Thursday, September 22, 2016

River's Safari Giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia Celebrate Birthdays with Honey Flavoured Ice Cakes

Giant Panda Forest is one of our favorites in River Safari, we were lucky that we saw Kai Kai in person during our visit last month. Jia Jia was hiding at that moment and we only saw her at the CCTV. lol

Read: River Safari

Anyway, the two giant pandas celebrated their birthdays, check the press release below.



Kai Kai and Jia Jia enjoying their honey-flavoured ice cakes. In a recent update to their Red List of Threatened Species, giant pandas were downgraded to ‘Vulnerable’ from ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore 

Press Release:

Keepers at River Safari recently threw a birthday bash for giant pandas—Kai Kai and Jia Jia—with honey-flavoured ice cakes decorated with apple and carrot slices, some of their favorite treats.

Male Kai Kai celebrates his ninth birthday today, and female Jia Jia turned eight on 3 September 2016. Their ice cakes weighed a collective 7kg, and took keepers four days to make. 

Both giant pandas arrived in River Safari in 2012 on a 10-year loan from China. Kai Kai and Jia Jia entered their second mating season in April earlier this year, but both natural mating and artificial insemination had been unsuccessful. From weeks of displaying pseudo-pregnancy behaviour, female panda Jia Jia is gradually returning to a quiet life of normalcy. 

Keepers and vet remain optimistic for a future Singapore panda cub as Jia Jia is still very young (teenager in human years), and will continue to employ conservation breeding techniques proven to be successful before in other zoos. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pokémon Go: Go wild catching ‘em all at Singapore’s Wildlife Parks!

Are you a fan of Pokemon Go? If you are playing Pokemon Go game, I'm pretty sure you will enjoy visiting the four zoos of Wildlife Reserves Singapore. 

We have visited the four zoos just last week and we saw different Pokemon maps around the zoo. You can download the Zoo Map and Pokemon Maps on their website. 



To save money, you can avail the Park Hopper Special ticket. We availed the Park Hopper Plus ticket at SGD79 adult and SGD59 kid because it also includes the tram ride, Amazing River Quest and Carousel Ride for kids. 

Read: 5 Days in Singapore with Kid

Press Release

Pokemon Go is now officially a global craze with fans worldwide vying to be the country’s next Pokemon Master. 

To that end Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), the holding company of award-winning attractions Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo, welcomes aspiring trainer visitors with a “Wildlife Survival Guide” which arms them with a new special edition “Pokémon Go Map” designed for each park. 

With a total of 78 Pokéstops and 8 Pokémon Gyms to be found across all four wildlife parks, visitors can embark on their quest to ‘”be the very best” here at the WRS. While taking in majestic views of the animals, most of them rare and royal, trainer visitors can also take the opportunity to seek out rare Pokémon creatures around the parks. There are reports of Snorlax found lounging at the entrance of Singapore Zoo, precious Eevees seen visiting the new baby elephant at Night Safari, a Spearow perched on a tree with the lories at Lory Loft of Jurong Bird Park, and rare glimpses of the awe-inspiring Gyarados swimming with the manatees at the Amazon Flooded Forest in River Safari. 

What’s more, WRS is now offering “ParkHopper Specials” that offer admission to all four parks for the price of two. 

4-Park Admission: 
Singapore Zoo 
Night Safari 
River Safari 
Jurong Bird Park

Adult S$69 Child (3 – 12 years old) S$49 

*Terms and conditions apply. 
For more information, please visit http://www.zoo.com.sg/visitor-info/park-hopper-specials.html



Download the Four “Pokémon Go Maps” on their website that will help visitors find rare catches and win virtual items. There is no better time than now to head to the wildlife reserves for a wild adventure! 

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is dedicated to the management of world-class leisure attractions that foster conservation and research while educating visitors about animals and their habitats. To find out more, visit www.wrs.com.sg

National Strategy to Conserve Elusive Native Raffle's banded Langur Launched

Collaborative effort between Wildlife Reserves Singapore and National Parks Board to save critically endangered primate; only one of three primates found in Singapore a valued part of country’s natural heritage 

The Raffles’ Banded Langur is a shy and elusive primate
 that is considered critically endangered at the national level. 
This National Day month, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and
National Parks Board are joining hands to safeguard 
this species’ survival with the launch of a national 
conservation strategy for the Raffles’ Banded Langur. 
PHOTO CREDITS: ANDIE ANG 
Singapore’s Raffles’ Banded Langur (Presbytis femoralis femoralis) is getting a boost this National Day month, with the launch of a national conservation strategy for the critically endangered species. Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh, who will serve as patron of the project, launched the initiative during a ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Immediate priorities include managing the habitat and population through habitat enhancement such as establishing green corridors and exploring options for providing connectivity across forest fragments, focused enrichment plantings based on our understanding of the dietary requirements of the langurs, gathering data to understand more about the movements and habitat preferences of the langurs, and securing the necessary commitment and resources to ensure the long-term conservation of the Raffles’ Banded Langur in Singapore and Malaysia. 

A workshop was held at the Singapore Zoo in early August in which over 30 stakeholders from 15 organisations, including representatives from Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), National Parks Board (NParks), International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Primate Specialist Group, Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia, conservation NGOs and universities came together to jointly develop a conservation strategy for the Raffles’ Banded Langur. The workshop was funded by WRS and facilitated by IUCN.

Securing a future for the Raffles’ Banded Langur will require targeted action in a number of areas. Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund will engage Ms. Andie Ang, who has studied the langurs since 2008, and is a member of IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, to set up and chair a Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group. The working group will glean outputs from the recent workshop to map out a Species Action Plan, which will be used to guide and implement the conservation work for this species in the coming years. 

The project is fully supported by Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund over the next two years. One of only three non-human primates to be found locally, the Raffles’ Banded Langur was first discovered by Sir Stamford Raffles 194 years ago. Up to the 1920s, they were still reported to be common in Singapore across Changi, Tampines, Bukit Timah, Pandan and Tuas. Deforestation for urban development led to the shrinking of their habitat such that the Raffles’ Banded Langurs were confined to only the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (BTNR) and Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR) in the 1980s. In 1987, the last member of a troop living in BTNR was reportedly mauled to death by a pack of dogs.

By 2010, it was estimated that there were 40-60 Raffles’ Banded Langurs left in Singapore. This subspecies can also be found in southern Peninsular Malaysia, where a number of isolated populations continue to be threatened by habitat loss and conversion. Small and isolated populations have a heightened risk of extinction from the effects of genetic deterioration, extreme weather, disease outbreak and other catastrophic events.

Dr. Sonja Luz, Director, Conservation and Research, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “It is a fitting time to embark on a consolidated, comprehensive and integrated conservation strategy for the Raffles’ Banded Langur, to ensure the continued survival of this highly charismatic primate. This conservation project is of national importance for Singapore, and together with NParks, we are fully committed to be a part of the pioneering approach to manage the species over the long-term so Singapore does not have a primate going extinct on our watch.” 

Dr. Adrian Loo, Director (Terrestrial), National Biodiversity Centre, National Parks Board, said: “Reforestation, setting aside buffer parks such as the upcoming Tho.on Nature Park and enrichment planting over the years have improved the rainforest habitat of the endangered Raffles’ Banded Langur. This will further help increase the foraging area and connectivity for the species, which saw an increase since the early 1990s. Even so, a multi-pronged approach is required to ensure the full recovery of the species. Thus, NParks looks forward to working with our stakeholders to guide the development of long-term conservation and management strategies for this shy, elusive species. We hope to see these animals thrive in our forests one day.” 

Primatologist Ms. Andie Ang, of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group said: “The development of a regional Species Action Plan signifies a first collaboration between Singaporean and Malaysian authorities, universities, and NGOs in the research and conservation of the Raffles’ Banded Langurs. Besides ensuring that the habitat of the langurs is protected and restored, we hope that this joint effort can also help raise public awareness and appreciation of this primate and the natural heritage in both countries.”