SPH and SPH Foundation donate $400,000 to 20 charities at Amazon Flooded Forest adoption ceremony
Singapore, - Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is the proud adopter of Inuka the polar bear at the Singapore Zoo, as well as the Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit at the newly opened River Safari.
Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, made his much anticipated move into the new Frozen Tundra exhibit today. Inuka's new home is more than four times the size of his previous exhibit. His new neighbours include the wolverines and tanukis (raccoon dogs). Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and SPH Foundation, graced the launch of Frozen Tundra as the Guest-of-Honour earlier today at the Singapore Zoo.
After the launch of Frozen Tundra, Dr Lee also officiated the Amazon Flooded Forest adoption ceremony that was held shortly after at the River Safari, where he unveiled the centrepiece aquarium together with Mr Lee Meng Tat, Chief Executive Officer of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS). As they lifted the veil to uncover a replica of SPH Foundation's adoption plaque, the lights of the aquarium came on to reveal the magnificent manatees swimming gracefully with other species.
Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, said: "SPH Foundation has been a long-time partner of Wildlife Reserves Singapore in supporting wildlife conservation. Besides the Amazon Flooded Forest and Inuka, SPH Foundation is also the long-time sponsor of the High Flyers Show at Jurong Bird Park and the SPH Foundation Conservation Centre housing the proboscis monkeys at the Singapore Zoo. We are proud to be the adopter of the Flooded Amazon Forest at River Safari, and congratulate Wildlife Reserves Singapore on the opening of their latest park and Inuka's new home."
Mr Lee Meng Tat, Chief Executive Officer of WRS, said: “We are pleased to have SPH Foundation as a strong conservation partner as we celebrate the milestones of two of our iconic attractions. We have been waiting for this momentous day where Inuka moves into his new arctic-themed home at Singapore Zoo. Over at River Safari, we take visitors into the beautiful and mysterious underwater ecosystem of the Amazon Flooded Forest where manatees and other aquatic species swim amongst giant trees. Inuka and the Amazon Flooded Forest embody WRS’ vision of providing visitors with interactive and enriching wildlife experiences to inspire appreciation of the natural world and the fascinating animals that we share our planet with.”
Following the adoption ceremony, Dr Lee presented a cheque of $400,000 to Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, President, National Council of Social Service, and Ms Jennie Chua, Chairman, Community Chest, who received the cheque on behalf of the beneficiaries. SPH donated $200,000 to 10 charities serving the elderly, while SPH Foundation donated another $200,000 to 10 children and youth charities. About 50 beneficiaries from some of these charities were also present to witness the adoption ceremony and cheque presentation.
Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, President, National Council of Social Service, said: “Community Chest thanks SPH Foundation for a decade of outstanding contribution to the less fortunate among us. SPH and SPH Foundation have given over $3 million through Community Chest and actively engage the beneficiaries. We look forward to more opportunities to partner them in the future to help those in need.”
The 12-hectare River Safari is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks and showcases animals from freshwater habitats inspired by eight of the world’s iconic rivers including the Mississippi, Nile, Mekong, Yangtze and Amazon rivers. The park is home to over 150 plant species and 5,000 animal specimens representing 300 animal species, including one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater animals.
More information on SPH Foundation's 10th anniversary can be found onhttp://www.sphfoundation.org.
Note: Please credit Wildlife Reserves Singapore for the use of the attached images.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Joelyn Tan
DID: 6319 1895
Mr Gary Yeo
Tel: 6319 1225
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd
Co. Regn No. 200300910M
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.
About Singapore Press Holdings
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. It publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. On an average day, – 3.05 million individuals or 76 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visitwww.sph.com.sg.
About River Safari
River Safari is Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, and is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks. Occupying 12 hectares and developed at S$160 million, the park is home to over 150 plant species and 5,000 aquatic and terrestrial animals representing 300 species, including one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater animals.
River Safari aims to inspire visitors to appreciate and protect fragile freshwater ecosystems, and is home to endangered species such as the Giant Panda and the Mekong Giant Catfish. These magnificent animals are housed in themed exhibits that mirror eight river habitats from the Mississippi to the Amazon. River Safari is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826. More information can be found at www.riversafari.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 at protecting local and global biodiversity. Each year, Jurong Bird Park welcomes over 900,000 visitors, Night Safari 1.1 million, and Singapore Zoo 1.7 million.
More information can be found at www.wrs.com.sg