Ah Meng’s legacy lives on in granddaughter and annual run at Night Safari and Singapore Zoo; Safari Zoo Run 2016 marks public debut of newly crowned Ah Meng

Singapore, 27 February 2016 — Over 8,500 participants will pay homage to Singapore Zoo’s newly crowned animal ambassador Ah Meng over the weekend of 27 and 28 February 2016 as they race through the lush forested trails of Mandai in the eighth instalment of Safari Zoo Run, a race conceptualised to celebrate the life of the first Ah Meng.

Guest of Honour, Mr S Dhanabalan, Chairman of Mandai Safari Park Holdings, flagged off the first race before meeting with Ah Meng, who was officially crowned only one day earlier in a private event. Lucky runners also got a closer glimpse of the new queen of the jungle as she descended from her treetop throne.

Mr Mike Barclay, CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, joined the action and ran alongside runners in the 10km competitive category. Families could enjoy the more manageable 5.5km run. Races on Day 2 include the 5.5km competitive and family runs, and 2.5km kids and family dashes. Participants over both days also get to enjoy appearances by animal mascots, educational show and tell sessions and animal photography opportunities after their races.

Safari Zoo Run was conceived eight years ago and celebrates the life of Ah Meng, Singapore Zoo’s iconic Sumatran orangutan, who died of old age in February 2008. Her popularity was so great that to many Singaporeans, the name Ah Meng is synonymous with orangutans. Singapore Zoo introduced a new Ah Meng, eight years after the first passed on, in hopes that her legacy will live on and her descendants can continue to be animal ambassadors to inspire people to care for orangutans and other threatened species.

A part of the proceeds from Safari Zoo Run 2016 will go towards aiding the conservation efforts of Singapore Zoo and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Image 1 - Safari Zoo Run 2016_WRSImage 1: Guest-of-Honour Mr S Dhanabalan, Chairman of Mandai Safari Park Holdings (extreme left), flags off Safari Zoo Run’s first run of the day – the 10km competitive race. He is accompanied by Ms Isabel Cheng, Chief Marketing Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (third from left) and the Ah Meng mascot.


Image 2 - Safari Zoo Run 2016_WRSImage 2: Mr S Dhanabalan, Chairman of Mandai Safari Park Holdings (extreme right), meets Singapore Zoo’s freshly minted royalty, Ah Meng (second orangutan from left), who will carry on the legacy of her grandmother and be an ambassador for the park and her species. Looking on are Alagappasamy Chellaiyah, primate specialist, Singapore Zoo (second from right), and Kumaran Sesshe, head keeper, great apes, Singapore Zoo (third from right).


Image 3 - Safari Zoo Run 2016_WRSImage 3: Kumaran Sesshe, head keeper, great apes, Singapore Zoo, points out the new Ah Meng to excited participants who were taking a breather from their 10km race in this year’s instalment of the wildly popular Safari Zoo Run.



Singapore, 3 October 2011 – Make a date with the Bird Park’s colourful feather friends and flora at the annual Feather Run on 13 November 2011. Back for its third installation, the run has been extended and is open to adults for the first time. Each participant will receive a customised running bib, an exciting goody-bag worth $70 and a medal upon completing the run in the world’s largest bird park.

There is something for everyone at this year’s Feather Run. From the young to the elderly, everyone can take part in the 1.5 km Fun Run/Walk and contend in friendly competition, or take a leisurely walk and feast their senses with the myriad colours of Jurong Bird Park’s avian friends as well as the greenery in the park. Avid runners, whether adults or children aged 6 to 12, can choose to take up the 1.5km, 3.5km and 7km challenge as they run along the scenic routes of the hillside haven.

Children can dash off after the run to discover Birdz of Play, a new recreational and fun play area for kids at the bird park. Comprising of a wet and dry area for toddlers and older kids alike, the new attraction features a huge clambering splash and slide area. Destined to be a hit with many; especially the bucket which tips after a few minutes, makes the area perfect for cooling off after the run.

Enjoy Family and Early Bird discounts when you sign up for the run. Families with at least four participants can purchase the Family Package which offers savings of up to 35%.

Participants are invited to rediscover the bird park after the run and learn more about avian life as well as the education and conservation programmes undertaken by the park locally and abroad. The forest setting of the park is the ideal place for everyone to observe birds in their natural behaviour and watch highly interactive and entertaining bird shows.

For more information of Feather Run 2011, please visit www.featherrun.com.sg

Please refer to the table below for registration prices:

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