Thursday, June 2, 2016

Two wildlife parks to join Zoo, Night Safari in Mandai

My Paper, Thursday, 2 June 2016, Page A3, Top Stories
From http://epaper.mypaper.sg/epc/en/2016-06-02/
Source Website: http://mypaper.sg/top-stories/two-wildlife-parks-join-zoo-night-safari-mandai-20160602
By Audrey Tan and Pang Xue Qiang, mypaper, audreyt@sph.com.sg, xueqiang@sph.com.sg, 02 June 2016


NATURE HUB
PHOTO: NATURE HUB: The 126ha Mandai nature precinct, to be completed by 2023, will have two wildlife parks - Rainforest Park and the relocated Bird Park. Features like nature trails and playgrounds will be free of charge.
Artist's impression of the rainforest park.
PHOTO: MANDAI SAFARI PARK HOLDINGS
Picture posted by Pang Xue Qiang, Published on 1 June 2016 ay 11:05 am SGT

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SINGAPORE will soon have a wildlife and nature attraction in Mandai, complete with eco-lodges and a rainforest-themed park where visitors can get up close to wildlife.

When the Mandai nature precinct is complete by 2023, two new wildlife parks - the Rainforest Park and the Bird Park - will join the existing trio: the Singapore Zoo, the River Safari and the Night Safari.

Sleeping under the stars could be an option for those who want to spend a night or two in Mandai, as accommodation options such as tents, suites and family rooms are being considered.



Singapore will soon have a wildlife and nature attraction in Mandai, complete with eco-lodges and a rainforest-themed park where visitors can get up close to wildlife.
PHOTO: Singapore will soon have a wildlife and nature attraction in Mandai, complete with eco-lodges and a rainforest-themed park where visitors can get up close to wildlife.
Artist's impression of the public green spaces.
PHOTO: MANDAI SAFARI PARK HOLDINGS
Picture posted by Lim Jia Qi, CNA on 01 June 2016 at 18:43

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There will also be nature trails, boardwalks, outdoor seating and playgrounds, where no admission fees will be charged.

The 126ha Mandai hub sits just outside the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and borders Upper Seletar Reservoir.

The plans to turn the area into a nature precinct were announced yesterday by developer Mandai Safari Park, and were welcomed by tourism experts who said they could help Singapore jump on the fast-growing nature tourism bandwagon.



Mandai to feature new 'immersive zoo-type experience'
PHOTO: Mandai to feature new 'immersive zoo-type experience'
An artist impression of Temasek Holding’s proposed concept for developments in Mandai.
There will also be nature trails, boardwalks, outdoor seating and playgrounds, where no admission fees will be charged.
Graphic: Temasek Holdings
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At the new 12.5ha Rainforest Park, visitors can stroll along aerial walkways that extend from the forest floor to treetop canopies, or enjoy the coolness of the forest as they relax in pods suspended from the ground.

The Bird Park, which will be relocated from Jurong, will occupy 17ha and open as early as 2020. Birds will fly freely in nine "upsized" aviaries, each featuring a unique landscape such as wetlands and bamboo forests. Mike Barclay, group chief executive of Mandai Safari Park, said at the press conference yesterday: "We may be surrounded by the forests while in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, but many people may not get a chance to encounter wildlife there. Now, they'll be able to do so here."



The Bird Park, which will be relocated from Jurong, will occupy 17ha and open as early as 2020.
PHOTO: The Bird Park, which will be relocated from Jurong, will occupy 17ha and open as early as 2020. Birds will fly freely in nine "upsized" aviaries, each featuring a unique landscape such as wetlands and bamboo forests.
Picture posted by Lim Jia Qi, Kimberly Spykerman, News 5 and Liyana Othman, CNA on 01 June 2016 at 10:57
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The Mandai precinct is being designed to be in harmony with nature. The two new wildlife parks will be developed on previously occupied land and measures will be taken to minimise impact on the flora and fauna in the area.



A sample of the digital mural, which will be installed at the Singapore Zoo.
PHOTO: A sample of the digital mural, which will be installed at the Singapore Zoo.
MSPH has invited members of the public to share the photos they took at Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari, as well as the Jurong Bird Park, in the lead-up to a proposed revamp of the Mandai nature precinct.
Image: Mandai Safari Park Holdings (MSPH)
Picture posted by Channel NewsAsia on 25 January 2016 at 17:47

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An eco-bridge will be built across Mandai Lake Road for animals to move between the central and northern reaches of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.



An eco-bridge will be built across Mandai Lake Road for animals to move between the central and northern reaches of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
PHOTO: An eco-bridge will be built across Mandai Lake Road for animals to move between the central and northern reaches of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
On 14 January 2015, the Singapore Government announced its intention to work with Temasek to rejuvenate the Mandai nature and wildlife precinct.
Published by Temasek Digital on 15 January 2015
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Plans for the Mandai makeover were first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in September 2014. The first phase of its development, which could start as early as later this year, costs $1 billion. It will cover the construction of the two new parks.

Michael Chiam, Ngee Ann Polytechnic's senior tourism lecturer, said: "More Singapore residents are getting away from their concrete jungle environment into nature and wilderness, to relax and be rejuvenated. This hub has great potential to attract them."



In response to public feedback, the current eco-accommodation will be expanded to allow nature enthusiasts and families to extend their stay in Mandai.
PHOTO: In response to public feedback, the current eco-accommodation will be expanded to allow nature enthusiasts and families to extend their stay in Mandai. MSPH is also exploring a range of options with the Government to improve accessibility to Mandai. These include introducing shuttle buses from the upcoming Springleaf MRT station and direct bus services from regions that are not well-connected to Mandai.
Picture posted by Lim Jia Qi, Kimberly Spykerman, News 5 and Liyana Othman, CNA on 01 June 2016 at 10:57
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Housewife Foo Kailing, 34, liked the idea of having public access spaces.

The mother of two children, aged six and eight, said: "I've only taken my children to the zoo once. With more open spaces that are free, there are more reasons to go back."



When the Mandai nature precinct is complete by 2023, two new wildlife parks - the Rainforest Park and the Bird Park - will join the existing trio: the Singapore Zoo, the River Safari and the Night Safari.<br>
PHOTO: When the Mandai nature precinct is complete by 2023, two new wildlife parks - the Rainforest Park and the Bird Park - will join the existing trio: the Singapore Zoo, the River Safari and the Night Safari.

Sleeping under the stars could be an option for those who want to spend a night or two in Mandai, as accommodation options such as tents, suites and family rooms are being considered.

Plans for the Mandai makeover were first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in September 2014. The first phase of its development, which could start as early as later this year, costs $1 billion. It will cover the construction of the two new parks.
Picture posted by Lim Jia Qi, Kimberly Spykerman, News 5 and Liyana Othman, CNA on 01 June 2016 at 10:57 

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Artist's impression of the new Bird Park and aviary ...
PHOTO: Artist's impression of the new Bird Park and aviary ...
From 2020, Mandai will house two new attractions- a bird park and rainforest park, with public spaces, an education centre and eco-friendly accommodations.
PHOTO: MANDAI SAFARI PARK HOLDINGS
Picture posted by Pang Xue Qiang, Published on 1 June 2016 ay 11:05 am SGT
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Temasek partners Singapore Government to rejuvenate Mandai wildlife and nature heritage
Temasek shared this artist impression video of some of the concepts being considered for the Mandai.
Published by Temasek Digital on 15 January 2015

From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xka5W-JMNd4

By Audrey Tan and Pang Xue Qiang, mypaper, audreyt@sph.com.sg, xueqiang@sph.com.sg, 02 June 2016



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