KOALAMANIA HITS SINGAPORE ZOO THIS JUNE

Go wild with koa-lity holiday activities and stand a chance to win a family trip to Queensland

Koalamania

18 May 2015, SINGAPORE – Koalas Chan, Idalia, Pellita and Paddle have arrived at Singapore Zoo for their tropical vacation and are ready to meet visitors from 12pm on 20 May! Say “G’day” to the four lovely ladies from Down Under, take part in Zoolympix 2015, and go wild with Koalamania this June school holidays.

For five weekends from 30 May to 28 June, young visitors can show their love for the furry marsupials by donning koala masks, and create koala keepsakes such as origami art, pencil huggers and Australian aboriginal-inspired dot paintings. Snap a photo at the zoo’s koala photo illusion wall, upload it on the Koalamania website (http://www.zoo.com.sg/koala-mania/) and stand to win a family holiday to Queensland, Australia with Qantas Airways!

The annual Zoolympix is also back this June with a line-up of fun and educational activities inviting kids (aged 5-12 years) to play Junior Explorers for a day. Held for 15 activity days between 30 May and 28 June, explorers can help save animal friends from the brink of extinction.

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.*

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

Activity Details

Zoolympix 2015
30 May to 7 June, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 June
Starting point at Zoolympix booth near entrance
Junior Explorers can pick up a Zoolympix booklet near the entrance of Singapore Zoo before seeking out the five wildlife-themed game stations that are scattered around the park. Help save animals and protect their homes through fun activities, while learning about environmental threats.
All participants are entitled to a Spin and Win lucky draw on completing the Zoolympix booklet.
Participants can also look forward to sale of educational materials, exclusive badges and an education awareness booth.

Koalamania!
30 May to 28 June 2015 (Weekends only)
Koala Mask-cum-Fan Giveaway (Limited to 1000 pieces daily, while stocks last)
Wear your love for koalas… on your face! The adorable mask doubles as a fan to keep you cool throughout the day.

Koala Kling-on Optical Illusion Photo Wall
Snap a photo at our illusion wall, upload it on the Koalamania website (http://www.zoo.com.sg/koala-mania/) and stand to win a family holiday to Queensland, Australia!

11am and 1pm (30mins each)
Didgeridoo (aboriginal wind instrument) performance by The Earthtone Project – hang around for a chance to try playing Australian aboriginal instruments.

10am, 12 noon, 4pm (30mins each)
Mascot Mania – look out for the adorable koalas and Zoo Hoo elephant, orang utan and zebra mascots! Snap photos with them for a memorable keepsake.

10am to 4pm
Koala-ty Crafts – Young koala fans can get krafty with koala and aboriginal-themed crafts like origami, sticker printing and dot painting on pebbles.

STEP UP AS A ZOOLYMPIX RESCUE RANGER THIS JUNE HOLIDAYS

Learn how to help our animal friends in ninth installment of Singapore Zoo’s wildly popular event

At the Rubbish Raft station, learn how you can help reclaim the habitat for wildlife by keeping rivers free from trash.
At the Rubbish Raft station, learn how
you can help reclaim the habitat for wildlife by
keeping rivers free from trash.

Singapore, 8 May 2013 — Zoolympix is back with a resounding bang in 2013! This time, each participant is transformed into a “Rescue Ranger” and gets to learn first-hand how habitat destruction and poaching are driving many animals to extinction. Leaping into its ninth year, Zoolympix will feature six exhibits in the zoo that will double up as interactive game stations. This series of challenging “rescue missions” will test young rangers’ memory, accuracy and agility.

With the zoo also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, nuggets of historical knowledge will be incorporated into a journey that will both educate and entertain. Participants will learn little-known trivia about some of the zoo’s landmark moments since its opening in 1973.

In addition, stand to win attractive lucky draw prizes that include wildly popular zoo experiences. First prize is a one-year Friends of the Zoo Family membership and 2D1N Sleep with the Beasts Camp, worth over $800 for a family of two adults and two children; second prize is a 4-in-1 Park Hopper family package for two adults and two children and a 3-day Zoo Explorer Camp for one child worth over $600; and third prize is a 3-in-1 Park Hopper and Jungle Breakfast package for two adults and two children worth over $300. Top three winners also win a year’s subscription to Wildlife Wonders, Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s in-house magazine.

Pop into the awareness booth to find out more about endangered local wildlife, and learn what the ‘real’ Rescue Rangers at Wildlife Reserves Singapore parks (meaning the keepers) do to protect these animals. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet a pangolin! While you’re there, indulge in a spot of face-painting or badge-making. Young readers are also free to browse our educational publications — available in English and mother tongue—and newly-published books about pandas.

Learn more about threatened wildlife at the Zoolympix Awareness Booth, and you might even get to meet a pangolin!
Learn more about threatened wildlife at
the Zoolympix Awareness Booth, and you might
even get to meet a pangolin!

Details
Date: 1 – 9 June 2013 (Daily)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Fee: $3 per Zoolympix passport, Available at the registration tent at the start of Treetops Trail (in front of the bird photography area)
Notes: Normal admission rates of $22.00 (adult) and $14.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply. Zoolympix activities are recommended for children between 5 and 12 years old

Rescue Ranger Stations
On Thin Ice
Venue: Frozen Tundra
Climate change is causing the Arctic ice to melt! Help a polar bear find its lunch by hopping between fragmented “ice” pieces to pick up as many seals as possible within 30 seconds.

Seed Seekers
Venue: Tropical Crops (Pavilion opposite Cat Country)
In a world where deforestation is rampant, Rescue Rangers must collect and save the seeds of tropical plants which could be in danger of extinction. Track down plants in the Tropical Crops exhibit and “collect” their seeds by making a shading from the embossed plaques next to them.

Forest Storeys
Venue: Fragile Forest
The first step in wildlife conservation is to understand it better. Test your memory and learn more about animals and their rainforest homes by placing the creatures in the correct layer of their rainforest habitat in 30 seconds.

Rubbish Raft
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld (Tugboat area)
Make a difference for the many fish, birds, frogs, and other wildlife friends by helping to keep rivers clean. In 30 seconds, scoop out floating rubbish in the water while standing on a raft and do your bit to reclaim the habitat for these river dwellers!

Penguin Eggs-pedition
Venue: African penguin exhibit
African penguins have nowhere to lay their eggs, now that the guano they use as nesting material has been harvested for fertiliser! In 30 seconds, sort penguins’ eggs into colour-coded “igloos” that ingenious scientists have provided as shelter for the eggs.

Stop Those Smugglers!
Venue: Sun bear exhibit
The smallest bear in the world needs to be saved from poachers! Stop sun bear smuggling by ringing in the pesky poachers. Toss rings over as many cone ‘smugglers’ as possible in 30 seconds.

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

YOU CAN BE AN OLYMPIAN TOO AT SINGAPORE ZOO THIS JUNE

JOIN IN THE RACE FOR THE SUPER SURVIVOR AT ZOOLYMPIX 2012!

Pollinator Pals is back by popular demand from Zoolympix 2011!
Indulge in face/body painting and wear your favourite animal on you at Zoolympix 2012

Singapore, 4 June 2012 — Zoolympix 2012 celebrates the survival of the fittest in the animal kingdom. This year, we highlight the champions in the world of primates. Get ready to pit your skills against our animal Olympians in a series of survival challenges that test your speed, agility, dexterity and brain power!

Race to the six game stations around the Zoo and redeem a stamp each time you successfully clear the challenge. Participants who achieve the highest scores of the day at each station will be inducted into the Zoolympix Hall of Fame. All participants also get to take home a souvenir in the Sure-win Lucky Dip and stand a chance at winning attractive prizes in the Grand Lucky draw.

For those who prefer a more relaxing option, be sure to join in our face painting and badge making activities or swing by the awareness booth to discover amazing primate facts!

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

Activities:
Awareness Booth: All about Primates!
Singapore Zoo is home to 39 unique species of primates, many of which are endangered. This diverse group boasts a range of adaptions such as opposable thumbs and toes, as well as binocular and colour vision, which truly make them one of the strongest contenders in the survival game.

But even our closest cousins, known for their intelligence and dexterity, have fallen prey to human activities such as logging and hunting. Come learn all about the last three remaining primates in Singapore – the slow loris, long-tailed macaque and banded leaf monkey, and find out more about Singapore Zoo’s primate conservation efforts, as well as how you can do your part to help our closest cousins!

There will also be a special game station that will test just how much you know about them.

Venue: Start of Treetops Trail

Survival Challenge Stations

1. Tools Thumbs Up!
The thumb is an often under-appreciated part of our body, but do you know how important it is in our daily functions? Certain primates, such as the old world monkeys and great apes, in addition to humans, are some of the only animals equipped with opposable thumbs, which are essential for fine and accurate motor skills.

In this game, participants will pit their dexterity against that of an orang utan’s and pick out insects from a piece of log, using just a stick.

Venue: Sumatran Orang Utan exhibit (near island free-ranging area)

2. Blind Burrowers
Naked mole rats are living proof that beauty is truly skin-deep. Though rather unattractive, these rodents come out tops in the battle of survival, living up to four times as long as their rodent relatives.

Come experience the hidden life of a naked mole rat as you locate all the carrots in the tunnel in the shortest time, blindfolded!

Venue: Naked Mole Rat exhibit

3. Knuckle Knock-Out!
Ever wondered how chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, live, work and play? Well, you can start by learning about how they move around. Apes such as the chimpanzee, bonobo and gorilla often engage in knuckle-walking – a trait that allows them to use their hands for the dual purpose of moving on land while still being able to retain their long fingers for climbing trees and manipulating food.

Armed with gloves, participants get to experience life as a chimpanzee as they navigate a route on their knuckles and feet in the shortest time possible.

Venue: Boat Dock 2

4. Pollinator Pals

Back by popular demand from Zoolympix 2011, Pollinator Pals challenges participants to race against time and transfer as much ‘pollen’ as possible to flowers within 30 seconds.

Pollinators like butterflies and bees are essential in ensuring the reproduction and survival of plants. How well will you fare as one of these fascinating fluttery creatures? Find out here!

Venue: Garden with a View

5. Fast-as a Patas!
How fast can you move on all fours? Well, the patas monkey can hit up to 55km/h! That’s faster than the swiftest human being on Earth (44km/h) on two feet!

Come pit your speed against this amazing monkey as you race your way through an obstacle course to cross hurdles, collect fruit items and sprint to the finishing line as fast as you can!

Venue: Garden Pavilion

6. Mammoth Memory
Think you have a good memory? Pit your brainpower against our elephants – known as one of the animals with the best memory skills in the world.

In this game, participants get to see how they fare against the elephant, by being challenged with the task of remembering the key places in an elephant’s habitat.

Venue: Elephants of Asia (Ele-fun Play Area)

BECOME THE KING OF THE FOREST AT THIS YEAR’S ZOOLYMPIX

11 May 2011 – The annual Zoolympix at the Singapore Zoo returns for the seventh time this year with a new theme centered around the International Year of the Forests and more challenging activities to put young ones to the test.

‘Olympians of the animal kingdom’ will get to show off their athletic abilities in a series of challenges that will test their agility, speed, accuracy and brain power.

Adrenaline pumping stations will be scattered around the rainforest-themed zoo, and participants who accumulate the highest score of the day at each station will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which profiles a daily Zoolympix champion. What’s more, all participants who complete the challenges stand to win attractive lucky draw prizes including Wildlife Unlimited Memberships and Wildlife Reserves Singapore gift vouchers.

In addition, young visitors can enjoy optional activities such as face painting, DIY pebble painting and animal appearances, for those looking for a more laid back day at the zoo.

Stations

Power Pollinators
Kids will race against the clock to ‘pollinate’ as many flowers as possible in 30 seconds. The ‘pollinators’ have to stick coloured Velcro balls onto their vests and sprint in a shuttle run-style race to deposit them in colour-coded baskets.

Venue: Garden Pavilion

Awesome Orang Utan
This station puts a spin on the classic monkey bar as it doubles up as a ‘tree’. Participants have to be as agile as the orang utans to make it across in the shortest possible time.

Venue: In front of orang utan island

Hand-some Otters
While identifying items in a fish tank sounds easy enough, this activity takes it to the next level by blindfolding the participants. This game puts their sense of touch and speed to the test.

Venue: Open area opposite otter exhibit

Ele-fun Foot
Participants will experience for themselves just how nimble and surefooted elephants are as they try to navigate along logs in gum boots.

Venue: Interpretive Hut at Elephants of Asia

Shoot-em Archers
Armed with water guns, participants will find that sharp shooting skills are essential if you are an archer fish hunting for insects.

Venue: Outside Fragile Forest

Giraffe With Altitude
After all the fast-paced activities, visitors can relax and learn interesting facts about giraffes at this fact-finding station.

Venue: Giraffe exhibit

Details
Date: 23 May – 12 June (Daily)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Fee: $2 per Zoolympix passport

Available at the registration tent at Rainforest Walk (in front of the bird photography area).
Normal admission rates of $20.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 12 years and under apply.

Additional Wild Weekend Activities
DIY pebble painting
Time: 10am – 4pm
Dates: 28, 29 May, 4, 5, 11, 12 Jun
Location: Rainforest Courtyard (opposite Zoo Retail Shop)

Dr Ooz Show and Tell
Time: 1.30 – 2pm
Dates: 28, 29 May, 4, 5, 11, 12 Jun
Location: Rainforest Walk (in front of the bird photography area)

Special Animal Appearance
Time: 11am – 1pm
Dates: 28, 29 May, 4, 5, 11, 12 Jun
Location: Rainforest Walk (in front of the bird photography area)

*Zoolympix activities are recommended for children between 4 to 12 years old.

Zoolympix fun!
An aspiring Olympian!