Did you know that the Singapore Zoo turns 40 years old this year?
Built in the budding years of Singapore’s independence, Singapore Zoo was the brainchild of a very young team led by Dr Ong Swee Law. Although armed with little knowledge of zoos, their unreserved gusto and foresight propelled them ahead and Singapore Zoo has been a hit since its opening in 1973, with its pioneering open concept and its ‘people-friendliness’.
In fact, Singapore Zoo has been consistently ranked as one of world's best zoos and indeed, it holds a special place in my heart as I remember paying the Zoo many many visits when I was a child many years ago.
Now that I am a parent to 3 monkies, it is their turn to explore the vast exhibits that the Singapore Zoo has to offer and for me to re-visit my childhood place of attraction.
And so to commemorate the momentous 40th year, Singapore Zoo will be rolling out lots of celebratory activities from now till the end of the year. To kick off the celebrations, a 40th Birthday Bash Zoo Hunt will be held THIS weekend (16 and 17 March 2013) which also happens to be the beginning of the March School Holidays!
The young - and of course young at heart too - can take part in the Once Upon A Rainforest Trail where participants get the chance to complete a self-navigated trail that takes them through some of the Zoo’s heritage and most popular animals and exhibits. Complete the trail and receive a special gift pack!
But that's not all. If you are turning 40 years old in 2013, good news! From 1 March until 31 December 2013, Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who turn 40 this year can enjoy 40% off admission ticket prices for themselves and four other friends when they visit during their birthday month.
Even better if you are born on the same day as Singapore Zoo's birthday - 27 June 1973. If you are born on that date, or know of anyone who has that birthday date, email the Zoo at email@example.com right away! Singapore Zoo will extend an exclusive invite them to attend a very special Singapore Zoo Birthday Bash, and take them on an exclusive tour with a zoo pioneer.
And now, Singapore Zoo has kindly given 2 Family Packs (Each pack admits 2 adults & 2 children) for me to give away to 2 lucky readers!
UPDATED: WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Congratulations to Lye Yin Leong and Joanna Lye! You have each won a Family Pack which consists of admission for 2 Adults and 2 children to the Singapore Zoo. Kindly email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize by 12pm, 15 March (tomorrow). Sorry for the rush as I have to submit your details to the Zoo to facilitate your admission. If I do not hear from you by then, your prize will be forfeited.
Once Upon A Rainforest Trail
Venue: Singapore Zoo, Outside Gift Shop
Dates: 16 & 17 Mar 2013
Time: 10am – 4pm
*Registration for the trail sheet is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Limited participants per day.