November 30, 2015
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River Safari launches touch pool experience and new exhibits featuring the world’s smallest primates, sea stars and prehistoric critters;
Local residents enjoy complimentary boat ride and F&B vouchers in December
NEW EXHIBITS AND EXPERIENCES: This December, visitors to River Safari will get to have a feel of fascinating aquatic creatures such as the prehistoric horseshoe crab and chocolate chip sea star. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
SINGAPORE, 30 November 2015 – From marvelling at the prehistoric lungfish to touching some of the ocean’s most fascinating critters, visitors to River Safari can look forward to learning more about riverine and aquatic wildlife with the unveiling of two new exhibits. The exhibits, named River Wonders and Mary River, showcase birds, fishes, mammals and other wildlife found within and around freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Located near the entrance of the park, the new River Wonders aquarium profiles a cross-section of riverine habitats and introduces visitors to the diverse flora and fauna on land and underwater. Close to 30 animal species reside in this exhibit, depicting the rich biodiversity in river habitats. Visitors can spot the endangered golden-headed lion tamarin and admire jewel-coloured fishes such as the pearl gourami and celestial pearl danio. This exhibit is also home to the light-coloured silvery marmoset – one of the world’s smallest monkeys – displayed for the first time in River Safari.
NEW EXHIBITS AND EXPERIENCES: This December, visitors to River Safari will get to meet some of the world’s smallest monkeys such as the silvery marmoset (above) and the endangered golden-headed lion tamarin. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
The new Mary River zone provides an overview of a river’s journey as it empties itself into coastal mangrove forests and eventually into seas and oceans. With over 20 animal species, this zone is divided into three sections to showcase river, mangrove and marine ecosystems. This includes an interactive exhibit where visitors can dip their hands into a touch pool for a feel of aquatic creatures such as the sea star and the horseshoe crab – a living fossil that has existed since millions of years ago. Other unusual species in the Mary River zone include the air-breathing Australian lungfish that can survive for a few days out of water, as well as the sharp-shooting archerfish which squirts water from its mouth to attack its prey.
Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “The new attractions represent our commitment in creating immersive wildlife experiences by continually refreshing our animal collection and revamping existing exhibits. Through seeing, understanding and even touching some of these aquatic species, we hope visitors will appreciate the wonders of freshwater and marine ecosystems and be inspired to protect them for future generations.”
From 1 to 31 December, Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders enjoy one complimentary boat ride and a $5 F&B voucher with every purchase of a River Safari admission ticket*. Those who purchase tickets online can save up to 15%. Visitors can take part in various fun-filled activities including photo contests as well as meet and greet sessions with mascots (Saturdays and Sundays). Kids can go on an adventure trail to learn more about freshwater wildlife at different river zones.
In addition, park-goers can also join River Trails, a guided walk filled with up-close animal encounters and interesting information about the animal residents during feeding time. This trail is conducted twice daily at 10.15am and 2pm with no additional charge.
The touch pool experience is available between 10.30am to 6.30pm on weekends and public holidays. On weekdays, it is available between 10.30am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 6.30pm. River Safari opens daily from 10am to 7pm.
*Terms and conditions apply. More information can be found on theriveriscalling.sg.
November 27, 2015
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Last chance to see the fuzzy quartet from Down Under before their departure in January 2016
The animal residents of Singapore Zoo are coming together to say goodbye to their koala friends this December. Enjoy a spectrum of koala-themed activities at Koalamania! – A Furry Farewell Party at Singapore Zoo every weekend from 5-27 December, and remember to pop by the Australian zone to say your personal farewells to the koalas. PHOTO CREDIT: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Singapore, 27 November 2015 – Koalas Cantik, Sayang, Nila and Manja, who have been guests of Singapore since April this year, will soon pack their bags and head back Down Under. Visitors have until 3 January 2016 to visit the koalas, after which they will be quarantined for a month prior to their departure.
To celebrate their last six months here, and wish them well, Singapore Zoo is throwing a furry farewell party every weekend this December for the lovely quartet previously known as Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita.
The four furry ladies arrived in April this year, and are a precious gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.
Be part of the celebrations at Singapore Zoo and enjoy koala-themed activities including mascot appearances, game challenges, party crafts, magic shows and an interactive story trail. And don’t forget to pop by the Australian Zone to bid your personal farewells to the koalas!
Koalamania! – A Furry Farewell Party
Date: 5-27 December 2015 (weekends only)
Venue: Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Fee: Activities are free of charge but Singapore Zoo admission rates of $32.00 (adult) and $21.00 (child aged 3 to 12 years) apply
Note: Purchase tickets online to skip the queue and enjoy up to 30% discount on admission
Further details are available at http://www.zoo.com.sg/koala-mania
November 25, 2015
Jurong Bird Park
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Discover the amazing abilities of giants and kings of the avian world
The Andean condor – the world’s heaviest bird of prey – will debut for the first time in 10 years at Jurong Bird Park’s Kings of the Skies show which showcases the agility and might of these feathered wonders. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
SINGAPORE, 25 November 2015 – This December school holidays, Jurong Bird Park invites visitors for an adventure of epic proportions to discover the amazing giants and kings of the avian world. Come up-close with the world’s largest bird and witness the flight of the heaviest bird of prey swooping down with its breathtaking wingspan – all at Asia’s largest bird paradise.
Held on the weekends from 5 to 27 December, visitors can expect a flock of activities, from a giant puppet parade, hands-on arts and crafts, and a special feeding session with the world’s largest bird – the ostrich. Kids can go on a trail and track down ‘big’ birds such as the Australian pelican (largest bill), hyacinth macaw (largest flying parrot), and take part in educational game stations to learn about the special features of birds.
Catch a flock of pelicans, including the Australian pelican with the world’s largest bill, during feeding time at Jurong Bird Park’s Pelican Cove. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Get ready to be swept away by the descent of the park’s latest ‘king’ – the Andean condor. This impressive vulture will debut for the first time in the park in 10 years. Holding the titles of the heaviest bird of prey and one of the world’s largest flying birds, this species can weigh up to 15kg with a wingspan measuring up to 3.2 metres. The Andean condor will wow visitors with its display of might and intelligence during the weekend editions of the Kings of the Skies Show at 10am and 4pm. Visitors can also take a photo with a life-size replica of the condor’s wings to see how remarkably wide they are.
Local residents can enjoy huge savings with the Feather Friends membership promotion. For the price of a one day admission ticket, local residents can sign up for a special Feather Friends membership and enjoy unlimited year-round entry to Jurong Bird Park. This special membership is available at S$28 for adults and S$18 for children (aged 3 – 12 years) and senior citizens (aged 60 years and above). Those interested can sign up at the entrance of Jurong Bird Park, or online to skip queues.
More information is available at http://www.birdpark.com.sg/
October 8, 2015
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River Safari’s trick or treat event returns with new live-action performances, free admission for kids and an enchanting night with fairy tale characters
SINGAPORE, 8 October 2015 – Dress up the kids in costume ball finery for the cutest trick or treat event in town, and be mesmerised as little ones dance and mingle with fairy tale characters at River Safari’s annual Safari Boo this October.
Back for the second year, Safari Boo 2015 will see River Safari transformed into a fantastical wonderland where kids can go trick-or-treating, discover river monsters at twilight and enjoy two specially themed presentations, among other festivities. Children aged 12 years and below enjoy free admission from 6pm* on event nights.
Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “Safari Boo’s merry-not-scary proposition provides an opportunity for families and children to have trick or treat fun without the fright, and gives little ones and adults a chance to play make-believe and dress creatively. We are thrilled by the strong turnout during its launch last year, and look forward to welcoming more visitors this year with more characters, interactive discovery stations, performances and animal encounters for an educational and fun night.”
Safari Boo 2015 features two all-new shows titled Furry Tales and Be My Guests Royal Ball. Furry Tales puts a twist on familiar tales such as Snow White and Puss in Boots. Animal superstars will thrill audiences with their natural behaviours and friendly characters will showcase creatures such as the slithery snake and owl, and debunk the myths surrounding them. For fun fairy tale pageantry, join Fairy Godmother at Be My Guests Royal Ball where the best dressed will be crowned in this music-filled spectacle for kids.
More than 150 visitors, including costume-clad kids from Tao Nan School, Zhangde Primary School and Between Two Trees Preschool attended a special preview of River Safari’s annual Safari Boo on 7 October 2015. In addition to trick or treat trails and fairy tale characters such as Geppetto and Pinocchio (above), Safari Boo 2015 features interactive discovery stations and free admission for children aged 12 years and below from 6pm. Photo by: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
As part of the Safari Boo festivities in October and November, visitors can come up-close with animals such as the ball python and great white pelican in a special animal presentation titled Furry Tales. Photo by Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Learn how animals navigate the woods at night in Hansel & Gretel’s House of Fun and have a scaly encounter with the green iguana (above) at the Friends of the Sea Trick or Treat Trail. Back for the second year, Safari Boo 2015 features a line-up of adorable fairy tale characters, two all-new shows and free admission for children aged 12 years and below from 6pm. Photo by: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
November 19, 2014
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Visitors are invited to go wild with fun activities like token feeding surprises,
warrior trail stations and play sessions every weekend from 6 – 28 December
Snap a photo with the Zoo Hoo Mascots at Singapore Zoo this year-end holidays before going on the Wildlife Warrior Trail to learn more about loving and saving wildlife through play and game. Zoo Hoo 2014 at Singapore Zoo happens every weekend from 6-28 December.
PHOTO CREDIT: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Singapore, 19 November 2014 – Let the little ones unleash their heroism and become Zoo Hoo Wildlife Warriors at Singapore Zoo every weekend from 6 – 28 December, which promises fun and educational activities such as game challenges, art and craft stations and an interactive play and storytelling experience.
Kids on the Wildlife Warrior Trail (WWT) will learn ways to protect and save threatened animal species such as the orang utan, white rhinoceros, and Asian elephant. The first 350 kids to complete the trail every activity day will be rewarded with a special WWT goodie!
Along the way, enjoy art and craft sessions and make bottle cap badges, stickers and even your own 2015 calendar. Zoo Hoo 2014 at Singapore Zoo happens every weekend from 6-28 December.
PHOTO CREDIT: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Wildlife Warrior Trail
Date: 6-28 December 2014 (weekends only)
Venue: Singapore Zoo (80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826)
Fee: Free of charge
Notes: Singapore Zoo admission rates of $28.00 (adult) and $18.00 (child ages 3 to 12 years) apply
November 18, 2014
family, mystica, Night Safari, school holidays
200 lucky visitors who complete MYSTICA Quest each night will win sparkly prizes; Funtastical creatures & family fun await at park’s signature event between 21 Nov – 20 Dec
Image 1: The enchanting ensemble of MYSTICA inhabitants are waiting to welcome you to Night Safari this year end. This year, the park’s signature event will beckon guests to go on a MYSTICA Quest to collect multi-coloured wristbands in return for a glittery reward. MYSTICA will happen every Friday and Saturday night, from 21 November to 20 December.
Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Singapore, 18 Nov 2014 – MYSTICA, the signature event of Night Safari, returns once again with an enchanting ensemble of wild mystical characters to light up the night.
Visitors to Night Safari will step into a wonderland of dazzling lights as they enter the park. There, they will be met by the mysterious and magical Island Keeper, who will encourage them to go on a MYSTICA Quest which will have them navigating challenges and solving puzzles to collect wristbands. Along the way, curious creatures will guide them. Be prepared to come face to face with the Ravishing Raven, the most divine of the MYSTICA inhabitants; the ebullient Jumparoo, with his springy dance steps; and the scintillating Slithery Snake, with her shimmery moves.
Image 2: MYSTICA’s most divine inhabitant, the Ravishing Raven is ever ready to take selfies with guests who approach him. This year, Night Safari’s signature event will beckon guests to go on a MYSTICA Quest to collect multi-coloured wristbands in return for a glittery reward.
Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
When visitors have collected all the multi-coloured wristbands and completed their MYSTICA Quest, they will be rewarded with a sparkly surprise. The first 200 guests who do so every event night will receive a glittery gift.
Tertiary students 17 years and above enjoy four adult admission tickets for the price of three for onsite purchases only. Other terms and conditions apply. More details are available at nightsafari.com.sg/mystica
Image 3: A young Night Safari guest gleefully poses for a photo with MYSTICA’s Golden Birds, with their glistening feathers. MYSTICA will happen every Friday and Saturday night, from 21 November to 20 December.
Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Join us for an exhilarating time at Night Safari this year-end with MYSTICA, where the nighttime wilderness comes alive.
Dates: 21, 22, 28, 29 Nov and 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 Dec (Fri and Sat)
Time: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Night Safari (start your quest at the Entrance Plaza)
Fee: Festivities at the entrance are free but usual admission of $39 (adult) and $25 (child 3-12 years) applies for those entering the park
March 7, 2012
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– BIZARRE-LOOKING NAKED MOLE RATS MAY HOLD SECRET TO LONGEVITY
– LATEST OFFERING SHOWCASES THESE CURIOUS CREATURES’ UNDERGROUND LIFE
Singapore, 7 March 2012 – They are hairless, buck-toothed and very nearly blind. Pick one of these creatures up and you’ll realise that they smell really bad. It’s probably from all the rolling about in their own fecal matter so they’ll smell like one big happy family. Smelly or not, scientists believe that naked mole rats’ genetic material holds the secret to a long life – they can live over 20 years, almost eight times longer than mice.
These little rodents, only one of two mammals known to have a social structure similar to social insects, now have a huge exhibit all to themselves—Singapore Zoo’s first foray into showcasing such little creatures on a comparatively large scale.
Wrinkled “sausages” with teeth: Naked mole rats have lips that close behind the teeth. This way, they don’t end up with a mouthful of dirt when digging and burrowing!
The exhibit mimics their system of burrows in the wild in order to provide a naturalistic environment for them. Naked mole rats have burrow systems extending up to 4.8 kilometres long in the wild and covering an area as big as six football fields.
Singapore Zoo’s exhibit, measuring 50 square metres, is a scaled-down version of their complex living environment. Constructed with steel and concrete, it also has glass-fronted panels for visitors to view the naked mole rats at work and play. Lighting is kept dim, as these creatures are used to living in dark environments.
Tunnel vision: Guests peering at the naked mole rats in their ‘natural’ home!
Did you know the tunnels are actually completely man-made! This is how the intricate system of tunnels looks like from the back of house area.
To facilitate convenient cleaning, two identical sets of burrow systems were constructed. Each set is washed and switched every month, then lined with pine shavings to keep them clean and relatively odourless. It is hard work, as the components of the exhibit are extremely sturdy – a necessary defense against the strong teeth of these rats. Unfortunately, these little creatures seem to possess superhuman strength, and have already managed to make dents in some of the concrete components, much to the dismay of their keepers!
Though only recently opened, the naked mole rat exhibit is already a popular spot for curious visitors
An interactive element was also added – a pint-sized tunnel for children to crawl through and imagine a day in the life of a naked mole rat. Periscopes and child-friendly interpretive and activity panels complete the educational component of this exhibit.
Mind your head, for these tunnels are made for little humans only
“Having such an accessible and engaging exhibit allows us to observe the behaviour of these fascinating critters closely, as such animals cannot be studied so easily in the wild. Singapore Zoo hopes to be able to contribute to the education and research of this species, and at the same time introduce the lesser-known wonders of nature to our guests,” said Dr Sonja Luz, Director, Conservation, Research and Learning Centre, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Come visit and learn more about the naked mole rat at Singapore Zoo today! If these little creatures end up contributing to longer lives for all of us one day, you can tell everyone you saw them first at our Zoo!
Note: Daily feeding sessions are held at 11.30am