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ST contest winners will get more time with pandas

Published on Nov 7, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Winners of the Straits Times Appreciates Readers' latest Panda-monium contest will be the only guests at the panda enclosure, and there will be plenty of time to see and learn more about them. -- PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

On Nov 24, there will be no jostling with the crowd or rushing to take that one last picture of pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

Winners of the Straits Times Appreciates Readers' latest Panda-monium contest will be the only guests at the panda enclosure, and there will be plenty of time to see and learn more about them.

The contest, the last of a series of three held by The Straits Times in partnership with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), will offer 10 pairs of passes to an exclusive preview of the pandas on Nov 24. This is five days before the River Safari's Giant Panda Forest opens to the public.

Head to The Straits Times' Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheStraitsTimes and count the number of pandas in the drawing to participate. E-mail the number to stpromopanda3@sph.com.sg by 6pm on Friday, Nov 9.

Contest winners will be given a 30-minute tour of the $8.6million enclosure and learn more about its unique features, such as its climate-control system.

A WRS spokesman said: "A guide will share fascinating facts about Kai Kai and Jia Jia, as well as the importance of conserving these endangered bears and the habitat that they live in."

The tour is longer than the 15 minutes that each ticket-holder will be allowed when the enclosure opens on Nov 29. WRS had set the time limit as a crowd-control measure as it expects thousands of visitors.

So far, previews like the one on Nov 24 are meant only for selected groups. For example, some 50 children from charity organisations will be given a special tour today as part of the launch programme for CapitaLand's fund-raising event.

CapitaLand is the presenting sponsor and conservation donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme. Starting Nov 29, visitors can buy zoo admission tickets ($20 for adults, $13 for children) and pay an additional fee of $5 for each adult or $3 for each child to see the pandas. Tickets will be on sale from 8.30am daily.

Visitors can pick their preferred 15-minute block when buying tickets. Viewing will be from 9am to 6pm daily.

NG KAI LING

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