Meet T-Rex and friends!

Do you know that a pack of dinosaurs has stomped its way into Singapore Zoo and River Safari? 

Come meet T-Rex at Zoo-rassic Park, happening
in Singapore Zoo this holiday season
Come face-to-face with Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and a host of their prehistoric cousins this year-end for a fun-filled, immersive discovery adventure and observe interesting parallels with the parks’ living collections and learn valuable lessons about saving today’s species from extinction. 

In a unique display that does not involve living animals, Singapore Zoo and River Safari present a lifelike animatronics collection of pre-historic creatures at Zoo-rassic Park during weekends between Nov 26 and Dec 18. 

Don't miss that Velociraptor lurking in the bushes!
Dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the earth in the fifth extinction and now animal species are being wiped out at an unprecedented rate.  In the last 50 years, we have lost 67 per cent of the world’s biodiversity. 

Through the Zoo-rassic Park experience, Singapore Zoo aims to raise awareness on this issue and rally visitors to do something to save the world’s biodiversity before it’s too late.  

Journey through the Same Same But Different Trail to learn about convergent evolution and be amazed by how the animals of today like giraffes, rhinos and bats, share similar features and behaviours with these relics of the past.  

Look out for the Compsognathus!
You can also try your hand at being a paleontologist by excavating dinosaur fossils! Escorted by the dinosaur keeper into the realm of past giants, you cannot miss the opportunity to capture photo mementoes with the towering T-Rex and Velociraptor friends.  

On a misty walk in an exciting outdoor environment, look out for dinosaurs peeping at you through the foliage and unlock an interactive experience to learn fun facts about their relationship to other animals in the zoo through a Visual Discovery app, Blippar.  

Zoo-rassic Park activities are on now till Dec 18, 2016
Some Zoo-rassic Park residents have made their way to the freshwater attraction to meet their old friends in River Safari.  

Continue your prehistoric learning journey in Singapore Zoo’s sister park, River Safari, to learn about living fossils in the Extinction Escapees Trail.  

Here you will discover ancient animals like the Alligator Snapping Turtle, Indian Gharial and Giant Chinese Salamander that still exists now! 

While dinosaur-themed activities happen during weekends between Nov 26 and Dec 18, you can still catch the dinosaurs grazing in their new home at Singapore Zoo and River Safari until May 2017. 

Come meet Sunny the hornbill at Jurong Bird Park
Then hop over to Jurong Bird Park to meet the park’s animal icon, Sunny the hornbill, who’s also the ambassador for all threatened bird species that need our help and protection. 

Jurong Bird Park, which started with just five hornbill species when the park opened in 1971, is now home to the largest collection of Southeast Asian hornbills in the world.  Of the 18 hornbill species in the park, 11 are native to Southeast Asia. 

Visitors can participate in many hornbill-focused activities between now and Dec 11 including meeting Sunny the hornbill, feeding hornbills, doing craft activities, writing love notes for the Hornbill Love Mail and learning about them in the daily Hornbill Chit-Chat sessions. 

Enjoy Twilight Encounters with Chawang and his family!
In the evening, head to the Night Safari to enjoy festive cheer with the Paw-some Parade where quirky costumed animal characters will parade down the entrance to jump start your night of animal encounters over Fridays and Saturdays between now and Dec 10. 

This year-end, Night Safari presents Twilight Encounters in activities themed around Chawang, the park’s famous elephant.  

Take a ride on the tram to meet the elephant family and be awed by the sheer size and power of the majestic Chawang with the latest addition to the family, baby Neha. 

Get ready for some Jumbo-sized Fun when you meet the Chawang mascot and be enthralled by the grace and finesse of fluorescent light show performers in Illumi-night as they dance and twirl with their lighted props against the dark backdrop of night. 

For a chance to win a pair of adult ParkHopper tickets valued at approx. RM420 per package, take part in a simple online contest.  Just answer True or False to two questions:

 1.        Zoorasic-Park takes place at Singapore Zoo and River Safari on weekends between            November 26 and December 18.

2.     Sunny the hornbill is Jurong Bird Park's new animal icon.

Don't miss this opportunity to come face-to-face with T-Rex!
The contest to win ten [10] pairs of ParkHopper tickets, closes on Dec 1 so send your answers to email: with your full name, IC number, email address and telephone number.  Winners will be notified by email.

Managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, world-leading zoological institutions – Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari – aim to inspire people to value and conserve biodiversity by providing meaningful and memorable wildlife experiences at their parks.  Website:  

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Photos are courtesy of Wildlife Reserves Singapore

A version of this was published in The New Straits Times, Life & Times on 24 November 2016

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