STEP UP AS A ZOOLYMPIX RESCUE RANGER THIS JUNE HOLIDAYS

Learn how to help our animal friends in ninth installment of Singapore Zoo’s wildly popular event

At the Rubbish Raft station, learn how you can help reclaim the habitat for wildlife by keeping rivers free from trash.
At the Rubbish Raft station, learn how
you can help reclaim the habitat for wildlife by
keeping rivers free from trash.

Singapore, 8 May 2013 — Zoolympix is back with a resounding bang in 2013! This time, each participant is transformed into a “Rescue Ranger” and gets to learn first-hand how habitat destruction and poaching are driving many animals to extinction. Leaping into its ninth year, Zoolympix will feature six exhibits in the zoo that will double up as interactive game stations. This series of challenging “rescue missions” will test young rangers’ memory, accuracy and agility.

With the zoo also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, nuggets of historical knowledge will be incorporated into a journey that will both educate and entertain. Participants will learn little-known trivia about some of the zoo’s landmark moments since its opening in 1973.

In addition, stand to win attractive lucky draw prizes that include wildly popular zoo experiences. First prize is a one-year Friends of the Zoo Family membership and 2D1N Sleep with the Beasts Camp, worth over $800 for a family of two adults and two children; second prize is a 4-in-1 Park Hopper family package for two adults and two children and a 3-day Zoo Explorer Camp for one child worth over $600; and third prize is a 3-in-1 Park Hopper and Jungle Breakfast package for two adults and two children worth over $300. Top three winners also win a year’s subscription to Wildlife Wonders, Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s in-house magazine.

Pop into the awareness booth to find out more about endangered local wildlife, and learn what the ‘real’ Rescue Rangers at Wildlife Reserves Singapore parks (meaning the keepers) do to protect these animals. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet a pangolin! While you’re there, indulge in a spot of face-painting or badge-making. Young readers are also free to browse our educational publications — available in English and mother tongue—and newly-published books about pandas.

Learn more about threatened wildlife at the Zoolympix Awareness Booth, and you might even get to meet a pangolin!
Learn more about threatened wildlife at
the Zoolympix Awareness Booth, and you might
even get to meet a pangolin!

Details
Date: 1 – 9 June 2013 (Daily)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Fee: $3 per Zoolympix passport, Available at the registration tent at the start of Treetops Trail (in front of the bird photography area)
Notes: Normal admission rates of $22.00 (adult) and $14.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply. Zoolympix activities are recommended for children between 5 and 12 years old

Rescue Ranger Stations
On Thin Ice
Venue: Frozen Tundra
Climate change is causing the Arctic ice to melt! Help a polar bear find its lunch by hopping between fragmented “ice” pieces to pick up as many seals as possible within 30 seconds.

Seed Seekers
Venue: Tropical Crops (Pavilion opposite Cat Country)
In a world where deforestation is rampant, Rescue Rangers must collect and save the seeds of tropical plants which could be in danger of extinction. Track down plants in the Tropical Crops exhibit and “collect” their seeds by making a shading from the embossed plaques next to them.

Forest Storeys
Venue: Fragile Forest
The first step in wildlife conservation is to understand it better. Test your memory and learn more about animals and their rainforest homes by placing the creatures in the correct layer of their rainforest habitat in 30 seconds.

Rubbish Raft
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld (Tugboat area)
Make a difference for the many fish, birds, frogs, and other wildlife friends by helping to keep rivers clean. In 30 seconds, scoop out floating rubbish in the water while standing on a raft and do your bit to reclaim the habitat for these river dwellers!

Penguin Eggs-pedition
Venue: African penguin exhibit
African penguins have nowhere to lay their eggs, now that the guano they use as nesting material has been harvested for fertiliser! In 30 seconds, sort penguins’ eggs into colour-coded “igloos” that ingenious scientists have provided as shelter for the eggs.

Stop Those Smugglers!
Venue: Sun bear exhibit
The smallest bear in the world needs to be saved from poachers! Stop sun bear smuggling by ringing in the pesky poachers. Toss rings over as many cone ‘smugglers’ as possible in 30 seconds.

WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE CELEBRATES NATION’S BIRTHDAY

AUGUST BABIES ENTER FREE AT JURONG BIRD PARK AND SINGAPORE ZOO

Singapore, 30 Jul 2012 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s parks will be celebrating the nation’s birthday with a month-long promotion in August. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents born in the same month as Singapore will be offered free admission at Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo. To redeem, simply flash your identification card at the respective ticketing counters.

Details at a glance:
Date: 1 – 31 August 2012
Time: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park

Terms and conditions:
• Valid from 1 – 31 Aug 2012
• Valid for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents only
• Proof of identity required
• Not valid with other offers and online purchase. Redemption valid at point of purchase only
• Promotion is only valid at Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo
• Offer is not exchangeable for cash
• Does not include tram ride at Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo

National Day is the perfect time to spend with loved ones, so why not make it a family affair with our array of activities for every age?

Jurong Bird Park Highlights
Take the kids to the Birdz of Play area at Jurong Bird Park, where they can flap their imaginary wings at Singapore’s only bird-themed playground. Cool off in the tropical heat at the wet play area, which even comes with a giant tipping bucket that will get them wet and wild!

Fancy an educational but equally fun activity? Take them to the newly opened Breeding & Research Centre, where you’ll find out all about the breeding and nursing processes that take place at the Bird Park.

Explore the various delights that the Bird Park has to offer, from the majestic African Waterfall Aviary with over 1,000 free-flying native African birds to the Lory Loft, where birds will quite literally eat out of your hands! Also not to be missed is the Kings of the Skies show, which will take you back in time to appreciate the ancient medieval art of falconry.

Have these colourful winged wonders quite literally eating out of your hands at the Bird Park’s Lory loft.
The newly opened Birdz of Play offers hours of splashing-good fun!

Singapore Zoo Highlights
Make getting up early a joyous affair with Singapore Zoo’s Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife. This programme allows visitors to come up close and personal to animals such as elephants and orang utans, or even pet a snake – all this while enjoying a sumptuous buffet breakfast with an international spread. After filling yourselves up, embark on a journey into the world’s best rainforest zoo, with open-concept exhibits that allow you to come even closer to nature.

Dine alongside animals like the orang utan at Singapore Zoo’s Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife programme.

Watch our orang utans having fun at their free-ranging exhibit – the largest of its kind in the world. Equipped with vines and branches to allow them to swing around freely, the exhibit also has platforms and hammocks, which stimulate these highly intelligent apes mentally. Step into the Fragile Forest, where you’ll be greeted by creatures such as ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, mousedeer and sloths, all at arms-length!

Watch our free-ranging orang utans live and play at their exhibit.
Come up close to our Madagascar natives, the ring-tailed lemurs at the Fragile Forest.

BECOME THE KING OF THE FOREST AT THIS YEAR’S ZOOLYMPIX

11 May 2011 – The annual Zoolympix at the Singapore Zoo returns for the seventh time this year with a new theme centered around the International Year of the Forests and more challenging activities to put young ones to the test.

‘Olympians of the animal kingdom’ will get to show off their athletic abilities in a series of challenges that will test their agility, speed, accuracy and brain power.

Adrenaline pumping stations will be scattered around the rainforest-themed zoo, and participants who accumulate the highest score of the day at each station will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which profiles a daily Zoolympix champion. What’s more, all participants who complete the challenges stand to win attractive lucky draw prizes including Wildlife Unlimited Memberships and Wildlife Reserves Singapore gift vouchers.

In addition, young visitors can enjoy optional activities such as face painting, DIY pebble painting and animal appearances, for those looking for a more laid back day at the zoo.

Stations

Power Pollinators
Kids will race against the clock to ‘pollinate’ as many flowers as possible in 30 seconds. The ‘pollinators’ have to stick coloured Velcro balls onto their vests and sprint in a shuttle run-style race to deposit them in colour-coded baskets.

Venue: Garden Pavilion

Awesome Orang Utan
This station puts a spin on the classic monkey bar as it doubles up as a ‘tree’. Participants have to be as agile as the orang utans to make it across in the shortest possible time.

Venue: In front of orang utan island

Hand-some Otters
While identifying items in a fish tank sounds easy enough, this activity takes it to the next level by blindfolding the participants. This game puts their sense of touch and speed to the test.

Venue: Open area opposite otter exhibit

Ele-fun Foot
Participants will experience for themselves just how nimble and surefooted elephants are as they try to navigate along logs in gum boots.

Venue: Interpretive Hut at Elephants of Asia

Shoot-em Archers
Armed with water guns, participants will find that sharp shooting skills are essential if you are an archer fish hunting for insects.

Venue: Outside Fragile Forest

Giraffe With Altitude
After all the fast-paced activities, visitors can relax and learn interesting facts about giraffes at this fact-finding station.

Venue: Giraffe exhibit

Details
Date: 23 May – 12 June (Daily)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Fee: $2 per Zoolympix passport

Available at the registration tent at Rainforest Walk (in front of the bird photography area).
Normal admission rates of $20.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 12 years and under apply.

Additional Wild Weekend Activities
DIY pebble painting
Time: 10am – 4pm
Dates: 28, 29 May, 4, 5, 11, 12 Jun
Location: Rainforest Courtyard (opposite Zoo Retail Shop)

Dr Ooz Show and Tell
Time: 1.30 – 2pm
Dates: 28, 29 May, 4, 5, 11, 12 Jun
Location: Rainforest Walk (in front of the bird photography area)

Special Animal Appearance
Time: 11am – 1pm
Dates: 28, 29 May, 4, 5, 11, 12 Jun
Location: Rainforest Walk (in front of the bird photography area)

*Zoolympix activities are recommended for children between 4 to 12 years old.

Zoolympix fun!
An aspiring Olympian!

LEMURS GET FESTIVE AT THE SINGAPORE ZOO

Singapore, 23 December 2010 – Animals at the Fragile Forest at the Singapore Zoo enjoyed a touch of festivity during their environment enrichment session yesterday. Resident lemurs, the ring-tailed lemur and black and white ruffed lemur, which are native primates of Madagascar, had early Christmas treats as keepers distributed raisins, sunflower seeds and fruit in colourfully-wrapped presents, crackers and stockings.

Environmental enrichment provides animals with the required mental and physical stimulation, e.g. opportunities for problem solving through natural behaviour, to minimise stress associated with living in a captive environment. This reduces the occurrence of repetitive and destructive behaviour, and encourages an increased level of wellbeing.

Animals at the zoo receive a minimum three sessions of enrichment each week.

The popular Fragile Forest exhibit features a rainforest and mangrove environment, and is also home to animals such as mousedeer, two-toed sloths, fruit bats, butterflies and a variety of birds such as crowned pigeons, red lories, eclectus parrots and red-shouldered macaws.

All Cracker-ed up: Christmas arrives early for Boey, a black and white ruffed lemur from Singapore Zoo’s Fragile Forest, as it inspects a Christmas cracker filled with chopped bananas, grapes, watermelon and papaya during an animal enrichment session.
Pass the carrot (nose): A ring-tailed lemur residing in Singapore Zoo’s Fragile Forest inspects the edible nose of its new friend, a snowman. The snowman was constructed as part of an animal enrichment session conducted for the lemurs. (The lemur subsequently chomped on the carrot!) These sessions aim to simulate environments for wildlife living in zoos and wildlife parks to display their natural instinct and enhance their well-bring.
Leaf the present opening to me: Two young ring-tailed lemurs at Singapore Zoo’s Fragile Forest gleefully take apart a present filled with chopped fruit, raisins, sunflower seeds and leaves during an animal enrichment session. The Christmas package encourages the lemurs to use their natural instincts to obtain the treats inside, honing their motor and sensory skills.