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

GET WILD WITH MICE AT WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

India, 02 August 2010 – Business meetings have witnessed a paradigm shift with wildlife-themed tourism making inroads in Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) parks, which has innovated the concept of promoting business in alternative wildlife settings. Across the three parks managed by WRS, namely Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, and the upcoming fourth attraction, River Safari, the MICE industry is able to take advantage of the unique concept of proximity to wildlife as the main draw for an exclusive event venue.

This new form of business tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of the international tourism market. With an eye on the potential this segment brings, WRS has customised affordable plans for corporate companies like Tata AIG (India), AXA (China), Pepsico International, Exxonmobil Chemical International and 3M Asia Pacific, who choose to conduct conventions, business meetings or team building workshops in rustic settings combining leisure with business.

“Singapore is well-placed as a tourist destination, satisfying the most discerning of visitors with her food and shopping varieties, an easy-to-navigate public transport system and unsurpassed efficiency, all of which when combined also make her a preferred MICE venue for many overseas companies. WRS is strategically positioned to provide the finest destination for meetings, conventions and summits with distinctive animal appearances, which makes our unique wildlife environment a refreshing alternative to a typical urban setting. It is an experience of a lifetime,” said Ms Isabel Cheng, Director, Sales, Marketing & Communications, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Amongst the 25 indoor and outdoor MICE venues across three parks, Jurong Bird Park is a hillside haven unmatched in its tranquility and magical charms. Guests can dine at The Lodge on Flamingo Lake, a 3-storey glass restaurant amidst elegant pink flamingos, or even dine with penguins in A Black and White Affair, featuring 200 penguins of five species at their best parade, together with live commentary. The Bird Park’s Humboldt penguin star, Pinky, can also make an appearance for some special picture opportunities. This programme was awarded Silver at the Pinnacle Awards organised by the International Food and Events Association (IFEA).

Over at the world’s first Night Safari, guests can enjoy dining amidst rustic furnishings, soothing ethnic music and tribal dance performances at the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant. Separate dining areas like Ulu Court can be reserved for parties of 100. Another ever-popular package is the award-winning Gourmet Safari Express, where dinner is savoured on a specially decorated tram which goes around the lush secondary rainforest in Night Safari. Gourmet Safari Express bagged IFEA’s Gold Award in the Best New Event Category.

Early rising guests may indulge in the multiple award-winning delectable Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife at Singapore Zoo’s Ah Meng Restaurant, featuring special appearances by the orang utans. Guests who prefer the evening breeze can enjoy cocktails or dinners at Australian Outback, Pavilion by the Lake and Forest Lodge. For a dash of excitement, Lunch with Lions promises to enthrall, combining wildlife, thrills and gourmet food into one.

For more information about the MICE experiences in the parks, please contact
catering_sales@zoo.com.sg or catering_sales@birdpark.com.sg .