HUMAN RACE INTRIGUES ANIMALS AT SAFARI ZOO RUN 2014

– Over 8000 runners show up in race to pay homage to the late Ah Meng, Singapore Zoo’s orang utan as elephants, lions, and rhinoceros watch on.

Singapore, 16 February 2014 – Unlike the usual lazy Sunday morning spent lounging in the treetops, the orang utans in Singapore Zoo watched curiously as runners raced in the Safari Zoo Run 2014, which was conceived six years ago to commemorate their most famous matriarch, Ah Meng.

Over 8000 runners arrived at Singapore Zoo for the run to pay homage to the late Ah Meng, one of Singapore’s most loved and iconic animal personalities, which died of old age in February 2008. The race spans across Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, taking runners through lush green paths and enthralling animal exhibits.

The Safari Zoo Run also aids in wildlife conservation; a portion of the proceeds from this year’s race will go towards the care of endangered animals in Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.

(Centre, on stage) Guest-of-Honour Mr Ching Wei Hong, Chairman, National Family Council, flags off the annual Safari Zoo Run. He said, “I’m delighted to see the many families and happy faces today participating in the Safari Zoo Run. These families have created special family moments today, which will stay with them for life. This is in essence what we hope to promote through ‘Families for Life’ – to encourage families to spend more time together and strengthen family bonds. The Safari Zoo Run is an excellent event for families, and the Families for Life Council hopes to work with more like-minded partners to create opportunities for family bonding.” PHOTO CREDITS: PINK APPLE
(Centre, on stage) Guest-of-Honour Mr Ching Wei Hong, Chairman, National Family Council, flags off the annual Safari Zoo Run. He said, “I’m delighted to see the many families and happy faces today participating in the Safari Zoo Run. These families have created special family moments today, which will stay with them for life. This is in essence what we hope to promote through ‘Families for Life’ – to encourage families to spend more time together and strengthen family bonds. The Safari Zoo Run is an excellent event for families, and the Families for Life Council hopes to work with more like-minded partners to create opportunities for family bonding.” PHOTO CREDITS: PINK APPLE
A spirited crowd over 8000-strong, which included these enthusiastic children, participated in the Safari Zoo Run 2014, and ran amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and elephants, among other wild creatures, watched on. PHOTO CREDITS: PINK APPLE
A spirited crowd over 8000-strong, which included these enthusiastic children, participated in the Safari Zoo Run 2014, and ran amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari as lions, rhinoceros and elephants, among other wild creatures, watched on. PHOTO CREDITS: PINK APPLE

NIGHT SAFARI PRESENTS: ART SEEN & HERD!

Singapore street artists unleash wild artworks inspired by threatened animals to spread awareness among students about poaching and dwindling wildlife populations; 50% student discount on admission after 9pm from June to August 2013.

Mindflyer, The Killer Gerbil, ClogTwo and SKL0
Mindflyer, The Killer Gerbil, ClogTwo and SKL0

SINGAPORE, 23 May 2013 – For the first time, Night Safari has commissioned four prominent street artists to work on creative art pieces inspired by threatened and endangered animals in a bid to spread awareness of poaching and dwindling wildlife populations and spur action among youths. This visual bonanza, titled Art Seen & Herd!, will be unveiled during the June school holidays in conjunction with the introduction of Asiatic black bears and a new Malayan tiger exhibit at Night Safari.

The Art Seen & Herd! project employs art as a platform to raise awareness of wildlife poaching – one of the greatest threats to some of the world’s most loved species. Animals featured in the exhibition include the Asian elephant, Malayan tiger, Indian rhino, and the newest residents of Night Safari – three Asiatic black bears. These animals 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.

The artists will unleash art pieces highlighting the plight of these species through the visual narratives of their works. The artworks will include graffiti, illustrations and other visual art forms, all aimed at engaging youths in an inclusive, non-conventional and enlightening way.

To encourage students to learn more about the threats facing wildlife, Night Safari invites them for a fascinating journey in the park with 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.

Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Art is a powerful form of expression that can unleash a lot of emotions without the need for words. In particular, street art is energetic, expressive, and genuine. Through this powerful medium, the Art Seen & Herd! project aims to reach out to youths in our continual mission to inspire an appreciation for wildlife and spreading the message on the importance of conservation.”

The four artists, among them award-winning talents, have been involved in various commissioned works, events and exhibitions locally and overseas. They are Michael Ng (‘Mindflyer’), Samantha Lo (‘SKL0’ / ‘Sticker Lady’), Luthfi Mustafah (‘The Killer Gerbil’) and Eman Jeman (‘ClogTwo’). Their creative works have been seen on various mediums from street art, canvases, t-shirts to advertisements.

*STUDENT DISCOUNTS

With great discounts on admission and dining for students, an exciting wildlife adventure awaits at Night Safari, starting with the Art Seen & Herd! exhibition.

Hop onto a tram and journey through seven geographical regions to view over 2,500 nocturnal animals, including the threatened species featured in the exhibition. Then, catch the popular Creatures of the Night Show to see nocturnal animals in action, and explore the walking trails for close encounters with endangered wildlife.

To complete the Night Safari experience, chill out at Bongo Burgers restaurant with a menu that includes juicy gourmet burgers, jumbo hot dogs and chunky fries. This alfresco restaurant also features performances by tribal dancers from the mysterious rainforests of Borneo, who perform fire-eating and blowpipe demonstrations just a few metres away.

1. 50% discount on admission after 9.00pm (Usual Price: $35.00)

  • Promotion is only valid from 1 June 2013 to 31 August 2013.
  • Promotion is only valid for students from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, universities and educational institutions based in Singapore with a valid photo student ID/student pass/matriculation card.
  • Valid student ID must be presented at point of purchase to enjoy the discount.
  • Purchase of tickets can be done before 9pm, but admission is only valid after 9pm.
  • Tickets must be purchased on-site at Night Safari ticketing counters. Not valid for online ticketing.
  • Each student ID can only purchase a maximum of two admission tickets.
  • Tickets and admission will be subjected to student ID checks upon entering the park.
  • Not valid with other promotions or discounts.

Other terms and conditions apply. For full list, please visit www.nightsafari.com.sg

2. 10% off Bongo Burgers

  • Promotion is only valid from 1 June 2013 to 31 August 2013.
  • Promotion is only valid for students from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, universities and educational institutions based in Singapore with a valid photo student ID/student pass/matriculation card.
  • Valid student ID must be presented at point of purchase to enjoy the discount.
  • Not valid with other promotions or discounts.

All terms and conditions are subject to change without prior information.

ACTIVITIES

1. Art Seen and Herd! Exhibition
Marvel at this visual spectacle featuring four creative art pieces by local artists ClogTwo, Mindflyer, SKL0 and The Killer Gerbil who have herded together to give a voice to threatened and endangered animal species.

Dates: Daily from 1 June to 15 July 2013
Venue: Night Safari Entrance Plaza (Admission tickets not required)

2. Snap, Share and Win!
Spread your conservation messages and be rewarded with a wild night out!

Instagram Contest Mechanics:

  • Snap a picture of yourself with any of the art pieces
  • Tell us what you can do to save the threatened species illustrated in the art piece (e.g. ‘Elephants are poached for their ivory tusks to be used for medicinal purposes even though there is no scientific evidence on the benefits. Please don’t support the ivory trade’)
  • Post the picture on Instagram, hashtag #seenandherd and tag @nightsafariofficial for a chance to win one Safari Adventurer Tour package for yourself and four friends (worth $640)
  • Contest period: 1 June to 15 July 2013

The Safari Adventurer Tour includes a personalised buggy ride with a guide that will share insider tales about nocturnal animals and wildlife conservation. The winner also takes home exclusive Night Safari merchandise and limited edition gifts designed by the artists.

MEET YOO HOO & FRIENDS – UNIQUE, CUDDLY, AND HIGHLY ENDANGERED!

Singapore, 16 December 2010Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is taking on a fun – and soft – approach in its latest effort to spread the message of wildlife conservation. The parent company of the Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, and the upcoming River Safari, has been appointed the exclusive distributor of YooHoo & Friends, a collection of soft plush toys that are cute, huggable and reflective of highly endangered animals in the wild.

Created by Aurora, one of the leading companies for high-end soft toy designs in the global gifts industry, these 8-inch plush creatures come in 33 different animal designs, which depict highly vulnerable species across the globe. These include the Iberian Lynx in Europe, Spectacled Bear in South America, Platypus in Oceania and Japanese Macaque in Asia. Currently, twelve designs have been put on sale at the Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. These include best-sellers like the Fennec Fox and Fairy Penguin. WRS plans to bring in the other 19 designs in the coming months. They are also retailing at major shopping centers, including Takashimaya, N’BC stationery, BHG, Isetan as well as the Singapore Science Centre and Mount Faber Cable Car Station.

These little wildlife ambassadors have been a big hit with both the young and old, since they were first introduced as plush toys four years ago. There is even a Korean animated series, YooHoo & Friends, which was created to teach children the importance of protecting and conserving the environment.

Said Ms Linda Tan, Assistant Director, Retail, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, “We hope to draw the consumers’ attention to these doe-eyed endangered species, to spark interest and eventually bring the message of conservation in a lovable and fun way to the masses. WRS will be partnering with local departmental stores, retailers and organizations to make these plush toys readily available to the public. We also have plans to go regional by approaching zoos and wildlife parks across Asia to develop new distribution channels and spread the message of wildlife conservation.”

“Children will be drawn to the cuddly features of the toys while teenagers will find the innocent expressions most endearing. Adults will find solace in these small critters as they make ideal stress relievers,” she added.

YooHoo & Friends will make ideal gifts this festive season, particularly for young children as they fulfill international safety standards and specifications, including those set out by the EU Directive for Toy Safety, i.e. Standard EN71, and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Toy Safety.

Consumers and collectors can even look forward to a special Valentine’s Day edition that includes a 28-inch tall Bush Baby plush that will make its debut in January/February 2011. There will also be a limited edition Halloween collection in Q3 of 2011.

WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE PARKS RECEIVED MICHELIN RATINGS

Singapore, September 12, 2008 – All three Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo have been accorded with Michelin ratings. Jurong Bird Park received two-star rating while Night Safari and Singapore Zoo both received three-star ratings, with three-star being the highest.

“It is such great honour that all WRS parks have been given star ratings in the Michelin Green Guide Singapore. This is truly an accomplishment for all of us at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. The rating is a testament of the team’s dedication towards conservation and providing unusual wildlife experiences. We will continue to do our best to bring engaging wildlife encounters to visitors and leave an everlasting impression as they learn more about endangered animals and birds from their visit,” said Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Michelin has been publishing travel guides for more than 100 years, helping travellers to see in a glance a destination’s most outstanding attractions using a ‘star’ rating system. Attractions are rated according to one, two or three stars with one-star rating for attraction that is interesting, two-star rating for attraction that is recommended and three-stars which is highly recommended.

Like many other attractions the three WRS parks were graded by Michelin’s representatives based on a set of criteria among which include convenience and visitor-friendliness, quality of reception and visit, popularity, the number of activities offered, authenticity, charm and unity.

The MICHELIN Singapore Green Guide, an annual publication, will be available in bookstores starting September 2008 and will be distributed across three continents: Europe, North America and Asia.

WILDLIFE RESERVES PARKS COMMEMORATE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Singapore, June 5, 2008 – In line with the 2008 World Environment Day slogan “CO2 Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy,” Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo symbolically planted 75 tree saplings and 120 shrubs on June 5 in recognition that deforestation not only affects animals’ habitats but also affects climate change.

The tree planting was carried out by employees of all three parks and took place at the new and upcoming attraction in Singapore Zoo called Rainforest Kidzworld, slated to be opened later this year.

The symbolic planting is only a fraction of the 20,000 more trees, palms, shrubs, ferns, grasses and epiphytes that will eventually be nurtured within the entire Rainforest Kidzworld area. Interestingly, plants with intriguing animal names were chosen to kickstart the greening of this area. These include Spider Lily, Cat’s Whisker, Peacock Flower, Snake Weed, Butterfly Ginger and Tiger Orchid.

“The tree planting is a significant occasion for us at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo as it is in accordance with our mission to not only conserve endangered animals but to also preserve biodiversity. As we continue to transform the Parks into Rainforest Parks, we hope to also bring the message across to the public on the need to preserve and grow more trees,” said Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

More than 60 employees from the three parks let loose their ‘green fingers’ and planted the saplings in an effort to do their part for the environment.

Of the more than 298,000 species of plants in the world, the IUCN 2007 Red List indicates that 70% are threatened. In Asia alone, this numbers 3,113 species of plants. The world is losing its tropical forests at an alarming rate, owing mainly to agricultural expansion. Native plant species are facing extinction, and a net increase in greenhouse gases is contributing to global climate change, increased soil erosion, drought and flooding. This environmental degradation forces farmers to clear even more land to grow food for their families.

There are more than 1.5 million trees and shrubs in Jurong BirdPark, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. Each year more than 70,000 trees and shrubs are planted, replanted and established to maintain our rainforest.

In addition to the tree planting activity, to instill the habit of recycling amongst visitors, the Zoo also placed a paper recycling bin at the exit for visitors to dispose of their paper products, including unwanted maps and brochures at the end of their visit. The paper will in turn be recycled. Recycling bins for other materials such as plastic and aluminum are also placed at significant areas around the parks.

Jurong BirdPark, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo hopes guests will take away with them the green message of recycling, and subsequently start their own recycling initiative at their homes or workplaces.