more about how our trainers condition the animals, and watch their amazing bond as they work together.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 1.30pm and 2.45pm (30 min each session)
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld

Man vs Wild Challenges
Pit your strength against the elephant or orang utan and see who comes out tops!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and18 Dec 2011
Time / Venue: 11.10am: Orang utan at island free-ranging orang utan exhibit and 3.15pm: Elephant at Elephants of Asia exhibit

Animal meet and greet
Depending on when you visit, you’ll be able to meet a snake or a falabella, the world’s smallest breed of horse!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm: Snake, 10.00am and 2.00pm: Falabella
Venue: Singapore Zoo entrance

Playeum®’s The Big Draw – “Fantastical Creatures Go Wild”
Children and their families can immerse themselves in a wide range of novel art activities to create unique creatures of their own.
Dates: 19 Nov (Sat)
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Various locations around Singapore Zoo

Note: Most activities free unless otherwise stated. Normal admission rates of $20.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 3-12 years apply. For more information, please visit www.zoo.com.sg.

Elephants painting at Singapore Zoo
Painting by elephant at Singapore Zoo