WORLD’S RAREST BLUE MACAWS IN SINGAPORE

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Native to Brazil, blue macaws to be conservation ambassadors for their kind; Jurong Bird Park a member of group working to save the critically endangered Spix’s Macaw from extinction.

Image (LEFT): The endangered Lear’s Macaw—on a 10-year loan to Jurong Bird Park—is distinguishable by its yellow teardrop-shaped marking near its beak. Image (RIGHT): The critically endangered Spix’s Macaw—is likely extinct in the wild with just over 150 individuals left under human care worldwide in dedicated facilities. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 3 November 2017 — Singapore is now home to two of the world’s rarest macaw species—the Spix’s Macaw and the Lear’s Macaw.

With the arrival of these conservation ambassadors, Jurong Bird Park will be the only zoological park in the world where visitors will be able to appreciate all three existing species of the blue macaw family—including the park’s existing Hyacinth Macaw collection—and learn about the efforts being made to save them from extinction. The Glaucous Macaw—the last member of the blue macaw family—has not been sighted since the 1960s and is believed to be extinct.

The critically endangered Spix’s Macaw, also known as the Little Blue Macaw, is believed to be extinct in the wild, with the last confirmed sighting in 2005, and there are just over 150 individuals left under human care worldwide. It is the same blue macaw which inspired the Rio movie series, and whose breeding programme is currently managed by Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, in Qatar, the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots, in Germany and Fazenda Cachoeira, in Brazil. The Lear’s Macaw is listed as endangered, and has about 1,300 individuals left in the wild. The Hyacinth Macaw is currently in Jurong Bird Park’s collection, and is listed as vulnerable.

Jurong Bird Park received one Spix’s Macaw and two Lear’s Macaws each from Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation and the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots. These birds will be ambassadors for their species, and for the conservation programme that strives to save them from extinction.

Jurong Bird Park is also a member of the Spix’s Macaw Working Group for the recovery and conservation of this species in the wild, along with six other members: Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, a branch of the Ministry of the Environment in Brazil; the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation—Lubara Breeding Centre; the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots; Parrots International and Fazenda Cachoeira.

In 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was inked between members of the Working Group, with Jurong Bird Park committing to provide support in establishing a breeding and release facility in Brazil—the species’ native homeland—with the ultimate aim of reintroducing the species into the wild. The reintroduction is targeted for 2021 and all the institutions are making a great effort to make this dream possible.

Since then, Jurong Bird Park has been playing an active role in the implementation of the conservation strategy for these species together with the partners, and in preparation for the arrival of the blue macaws, had sent animal care staff to the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots to learn about care and husbandry for these very important feathered friends.

The Spix’s and Lear’s Macaws are on a 10-year loan agreement, with their debut in Jurong Bird Park marking the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between Brazil and Singapore.

Visitors can look forward to visiting the blue macaws at Jurong Bird Park’s Parrot Paradise exhibit from 22 November onwards. At the exhibit, visitors will also be able learn more about the Spix’s Macaw Conservation Action Plan and Reintroduction Programme, spearheaded and led by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.

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JURONG BIRD PARK 45th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE IN JUNE WITH ‘HOME TWEET HOME’

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Project aims to highlight importance of avian conservation in Southeast Asia; Festivities include painting miniature birdhouses, arts and crafts, and ‘Birthday baby trail’

Image 1 [LEFT] A dedicated docent painting nest boxes which will be sent to Begawan Foundation and Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre in Indonesia
Image 2 [RIGHT] These beautifully hand-painted nest boxes will be used by the endangered Bali Mynah and Black-winged Starling species in Indonesia

Singapore, 22 May 2016 – In celebration of its 45th anniversary, Jurong Bird Park has launched the ‘Home Tweet Home’ project which aims to highlight the importance of conservation for Southeast Asia bird species such as the critically endangered Bali Mynah and Black-winged Starling, among many others.

As a kick off, over 30 docents in Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) parks spent Sunday morning lovingly hand painting 45 nest boxes that will be used in conservation captive breeding programmes of two critically endangered bird species – the Bali Mynah and Black-winged Starling  in their native Indonesia. In the month of June, guests to Jurong Bird Park can see some of the nest boxes and even try their hand at painting a miniature version for a small donation to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Around 45 Southeast Asian bird species are listed as critically endangered today, and the threats they face include habitat loss and poaching for the illegal pet trade among others. As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Jurong Bird Park, we remain committed to giving these threatened species a chance to survive into the future with our continued support of local and Southeast Asian bird conservation. We hope to raise awareness and engage our guests on the plight of these birds and for them to join us on our efforts to help these birds.”

The 45 birdhouses painted as part of the Home Tweet Home project will be sent to WRS’ regional conservation partners Begawan Foundation and Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre.

ANIMAL RESIDENTS ENJOY FESTIVE TREATS TO USHER IN YEAR OF THE MONKEY

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Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo roll out enrichment goodies
for wild residents from 6 to 9 Feb 2016

SINGAPORE, 22 January 2016 – The wild residents at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo are ready to swing into the Year of the Monkey with festive enrichment treats specially created by doting keepers. From 6 to 9 February 2016, guests at the four wildlife parks can catch the amusing antics of animals, including a singing parrot wishing everyone “Gong Xi Fa Cai” and giant pandas enjoying their favourite food from larger-than-life ang pows.

For some serious monkey business, head down to Singapore Zoo which is home to over 30 monkey species. Some of the world’s rarest monkeys like the cotton-top tamarin, Javan langur and golden-headed lion tamarin will receive festive enrichment treats that tease their curiosity and test their problem-solving skills. As the monkeys chomp, dig and crunch their way through festive delights such as oranges, nuts and seeds, guests can marvel at their nimble and agile movements, adore their stunning features, or just snap away for a photo memory.

Other festivities across the four wildlife parks include acrobatic lion dance performances, meet and greet sessions with God of Fortune and Fu Lu Shou mascots, and a Zoodiac trail for guests to discover their fortune forecast in the Year of the Monkey.

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Images 1-2: This Lunar New Year, swing over to Singapore Zoo and catch the cute antics of palm-sized monkeys such as the endangered golden-headed lion tamarins as they chomp, dig and crunch their way through festive delights. All four wildlife parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo – will roll out festive activities for guests from 6 to 9 February 2016. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

CNY Enrichment - Javan langurs @Singapore Zoo 1   CNY Enrichment - Javan langurs @Singapore Zoo 2
Images 3-4: This Lunar New Year, swing over to Singapore Zoo and catch the cute antics of monkeys such as the threatened Javan langur enjoying festive enrichment treats that tease their curiosity and test their problem-solving skills. All four wildlife parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo – will roll out festive activities for guests from 6 to 9 February 2016. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

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JURONG BIRD PARK, NIGHT SAFARI, RIVER SAFARI AND SINGAPORE ZOO REPORT OVER 700 ANIMAL BIRTHS AND HATCHINGS IN 2015

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Over a third of the babies are native or Southeast Asian species, affirming the parks’ bid to conserve biodiversity in Singapore and Southeast Asia

WRS SZ - Chomel, a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to a male on 16 September 2015. Orangutans are Singapore Zoo’s flagship species - 2

Over 700 animal babies were born or hatched in Wildlife Reserves Singapore parks in 2015. Chomel, a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, gave birth on 16 September 2015. The male baby is Chomel’s second offspring—her first son, Bino, is now five years old. Young orangutans will remain with their mother for several years until they learn the necessary skills to live independently. Orangutans are Singapore Zoo’s flagship species. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Singapore, 12 January 2016 – More than 700 furry, feathery and scaly young across 150 species were born or hatched in Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo in 2015. Among them, over 40 species are listed as threatened under the *IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Deputy CEO and Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Each of these births and hatchings is significant and is part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s efforts to conserve threatened wildlife, particularly in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Breeding under human care allows us to maintain sustainable populations without having to collect from the wild, and our living collection serves to inspire positive actions in people to conserve our environment and biodiversity.”

Among the most exciting births of the year is that of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan born on 16 September 2015. The primate is the great-grandson of Singapore Zoo’s late icon, Ah Meng. To date, over 40 orangutans have been born in Singapore Zoo. To facilitate the breeding of these charismatic apes and ensure genetic diversity, orangutans born in the park have been sent to zoological institutions in Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Japan, Australia and New Zealand as part of a worldwide exchange programme.

WRS SZ - Ayana, which means blossoming beauty, is Singapore Zoo’s latest pygmy hippopotamus addition. She was born on 11 April 2015

Ayana, which means blossoming beauty, is Singapore Zoo’s latest pygmy hippopotamus addition. She was born on 11 April 2015 and is the 11th offspring of parents Bubu and Minah. 23 pygmy hippopotamuses have been born in Singapore Zoo in the past 42 years. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

2015 also saw the births of critically endangered cotton-top tamarins, a species of tiny primates, and endangered Southern white rhinoceros and pygmy hippopotamus in Singapore Zoo. The park has an exceptionally impressive track record with all three species, welcoming over 80 cotton-top tamarins, 16 Southern white rhinoceroses and 23 pygmy hippopotamuses in the past 42 years.

WRS RS - River Safari saw two new additions of emperor tamarins – tiny primates with outstanding “facial hair”

River Safari saw two new additions of emperor tamarins – tiny primates with outstanding “facial hair”. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

River Safari welcomed another manatee calf in October, bringing the park’s total herd to 13 individuals. The park also saw the hatchings of unusual amphibians like the fire-bellied newt, a species of small newt native to China, and the births of capybara, super-sized rodents native to South America.

Animal births in Night Safari were particularly exciting as many of the species are from Singapore or Southeast Asia, like Malayan sambar deer, Malayan bearded pig, binturong, hog badger, and the endangered Burmese brow-antlered deer.

Moving beyond the region, Night Safari saw three births of Indian crested porcupines in two years. The park also welcomed two pups to its cackle of spotted hyenas, bringing the park’s total to 11.

WRS NS - Night Safari’s cackle of spotted hyenas added two more to their family in October. Born fully black, the pups slowly develop spots characteristic of the species within months of birth

Night Safari’s cackle of spotted hyenas added two more to their family in October. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Jurong Bird Park continues to be actively involved in the breeding of threatened species, with the hatchings of two Bali mynahs and eight Luzon bleeding-heart doves. The park works closely with Avilon Zoo and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Philippines and Begawan Foundation in Bali, Indonesia, to increase the off-site numbers of these precious birds. The Bali mynah additions in 2015 are particularly special as it is the first time these chicks are hand-raised. All progenies will eventually be sent back to their respective home countries to be released into the wild.

Also joining the park’s avian collection is the lesser bird-of-paradise, the first successful hatching in over a decade. These birds, prized for their beautiful plumage, are notoriously hard to breed in captivity because of their unique courtship rituals prior to mating.

Dr Cheng added, “Captive breeding programmes play an important role in conserving threatened animal species whose numbers are declining as a result of activities like habitat destruction and poaching.  Some of them can be valuable assurance colonies against extinction in the wild, with the aim of ultimate release back to nature, while all of them are ambassadors representing their relatives in the wild.”

*International Union for Conservation of Nature

JURONG BIRD PARK CELEBRATES 45 YEARS OF LIVING COLOURS

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Asia’s largest bird paradise kick-starts 45th anniversary celebration with special edition of High Flyers Show, one-day admission discount for local residents and treats for early birds

JBP45 - 2000-strong crowd during birthday edition of High Flyers Show with flamingos, pelicans & macaws

Image 1: As part of Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary celebration, guests were treated to a special edition of the park’s popular High Flyers Show that culminated in a grand finale of colours and excitement with dramatic fly-bys of swooping macaws and a flamboyance of flamingos prancing around a large ‘45’ display.

 

SINGAPORE, 3 January 2016Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird paradise, celebrated its 45th anniversary today with a one-day 45% admission discount for local residents, F&B and retail specials, and exclusive birthday goodie bag giveaways for 45 early birds.

To mark the occasion, guests enjoyed a special edition of the park’s popular High Flyers Show which included free-flying performances that showcase the natural talents, beauty and intelligence of close to 100 birds from all over the world. Amigo, a yellow-naped Amazon that sings in three languages, wowed guests with a birthday song, while Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo thrilled guests with a birthday card delivery to a member of the audience.

As part of the anniversary edition of the High Flyers Show, the park’s pioneer show birds – Big John the cockatoo and Rod Stewart the Egyptian vulture – returned to the stage and relived their days as feathered stars. Both were part of the first flock when the park launched its shows in 1982.
The High Flyers Show culminated in a grand finale of colours and excitement with dramatic fly-bys of swooping macaws and a flamboyance of flamingos prancing around a large ‘45’ display.

Opened on 3 Jan 1971, Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s first bird park, and one of the first few dedicated bird parks globally. The park aims to enhance guests’ understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows. It was conceived by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee who was the architect behind the development of Jurong town. Dr Goh saw value in creating a bird park for Singaporeans and their families to appreciate nature and wildlife in an increasingly urbanised city. Interestingly, it was said that Dr Goh, as a true economist, decided to build a bird park instead of a zoo in the early years of Singapore’s nation building because bird feed costs much less than meat for lions and tigers.

Today, the park is not just a space for Singaporeans to enjoy nature, it has also transformed into an internationally renowned attraction, attracting approximately 800,000 visitors annually.

Situated on a 20.2-hectare hillside, the award-winning park is a haven for 5,000 birds representing 400 of the world’s bird species of which 15% are threatened. The bird park is famed for its large and immersive walk-in aviaries such as Lory Loft, the world’s largest walk-in lory flight aviary, and Waterfall Aviary which is home to the world’s tallest waterfall inside an aviary. Jurong Bird Park and Waterfall Aviary played host to several notable dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who left impressed by the park’s amazing avian
collection.

Over the years, Jurong Bird Park has established itself as the region’s leading institution for the conservation of avian biodiversity. It has successfully bred threatened species such as the Bali mynah, blue-throated macaw and other significant species such as the black palm cockatoo and hyacinth macaw. The park collaborates with wildlife institutions and government agencies within and outside of Singapore to re-introduce indigenous species back into the wild, such as the
oriental pied hornbill and the critically endangered Bali mynah. Jurong Bird Park is the only park with an avian hospital in the Asia Pacific region, dedicated to providing the best veterinary care for birds.

The festivities on 3 January is part of a series of year-long celebratory events for Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary. Guests can look forward to interactive June holiday activities that create opportunities for multi-generational bonding while learning about the avian world, as well as public outreach programmes to raise conservation awareness on threatened avian wildlife. More details will be announced at a later date.

More information is available at www.birdpark.com.sg

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Image 2: Amigo, a yellow-naped Amazon and the only bird in the world that sings in three languages, wowed guests with a birthday song as part of Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary celebration. Opened on 3 Jan 1971, Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest bird paradise and Singapore’s first wildlife attraction that is home to 5,000 birds representing 400 of the world’s bird species.

JBP45 - Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo delivers a birthday card to a guest

Image 3: Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo thrilled audiences with a birthday card delivery to a member of the audience as part of Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary celebration. Opened on 3 Jan 1971, the park aims to enhance guests’ understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows.

 

HIGH FLYING JURONG BIRD PARK TURNS 45 ON 3 JANUARY 2016

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To celebrate its birthday on 3 January, Jurong Bird Park offers Singapore residents 45% off admission, special edition of breathtaking High Flyers Show, retail and F&B specials;
First 45 guests walk away with an exclusive goodie bag

Jurong Bird Park, which turns 45 on 3 January 2016, invites guests to join in the celebrations with 45% off park admission for Singapore residents, a birthday edition of the High Flyers Show, as well as retail and F&B specials. The first 45 guests to visit the park on its birthday will receive an exclusive hamper. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

 

SINGAPORE, 17 December 2015Jurong Bird Park, Singapore’s first wildlife attraction, turns 45 on 3 January 2016, and the park is inviting everyone to flock over to join in the festivities.

Singapore residents who visit the park on its birthday (3 January, Sunday) will enjoy 45% off admission at Asia’s largest bird paradise. In addition, the first 45 guests will walk away with a goodie bag containing exclusive merchandise worth S$80.

For one day only, guests will get to enjoy a birthday edition of the popular High Flyers Show at 11am and 3pm, which promises a spectacular showcase of living colours in the avian world. Some pioneer show birds will take a day off their comfortable retirement to re-live their days as feathered stars and make special appearances.

Opened on 3 Jan 1971, Jurong Bird Park aims to enhance guests’ understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows. Situated on a 20.2-hectare hillside, the award-winning park is a haven for 5,000 birds representing 400 of the world’s bird species. As the oldest wildlife park in Singapore, it is an excellent model of success, spearheading avian conservation and education infused with recreation fun for both young and old, locals and tourists.

Over the years, the bird park has made significant strides towards establishing itself as theregion’s leading institution for the conservation of avian biodiversity. In the area of ex-situ conservation, it has a Breeding and Research Centre dedicated to the breeding and promulgation of birdlife, and has won several accolades for its breeding programmes. Committed towards conservation, Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred threatened species such as the Bali mynah, blue-throated macaw and other significant species such as the black palm cockatoo, hyacinth macaw and red-fronted macaw.

Guests heading to the park on 3 January will also enjoy retail and F&B deals, including 45% off their choice of kids’ meal at Bongo Burgers restaurant with any purchase of a regular set meal.

The festivities on 3 January will kick off a series of celebratory events for Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary. More details will be announced at a later date.

More information is available at www.birdpark.com.sg

FLOCK OVER FOR BIG ADVENTURES AT JURONG BIRD PARK THIS DECEMBER

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Discover the amazing abilities of giants and kings of the avian world

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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.

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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/

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