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Celebrate Earth Day with your furry and feathery friends

By Farhan ShafieEvents - 18 April 2012 12:00 AM

Celebrate Earth Day with your furry and feathery friends

Mulling over what to do this weekend? The Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park invite you to “Mobilise The Earth” with them, in conjunction with this year’s theme for Earth Day (April 21-22).

Visitors can look forward to a whole host of activities, in support of the movement to conserve the environment. Whether it is helping to build eco-friendly birdhouses or learning to transform recycled materials into innovative ornamental pieces, going green has never been more engaging.

Head on over to Mandai and get your creative juices flowing with a workshop on crafts making from reused products. Also enjoy heart-stopping drumming performances from student musicians as they entertain you with instruments made from everyday items.

 

Earth Day at the Zoo

Get Creative. Go Green

Christian Outreach to the Handicapped has partnered with Singapore Zoo to conduct a workshop on how to conjure intricate art pieces from simple materials.

Serving a dual function, these products are a functional and environmentally friendly alternative to beautifying your home. Also known as “upcycling”, it is a practical way of turning worthless old items into new products of a higher value.

Venue: Opposite retail store at the entrance

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

 

Pledge-a-badge

Mark your pledge for Earth Day by taking home badges specially designed by the zoo. Wear it proudly and remind yourself of your promise to take care of Mother Earth.

Venue: Opposite retail store at the entrance

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm

 

Friends of the Green Forest

Get up close and personal with the zoo’s Earth Day ambassador Moby - the orang utan made entirely from recycled bottles! Don’t miss a chance to take a photo with this unique sculpture done by students from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media.

Stand a chance to win attractive prizes when you guess correctly the number of recycled bottles that Moby is made of. Enter the contest here: http://www.facebook.com/wrs.sg

Venue: Rainforest Courtyard (near bird photography) 

Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm

 

Green Grooves

Who says you can’t rock it out and save the planet at the same time? Catch a unique musical performance from the Zhenghua Secondary School Drums Ensemble, played only with recycled materials.

Venue: Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre 

Time: 12.20pm and 2.20pm

For the full list of events at Singapore Zoo, find out here.

 



Build a bird house at Jurong Bird Park

 

Also, do not miss out on the festivities at the Jurong Bird Park as well. 15 students from Greenridge Primary School will be there on 21 April to help build 40 birdhouses. Together with their parents, they will also be on hand to guide the public on how to make a simple bird feeder from drink cartons.

This is the second year students have offered their assistance to make the birdhouses, also known as nest boxes, for Jurong Bird Park. It was a cause, which the students greatly identified with, evident by ex-Greenridge Primary pupil, Sadia Tasneem, who took part last year and is now in Secondary 1, but wanted to come down again to help in the project.

“It was a wonderful journey for me because prior to the assembling of the birdhouses, we did some research on deforestation and were shocked to find the number of trees chopped down each day. It just made me wonder… how many animals or birds depending on the trees as their homes, would have suffered… So I thought this would be a little contribution, to assemble some bird houses for the birds,” commented the 13 year-old.

So if you are looking for a meaningful way to commemorate Earth Day this year, be sure to make Singapore Zoo or Jurong Bird Park your destination.

Earth Day at Jurong Bird Park:

 

Bird Feeder craft activity 

Date: 21 April 2012 (Saturday)

Time: 11.30am - 2pm

Venue: Penguin Coast 

* Only the Bird Feeder activity is open to the public, and normal admission charges to Jurong Bird Park apply.  

 

Build a Birdhouse 

Date: 21 April 2012 (Saturday)

Time: 9am – 3pm 

Venue: Bird Discovery Centre (closed door event)