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SPH and Jurong Birdpark Celebrate Singapore’s 39th Birthday with an All Star Tribute to the Nation

Singapore, August 4, Wednesday - Even the feathered stars at the Jurong BirdPark are in a party mood and gearing up for some fun and action to celebrate Singapore’s 39th birthday.

As a National Day tribute to the nation, the Jurong BirdPark will be presenting an exclusive All Star BirdShow on Sunday, 8 August 2004, jointly with Singapore Press Holdings, the adopter of the birdshow.

The show will feature a sea of red and white birds (reflecting colours of our National flag) and include special appearances by favourite stars such as macaws and cockatoos. The lovable Big John - a cockatoo, which has tickled droves of BirdPark visitors for over three decades will be raising the Singapore flag.

The highlight of the show includes honouring the feathered stars for their respective contributions over the years. Winner of Excellence in the Arts, Pikasso will be show-casing a painting in red and white while Excellence in Education award winner Ippy will demonstrate its wit over an IQ test. Watch Excellence in Sports winners, Sunny and Cocky challenge each other’s slam-dunking skills in a one-on-one basketball match. And hold your breath as Excellence in Technology and Science award winner, Major Stanley rocket into space in his latest space shuttle!

Said Dr Wong Hon Mun, Executive Director of Jurong BirdPark: "There are 9,000 birds from 600 species at the BirdPark. According to the Singapore Bird Census 2004, there are now 6,772 birds from 145 species in the wild. These form an important part of our ecosystem. As we celebrate Singapore’s birthday with this special show, we hope to take the opportunity not only to entertain but also to educate visitors that they too can play a part in conserving the homes of the many birds around us."

Added Mrs Sng Ngoi May, Executive Vice President of SPH’s Corporate Services and Corporate Relations: "This special bird show to commemorate the nation’s 39th birthday also serves as a timely reminder for the community to protect the environment. SPH strongly support efforts at all levels to educate our younger generation on how to appreciate wildlife and conserve them for generations after them. We are committed to working closely with Jurong BirdPark to help spread this conservation message on this special day."

Launched in 1982, the All Star BirdShow is a hallmark offering of the Jurong BirdPark and a world-famous bird show featuring the finest of the bird kingdom. Boasting a wide variety of performing birds, from cockatoos, macaws, flamingos and pelicans to hornbills, the All Star BirdShow serves to educate its audience about wildlife and environmental conservation. Every show ends with a conservation message, encouraging the audience to play an active role in conservation.

What’s more, there’s also a special appearance by the Bird mascot at the Foyer (10am & 12noon) and a Kid’s Colouring Contest at the Songbird Terrace (2.30pm).

Visitors who present cut-out coupons from press ads in The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao (dated 1, 6 & 7 August 2004) can enjoy the following promotions:

- Children aged three to 12 years old only need to pay $3.90 (usual price: $7.00 per child) on August 8.

- 39 lucky visitors stand a chance to win a $100 voucher each on August 8 (simply fill up the cut-out coupon from the press ad and deposit it at the Main Foyer)

- Purchase a Flamingo Flame (a delightful pink cocktail) and get another free.

Date: August 8, 2004
Time: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Venue: Jurong BirdPark

Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading news and information provider, offering quality content for print, Internet, TV and radio. It publishes 14 newspapers in the four official languages and seven lifestyle magazines. Everyday, 2.78 million individuals, or 90 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications while the online editions of its six main dailies enjoy some 120 million pageviews a month. SPH has ventured into the broadcast medium and operates two popular free-to-air TV channels, Channel U in Chinese and Channel i in English. It also operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English, under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is the parent company of the award-winning attractions - Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park which offer excellent exhibits of animals and birds presented in their natural environment for the purpose of conservation, education and recreation. WRSi mission is to preserve biodiversity and to undertake public education, research and collaboration as well as maintain and update
the exhibits in the most humane and naturalistic manner. Each year, the Singapore Zoo attracts an average of 1.5 million visitors, the Jurong Bird Park 1 million and the Night Safari, 900,000.
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