JURONG BIRD PARK USHERS IN THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT WITH FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND FLAMINGO PARADE

SINGAPORE, 26 January 2011 – Chinese traditions and avian species are coming together in a unique celebration this February as the Jurong Bird Park welcomes the auspicious Year of the Rabbit 2011 with a colourful flamingo parade, lion dance performances, zodiac trail, sumptuous Yu Sheng meals, and cartoon character meet-and-greet session.

Over 50 greater flamingoes will flaunt their pink hued plumes and do their long legged strut in the Bird Park in a first-of-its-kind parade this festive season. Flamboyant, beautiful and gregarious, these birds are the pink jewels of the Bird Park. The largest species of flamingo with average heights of 110–150 cm, these striking birds are found in parts of Africa, southern Asia and southern Europe. Predominantly pink and crimson in appearance, greater flamingos also have black on their flight feathers and on the tip of their bill. Visitors to the park from 3-6 and 12-13 February at 4:45pm can follow their delightful walk-about and savour the chance to admire these stunning birds up-close. All visitors will get a chance to take some close up pictures of the flamingoes, but 5 lucky visitors who answer the questions correctly will have a rarer photo opportunity – past the barricaded area with the birds.

To top it all, 8 rabbits will be making a special appearance at the Bird Park’s Penguin Coast in a pen, and guests can take pictures and have a look at these special rabbits daily from 3- 13 February. For an up close session, guests can come up close and stroke the rabbits from 2 – 2:30pm.

Visitors curious to find out their fortunes in the Year of the Rabbit can embark on the Bird Park’s Zodiac Trail, which features 12 Chinese zodiac characters foretelling the challenges and golden opportunities ahead. The younger ones in the family can also learn about the origins of Chinese New Year the fun way through an interactive story-telling session at the Pools Amphitheatre with popular Nickelodeon character Kai-Lan from the show “Ni Hao, Kai- Lan”. Selected kids will get a chance to go on stage to solve puzzles and win prizes. Parents can then whip out their cameras and take pictures of their kids as the Kai-Lan mascot will appear for 20 minutes for a photo-taking session.

After a full day of activities, families can dig into a healthy treat of prosperity salmon Yu Sheng at Bird Park’s Hawk Café to usher in prosperity and good health. Interested parties should make reservations at the café for meals from 3 – 13 February. As part of the festive celebrations, patrons will receive a 20% discount off Yu Sheng with every main course ordered.

With so much to do and see over Chinese New Year at the Bird Park, it’s time to hop over! For more information, please visit www.birdpark.com.sg

Event details

Dates Activity Venue Time
3 – 13 Feb (daily) Flamingo Parade Pools Amphitheatre 4:45pm
3 – 13 Feb (daily) Fortune Rabbit photography and contact session Penguin Coast 8:30am – 6pm 

2 – 2.30pm (contact session)

3, 4, 5, 6, 12 and 13 Feb (weekends only) Northern Lion Dance Performance Palm Plaza to Pools Amphitheatre 10:30am and 2:30pm
3, 4, 5, 6, 12 and 13 Feb (weekends only) Story telling session on Kai-Lan’s Chinese New Year and mascot photo taking session after Pools Amphitheatre 11:30am & 1:30pm
3 -17 Feb (daily) Zodiac Trail All around the Park 8:30am – 6pm
3 -17 Feb (daily) Penguin Mascots meet and greet Penguin Coast 8:30am – 6pm
Flamingo Parade

PENGUIN WONDERLAND DESCENDS ON JURONG BIRD PARK THIS DECEMBER HOLIDAYS

SINGAPORE, 12 November 2010 – Visitors to the Jurong Bird Park this December will be greeted by foam snow flurries and more as Songbird Terrace at the Bird Park transforms into Penguin Wonderland to inspire festive holiday cheer and for kids to experience winter fun in the tropics.

The Terrace’s fountain plaza will become Snowy Cove, a weekend winter playground for kids, aged 4 and above, to have fun amidst white landscapes with snow foam. Water will also spew from the fountain jets, which, in addition to the snow machine, transforms the entire area into a thoroughly wet and white experience, one the kids will enjoy.

The exclusive Penguin Party is another weekend activity that will add to the festivities. Kids participating in the Penguin Party will receive a free party pack and an ice cream, while stocks last. Open to kids aged 4 – 12, the hour long party will be hosted by Pengu and Pengy, two fun penguin characters, who will teach children a cute penguin dance to welcome Santa Claus from the North Pole. Adding an aura of wonder to the party will be a special magic show. This party is by invitation only, so parents should keep a look out for penguin mascots at the park’s main panorail station, who will give out invitations to lucky participants. For a limited 15 minutes every weekend, Pinky, the Bird Park’s lovable Humboldt penguin, will make an exclusive appearance for the Penguin Party. After the party, children will troop towards the re-vamped penguin exhibit Penguin Coast, where groups of children from the party can get up close to Pinky and take a group shot with her.

Other fun activities happening at the Bird Park include penguin-themed face painting, eco-friendly penguin craft activity, sand art and an area for kids to pledge to save Mother Earth. To encourage kids to participate, a specially designed button badge will be given with every completed pledge, while stocks last.

Families heading to the Bird Park this December will also be among the first to view the brand new Penguin Coast, which launches with a new look and with a new penguin species.

The African penguins will feature for the first time at an outdoor enclosure at the Bird Park, while the King penguins, Rockhoppers, Humboldts, Macaronis and Fairies can be found indoors.

Visitors to the Penguin Coast on week days can also participate in other exciting activities. Every day at 10.30am and 3.30pm for 15 minutes at Penguin Coast, kids can find out about the feeding habits of penguins from the keepers of the Penguin Feeding Programme. In addition, adorable penguin mascots will be roving the park and mingling with visitors for photo opportunities. Usual park admission charges apply, but the additional activities are all free for guests to the park.

For more information, please visit www.birdpark.com.sg

Visit the all-new Penguin Coast
African Penguin - Photo courtesy of Bjorn Olesen