TALLEST SG50 BABY SPOTTED IN SINGAPORE ZOO

First giraffe calf in 28 years officially debuts at Wild Africa zone

Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years looks curiously around his exhibit. The male calf, born on 31 August this year, is the first for mom Roni, and dad Growie, which arrived in Singapore Zoo in 2005, from Israel and the Netherlands respectively.  PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years looks curiously around his exhibit. The male calf, born on 31 August this year, is the first for mom Roni, and dad Growie, which arrived in Singapore Zoo in 2005, from Israel and the Netherlands respectively.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE, 12 November 2015 — Singapore Zoo proudly welcomed its first giraffe calf in 28 years on 31 August this year. At a statuesque 1.9 metres, he is the tallest SG50 baby, and is a symbol of Singapore soaring to new heights in the years following its Jubilee celebration.

The calf is the first offspring of both mom Roni and dad Growie, which arrived in Singapore Zoo in 2005, from Israel and the Netherlands respectively. The unnamed calf has since grown 40cm, and now stands at 2.3 metres.

During the calf’s first month, zookeepers kept them separated from the rest of the giraffe herd to allow mother and baby to bond, and to ensure the calf was nursing properly. Keepers also needed time to baby-proof the exhibit as a safety precaution before allowing the calf to explore its new surroundings. Existing barriers had to be modified to ensure the baby can explore the exhibit safely.

Gradually, mother and baby were reintroduced to the other two giraffes in the herd—Growie, the father, and Lucy, an unrelated female, which arrived in Singapore together with Roni. The conditioning process took close to three weeks, as keepers wanted to ensure the calf was accepted by the herd. All four are now comfortably sharing the exhibit and can regularly be seen grooming each other to strengthen their bonds.

Aside from the mother’s milk, the calf can now be seen nibbling on leaves and chopped vegetables such as carrots. He now spends his days exploring and running around in the exhibit at the Zoo’s Wild Africa zone. While he’s starting to get used to passing trams and visitors, he will still race back to the safety of mom’s towering presence when faced with something unfamiliar.

Roni the giraffe bonds with her new male calf, born on 31 August this year. The baby, the first in 28 years, is the tallest SG50 Jubilee baby and can now be seen with the rest of the giraffe herd in Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Roni the giraffe bonds with her new male calf, born on 31 August this year. The baby, the first in 28 years, is the tallest SG50 Jubilee baby and can now be seen with the rest of the giraffe herd in Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

“Animal babies are always a cause for celebration as they are a good indication that the animals under our care feel comfortable and secure enough to breed in the environment that we’ve created for them. We hope the calf will tug at visitors’ heartstrings and inspire them to find out more about giraffes, and other animals that thrive in the same environment as these majestic creatures,” said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Although listed as least concern on the IUCN* Red List of Threatened Species, habitat destruction and fragmentation are threats to giraffe populations. To a lesser degree, they are hunted for their meat, coat and tails. The tail is prized for good luck bracelets, fly whisks and string for sewing beads, while the coat is used for shield coverings.

The baby giraffe is adopted by GROW growing-up milk from Abbott Laboratories (Singapore) Pte Ltd. There are plans to conduct a naming contest to find a suitable name for the little one in coming months.

Those visiting Singapore Zoo are encouraged to take photos of the new addition and upload them with the hashtag #sg50babygiraffe. Visitors can follow updates on the baby giraffe’s development at www.zoo.com.sg/sg50babygiraffe.

*IUCN: International Union for the Conservation of Nature

FURRIEST AUSTRALIAN TOURISTS PICK SINGAPORE NAMES AHEAD OF SG50

Koalas Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita choose their Singapore names in time for Golden Jubilee weekend

Singapore, 5 August 2015 – Meet Cantik, Sayang, Nila, and Manja, otherwise known as Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita. Seeking to blend in fully with locals, the koala quartet from Down Under gave their paw of approval and picked their Singapore names in a simple ceremony at Singapore Zoo just days before the nation celebrates her 50th anniversary of independence.

Over 250 suggestions were crowd sourced through a koala nicknaming campaign last month, and eight of the most suitable names were shortlisted. It was then left to the four ladies to pick the one they liked.

The marsupials have become hot favourites with park visitors since their arrival on 13 April this year. The koalas are a gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.

Chan has chosen Cantik, which means beautiful in Malay and is similar to her original name. This lovely lady with the pink nose is a beauty in her own right. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Chan has chosen Cantik, which means beautiful in Malay and is similar to her original name. This lovely lady with the pink nose is a beauty in her own right. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Singapore Zoo’s littlest koala Idalia has decided she’d like to be called Sayang, which means love in Malay, and is often used as a term of endearment for a loved one. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Singapore Zoo’s littlest koala Idalia has decided she’d like to be called Sayang, which means love in Malay, and is often used as a term of endearment for a loved one. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Pellita’s choice of a local nickname is Manja, which means affectionate in Malay. Quite an appropriate name for someone who always nuzzles up to her keepers (especially during feeding time!). PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Pellita’s choice of a local nickname is Manja, which means affectionate in Malay. Quite an appropriate name for someone who always nuzzles up to her keepers (especially during feeding time!). PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Being the oldest koala in the group in Singapore Zoo, Paddle has decided to go historical and chose Nila as her nickname. Sang Nila Utama was thought to be the founder of the Kingdom of Singapura in 1299. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Being the oldest koala in the group in Singapore Zoo, Paddle has decided to go historical and chose Nila as her nickname. Sang Nila Utama was thought to be the founder of the Kingdom of Singapura in 1299. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

The koalas, together with the rest of the animal and keeper family at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, wish Singapore a Happy 50th Birthday. Majulah Singapura! Click here or on the image below to view a wildly special birthday video:

The rarest, most adorable, and stunning residents of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo got together to extend the wildest birthday greeting in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday. These included orang utans, a falabella, and a Malay fish owl native to the island. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
The rarest, most adorable, and stunning residents of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo got together to extend the wildest birthday greeting in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday. These included orang utans, a falabella, and a Malay fish owl native to the island. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

GO WILD FOR SG50!

Residents of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo celebrate Jubilee Weekend in true Singapore-style with flags and celebratory songs; local visitors enjoy 50% admission discounts

The rarest, most adorable, and stunning residents of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo got together to extend the wildest birthday greeting in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday. These included orang utans, a falabella, and a Malay fish owl native to the island. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
The rarest, most adorable, and stunning residents of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo got together to extend the wildest birthday greeting in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday. These included orang utans, a falabella, and a Malay fish owl native to the island. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

3 August 2015, SINGAPORE – The wildest birthday greeting in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday came from the rarest, most adorable, and stunning residents of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. These included orang utans, a falabella, and a Malay fish owl native to the island.

For over four decades, animal residents in the wildlife parks have witnessed Singapore’s growth and development through changing faces of zoo-goers — skipping kids of yesteryears have now returned as parents and grandparents, bulky film cameras have been replaced by palm-sized smartphones, and even paper maps are making way for interactive apps. The open concept exhibits, which were already revolutionary when the Bird Park and Zoo opened in the ‘70s, became enhanced and more immersive.

Today, the animal residents not only hold special places in the hearts of many Singaporeans, they have also drawn crowds from all over the world.

During the Jubilee Weekend, visitors can expect some wild antics from the animals as they pay tribute to the nation:
– In Jurong Bird Park, Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo will fly the Singapore flag high while Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon parrot will sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in the High Flyers Show.

Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon parrot singing a heartfelt rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for Singapore. The SG50-themed presentation will take place at Jurong Bird Park’s High Flyers Show at 11am and 3pm during the Jubilee Weekend from 7 to 10 August. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon parrot singing a heartfelt rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for Singapore. The SG50-themed presentation will take place at Jurong Bird Park’s High Flyers Show at 11am and 3pm during the Jubilee Weekend from 7 to 10 August. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

– In Singapore Zoo, the largest residents of the park have perfected the art of flag-raising in the Elephants at Work and Play show, and the sea lions are ready for a little SG50 surprise in the Splash Safari show.

Jati and Gambir, Singapore Zoo’s female Asian elephants, raising the Singapore flag and WRS’ SG50-inspired logo with their trunks as a trumpeting salute to the nation’s 50th birthday. Visitors can catch these giants at the Elephants at Work and Play show at 11.30am and 3.30pm during the Jubilee Weekend from 7 to 10 August. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Jati and Gambir, Singapore Zoo’s female Asian elephants, raising the Singapore flag and WRS’ SG50-inspired logo with their trunks as a trumpeting salute to the nation’s 50th birthday. Visitors can catch these giants at the Elephants at Work and Play show at 11.30am and 3.30pm during the Jubilee Weekend from 7 to 10 August. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Singapore Zoo’s California sea lion proudly waving the Singapore flag at the Splash Safari show to wish everyone a Happy National Day. The SG50-themed presentation will take place at 10.30am and 5pm during the Jubilee Weekend from 7 to 10 August. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
Singapore Zoo’s California sea lion proudly waving the Singapore flag at the Splash Safari show to wish everyone a Happy National Day. The SG50-themed presentation will take place at 10.30am and 5pm during the Jubilee Weekend from 7 to 10 August. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

As a treat for local residents, month-long admission discounts are available in August, in addition to the ongoing SG50 promotion for Feather Friends membership at Jurong Bird Park. Local residents enjoy 50% discount on admission at Jurong Bird Park, as well as 50% discount on same-day bundled tickets to River Safari and Singapore Zoo.

During the Jubilee Weekend from 7 to 10 August, visitors to Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore Zoo can also get their hands on a free limited edition SG50 animal-themed tote bag while stocks last.

SG50-Themed Animal Presentations
7 – 10 Aug 2015
Jurong Bird Park
High Flyers Show at Pools Amphitheatre
11.00am & 3.00pm

Singapore Zoo
Elephants at Work and Play at Elephants of Asia
11.30am & 3.30pm
Splash Safari at Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre
10.30am & 5.00pm

SG50 Promotions for Local Residents
Jurong Bird Park
1 – 31 Aug 2015
50% off admission to Jurong Bird Park
Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders enjoy 50% discount on admission by flashing coupons and proof of identity at Jurong Bird Park ticket counters. Visit www.birdpark.com.sg/ndp50 for more information.

River Safari and Singapore Zoo
1 – 31 Aug 2015
50% off bundled admission to River Safari and Singapore Zoo
Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders enjoy 50% discount on bundled admission to River Safari and Singapore Zoo. Proof of identity required. Valid for same-day visits only. Visit www.wrs.com.sg/sg50 for more information.

Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore Zoo
7 – 10 Aug 2015
Free SG50 animal-themed tote bag
Visitors to the three wildlife parks can get their hands on a free SG50 animal-themed woven tote bag (worth $3). Limited to 1 bag per visitor, while stocks last.

Jurong Bird Park
1 Dec 2014 – 31 Dec 2015
SG50 promotion for Feather Friends membership: Enjoy 1 year unlimited entry for the price of a 1 day ticket
For the price of a one day admission ticket, local residents can sign up for a special Feather Friends membership and enjoy unlimited year-round entry to Jurong Bird Park. Local residents can enjoy this special membership at S$28 for adults, and S$18 for children (aged 3 – 12 years) and senior citizens (aged 60 years and above). This on-going promotion was launched in Dec 2014 and will end on 31 Dec 2015. Those interested can sign up at the entrance of Jurong Bird Park, or online at members.wrs.com.sg to skip queues.
Feather Friends Jubilee Special
Receive a special fun pack with every Feather Friends membership sign-up. Promotion valid from 7 to 31 August. Terms and conditions apply.

SINGAPORE ZOO INVITES YOU TO NAME A KOALA!

Pick Singapore names for koalas ahead of SG50 celebrations;
Participants can win tickets to visit the marsupials in Singapore Zoo

PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.
PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Singapore, 16 July 2015Singapore Zoo’s koala quartet is looking to blend in fully with locals ahead of the SG50 Jubilee Weekend with new Singapore names befitting their individual characteristics.

Since their arrival on 13 April this year, the marsupials have settled in nicely in their exhibit in Singapore Zoo’s Australian zone and have effortlessly worked their way into the hearts of park visitors. The koalas are a gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.

Members of the public are invited to gift the koalas with uniquely Singaporean names based on their characteristics and personalities. Singapore Zoo will conduct one round of short-listing, while the koalas will eventually pick their own names with a paw of approval in a ceremony in August. Details of the naming campaign can be found at http://www.zoo.com.sg/koala-mania.