Sunday, November 25, 2012

Giant Panda Forest opens its doors with Kai Kai and Jia Jia

By this Thursday on November 29th 2012, Singapore will have the 16th zoo in the world (and Singapore will become the 11th country in the world) where you can see Giant Pandas outside China. The Giant Panda Forest, housing new foreign entertainment artistes of Singapore from China,  Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉), will open to the public for a special preview. The opening will be in time for the year-end school holiday season.

The Giant Panda Forest is the most important highlight of upcoming River Safari, a new park located between Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. River Safari will be Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park and other than The Giant Panda Forest, it will offer will many freshwater attractions combined with river boat rides as its main highlights. The River Safari will only be opened in the first quarter of 2013 so The Giant Panda Forest will be accessible from a temporary gateway in Singapore Zoo. Visitors of Zoo will need to top-up their zoo ticket by 5 SGD per adult and 3 SGD per child to enter The Giant Panda Forest.

We are pleased that the giant pandas have settled into their new home and look forward to welcoming visitors who are excited to see Kai Kai and Jia Jia. By bringing visitors up close to these endangered bears, we aim to educate Singaporeans and tourists alike on the importance of conservation,” said Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman of WRS. Source : RIVER SAFARI’S GIANT PANDA FOREST OPENS NOVEMBER 29

Tickets to the giant panda exhibit will be on sale daily from 8.30am starting 29 November. These tickets can be purchased at Singapore Zoo’s ticketing counters and are valid only on the day of purchase. Tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis to accommodate an optimum number of visitors in the Giant Panda Forest at any one time.

Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at The Giant Panda Forest
Giant pandas Kai Kai (left) and Jia Jia (right) are in their new home at the Giant Panda Forest. 
Apart from seeing the giant pandas, visitors to the Giant Panda Forest can look forward to meeting other wildlife from China such as the golden pheasant and the red panda. The 1,500 square-metre exhibit – the largest of its kind in South East Asia – simulates the bears’ natural habitat, with lush live plants, boulders and water features. The temperature is kept between 18-22 degrees Celsius year round and humidity is set at 50-60 per cent to ensure the pandas’ comfort.

The two pandas are here for 10 years as part of a joint collaboration between China Wildlife Conservation Association and WRS to raise public awareness on wildlife conservation and develop a breeding programme for these endangered animals.

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