Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Safari Zoo Run 2013

Ready to run wild? Then get ready to run wild amidst the lush greenery and majestic wildlife of Night Safari and Singapore Zoo at the upcoming Safari Zoo Run on 17 February 2013. Jointly organised by Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Pink Apple Pte Ltd, the Safari Zoo Run aims to give runners from all walks of life a unique and memorable experience! Part of the proceeds from the event will also go towards the care of endangered animals at Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.

The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari will be opening their doors for all avid runners to enjoy the sights of our wildlife exhibits while keeping up with a healthy lifestyle through the run in the parks. Safari Zoo Run 2013 will start in the morning again.

Safari Zoo Run was conceptualised to commemorate the death anniversary of orang utan Ah Meng (*), one of Singapore’s most adored animal personalities. So put on your running shoes and join us for a fabulous day!

Each participant of Safari Zoo Run 2013 will receive an exclusive Safari Zoo Run Tee (worth $39.90 for adults and $19.80 for kids) and other attractive goodies including 50% discounted admission into Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park. In addition, all runners walk away with an exclusive animal-motif finisher medal and one-day entry to Singapore Zoo on the day of the run.

orang utan Ah Meng
Ah Meng (18 June 1960 – 8 February 2008)
was an icon of the Singapore Zoo and
tourism of Singapore.
Adventurous little ones and adults can participate in the 2.8km and 12km Safari Zoo Challenge competitive runs respectively. There’s also a 2.8km competitive category for adult-child pairs. Families looking for healthy walk amid nature can enjoy a more leisurely pace with the 6km Safari Zoo Fun Run.

The top three winners in each of the competitive categories will stand to win attractive prizes worth up to $2,000. Early bird registration is now open until 31 December 2012. For more information, log on to www.safarizoorun.com.sg. Part of the proceeds from the Safari Zoo Run will go towards the care of endangered animals at Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.

(*) Ah Meng  was a female Sumatran Orangutan and a tourism icon of Singapore. She was smuggled from Indonesia and kept illegally as a domestic pet before being recovered by a veterinarian in 1971. She was then eleven years old and was given a home at the Singapore Zoo.

Ah Meng was the head of her small clan, which lives in a large enclosure with about twenty other orangutans. She had five children and became a grandmother in 1990. She belonged to the Sumatran Orangutan species, a rarer breed of orangutan now critically endangered due to illegal logging and poaching. There are about only 7,500 Sumatran Orangutans left in the wild in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. Ah Meng died on 8 February 2008.

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