KOALAS READY TO WELCOME VISITORS AT SINGAPORE ZOO

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Singapore Zoo - Koalas Chan (R) and Idalia (L)

Four koalas received as gifts from Australia to Singapore ready to meet visitors;
Singapore Zoo celebrates Koalamania with a host of activities during June school holidays

SINGAPORE, 20 May 2015 – Four furry envoys from Australia – koalas Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita – are set to welcome visitors at Singapore Zoo with the opening of their new exhibit today, in a ceremony officiated by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore, and The Honourable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia.

The quartet is a precious 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.

Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said,“The four koalas are living emblems of the strong and longstanding friendship between Australia and Singapore. Their stay in Singapore Zoo presents an excellent opportunity for visitors to have a peek at these fascinating animals that stand among the biggest icons of endemic Australian wildlife.”

Originating from Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the four koalas landed safely in Singapore onboard Qantas Airways on 13 April 2015, and underwent a one-month quarantine period. They will stay at Singapore Zoo until January 2016 before returning to Australia. During the koalas’ time in Singapore, Qantas Airways will fly in eucalypt leaves – the koalas’ primary diet – twice weekly from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

In the home state of Queensland where the four koalas hail from, marsupials are considered ‘vulnerable’ and are threatened by habitat loss and encroachment, motor vehicle accidents, diseases, bush fires and even attack by suburban dogs. Wildlife Reserves Singapore (parent company of Singapore Zoo) is currently supporting the Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation Inc. in their efforts to produce a series of short education films to raise awareness of the threats koalas face in the wild.

Prior to the koalas’ arrival, Singapore Zoo took two months to design and build a special 210 square metre climate-controlled exhibit. The koala exhibit is an addition to the Australian zone, a dedicated section in Singapore Zoo that showcases Australian wildlife. ANZ Singapore is the proud adopter of the Australian zone.

During the opening of the koala exhibit, the Australian High Commission presented two street art murals to Singapore Zoo, created by graffiti and stencil artist Regan Tamanul.

Ms Chiang said, “As proud custodian of the four koalas, Singapore Zoo has planned a month-long Koalamania celebration in honour of the marsupials, and we invite everybody to join us for the festivities.”

In celebration of SG50, local residents visiting Singapore Zoo can visit River Safari on the same day and enjoy 50% off River Safari admission tickets. Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 60 years and above enjoy free admission to Singapore Zoo from 30 May to 30 June 2015.*

Singapore Zoo has planned a series of Koalamania activities for the June holidays in tandem with the opening of the koala exhibit. On weekends between 30 May to 28 June, visitors can look forward to aboriginal dance performances, mascot meet and greet sessions, and Australian arts and crafts stations. In addition, visitors can enjoy animal-themed Zoolympix educational activities with game-stations and awareness booths.

*Terms and conditions for promotions apply. Visit http://zoo.com.sg/events-promos/events-promos.html for details.

WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE PRESENTS SG50 TREATS

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50% off admission and ticket bundles for Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari,
River Safari and Singapore Zoo in lieu of Singapore’s Jubilee Celebrations

7 May 2015, SINGAPORE – Looking for ways to spend the SG50 Jubilee Weekend? Fresh air, lush greenery and an unforgettable adventure with the animal residents of Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s parks await you – with entry discounts worth trumpeting about!

Wildlife Reserves Singapore invites local residents for a wild time at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo, with discounts on admission as part of Singapore’s jubilee festivities. Promotions are available between May to September 2015, in addition to the ongoing SG50 promotion for Feather Friends membership at Jurong Bird Park. Visitors can look forward to 50% discount on admission tickets at Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park – two well-loved attractions that many Singaporeans visit during their childhood, parenthood and even golden years. Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders can also enjoy special ticket bundles for selected parks, as well as SG50-themed free gifts.

SUMMARY OF PROMOTIONS

Jurong Bird Park

SG50 promotion for Feather Friends membership: Enjoy 1 year unlimited entry for the price of a 1 day ticket

1 Dec 2014 – 31 Dec 2015

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 http://members.wrs.com.sg/ to skip queues.

50% off admission to Jurong Bird Park

1 – 31 Aug 2015

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.

Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo

Free admission for senior citizens

30 May – 30 Jun 2015

Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders aged 60 years and above enjoy free admission to Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo. Proof of identity required.

Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo

Free SG50 animal-themed tote bag

7 – 10 Aug 2015

Visitors to the four wildlife parks can get their hands on a free SG50 animal-themed woven tote bag (worth $3) at the parks’ retail stores. Limited to 1 bag per visitor, while stocks last.

River Safari

50% off River Safari admission with purchases of Singapore Zoo and/or Night Safari tickets

1 April – 31 July 2015

Each ticket to Night Safari or Singapore Zoo allows visitors to enjoy 50% discount on admission tickets to River Safari for visits on the same day. Admission to River Safari excludes boat rides.

$5 child admission with every adult ticket to River Safari

1 May – 30 June 2015

NTUC card holders enjoy special rates where kids (3 to 12 years) enter at only $5 (U.P $18) with every adult admission ticket to River Safari.

River Safari and Singapore Zoo

50% off bundled admission to River Safari and Singapore Zoo

1 – 31 Aug 2015

Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders enjoy 50% discount on bundled admission. Proof of identity required. Valid for same-day visits only.

Night Safari

50% off admission to Night Safari

1 – 30 Sept 2015 (Sun to Thurs only)

Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders enjoy 50% discount on admission. Proof of identity required.

DISCOVER NATURE ABOARD NEW RIVER SAFARI CRUISE FROM 1 AUGUST

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River Safari’s latest boat attraction takes visitors on an eco-adventure along Upper Seletar Reservoir

The new River Safari Cruise meanders along the outskirts of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, giving visitors a chance to spot wildlife such as giraffes and rhinos.

The new River Safari Cruise meanders along the outskirts of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, giving visitors a chance to spot wildlife such as giraffes and rhinos.

Singapore, 30 July 2014 – From 1 August, visitors to River Safari can go on a relaxing nature cruise along the Upper Seletar Reservoir and enjoy views of clear blue skies, lush green forests and chance upon wildlife with the launch of the park’s latest attraction – the River Safari Cruise.

The 15-minute cruise plies the scenic Upper Seletar Reservoir – one of Singapore’s largest water catchment areas – and provides visitors with a rare opportunity to commune with nature in the breathtaking setting of the tropical rainforest and shimmery waterways. Built in 1920, this reservoir holds up to 5,000 million gallons of water and is one of the four reservoirs bounding Singapore’s nature reserves. This man-made lake not only provides drinking water, it is home to many native species such as the long-tailed macaque and water monitor lizard that thrive around and in the reservoir. During the journey, visitors will learn about the beautiful forest giants that surround the reservoir and the delicate freshwater habitats.

Passengers on board the new River Safari Cruise immerse in the breathtaking setting of the tropical rainforest and shimmery waterways of the Upper Seletar Reservoir.

Passengers on board the new River Safari Cruise immerse in the breathtaking setting of the tropical rainforest and shimmery waterways of the Upper Seletar Reservoir.

The River Safari Cruise replaces the boat ride that was previously in operation at Singapore Zoo. The cruise embarks on a new route that meanders along the outskirts of Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, giving visitors a chance to spot wildlife nestled on the edges of these parks such as giraffes and rhinos. Lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of elephants going on daily walks along the water’s edge. Bird watchers can keep their eyes peeled for an array of feathered creatures, from storks to herons, which may make a stopover by the banks or roost on the trees.

The latest boat attraction symbolises Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s commitment in creating immersive wildlife experiences by refreshing and rejuvenating exhibits and attractions across its four parks: Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the newly-opened River Safari. The cruise complements the River Safari experience and the park’s focus on increasing awareness on freshwater habitats.

The River Safari Cruise runs daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm and is available at a top-up fee of S$5 (adults) and S$3 (children between 3 to 12 years) in addition to River Safari admission. Tickets for the cruise can be purchased online or at the park’s Boat Plaza – the gateway to the two boat attractions in the park.

Each cruise can accommodate up to 50 passengers and is wheelchair-accessible. Limited seats are available and boarding is on a first come first served basis.

AN OVERALL PAW-SITIVE RESULT FOR INUKA, SINGAPORE ZOO’S POLAR BEAR

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– First polar bear born in the tropics undergoes annual health-check.

Singapore, 4 November 2013 – As Inuka, Singapore Zoo’s 22 year old polar bear entered his senior years, Singapore Zoo’s vet team performed a health check on him under general anesthesia on 9 October 2013. The first polar bear to be born in the tropics was found to be in general good health for his age. He currently measures 2.5m from nose to tail, and weighs 532kg.

The hour-long medical examination included dental, aural and paw checks. Blood results show no abnormality in his kidneys and liver. There are some warty growths on the underside of his tongue, and a biopsy has been done to confirm if they are benign and can be left alone. Inuka’s teeth also needed some attention, which was to be expected at his age. X-rays of his lower limbs confirmed what his vets have suspected for some time; that he has mild arthritis on his ankle and right wrist joints. The vets will prescribe medications as required, to manage his arthritis.

After the examination, Inuka was revived with a reverse sedative and allowed to recuperate in his den. Within two days, he was back to basking in his ice cave and in no time was paddling in his pool, at Singapore Zoo’s Frozen Tundra.

A team of six from the veterinary department of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (parent company of Singapore Zoo) conducted various tests and observations on Inuka simultaneously to minimise sedation time. Here, a member of the medical team takes a closer look at Inuka’s teeth while Head Vet Dr Serena Oh checks on his shoulder, where he was darted.

A team of six from the veterinary department of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (parent company of Singapore Zoo) conducted various tests and observations on Inuka simultaneously to minimise sedation time. Here, a member of the medical team takes a closer look at Inuka’s teeth while Head Vet Dr Serena Oh checks on his shoulder, where he was darted.

Checks on large and dangerous animals are often conducted in the animal’s den to minimise the time they are sedated. During these times, vets use a portable x-ray machine to take x-rays of animal’s various body parts.

Checks on large and dangerous animals are often conducted in the animal’s den to minimise the time they are sedated. During these times, vets use a portable x-ray machine to take x-rays of animal’s various body parts.

Inuka’s paw measures an astounding 20cm across, which makes the hand of a grown man look miniscule in comparison!

Inuka’s paw measures an astounding 20cm across, which makes the hand of a grown man look miniscule in comparison!

RIVER SAFARI CELEBRATES SINGAPORE FOOD FESTIVAL WITH FEAST OF SINGAPORE DELICACIES

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Gastronomical and wildlife adventure at Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park.

Cantonese Roast Pork

Cantonese Roast Pork

Singapore, 10 July 2013 – In celebration of the Singapore Food Festival this July, visitors can look forward to exploring Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park and indulging in a mouthwatering seven-course feast at a special price of S$68+.

The experiential dining journey begins with lunch at River Safari Tea House, the park’s Chinese restaurant that features cuisine from the main dialect groups in Singapore. Set in a quaint teahouse setting, visitors can savour six tantalizing Asian delights including Teochew Bak Kut Teh, Hakka Yong Tau Foo and Cantonese Roasts.

After lunch, visitors can embark on a wild adventure in the park and meet over 5,000 animal specimens representing 300 species, including endangered giants such as the giant river otter, Mekong giant catfish and giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

A sweet finale of delectable desserts await at the Mama Panda Kitchen. The dessert platter includes cempedak crème brulee, fresh tropical fruits and the ever-popular panda paus for a pandastic ending in the park.

Claypot "Three Cups" Chicken

Claypot “Three Cups” Chicken

THE SINGAPORE FOOD FESTIVAL 2013
Singapore Delicacies @ River Safari

Date
13 July 2013 (Sat), 14 July 2013 (Sun), 20 July 2013 (Sat), 21 July 2013 (Sun)

Price
Adult: $68+
Child (3 to 12 years old): $48+
Above prices include admission to River Safari. For reservations, please call 6360 8560 or email event.sales@wrs.com.sg

Programme
11.30am to 12.00pm: Registration and collection of admission tickets at River Safari Tea House (Located near River Safari Entrance Plaza)
12.00pm to 1.30pm: Lunch at River Safari Tea House
1.30pm to 3.00pm: Free and easy tour at River Safari
3.00pm to 4.30pm: Dessert platter at Mama Panda Kitchen (Located near Giant Panda Forest)

Panda Pau

Panda Pau

Menu

The Singapore Food Festival 2013 Sampler
Cantonese Roast Combination: Honey Char Siew, Roasted Pork & Soya Sauce Chicken
Teochew Bak Kut Teh
Claypot “Three Cups” Chicken
Hokkien Five Spice Prawn & Pork Roll
Hakka Yong Tou Foo
Hainanese Claypot Vegetables
Chef’s Special Seafood Fried Rice
Jasmine Tea
Free Flow Soft Drinks or 1 Glass of Tiger Beer

Mama Panda Kitchen Dessert Platter

Panda Pau
Cempedak Crème Brulee
Fresh Tropical Fruits Platter
Coffee / Tea

SINGAPORE ZOO TURNS 40 WITH WILD BIRTHDAY BASH

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CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE WITH YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITIES. ZOO THANKS NATION WITH SPECIAL 40% OFF ADMISSION PRICE FOR SINGAPOREANS IN JULY.

Singapore, 27 June 2013Singapore Zoo turned 40 today and a party was thrown in her honour to mark the momentous occasion. Mr S.R. Nathan, Sixth President of Singapore, was present for the celebrations alongside those who have helped in her growth as a world-renowned zoo, including popular animal stars such as the orang utans.

Guest of Honour Mr S R Nathan at Elephant garlanding

Guest of Honour Mr S R Nathan at Elephant garlanding

“Singapore Zoo turning 40 is a very significant occasion for us at Wildlife Reserves Singapore. In the past 40 years, Singapore Zoo has become a fun and educational institution that both Singaporeans and international friends love. Many of us have grown up with her and many more have fond memories of coming to the zoo with our families, friends and teachers,” said Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore. “This journey has been one filled with much excitement along the way and we have treasured every minute of it because we want people from around the world to be inspired by nature and develop a deep appreciation for wildlife.”

Mr S R Nathan and Ms Claire Chiang officiated Singapore Zoo's 40th Birthday Celebrations

Mr S R Nathan and Ms Claire Chiang officiated Singapore Zoo’s 40th Birthday Celebrations

Singapore Zoo first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973 with a collection of 272 animals representing 72 species. This was after five years of development work which began in 1968 when Dr Ong Swee Law, Chairman of Singapore’s Public Utilities Board, conceived the idea of locating the zoo in the catchment forests around the Upper Seletar Reservoir.

Since then, the Zoo has established herself as one of the world’s finest, not only for her unique collection of animals and immersive exhibits, but also for her leadership in conservation, education and recreation. Some of her fondest memories include the first orang utan birth in 1975, the opening of the Children’s Zoo and Adventureland in 1980, and the release of the first free-ranging animals – the squirrel monkeys, cotton-top tamarins and cotton-eared marmosets – in the zoo in 1992. Today, she has a collection of over 2,800 animals of over 300 species, 26 per cent of which are threatened.

Orang Utan Chomel meets Mr S R Nathan

Orang Utan Chomel meets Mr S R Nathan

Orang Utans enjoying the Singapore Zoo 40th Birthday Fruit cake

Orang Utans enjoying the Singapore Zoo 40th Birthday Fruit cake

Annually, over 1.7 million Singapore and international visitors enjoy experiential learning journeys at the award-winning zoo. Singapore Zoo has become an evergreen destination which many visitors discover as children. As years pass, they re-visit as parents when their own little ones are growing up, and eventually return as grandparents with their grandchildren.

“As our world continues to urbanise, we have an even more important and urgent task at hand of educating the public to appreciate, protect and secure the future of our most valued assets – wildlife – because once gone, we won’t get to enjoy that anymore. Singapore Zoo will continue its mission to inspire its visitors to develop an appreciation for nature and wildlife. We look forward to stronger collaborations with our partners to bring fun and value to our visitors, especially the young ones,” said Ms Chiang.

Mr S R Nathan signing on the Singapore Zoo 40th Birthday Card

Mr S R Nathan signing on the Singapore Zoo 40th Birthday Card

As a gesture of thanks to the local community, 40th birthday surprises will continue all year round, starting with a 40% discount on admission throughout July for all Singaporeans and permanent residents to join in the merriment and celebrate the park’s milestone birthday.

In addition, guests can take part in the 40 Wild Years Trail, and redeem retail and F&B offers upon completion. The trail will run from 27 June – 31 July 2013 and consists of five questions that will take visitors to some iconic sites within Singapore Zoo. Activity sheets will be available at all Singapore Zoo ticket counters.

For more information and the latest updates on Singapore Zoo’s 40th anniversary celebrations, visit www.zoo40.zoo.com.sg, or www.facebook.com/wrs.sg.

CONSERVATION OF PANGOLINS GIVEN HOPE AT INAUGURAL ‘SCALING UP PANGOLIN CONSERVATION’ CONFERENCE

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First ever conference by IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group and Wildlife Reserves Singapore to be a global voice in the protection and conservation of pangolins.

Pangolin and young

Pangolin and young

Singapore/London, 19 June 2013 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore and the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN-SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group have come together to organise the first ever global conference on the rather shy, nocturnal pangolins which for years have been under threat from poachers for their meat and scales.

Themed ‘Scaling up Pangolin Conservation’, the four day conference from 24 – 27 June held at Night Safari aims to devise an overarching conservation strategy to improve their conservation efforts with specific and measurable initiatives, and to provide input into formal IUCN Red List assessments to reassess their status to further protect the species.

Professor Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director at the Zoological Society of London and Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group said, “This is a landmark event in pangolin conservation, we will have 50 researchers from around the world gathered to set a road-map for conserving pangolins over the next decade. Especially important here is formulating ways to reduce demand for pangolins in Asia.”

While they may look like walking pine-cones, pangolins, or scaly-anteaters as they are also known, are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia, and increasingly, in Africa. Globally, they are illegally traded in their tens of thousands each year.

This trade is primarily to China and Vietnam where they are considered a delicacy and their scales used in traditional medicines. In response to the magnitude of trade and other threats including loss of habitat and ill-considered land management practices, the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, an expert group of pangolin conservationists, was established in February 2012.

“Rapid action is urgently needed if pangolins in Africa and Asia are to be conserved given the rate at which they are being exploited for East Asian luxury markets,” commented Dan Challender, Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group and doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology.

The inaugural pangolin conference is part of Wildlife Reserves Conservation Fund’s (WRSCF) efforts to conserve endangered native wildlife. Since its inception in 2009, the Fund has supported various projects and conferences.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer at Wildlife Reserves Singapore said, “For years WRS has been working on helping our critically endangered species locally, via research and captive breeding. We are very pleased to co-organise and host this event, bringing together the foremost pangolin experts in the world, striving to find a strategy that will help this group of unique animals globally.”

To further raise public awareness to the plight faced by the pangolins, a free for public seminar will be held on 28 June from 12.30pm – 4pm at the Forest Lodge in Singapore Zoo with a series of four talks by experts:

  1. Trade in wildlife for meat and medicines pushing Southeast Asian species towards extinction by Chris Shepherd, Acting Regional Director for TRAFFIC in South-East Asia
  2. From the IUCN SSC and new technology for addressing illegal wildlife trade by Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director at the Zoological Society of London and Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group
  3. The pangolin trade in Asia by Dan Challender, Co-Chair of the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group and doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
  4. Pangolins of Singapore: In situ and ex situ conservation efforts by Razak Jaffar, Assistant Curator, Night Safari, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

As there are limited seats to the public seminar available, interested participants are advised to RSVP by 21 June to Yap Xinli at xinli.yap@wrs.com.sg.

Additionally, to extend the message on pangolin conservation even further to the visitors at Night Safari, an outreach programme has been planned. Visitors to Night Safari on 21, 22, 28 and 29 June will be able to hear more about pangolins from the keepers at a short 15minute session starting from 9.15pm at the Pangolin Exhibit along the Fishing Cat Trail. Over the years, Night Safari has fine-tuned captive management of these unassuming creatures and has achieved a global first: The world’s first institution successfully to breed and raise the Sunda pangolin in captivity.

The ‘SCALING UP PANGOLIN CONSERVATION’ CONFERENCE has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund, the Zoological Society of London, San Antonio Zoo, the Houston Zoo, TRAFFIC and Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong.

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