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

MEET YOO HOO & FRIENDS – UNIQUE, CUDDLY, AND HIGHLY ENDANGERED!

Singapore, 16 December 2010Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is taking on a fun – and soft – approach in its latest effort to spread the message of wildlife conservation. The parent company of the Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, and the upcoming River Safari, has been appointed the exclusive distributor of YooHoo & Friends, a collection of soft plush toys that are cute, huggable and reflective of highly endangered animals in the wild.

Created by Aurora, one of the leading companies for high-end soft toy designs in the global gifts industry, these 8-inch plush creatures come in 33 different animal designs, which depict highly vulnerable species across the globe. These include the Iberian Lynx in Europe, Spectacled Bear in South America, Platypus in Oceania and Japanese Macaque in Asia. Currently, twelve designs have been put on sale at the Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. These include best-sellers like the Fennec Fox and Fairy Penguin. WRS plans to bring in the other 19 designs in the coming months. They are also retailing at major shopping centers, including Takashimaya, N’BC stationery, BHG, Isetan as well as the Singapore Science Centre and Mount Faber Cable Car Station.

These little wildlife ambassadors have been a big hit with both the young and old, since they were first introduced as plush toys four years ago. There is even a Korean animated series, YooHoo & Friends, which was created to teach children the importance of protecting and conserving the environment.

Said Ms Linda Tan, Assistant Director, Retail, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, “We hope to draw the consumers’ attention to these doe-eyed endangered species, to spark interest and eventually bring the message of conservation in a lovable and fun way to the masses. WRS will be partnering with local departmental stores, retailers and organizations to make these plush toys readily available to the public. We also have plans to go regional by approaching zoos and wildlife parks across Asia to develop new distribution channels and spread the message of wildlife conservation.”

“Children will be drawn to the cuddly features of the toys while teenagers will find the innocent expressions most endearing. Adults will find solace in these small critters as they make ideal stress relievers,” she added.

YooHoo & Friends will make ideal gifts this festive season, particularly for young children as they fulfill international safety standards and specifications, including those set out by the EU Directive for Toy Safety, i.e. Standard EN71, and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Toy Safety.

Consumers and collectors can even look forward to a special Valentine’s Day edition that includes a 28-inch tall Bush Baby plush that will make its debut in January/February 2011. There will also be a limited edition Halloween collection in Q3 of 2011.

WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE TO RECEIVE TWO GIANT PANDAS FROM CHINA

– WRS’ RIVER SAFARI WILL BE NEW HOME FOR GIANT PANDAS
– WRS TO SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CHINA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (“CWCA”) TO COLLABORATE ON GIANT PANDA CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH
– CAPITALAND MAKES CONSERVATION DONATION TO SUPPORT THE COLLABORATIVE EFFORT

Singapore, November 11, 2009Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), parent company of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo will receive a pair of male and female Giant Pandas from China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) as part of a joint collaboration to promote giant panda conservation, raise public awareness of conservation and implement a giant panda breeding research programme. The pandas are symbolic of the close relationship between Singapore and China as the Republic celebrates the 20th Anniversary of friendly Sino-Singapore relations. This was announced by President Hu Jintao following a meeting with President S R Nathan earlier this evening.

The two pandas, which are scheduled to arrive in Singapore in the second half of 2011, will have a new home at the River Safari, the fourth and latest nature park by WRS. Preliminary work for River Safari has begun and construction is due to be completed by mid-2011. Visitors will be able to see the pandas when River Safari opens its doors in early 2012.

Both WRS and CWCA will ink their commitment to the conservation collaboration through an Agreement with the objective of knowledge exchange on reproductive science and education on wildlife in China.

The partnership will be sealed at a signing ceremony on November 12 in the presence of President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, signaling high-level support from both governments.

“We are pleased that the pandas mark the strong and continuing friendship between the two countries. The strong support from both our governments will give us great impetus to work with our Chinese counterpart in global nature and wildlife conservation, and to learn, adopt and implement best practices. This collaboration will also boost greater interest in the areas of conservation, especially for the giant pandas,” said Ms Claire Chiang, WRS’ Chairman.

To support this conservation effort, CapitaLand Limited, one of Asia’s largest real estate companies with a strong presence in China for 15 years, has pledged a conservation donation to support the 10-year collaborative programme.

Mr Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of CapitaLand Group, said: “Over the last 15 years, CapitaLand has actively participated in China’s urbanisation. Today, we have an extensive presence with a portfolio worth over S$20 billion (on a when-completed basis) comprising about 100 projects spanning 40 cities across China. This conservation donation is yet another testament of CapitaLand’s long-term commitment to China. This collaborative effort will raise cultural exchange and understanding between the two countries and further strengthen the strong relationship between Singapore and China.”

Husbandry and Veterinary Care
“With WRS’ Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre established since 2006, we have the necessary infrastructure in place – latest technology in veterinary equipment and animal management team with extensive field experience – to care for the giant pandas. Through close collaboration with the CWCA, we will be even better positioned to achieve our objectives of promoting giant panda conservation and raise public awareness of conservation. Along with all Singaporeans, we eagerly await the arrival of the pandas,” said Ms Fanny Lai, WRS’ Group CEO.

WRS has identified a team of zookeepers and veterinarians to look after the husbandry needs and veterinary care of the pandas. During the next two years, zookeepers will receive training on the husbandry, nutrition and housing of pandas. A researcher on the team will monitor as well as study the husbandry, nutrition, behaviour and reproduction of the pandas.

In addition, a team of panda experts from China will come to Singapore to provide training as well as expert guidance on creating the ideal environment for the pandas.

Caring for pandas is not new to WRS. In 1990 one of WRS’ parks, Singapore Zoo, welcomed and cared for two giant pandas “An-An” and “Xin-Xing” for 100 days.

Exhibit, Housing and Conservation Education
In line with the needs of the pandas, their new home at the River Safari will be designed and constructed to meet the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) standards.

As a strong proponent of conservation education, WRS will be looking at enriching visitors’ experience with panda conservation interpretives, educational programmes and behind-the-scenes experience on panda care.

River Safari
River Safari will be located along Mandai Lake Road, adjacent to Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. The new attraction will be Asia’s first river-themed animal park comprising of boat rides, display of freshwater habitats and other highlights offering close-up multi-sensory experience for the young and old, with the aim to create greater awareness of freshwater habitat conservation. The development will be built with environmental sensitivity and minimal impact on the Mandai Nature Reserve area.

WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE INVESTS IN AUTOMATED ADMISSION FOR ITS PARKS

NEC ASIA SUPPLIES NEW TICKETING AND ADMISSION SYSTEM TO PROVIDE A MORE CONVENIENT AND SIMPLIFIED ALL-IN-ONE ACCESS TO ALL WRS PARKS

SINGAPORE, 27 October 2009 – NEC Asia, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation (HQ: Japan), has been appointed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) as the technology solutions provider for the integrated ticketing and admission system at its four parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the upcoming River Safari that is due to open in 2011. Both parties inked a contract for this project at the Night Safari today.

The new system will fully integrate all the back‐end ticketing and admission control operations at the four parks, to provide an online, real‐time, and efficient system to effectively support ticketing and admission control operations. With a growing annual visitorship of more than four million guests, the new system will deliver faster ticketing and admission control, and allow for detailed demographic tracking. The new integrated system also allows WRS to create more opportunities for sales and marketing promotions across its parks.

Mr Kiyofumi Kusaka, CEO, NEC Asia, said, “Backed by a history of more than 100 years of continuous innovations, NEC Asia, in collaboration with Gateway Ticketing System, is pleased to lend its leading technologies and solutions to Wildlife Reserves Singapore, to create a more convenient and pleasant experience for the visitors to these parks. Gateway’s ticketing system is currently used in many leisure attractions worldwide and has proven to be able to manage high volumes of visitors and quickly, at any one time. We believe our new system will simplify the admission process, bringing about greater convenience for visitors going to Wildlife Reserves’ parks.”

Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “Being one of Singapore’s top tourist attractions, Wildlife Reserves Singapore is constantly seeking ways to improve our parks and services. We are confident that once the new system is implemented, queuing time at the parks’ entrances will be significantly reduced, thus contributing to a more memorable experience for our guests. The system’s capability of demographic tracking, will also aid WRS parks in targeting our marketing initiatives to the relevant stakeholders.