DELVE INTO A MUSICAL ADVENTURE AT ZOO HOO 2012

Singapore, 22 Oct 2012— Play along with nature’s band at Zoo Hoo, when you visit Singapore Zoo! Held during the weekends of 24 November – 16 December, Zoo Hoo 2012 will take little ones into a musical discovery of the rainforest’s sights and sounds.

Young participants will be encouraged to identify the sounds of nature and understand why animals make certain noises. Then, get hands-on to create musical instruments that complement nature and join in the rainforest’s symphony of tunes.

Details at a glance
Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: Various
Note: Activities are free but usual admission of $20.00 per adult and $13.00 per child between 3-12 years applies.

Highlights
A Rainforest Dance Experience
Get down and boogie, tribal-style, with our talented roving dancers! These energetic performers will be situated at the Singapore Zoo entrance to welcome those embarking on their musical rainforest adventure. Join in the fun as they show you how to get into the groove of the rainforest in their tribal-themed costumes. Don’t forget to take a photo before heading in for the rest of your adventure.

Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: 9.30am and 12.30pm (30 min)
Venue: Singapore Zoo entrance

Dora and Diego Meet and Greet

Join your favourite Nickelodeon stars; Dora and Diego as they take you through the rainforest for some adventures. You can even be part of the story by making and playing your own tambourine. So come on down for endless fun and games with the dynamic duo!

Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: 11.45am and 2.45pm (40 min)
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre

Mini Mid-day Musical
While you grab a bite at Ah Meng Restaurant, catch talented young singers belting out catchy jungle-themed tunes with their energetic voices.

Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: 11.30am and 1.00pm (30 min performance)
Venue: Ah Meng Restaurant (Courtyard Area)

Sounds like a Wild Encounter!

Come join our trainers as they explain the link between sounds and animal behaviour. Watch as they exhibit their strong bond with their animal charges through the use of bells and clickers, and get cosy with animals like dogs, ferrets, hedgehogs and even an African grey parrot!

Dates: 24, 25 November and 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December (Sat and Sun only)
Time: 12.15pm and 3.15pm
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld Birthday Pavilion

Excited to make some music with our wild friends this holiday season? Then come on down to Zoo Hoo 2012: A Musical Rainforest, only at Singapore Zoo!

SCHOOL’S OUT! HEAD DOWN TO JURONG BIRD PARK WHERE LEARNING TAKES FLIGHT

Singapore, 19 October 2012 – With the school holidays right around the corner, it’s time to immerse the children in some experiential learning, which will definitely get them all excited. Three educational programmes have been planned at Jurong Bird Park for the November / December vacation for children to get an up close encounter with the feathered kind.

The Junior Avian Keeper programme is a one day activity on 23 November for children between the ages of 10-12 years old. As the name suggests, children don keeper uniforms and immerse themselves into the work of the Avian Keepers – preparing feed and enrichment for some of the most fascinating birds. They will get to feed birds with the food they have prepared, and learn how to care for little chicks too. Additionally, participants will also get an introduction to the inner workings of the Bird Park, go behind the scenes to the Avian Hospital to learn more about what it takes to be a veterinarian in the Park, and work under the guidance of keepers from Penguin Coast, Lory Loft and the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC).

A few days later, it’s time to embark on a quest to find out more about birds around us. The 3-Day Bird Quest Camp is a full day activity without a sleep-over component. Happening from 28 – 30 November, each day focuses on a different theme, like Birds of Prey, Feeding Time and Watery World. Children will become little avian experts as they come face to face with the world’s largest and smallest egg, unearth the secrets to nest building, learn about the unique adaptations in birds which make them the masters of flight, and lots more.

Holidays are not quite complete without a sleep-over. How about a cozy sleep-over in full view of the Park’s penguins? Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp is scheduled to be from 1 – 2 December, and the whole family is invited! Families will have plenty to laugh and learn together as they get an up close encounter while feeding birds, learn all about eggs and chicks at the BRC, meet Pinky the Humboldt penguin and have a photograph taken with her, and even pitch a tent for the night! As night falls, owls awaken, it’s time to heed the call to visit the World of Darkness.

There are limited places for each of the activities, so do make a reservation early! For more information on any of the programmes listed above, please visit Public Programmes at http://education.birdpark.com.sg.

Activity details
Junior Avian Keeper programme
Date: 23 November 2012 (Friday)
Time: 8.45am – 5.45pm
Age: 10-12 years old
Cost: $200 (Price excludes 7% GST, 10% off for Feather Friends, Friends of the Zoo or Wildlife Unlimited / Plus Family Membership)

Registration closes on 10 November 2012. To register, please contact Cyrena Lin at cyrena.lin@wrs.com.sg or at 6661 7838.

3-Day Bird Quest Camp
Date: 28 – 30 November (Wednesday – Friday)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm (all 3 days)
Age: 7 – 12 years old
Cost: $250 (Price excludes 7% GST, 10% off for Feather Friends, Friends of the Zoo or Wildlife Unlimited / Plus Family Membership)

Registration closes on 10 November 2012. To register, please contact Amberly Chew at amberly.chew@wrs.com.sg or at 6661 7809.

Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp
Date: 1 – 2 December 2012 (Saturday – Sunday)
Time: 2.00pm (Saturday) – 10.00am (Sunday)
Age: Families with children ages 3 and above
Cost: $110 per adult and $90 per child (excluding 7% GST, 10% off for Feather Friends, Friends of the Zoo or Wildlife Unlimited / Plus Family Membership)

Registration closes on 10 November 2012. To register, please contact Ong Peiying at peiying.ong@wrs.com.sg or at 6661 7819.

Children see up close how chicks are fed in the Junior Avian Keeper programme
A participant gets a chance to have a Harris Hawk on her fist in the Bird Quest Camp

ASPIRING YOUNG OLYMPIANS TAKE SINGAPORE ZOO BY STORM

Singapore, 20 Jun 2012 — While the rest of the world gears up for the London Olympics, aspiring young Olympians got into the spirit of the games at Singapore Zoo’s Zoolympix 2012. Themed “Super Survivors”, this event aims to challenge our young contestants to see how they match up to our amazing creatures of the wild in various special talents and abilities.

Cheered on by her family, a young contender aims to memorise key places in the Elephants of Asia habitat to see how she fares against the elephant, one of the animals with the best memory in the world
Scurry, scurry like a naked mole rat in the quest to find all the carrots while blindfolded!
The popular Pollinator Pals station challenges participants to race against time to transfer as much ‘pollen’ as possible to flowers within 30 seconds.
Think you’re as “Fast-as a Patas”? This station will test your speed against the world’s fastest primate as you navigate through an obstacle course to the finish!
A young Zoolympian proudly shows off her completed Zoolympix passport

Zoolympix 2012 will be on at Singapore Zoo every day until 24 June 2012. So come on down to Singapore Zoo for a fun and educational time for everyone in the family!

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

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

OUR PLAYFUL PRIMATES ARE HAVING AN AFFAIR THIS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

SINGAPORE ZOO CELEBRATES MAN’S CLOSEST COUSINS WITH ACTIVITIES SHOWCASING OUR COLLECTION OF 39 PRIMATES, ALMOST HALF OF WHICH ARE ENDANGERED.

FROM LEFT: Pic 1: Meet Sumatran Supermom Chomel with her babies during a Primate Affair at Singapore Zoo. Pic 2: Watch the cheeky brown capuchins battle with macadamia nuts during Primate Kingdom Adventure! Pic 3: Call of the Gibbon Trail will allow you to listen to the mesmerising calls of our white handed gibbons
FROM LEFT:
Pic 1: Meet Sumatran Supermom Chomel with her babies during a Primate Affair at Singapore Zoo.
Pic 2: Watch the cheeky brown capuchins battle with macadamia nuts during Primate Kingdom Adventure! Pic 3: Call of the Gibbon Trail will allow you to listen to the mesmerising calls of our white handed gibbons

10 May 2012 – Go bananas at Singapore Zoo’s aptly named Primate Affair this May and June. More than just monkey business, it’ll also have our apes and prosimians elbowing their way into the spotlight at the biggest party to hit this side of Singapore.

Known for their intelligence and dexterity, primates have always fascinated man due to the many similarities we share. Watch as they exhibit some of their skills through various trails and enrichment activities, or get starstruck at our meet and greet session with what we consider royalty at Singapore Zoo. Tumble headlong into the fun and learn about the differences among the various primates along the way! Especially for kids, don’t forget to pick up your binocular freebie on the way in to complete your primate adventure (while stocks last).

Details:
Date: 26, 27 May, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 June
Venue: Singapore Zoo (various locations), 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Time: Activity times are detailed below
Fee: Activities are free
Note: Normal admission rates of $20.00 for adults and $13.00 for children between 3-12 years apply

Activities:

Primate Enrichment Trails and Token Feeding sessions
Like humans, our primate friends need constant stimulation to keep boredom at bay. These innovative enrichment trails were invented by our creative zoology team to keep the creatures’ minds and fingers busy. Visitors will surely be enthralled by the varied skills and amusing behaviour of these amazing animals.

1. Treetops Trail Treats
Start at the cotton top tamarins at the Rainforest Courtyard (just after the entrance) and then venture deeper into the trail to visit our unique saki monkeys. Watch as our frisky critters figure out how to get to their delicious treats.

Venue: Rainforest Courtyard/Treetops Trail
Time: 10:15am (30 min)

2. Orang Utan Playtime
Singapore Zoo’s flagship species are always enthralling to watch. Spend some time discovering the man of the forest as our keepers share some insights into working with these magnificent creatures. Then, continue to be mesmerised by these gorgeous apes as they have a giggle with gunny sacks.

Venue: Bornean Orang Utan Island and Free-ranging Areas
Time: 11:00am (20 min)

3. Call Of The Gibbon Trail
The primates along Gibbon Island are vocalists extraordinaires! Come listen to their cacophony of cries, in response to pre-recorded calls. There are the black howler monkeys, with their deep throaty cries, gibbons with their territorial whoops and red-ruffed lemurs with their signature ‘barks’!

Venue: Gibbon Island
Time: 1:40pm (20 min)

4. Primate Kingdom Adventure
Want to watch the baboons get ‘tyred’ out? Their enrichment tyre, filled with nuts, sunflower seeds and other treats will get them all hyped up so stay for the action as they passionately pry the goodies out. Our capuchin monkeys get to battle with macadamia nuts instead. Also not to be missed are the Sulawesi crested macaques, spider monkeys and all the other residents at Primate Kingdom!

Venue: Primate Kingdom and Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia
Time: 2:00pm (Primate Kingdom) (30 min), 2:30pm (Hamadryas baboon) (20 min)

5. Fragile Forest Fun and Friends
Meet the lemurs, mandrills and chimpanzees in this trail as they curiously unravel the enrichment surprises thought up by their keepers!

Venue: Fragile Forest, chimpanzee and mandrill exhibit
Time: Starts at Fragile Forest at 4:15pm and ends at chimpanzee at 4.45pm (30 min)

Sumatran Supermom – Meet Chomel and her babies
Proud Sumatran orang utan mother Chomel is following in her famed grandmother Ah Meng’s footsteps, by caring for a baby that is not her own.

Although a first time mother, Chomel has always shown nurturing qualities. In her younger days, she would often be seen helping the younger orang utans navigate the free-ranging areas with ease, teaching them how to test their weight on the branches before moving ahead. When Chomel’s aunt, Sayang, fell gravely ill, she rose to the occasion, taking little cousin Ishta under her nurturing wing, despite already having a baby of her own to care for!

Come say hello to Chomel and her babies, Bino and Ishta, and witness history repeating itself. Ah Meng would’ve been proud!

Venue: Free-ranging Orang Utan (Island)
Time: 1.30pm (10 min)

HATCH DAY EGGS-TRAVAGANZA: EGG-CELLENT FUN AT JURONG BIRD PARK’S BIRDZ OF PLAY THIS DECEMBER

Singapore, 10 November 2011 – The world’s largest bird paradise, Jurong Bird Park, will be celebrating the “hatching” of its latest kids’ playground, Birdz of Play, through a series of eggciting activities during an event called the Hatch Day Eggs-travaganza in conjunction with the December school holidays.

Birdz of Play is a colourfully themed play area, with wet and dry play areas for toddlers and older children. Kids of all ages are in for a splashing good time as they engage in some wild water fun. One of the highlights is the water play area, which has a huge clambering splash and slide element, where a huge bucket of water will tip every few minutes, thoroughly drenching anyone under it. The dry play area will be a sensory one for kids, as they go though the interactive component, as well as play on the swing, see-saw or flying fox.

Event Highlights
Hatch Day Eggs-travaganza
Date: 3-25 December (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Activities are free but usual Park admission rates apply

Hatch Day Party
Kids will meet the cuddly and friendly egg mascots, Dodo and Didi at this free party. Both guardians in the Land of Eggs, they are overjoyed about a beautiful and exotic egg that they have uncovered. With the help of a magical stethoscope, Dodo has determined that today will be the day that this rare and beautiful egg hatches! Kids will also watch a magic show by the Egg Wizard and learn how to perform Dodo and Didi’s signature egg dance.

Time: 12.00noon
Venue: Birdz of Play

Join the Water Dippers at Waterplay!
Come have a bucket of laughs with the Water Dippers! Dressed in wet suits, big snorkel masks and flippers, the Water Dippers will entertain with heaps of physical comedy and slapstick antics. Armed with water guns and water buckets, they will play with the kids at the wet play area for a splashing fun time.

Time: 11:30am and 12:45pm
Venue: Birdz of Play

Eggnimal Craft Booth
Kids can show off their brilliant art-and-craft skills and learn how to make adorable animals and birds out of plastic eggs.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Birdz of Play

Send your Egg-mas Greetings
With Christmas just round the corner, kids can visit the booth to design their very own Eggmas e-card and send their personalised Christmas greetings to friends and family for free!

Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Entrance of Jurong Bird Park

Meet & Greet Dodo and Didi
Kids will get a chance to come up close to the cuddly egg mascots, Dodo and Didi, and take a fun picture with them.

Time: 9:30-10:00am and 3:30-4:00pm
Venue: Entrance of Jurong Bird Park and Birdz of Play

Meet the Birds
At this session, kids will get to meet our talking Amazon parrot, Quincy and come up close and take a photo with our beautiful cockatoo and macaw.

Date: 17, 18, 24, 25 December
Time: 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Venue: Birdz of Play

Birdz of Play
Egg-citing Fun!
Egg-cellent Handicraft

ART GOES WILD AT SINGAPORE ZOO!

Singapore, 10 October 2011 – Kids can dig deep into their artistic genes and unleash their creativity at the Singapore Zoo’s “Zoo Hoo! Art goes wild” event this year-end school holidays. Centred around art and animals, the event promises lots of colourful fun and educational activities.

To be held over five weekends from 19 November to 18 December, “Zoo Hoo! Art goes wild” will feature activities for the whole family. There will be real elephants parading the park, arts and crafts activities and even lovable cartoon characters SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star will make an appearance!

In line with the theme and as one of the main sponsors of Elephant Parade Singapore, an open air art exhibition of painted elephant statues, the zoo will also showcase 30 decorated, life-sized baby elephant sculptures around the park. Painted by local and international artists, each elephant will be a unique piece of art, providing quirky photo opportunities for kids and their parents.

What’s more, on 19 Nov, Playeum® the Play Museum celebrates The Big Draw at ZooHoo! Art Goes Wild”, with the theme “Fantastical Creatures Go Wild”. Using animals as an inspiration, Playeum® unleashes children’s imagination; to go wild as they immerse themselves in a wide range of art activities to create unique creatures of their own. What’s more they can enjoy the invaluable opportunity to work with artists who will play role models to bring out the children’s innate abilities. Come join us for a day of wacky fun and learning.

Highlights
Animal friends get creative
Visitors can watch and learn from our animal kingdom “Picassos”, i.e. the orang utan and Asian elephants, as they create art pieces on paper with simple strokes of paint.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time / Venue: 11.00am: Elephant painting at Elephants of Asia exhibit and 3.40pm: Orang utan painting at island free-ranging orang utan exhibit

Funky Elephant Parade
Make way for the majestic Asian elephants of the Singapore Zoo, as they sashay through the park all decked out in quirky finery. Accompanied by performers and musicians, our elephants will mesmerise visitors with their commanding presence.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 2.45pm: Elephant meet and greet, 3.00pm: Funky Elephant Parade
Venue: Proboscis monkey exhibit at Rainforest Walk

Create your own animal cartoon
Kids who have always dreamed of becoming animators can get their first experience of creating their own animal cartoon character at the zoo. They will first learn the basic cartoon techniques, while drawing inspiration from real life subjects at the zoo, such as the hedgehog, tortoise and iguana.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 11.45am
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld

Ele-paints Me!
Kids will have tons of fun taking and designing their own photographs on an Apple iPad. What’s more, they can email it to themselves as a memento of the event!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Rainforest Walk (near Zoo retail shop)

SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star Appearance
Join lovable SpongeBob Squarepants and his best friend Patrick Star in a bouncy bubbly session.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.30am and 3.30pm (30 min session)
Venue: Birthday Pavilion at Rainforest Kidzworld

Mask Making Fun!
Little ones (big ones are welcome too) can let their imagination run wild, as they design their own free souvenir mask* with different art supplies like coloured markers, magazines, crepe paper and bells.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Various locations around the park
* Whilst Stocks Last

Mad About Elephants! Booth
Find out more about elephants at this educational booth, and even have first-hand experience handling some of the specimens such as dung and teeth!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Ele-fun play area at Elephants of Asia exhibit

More more more animal fun!
A jumble of other animal activities await throughout the day!

Animal training and care demonstrations
Learn more about how our trainers condition the animals, and watch their amazing bond as they work together.
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 1.30pm and 2.45pm (30 min each session)
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld

Man vs Wild Challenges
Pit your strength against the elephant or orang utan and see who comes out tops!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and18 Dec 2011
Time / Venue: 11.10am: Orang utan at island free-ranging orang utan exhibit and 3.15pm: Elephant at Elephants of Asia exhibit

Animal meet and greet
Depending on when you visit, you’ll be able to meet a snake or a falabella, the world’s smallest breed of horse!
Dates: 19, 20, 26, 27 Nov, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 Dec 2011
Time: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm: Snake, 10.00am and 2.00pm: Falabella
Venue: Singapore Zoo entrance

Playeum®’s The Big Draw – “Fantastical Creatures Go Wild”
Children and their families can immerse themselves in a wide range of novel art activities to create unique creatures of their own.
Dates: 19 Nov (Sat)
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Various locations around Singapore Zoo

Note: Most activities free unless otherwise stated. Normal admission rates of $20.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 3-12 years apply. For more information, please visit www.zoo.com.sg.

Elephants painting at Singapore Zoo
Painting by elephant at Singapore Zoo