Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Press Holdings Foundation launch the High Flyers Show to great fanfare

The new High Flyers Show will showcase 40 per cent more birds than the previous show

Singapore, 29 November 2012 – Jurong Bird Park and the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation launched the brand new High Flyers Show at a ceremony held at the Jurong Bird Park's amphitheatre on 30 November. 

Officiated by Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, the High Flyers Show got off to a rousing start with macaws and pigeons swooping low over the audiences. The educational High Flyers Show showcases the birds’ natural behaviours of flight, mimicry, and how they forage for food. 

Dr Lee said: "SPH Foundation has been a long-time partner of Wildlife Reserves Singapore in supporting wildlife conservation. We have adopted the Birds n Buddies Show at the Jurong Bird Park, and its predecessor, the All Star Bird Show, since 2003. We congratulate Jurong Bird Park on 30 years of great shows and wish them all the best for the new High Flyers Show."

In a remarkable display of natural behaviour, the palm nut segment in the High Flyers Show demonstrates how macaws adapt to their environment by ingesting clay, which helps to neutralise the toxins in the unripe palm nuts they may consume. 

Another interesting form of natural behaviour is displayed by great pied hornbills, wherein female great pied hornbills seal themselves into a tree cavity, leaving only a slit, during breeding season to lay eggs and raise the chicks. Male hornbills are left to forage for food, passing food to the female hornbill through the slit. The male hornbill is the female’s and chick’s only source of food – if he does not return, they do not survive as well. Another segment in the show will demonstrate this hornbill behaviour and emphasise the alarming rates of deforestation and how this affects hornbills’ and other birds’ breeding patterns in the wild. 

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “It’s been 30 years of great shows in the Bird Park. Shows have undergone many transformations from just being purely entertaining to being edu-taining, as we believe that including conservation nuggets in shows make the information more palatable. The High Flyers Show is engaging, informative and full of energy from the word go. The unbeatable finale will see more than 100 birds on stage simultaneously, a spectacular showcase of living colours in the avian world.” 

The High Flyers Show replaces the Birds n Buddies Show, and plays daily at the Bird Park at 11.00am and 3.00pm. There is no extra charge to watch the High Flyers Show but normal admission to the park applies. (Adult: $18, Child: $12) 

For media enquiries, please contact: 

Ms Juanna Tan 
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Tel: 6661 7808 
Email: juanna.tan@wrs.com.sg

Ms Joelyn Tan
Corporate Communications 
DID: 6319 1895
Email: tjoelyn@sph.com.sg 

Mr Gary Yeo
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications 
Tel: 6319 1225
Email: garyyeo@sph.com.sg 

Jointly Issued by:

Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd Co. Regn No. 200300910M

Jurong Bird Park

About Jurong Bird Park
Opened in 1971, Jurong Bird Park is the largest bird park in the world, offering a 20.2-hectare hillside haven for more than 5,000 birds representing 380 species. Its Heliconia Repository, with 108 heliconia species and cultivars in its collection, is one of the largest in the region. With key attractions such as the Bird Discovery Centre, African Waterfall Aviary, Lory Loft Aviary, Southeast Asian Birds Aviary and Penguin Coast, the Bird Park attracted close to 936,000 visitors in 2011.

Committed towards conservation, the Bird Park is the first in the world to breed the Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise in captivity and received the Breeders Award from the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society in 2001. In 2006 and 2007, the Bird Park became the recipient of the Conservation & Research Award for the Oriental Pied Hornbill Conservation Project by IV International Symposium on Breeding Birds in Captivity (ISBBC). It has a Breeding & Research Centre tasked to ensure the welfare, breeding and promulgation of birdlife and the Park is also a designated rescued avian centre by the governing authority. Jurong Bird Park is part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore and is the only park in the Asia Pacific to have an Avian Hospital.

Jurong Bird Park is located at 2 Jurong Hill Singapore 628925. More information can be found at www.birdpark.com.sg

About Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is the parent company of award-winning attractions Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the upcoming River Safari. WRS is dedicated to the management of world-class leisure attractions that foster conservation and research while educating visitors about animals and their habitats. 

A self-funded organisation, WRS also collaborates with various partners, organisations and institutions aimed to protect local and global biodiversity. In 2011, Jurong Bird Park welcomed 936,000 local and overseas visitors, the Night Safari 1.14 million, and Singapore Zoo with 1.69 million. 

More information can be found at www.wrs.com.sg

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation

The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005.

For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.

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