Singapore, 14 June 2006 - The popular All Star BirdShow at the Jurong BirdPark will change its name to Birds n Buddies.
The daily show which features the largest collection of live birds in a single show, will now include new bird-inspired characters created by international Las Vegas producer, creative director and production designer Pieter Grove.
Adopted by Singapore Press Holdings since 2003, the world-class birdshow was the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region when it was started in 1982. It boasts the widest variety of performing birds in a single show in the world. When the bird show turned 21 in June 2003, its special 21st anniversary show attracted a record 13,000 visitors to the park.
In addition to the bird show, SPH has been a long-time partner of Jurong BirdPark in supporting wildlife conservation with the adoption of the Carribean Flamingos since 1997 and Samson the Golden Eagle since 2001.
Set to open officially in late July 2006, the new Birds n Buddies show promises the usual creative wit of the park´s star performers like Amigo, Sassy, Mr. & Mrs Horn and others. The key difference will now feature twelve costumed characters with outfits intricately designed in hand sewn beads, colourful accessories and glitzy tones.
The characters also have names to match their individual personalities. They include; Toukie the Toucan, Rocky the Penguin, Randy the Rooster, Crazy Bird, Vulcan the Vulture, Pecky the Woodpecker, Pedro the Pelican, Maxime & Macho the Macaws, Polly the Parrot, Cranky the Crow, Swanee the Swan and more.
The characters will spice up the show with new comedy, dramatic audience interaction and personality driven appearance. Meet and greet sessions will also be available for the audience to take photos with the colourful bird characters.
The Pools Amphitheatre, which has a seating capacity of 2,000 will be outfitted with a series of village like platforms inspired by the old building structures of the Singapore region. The plot will centre on the fun invasion of these make-believe bird characters ready to entertain.
Birds n Buddies
The Birds n Buddies show is all part of the All New Jurong BirdPark development which includes the new Palm Plaza entrance, the New African Wetlands inspired by the Okavango Exhibit, the new Avian Hospital- Asia Pacific´s first, new Bongo Burger , the new Ben & Jerry´s air-conditioned ice cream parlour and the new Feather´s Boutique which will merchandise bird-inspired gift and souvenir items.
The Birds n Buddies Media Preview Schedule
Date: 17 June 2006, Saturday
Time: 10:30am- 12noon
10.30 -11am Media Arrival
11am Birds n Buddies Show
11am Media Interview and Photo Opportunities
12 noon Lunch at the BirdPark (optional)
* Birds n Buddies Show is on daily at 11am and 3pm
Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E
For more information and media interview arrangements, please contact:
Ms. Pamela Wildheart
Senior Manager, Sales & Corporate Affairs
DID: 66617 808
Eexcutive, Sales & Corporate Affairs
DID: 66617 842
About Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 14 newspapers in the four official languages and more than 80 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.8 million individuals, or 88 per cent of the people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers, which enjoy over 100 million pageviews from 6 million unique visitors every month.
SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes free sheet Today. SPH has a 70% stake in UnionWorks, which operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English. In addition, SPH holds an 80% stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest LED network media company, and a 35% stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.