Images 1 to 3: Animal residents at River Safari (from left: red panda and giant panda) enjoying pumpkins filled with their favourite treats as part of a special enrichment programme during the daytime Safari Boo festivities in October and November. Safari Boo is River Safari’s first trick-or-treat event where kids aged 12 years and below enjoy free admission from 6pm. Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
SINGAPORE, 17 October 2014 – It was a night of wild trick-or-treat fun as close to 200 invited guests enjoyed a closed-door preview of River Safari’s first Safari Boo. Costume-clad visitors, including 60 preschoolers, were treated to a special animal presentation on creepy crawlies, up-close animal encounters, a host of mythical creatures as well as an after-dark experience with the park’s river monsters.
Held over five days on Oct 22, 25, 26 & Nov 1 and 2, Safari Boo festivities take place from 6pm to 9pm (last admission at 8pm). Kids aged 12 years and below enjoy free admission from 6pm and are encouraged to dress up for this merry-not-scary event to stand a chance to win in a costume contest.
Safari Boo festivities include interactive discovery stations where little ones can play archaeologist and uncover animal bones to solve mysteries. Those brave for some scaly encounters can feel the unique body covering of animals such as the pangolin and arapaima, and find out why these animals are threatened because of their scales.
For more information, visit www.riversafari.com.sg/safariboo
Images 4 & 5: As part of the Safari Boo festivities in October and November, visitors can expect up-close encounters with animals such as the bearded dragon (left) and pygmy hedgehog (right) in a special animal presentation titled “River Talk: Myths and Legends”. Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Singapore, 28 November 2012 – In another milestone for Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia will make their first public appearance on 29 November, as part of a special preview of River Safari, which is scheduled to open next year.
Following today’s opening ceremony of the Giant Panda Forest officiated by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, members of the public will be able to meet the giant pandas in person with a Giant Panda Preview add-on ticket when they visit Singapore Zoo.
Visitors will have the opportunity to get up close to the giant pandas and see many creature comforts around their enclosure, including a man-made waterfall, dipping pools and bamboo gardens that simulate their natural habitat. Once visitors step inside the exhibit, they will be transported into the world of Kai Kai and Jia Jia via the raised boardwalk that takes them through the entire Giant Panda Forest. Visitors will also be immersed in the splendour of the giant panda’s natural habitat with the aid of soundscape, music and artefacts at the viewing gallery.
In addition, over five weekends in December, visitors will learn about the importance of conservation through a special exhibition at Singapore Zoo featuring the life of giant pandas in China. There will also be interactive activities like panda face-painting for children, and panda origami making. The booths will be manned by Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s youth Conservation Ambassadors. Separately, the ‘Rolling with Pandas’ talk is available at a fee for group bookings with a minimum of 20 participants.
Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, said, “The River Safari joins Singapore’s stable of award-winning nature attractions that have impressed many visitors, many of whom do not expect such rich and diverse nature-based attractions in a small, highly-urbanised city like Singapore. These new and refreshing nature-based experiences reinforce Singapore’s appeal as a top leisure destination, and add to our reputation as a City in a Garden.”
Also in attendance at the grand opening were representatives from Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Singapore, State Forestry Administration of China, China Wildlife Conservation Association, Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor CapitaLand and Airline Sponsor Singapore Airlines.
“The wait is finally over. Visitors can now meet giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia here at the Giant Panda Forest and we hope to spread the message of wildlife conservation through this beautiful and endangered species,” said Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Ms Chiang added, “Over the past month, Kai Kai and Jia Jia have settled comfortably in their new home, having a daily intake of 20 kg of locally-grown bamboo and spending much time playing in the Giant Panda Forest. We now look forward to the both of them meeting their fans in Singapore and from around the world.”
On behalf of CapitaLand Limited, Mr Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of CapitaLand Group, and Director of CapitaLand Hope Foundation, said, “With CapitaLand’s strong presence in China over the past 18 years, we are honoured to be part of this meaningful effort towards giant panda conservation, a milestone that is symbolic of the strong bilateral ties between Singapore and China. CapitaLand’s conservation donation is our gift to Singapore. As the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, we hope that our contribution will allow visitors at the Giant Panda Forest and River Safari to learn more about these endangered species and what they can do to protect their ecosystem.”
The Giant Panda Forest is one of the key highlights of River Safari, Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. Visitors can also look forward to seeing other wildlife from China such as the golden pheasant and the red panda at the Giant Panda Forest.
River Safari is expected to open to public in Q1 2013 but visitors can visit the giant pandas from a specially-created access point in Singapore Zoo. Top-up fees of $5.00 per adult or $3.00 per child (3 to 12 years old) are applicable to visitors of Singapore Zoo* for entry into the Giant Panda Forest.
Singapore, 15 August 2012 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) today announced that the two giant pandas from China will be arriving in Singapore on 6 September 2012.
The giant pandas from Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base will be flown to Singapore on board a Singapore Airlines Cargo Boeing 747 freighter and are expected to touch down at Changi Airport at 8.20 am. The two pandas, named Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉), will be housed at the Yangtze River zone of the upcoming River Safari, along with other endangered wildlife from China such as the giant salamander and the red panda. The pandas will add new buzz and excitement to the tourism and leisure landscape, for Singaporeans and visitors.
“After many months of careful planning and preparation, we are happy to welcome the giant pandas to Singapore and to their new home at River Safari. The arrival of Kai Kai and Jia Jia marks the start of an exciting panda research and development opportunity and we look forward to working closely with the Chinese experts to enhance overall understanding on giant panda conservation,” said Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman of WRS.
To ensure that the giant pandas are comfortable during their five-hour flight, the aircraft’s temperature will be set to the bears’ natural habitat conditions and ‘in-flight meals’ will also be provided in the form of bamboo, fruit and water. The pandas will be transported in special crates that offer ventilation and adequate space to move about in relative comfort. A team of keepers and vets from WRS and Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base will be accompanying the giant pandas throughout their journey.
After landing, the giant pandas will receive a celebratory welcome at the airport and will then be moved into a temperature-controlled truck for their journey to River Safari. There, the pandas will be moved into their den block to begin a month-long quarantine. After completing the quarantine process, they will be released into their exhibit to explore and familiarise themselves with their new surroundings before going on public display. Visitors can look forward to visiting the giant panda exhibit in December.
Kai Kai and Jia Jia will be in Singapore for 10 years as part of a joint collaboration between China Wildlife Conservation Association and WRS to raise public awareness on wildlife conservation and develop a breeding programme for these endangered animals. There are fewer than 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild. The pair of giant pandas also emphasises the close diplomatic relations between Singapore and China.
CapitaLand, the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda collaborative programme, has pledged a conservation donation to support the 10-year collaborative programme to promote giant panda conservation; and Singapore Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of these gentle animals.
Singapore will be the ninth country to receive giant pandas from China since 1994.
Note: Further details will be given closer to the giant pandas’ arrival date.