Come 27 January 2018, the Safari Zoo Run will be celebrating its Tenth Anniversary Edition.
Encourages family bonding and raise awareness of wildlife conservation
Originally conceived to commemorate Singapore zoo’s famous matriarch and a much loved animal personality, Ah Meng the Sumatran Orangutan – who died of old age in February 2008, the objectives of the annual Safari Zoo Run are to encourage family bonding and raise awareness for wildlife conservation.
The Safari Zoo Run is organised by the Singapore Zoo and put together by HiVelocityEvents. The event consists of a 10km Competitive Run and 5.5km Non Competitive Run that will bring runners through the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, whilst the2.5km Competitive Kids Dash and 2.5km Non Competitive Safari Zoo Dash runners will only run through the Singapore Zoo.
Four Animal Mascots
The Safari Zoo Run features four animal mascots – Ah Meng the Orangutan, Chawangthe Asian Elephant, Canola the Manatee and Sunny the Hornbill. In line with the theme “Run For Wildlife. Each one of the animal icon teams supports an endangerednative wildlife species.
• Team Chawang – Supports the conservation of the Sunda Pangolin. Found in Singapore, the critically endangered Sunda Pangolin are elusive insect eating animals that are threatened by illegal wildlife trade. It has been identified that the pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal.
All of these are noble causes to support the run, but out of these causes, the one that resonates with me the most is Team Canola’s conservation of the sharks and stingrays basically because of their exploitation for food.
I had always taken shark fin soup at wedding banquets and other occasions that call for a celebration, but after hearing that sharks are endangered due to the high demand of their fins, I have more or less stopped consuming shark fin soup, preferring instead to choose other alternates such as faux shark fin soup or abalone & crab soup.
To get the shark fins, this process involves the removal of the shark fins and the remainder of the shark is then discarded back into the ocean and left to die a slow and horrific death. Fortunately, this is a practice that more people are now not supporting.
And sharks are also not as dangerous as Hollywood movies like Jaws make them out to be. They generally do not eat human meat. Mostly, they would leave humans alone unless they are specifically provoked.
A unique route through the Singapore Zoo
Besides speaking out about conservation issues that matter to them, at the same time, runners taking part in the Safari Zoo Run also get the unique opportunity to run through the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari with their friends and family.
I have unfortunately not had the chance to take part in the Safari Zoo Run yet myself. But from what I have heard from my friends, it is a unique, interesting and engaging race, and the only one in Singapore that literally takes you on a wildlife adventure as you complete the run.
So I hope to eventually participate in this unusual run, this year and experience it for myself.
To take part in the race, Normal Rates currently apply and range from $50 for the kids categories to $70 for the adult categories.
Runners will be entitled to a Safari Zoo Run Race Apparel and Exclusive Finisher Medal as well as exclusive retail offers and Free Admission to both the Singapore Zoo (worth $33) and the River Safari (worth $30) on the race day.
Additionally runners also get a 50% discount voucher for the Jurong Bird Park and the Night Safari. Both vouchers expire on 31 March.
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For More Information
To register and for more information, head on to the event’s website at www.safarizoo.run/.
And if you wish to do more for the conservation of wildlife in Singapore, you can do so by donating to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF). This will go a long way in aiding in the preservation of wildlife in Singapore.
Make a donation today at www.giving.sg/wildlife-reserves-singapore-conservation-fund/safari_zoo_run_2018
Photos used in this post are courtesy of Safari Zoo Run.