MOU PAVES THE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF JOINT PROJECTS IN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY EDUCATION

– WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE JOINS FORCES WITH REPUBLIC POLYTECHNIC
– YOUTHS TO GET HANDS-ON CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE WITH INKING OF AGREEMENT

Singapore, 9 November 2012Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, paving the way for RP students to hone their technical and service skills at some of Singapore’s finest attractions – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the upcoming River Safari.

The three-year partnership will provide training and work opportunities at WRS’ parks for RP students in applied science for environmental, conservation, veterinary and animal husbandry fields, information and communications technology, hospitality and health and leisure.

RP will also work with WRS on continual learning programmes for WRS employees through knowledge-based training, professional development and qualifications upgrading opportunities at the polytechnic.

Both parties will also explore the possibility of involving the students as ambassadors and facilitators for public learning and enrichment activities such as talks and workshops on environmental and conservation awareness.

The MOU formalises the professional relationship between the two institutions that have been collaborating on a series of projects since 2009. These include the production of educational documentary videos on the year of the bats, common palm civets, and rainforest conservation; as well as developing of interactive flash games and quiz kiosk in Jurong Bird Park to enhance visitors’ experience and knowledge to the exhibits and subject matters.

In the conservation effort of endangered animals, RP students had previously assisted in analysis work relating to mating habits and estruses cycles of the red-shanked Douc langur and sunda pangolin in captivity through internships and final year projects with WRS.

“The signing of the MOU strengthens the close partnership between WRS and RP; and is part of Republic Polytechnic’s continued efforts to enhance students’ overall learning with industry attachments. The two organisations will enhance cooperation in areas such as developing manpower for themed-attraction and hospitality management, joint projects in wildlife conservation, and ecology education. Republic Polytechnic students will have a chance to be deployed as interns for various roles at the four WRS attractions,” said Mr Yeo Li Pheow, Principal/CEO, Republic Polytechnic.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “As one of the leading wildlife institutions in the world, we seek to continually inspire an appreciation of nature through exciting and meaningful wildlife experiences. The collaboration with RP allows us to engage youths in conservation efforts, and through this we hope they will in turn spread the message. In addition, we are confident that the practical, hands-on working experience in our parks will better prepare participating RP students for their future career paths.”

PERU’S NATIONAL BIRD LANDS IN SINGAPORE

RIVER SAFARI WILL BE HOME TO THE ANDEAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK

Singapore, 3 August 2011Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) received eight stunning birds from Peru as part of a continuing partnership with the Republic of Peru through the Embassy of Peru in Singapore. This gift bears much significance as the species, the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, is the country’s national bird.

The species Rupicola peruviana is a medium sized bird and is native to the Andean cloud forests in South America such as Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Considered to be one of the most spectacular birds in the world, the male is differentiated by its large disk-like crest and brilliant orange plumage.

WRS, which operates award winning wildlife parks, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, has a long standing relationship with the Embassy of Peru in Singapore, which began in 2002 when both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote cultural and biodiversity exchange.

“WRS is privileged to have received these spectacular birds, with the kind assistance of the Embassy of Peru, that was instrumental in facilitating the necessary approval processes. Peru is home to one of the largest rainforests in the world with a rich biological diversity. By bringing species native to Peru into Singapore, we hope to share the beauty of the ecosystem and educate visitors on the importance of wildlife conservation through these animals,” said Mr Biswajit Guha, Director, Zoology, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

“Peru is home to over 1,800 species of birds, the second highest in the world. The Andean Cock-of-the-Rock is Peru’s national bird and a representation of our country’s unique heritage. Through this exchange, we hope to introduce Singaporeans and other visitors to our rich and diverse wildlife as well as the importance of preserving our natural history,” said H.E. Armando Raúl Patiño Alvistur, Ambassador of Peru to Singapore.

Despite their striking appearance, these birds are difficult to spot in the wild as they are extremely shy and wary of their surroundings, preferring to stay in the trees to feed on fruits. This elusive forest inhabitant has an unusual mating ritual, which has become a highlight for tourists visiting Peru. Throughout the year, the males practice an elaborate dance to attract females to mate with. The dance is performed at a ‘lek’, a communal display area used by animals during courtship.

The birds are currently under quarantine at Jurong Bird Park and will eventually reside at the River Safari, WRS’ upcoming attraction slated to open in 2012. The birds will remain in their permanent habitat at River Safari’s Amazon River region, in a rainforest setting reminiscent of their Amazonian jungle home.

A Male Andean Cock-of-the-Rock
A Female Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

ITE PARTNERS WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE ON GREEN INITIATIVES

MOU PAVES THE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

ITE students will soon have the opportunity to hone their technical and service skills at some of Singapore’s finest, award-winning park attractions – the Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, and the upcoming River Safari.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), inked this morning, will pave the way for both parties to collaborate on environmental sustainability and conservation initiatives, such as the development of innovative technologies and solutions for conservation, and the conduct of joint community events, projects and competitions to raise awareness for the green cause.

The five-year partnership also provides for training and work opportunities at WRS’ park attractions for ITE students in hospitality, tourism, events-management and service- related courses. ITE will also work with WRS on continual learning programmes for WRS employees, through short courses, modules or enrichment programmes conducted by ITE.

Mr Bruce Poh, Director & CEO, ITE said: “At ITE, our commitment to the community and environment is encapsulated in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Ethos. We are committed to using our resources and skills to care for the community and to build a sustainable environment. We hope to develop generations of graduates who are not only environmentally conscious but will engender practices that are environmentally friendly and sustainable at their places of work. Our partnership with WRS is invaluable in providing us with the context where our staff and students can use our skills to contribute meaningfully to a cause we fully believe in.”

Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO, WRS, added: “One of our core objectives is to educate visitors on the importance of wildlife and conservation. This partnership with ITE will allow us to spread the message of environmental awareness beyond our parks. At the same time, we hope this collaboration will better prepare trainees for future jobs in hospitality and tourism, and ensure that our own employees continually upgrade their skills through the excellent courses provided by ITE.”

WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE AND NGEE ANN POLYTECHNIC LAUNCH SINGAPORE’S FIRST COURSE IN ANIMAL MANAGEMENT

Singapore, 5 July 2010Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), Asia’s leading operator of world-class wildlife attractions, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), one of Singapore’s leading institutions of higher learning, today launched the Certificate Programme in Animal Management course.

This is Singapore’s first and only such programme that provides training in the care, handling and husbandry of animals.  The comprehensive curriculum will cover mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians as well as exotic animals encountered in wildlife theme park settings. The principles of animal management and wildlife conservation will also be emphasised.

Launched with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between WRS and Ngee Ann’s School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology, the programme will be the first of many exciting collaborations between the polytechnic and WRS, the parent company of award-winning attractions, such as Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the upcoming River Safari.

The new course will be jointly administered by the two parties.  Ngee Ann will provide a strong foundation for the course, while more in-depth classes on topics such as wildlife nutrition and diet, social groupings and animal behaviour, as well as quarantine management and prophylactic medication will be conducted by WRS experts. The programme also includes modules on research techniques, public relations, conservation marketing and wildlife conservation.

WRS and Ngee Ann will also collaborate on Research & Development, staff exchange programmes, as well as internships and off-campus classes for students in Ngee Ann’s Diploma in Veterinary Bioscience (VBS) programme. WRS and Ngee Ann are also exploring the possibility of involving the VBS students as Volunteer Rangers, Conservation Ambassadors, Wildlife Buddies and Education Volunteers.

“The MOU marks an important step for WRS as we seek to develop the next generation of individuals who are passionate about wildlife and conservation,” said Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO of WRS. “A pillar of this partnership is the Certificate Programme in Animal Management course, which will be the only qualification available in Singapore and Southeast Asia that provides a foundation in the management skills required to run a successful wildlife institute. Animal management is an extremely specialised career and those in the industry often face unique challenges. We hope that by lending our expertise and vast experience in managing successful wildlife parks, we can provide keen and passionate students in Singapore and across the region, an opportunity to acquire the foundation and skills for conserving our world’s priceless animal species.”

”Ngee Ann Polytechnic is very proud to partner Wildlife Reserves Singapore to enhance the professionalism of the industry. The collaboration promises to be beneficial on several fronts, including education, training, and research. We will spare no effort to ensure the success of the new Certificate in Animal Management course, and look forward to launching a number of other exciting joint initiatives with Wildlife Reserves Singapore in the months ahead,” said Mr Chia Mia Chiang, Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

The one-year, part-time Certificate in Animal Management course will start in October 2010 with an expected intake of 25. Participants will need to complete six modules over the course of two semesters. To qualify for the course, participants need to have:

  • At least 2 GCE ‘O’ level subjects, including English, with a minimum grade of 7, excluding CCA, and/or
  • NTC-2/NITEC or ITC/Higher NITEC
  • Course fee: $2,600 per participant, excluding GST. WDA funding is available for this course.

    Website: To find out more about this course, please visit http://www.np.edu.sg/cet/Pages/default.aspx

    Mr Chia Mia Chiang, Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore at the MOU signing ceremony to launch Singapore's first certificate in animal management.
    Mr Chia Mia Chiang, Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, and students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic tour the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre, where Dr Ng Weng Yan is conducting a health check on a Sunda pangolin.
    (front row, from left) Ngee Ann Polytechnic's first year Diploma in Veterinary Bioscience students Pamela Ho, Tan Shun Jing and Muhammad Haniff B Mohamad S learn about caring for an otter from Wesley Paul, Assistant Supervisor at Wildlife Reserves Singapore

    WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE SIGNS MOU WITH WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY

    TO COLLABORATE ON FIELD CONSERVATION AND PUBLIC EDUCATION TO PROTECT BIODIVERSITY IN THE FACE OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMAN ENCROACHMENT

    Singapore, January 29, 2010Wildlife Reserves Singapore Pte Ltd (WRS), the parent company of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, together with its recently established Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) today signed an agreement to collaborate with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), based in New York, and Wildlife Conservation Society Singapore Limited (WCS Singapore) on field conservation and public education to protect biodiversity in the face of global climate change and human encroachment.

    The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Ms Claire Chiang, Chairperson of both WRS and WRSCF; Mr Ward W Woods, Chair of WCS and Dr Steven E Sanderson, President and CEO of WCS and Chair of WCS Singapore, in the presence of President S R Nathan, Patron of WRSCF.

    This MOU marks the start of a stronger commitment to protect biodiversity, not just in Singapore, but in Asia and around the world. Through the joint commission, representatives from all four parties will co-operate to undertake field conservation projects and share best practices and technical expertise contributing to wildlife conservation. They will also collaborate to promote public education and increase awareness on conservation issues.

    “At WRS, an unprecedented level of effort has been invested to conserve and protect biodiversity. To strengthen our commitment, WRSCF was established last year, primarily to conserve endangered native wildlife. This MOU represents another important step forward in our ongoing commitment to preserve our ecosystems and precious wildlife species, many of which are already threatened and in dire need of protection,” said Ms Chiang.

    Established in 1895, the Wildlife Conservation Society has built a strong global conservation network to become the world’s most comprehensive conservation organisation. WCS currently manages about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries and educates millions of visitors on important issues affecting our planet at the five parks they manage in New York City, including the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo.

    “Our new partnership with Wildlife Reserves Singapore represents an important step for WCS and the conservation of wildlife in Asia,” said Mr Woods. “WRS’ conservation efforts and programmes have won worldwide acclaim. We look forward to spearheading new initiatives together and developing a regional centre of excellence for the protection of Asia’s most endangered wildlife.”

    “We share WCS’ clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. That is why I am so proud to be part of this joint collaboration to bring our conservation programme to the global arena. This partnership will pave the way for future collaborations and open many doors for all four parties to work towards their shared goal of protecting global biodiversity,” added Ms Chiang.

    With this MOU, the four parties will coordinate efforts on research methodologies and the exchange of multiple sources of knowledge, leading to action plans for conservation, education and key priorities for the management of biodiversity. Working in Asia since the early 20th century, WCS has partnered with national and regional governments, local communities and other scientific organisations to protect Asia’s incredible diversity of wildlife and wild places — to bolster environmental policy, train new generations of environmental stewards, support sustainable livelihoods, and connect protected areas. Some notable WCS projects include: working with the government of Cambodia to establish the Seima Protection Forest, created to protect wildlife and conserve carbon; and an ongoing effort to save tigers across Asia (WCS is committed to increasing tiger populations by 50 percent across 10 landscapes by 2016).

    In the areas of conservation and research, WRS parks in Singapore have undertaken multiple projects, which focus on species such as the oriental pied hornbill, pangolin and orang utan, through collaborations with various organisations and institutions. Recent conservation efforts include hosting a regional Asian pangolin conservation workshop. All WRS parks are designated wildlife rescue centres by the governing authority.

    WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH ASAHIYAMA ZOO, JAPAN

    Singapore, March 1, 2009Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and Asahikawa City Asahiyama Zoological Park Wildlife Conservation Center (Asahiyama Zoo), Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today for the common objectives of conservation, education and appreciation of wildlife.

    Sharing similar goals, both parties will endeavour to undertake conservation and research projects, which will include in-situ work, habitat protection, public education and awareness, and other conservation efforts. Further to conservation and research, both zoos will also facilitate cultural exchanges.

    “Wildlife Reserves Singapore is pleased that we have a partner in Asahiyama Zoo. Through this collaboration, we hope to share best practice in all areas of zoo management, improve the genetic diversity of zoo animals through animal exchange and promote the appreciation and understanding of each others cultural and natural heritage,” said Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

    “This MOU provides an excellent opportunity for both parties to learn and further the research and conservation efforts of animals, both in Northeast Asia as well as Southeast Asia. We look forward to working on our first project together,” said Mr Masao Kosuge, director, Asahiyama Zoo.

    The MOU between Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Asahiyama Zoo marks the commitment by both parties towards conservation.