Gianyar - Bali Safari & Marine Park as an integrated theme park with the mission of wildlife conservation, education, and cultural development hosted Miss World 2013 contestants with a series of activities that introduced the contestants to a number of Indonesian wildlife, especially the endangered species such as Komodo and Bali Mynah, Bali Safari’s conservation program, as well as Balinese cultural performance. Miss World contestants visited Bali Safari & Marine Park in two consecutive days, 12 and 13 of September 2013, with 65 contestants each day.
As part of their activities of the contestants attended a number of workshop sessions guided by the Safari Ranger from the Education Team of Bali Safari & Marine Park who explained the characters and uniqueness of the 6 main species: Bali Mynah (Curik Bali), Komodo, Orang Utan, Binturong, Javan Leopard and Sumatran Elephant. All the contestants were so excited to have the animal encounter with Borneon Orang Utan, baby Binturong, and also to feed the elephant. They were actively asking questions to the Safari Ranger, since everyone of them need to fulfill the assignment that has been given by the committee.
The contestants also had the opportunity to witness the Elephant Educational Show that highlights the conflict between human and Sumatran Elephants. At the end of the first day show, 4 of the contestant were invited to get flower necklace from an elephant, and to their surprise on the first day, Miss Portugal, Elisabete Rodrigues, was kissed by the Sumatran elephant. Miss Indonesia, Vania Larissa, was also lucky to get the big kiss on the second day from Teressa, the 26 years old Sumatran Elephant.
Miss World 2013 contestants were also invited to enjoy lunch at the Tsavo Lion Restaurant, that was designed in line with the whole concept of Bali Safari & Marine Park that deliver special interaction with the wildlife.
The contestant’s visits were ended at Bali Theater, where they were captivated with Bali Agung, a spectacular show that involved over 150 dancers, that highlights the unique history, traditions, and social life of Bali.
"Bali Safari & Marine Park welcomes Miss World contestants to get an up close and personal look on the uniquely Indonesian animal, to understand our conservation program, and hopefully promote this mission. We hope the visit from Miss World contestants who carry the spirit of “Beauty with Purpose” and try to make a difference, wildlife conservation can get a wider exposure and closer attention from people around the world," Hans Manansang, General Manager of Bali Safari & Marine Park said.