YOU CAN BE AN OLYMPIAN TOO AT SINGAPORE ZOO THIS JUNE

JOIN IN THE RACE FOR THE SUPER SURVIVOR AT ZOOLYMPIX 2012!

Pollinator Pals is back by popular demand from Zoolympix 2011!
Indulge in face/body painting and wear your favourite animal on you at Zoolympix 2012

Singapore, 4 June 2012 — Zoolympix 2012 celebrates the survival of the fittest in the animal kingdom. This year, we highlight the champions in the world of primates. Get ready to pit your skills against our animal Olympians in a series of survival challenges that test your speed, agility, dexterity and brain power!

Race to the six game stations around the Zoo and redeem a stamp each time you successfully clear the challenge. Participants who achieve the highest scores of the day at each station will be inducted into the Zoolympix Hall of Fame. All participants also get to take home a souvenir in the Sure-win Lucky Dip and stand a chance at winning attractive prizes in the Grand Lucky draw.

For those who prefer a more relaxing option, be sure to join in our face painting and badge making activities or swing by the awareness booth to discover amazing primate facts!

Details:
Date: 16 – 24 June 2012
Venue: Singapore Zoo (various locations), 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fee: $2 per Zoolympix passport (available at Registration booth at start of TreetopsTrail)
Note: Normal admission rates of $20.00 for adults and $13.00 for children between 3-12 years apply

Activities:
Awareness Booth: All about Primates!
Singapore Zoo is home to 39 unique species of primates, many of which are endangered. This diverse group boasts a range of adaptions such as opposable thumbs and toes, as well as binocular and colour vision, which truly make them one of the strongest contenders in the survival game.

But even our closest cousins, known for their intelligence and dexterity, have fallen prey to human activities such as logging and hunting. Come learn all about the last three remaining primates in Singapore – the slow loris, long-tailed macaque and banded leaf monkey, and find out more about Singapore Zoo’s primate conservation efforts, as well as how you can do your part to help our closest cousins!

There will also be a special game station that will test just how much you know about them.

Venue: Start of Treetops Trail

Survival Challenge Stations

1. Tools Thumbs Up!
The thumb is an often under-appreciated part of our body, but do you know how important it is in our daily functions? Certain primates, such as the old world monkeys and great apes, in addition to humans, are some of the only animals equipped with opposable thumbs, which are essential for fine and accurate motor skills.

In this game, participants will pit their dexterity against that of an orang utan’s and pick out insects from a piece of log, using just a stick.

Venue: Sumatran Orang Utan exhibit (near island free-ranging area)

2. Blind Burrowers
Naked mole rats are living proof that beauty is truly skin-deep. Though rather unattractive, these rodents come out tops in the battle of survival, living up to four times as long as their rodent relatives.

Come experience the hidden life of a naked mole rat as you locate all the carrots in the tunnel in the shortest time, blindfolded!

Venue: Naked Mole Rat exhibit

3. Knuckle Knock-Out!
Ever wondered how chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, live, work and play? Well, you can start by learning about how they move around. Apes such as the chimpanzee, bonobo and gorilla often engage in knuckle-walking – a trait that allows them to use their hands for the dual purpose of moving on land while still being able to retain their long fingers for climbing trees and manipulating food.

Armed with gloves, participants get to experience life as a chimpanzee as they navigate a route on their knuckles and feet in the shortest time possible.

Venue: Boat Dock 2

4. Pollinator Pals

Back by popular demand from Zoolympix 2011, Pollinator Pals challenges participants to race against time and transfer as much ‘pollen’ as possible to flowers within 30 seconds.

Pollinators like butterflies and bees are essential in ensuring the reproduction and survival of plants. How well will you fare as one of these fascinating fluttery creatures? Find out here!

Venue: Garden with a View

5. Fast-as a Patas!
How fast can you move on all fours? Well, the patas monkey can hit up to 55km/h! That’s faster than the swiftest human being on Earth (44km/h) on two feet!

Come pit your speed against this amazing monkey as you race your way through an obstacle course to cross hurdles, collect fruit items and sprint to the finishing line as fast as you can!

Venue: Garden Pavilion

6. Mammoth Memory
Think you have a good memory? Pit your brainpower against our elephants – known as one of the animals with the best memory skills in the world.

In this game, participants get to see how they fare against the elephant, by being challenged with the task of remembering the key places in an elephant’s habitat.

Venue: Elephants of Asia (Ele-fun Play Area)

WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE, WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE CONSERVATION FUND AND SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL ORGANISE FIRST ASIAN PRIMATE CONSERVATION WORKSHOP

Singapore, 6 May 2011 – Primates have the closest genetic link to Man, but we have played a hand in the very extinction of many of their species. To stem the tide of destruction and reverse the damage we have inflicted, two industry heavyweights – Wildlife Reserves Singapore and San Diego Zoo Global, together with Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund – are teaming up for the first time to hold a regional workshop to share best practices in primate conservation.

To be held from 1-15 May at the Singapore Zoo, the intensive workshop aims to impart technical skills and knowledge as well as provide hands-on training for zoo professionals and primate researchers who study endangered species in captivity and in the wild.

It will be attended by 32 participants from all over the region, including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, China and Taiwan. Students from the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, as well as staff from WRS will also participate.

Lectures will encompass broad overviews of primate taxonomy, behaviour and conservation, and these sessions will include discussions on the best sampling and recording methods, assessments of primate welfare and compilation of scientific data, reports and presentations. Participants will be asked to design behavioural monitoring projects and present their findings at the end of the workshop. Additionally, they will go on field trips to study local primates such as the banded leaf monkey and long-tailed macaques.

Workshop chairman Mr John Sha, who is also curator of conservation and research at WRS said: “This is a very useful workshop for anyone who wants to acquire the professional skills in primate research. Data gathered through behavioural studies and monitoring can provide us with a lot of information on how well the population of species is performing. Through this programme, we hope to develop and adapt methods of study to help these amazing creatures survive in their natural habitat.”

Dr Chia Tan, scientist at San Diego Zoo Institute of Conservation Research said, “Previous partnerships with WRS such as conservation and research projects on the highly endangered proboscis monkeys and Douc langurs, and the turtle conservation workshop have reaped great rewards. We hope this event will strengthen our partnership and make a positive contribution towards primate conservation, especially in this part of the world.”

Human activities like logging are destroying the limited habitat of certain species such as the agile gibbon and proboscis monkey. The demand for pet monkeys also continues to fuel the illegal poaching of these animals.

Part of the funding for the workshop comes from a training grant from The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and contributions from San Diego Zoo Global, Offield Family Foundation, and Primate Conservation, Inc. Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF), an independent charity set up by WRS in 2009 with the purpose of conserving endangered native wildlife, is making up the rest of the cost.

Primate conservation is an important focus area for WRS. It has spearheaded several research studies in the past, including a field survey of proboscis monkeys in Sabah which was co-sponsored by WRS and San Diego Zoo Global. The Singapore Zoo houses one of the world’s largest primate collections, including three species of great apes, the chimpanzee, Sumatran orang utan and Bornean orang utan, the latter two of which are the flagship species of the Singapore Zoo. Visitors can learn more about them at the world’s first orang utan free ranging area built at the zoo.

Niu Kefeng, a participant from China tries to identify several Hamadryas baboons to observe for his workshop project.
San Diego Zoo Global workshop instructor Lance Miller shares tips on the art of observing chimpanzees with two of the participants.
Parkin Runcharoen, a participant from Thailand gets a closer look at the capuchins.
The proboscis monkey will also come under scrutiny during the workshop. Singapore Zoo has the largest breeding group of proboscis monkeys outside its range country,