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!

HAVE FUN ALONG THE ECO-TRAIL THIS EARTH DAY AT SINGAPORE ZOO

ACTIVITIES ALSO AIMED AT CELEBRATING YEAR OF THE BAT AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE FOREST

Singapore, 5 April 2011
Singapore Zoo’s popular Earth Day Eco-Trail is back again this year with a “bat” theme and more interactive fun.

Families simply need to sign up for an Eco-Trail passport on 16-17 April to participate in special activities to commemorate Earth Day on 22 April, the anniversary of the start of the modern environment movement in the 1970s.

Activities along the Eco-Trail include educational games to illustrate the practice of recycling and reusing waste, and to celebrate the Year of the Bat and International Year of the Forest this year. Participants will be involved in hands-on activities that will provide interesting nuggets of information on these mostly misunderstood creatures of the night.

The National Parks Board will also be supporting the event with a booth about native flora and fauna.

Date: 16 and 17 April (Sat and Sun)
Venue: Singapore Zoo (various locations)
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore 729826
Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Fee: Activities are free. Eco-Trail passports are available at the booth outside
the Singapore Zoo’s Entrance Retail Shop
Note: Normal admission rates of $20.00 for adults and $13.00 for children
between 3-12 years apply


STATION 1

Bat-tle the Maze
Participants will be asked to tackle a maze while blindfolded and with verbal instructions from their team mates. Along the way, the blindfolded participant will ‘hunt’ for 3 insects. In nature, bats rely on their sonar system to get around. They emit a high, squeaking sound, undetectable by human ears, and this bounces off objects, giving them an indication of how far away the obstacles are.

Location: Proboscis Monkey @ Entrance

STATION 2
Forest Treasures
Find a matching pair of cards, to show the relationship between a product and its origin (eg t-shirt and cotton plant). If you do not get a match, you have to flip both cards over and try again. Participants will learn about how many of the products we use are derived, in some way or another, from the rainforest.

Location: Tropical Crops

STATION 3
River Clean Up
Each group will be asked to cross a ‘river’ using a raft, while scooping up items like plastic bottles and bags in the water. Through this activity, participants will learn how river systems have become increasingly contaminated through pollution, degradation and overexploitation, as well as what they can do to help alleviate the situation.

Location: Rainforest Kidzworld

STATION 4
Fun with Composting
Visitors will be taught how to reduce waste through composting, where the natural process of decomposition creates a product that can be used as a plant fertilizer.

Location: Garden with a View

STATION 5
Spot the Bat-talion
By counting the number of bats at the Zoo’s new ‘bat cave’, participants will find out why these winged creatures prefer relaxing in the ‘upside down’ position. This not only allows bats to hide from danger, they can also rest without exerting much energy, due to the unique way their talons are formed.

Location: Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia