More than 700 furry, feathery and scaly young across 150 species were born or hatched in Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo in 2015. Among them, over 40 species are listed as threatened under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. Check out some of the special animals that said hello in 2015.
After moving into Jurong Bird Park’s newest aviary, Wings of Asia, one of its winged residents, the Great argus pheasant, had chicks in July
Night Safari’s cackle of spotted hyenas added two more to their family in October. Born fully black, the pups slowly develop spots characteristic of the species within months of birth
River Safari saw two new additions of emperor tamarins – tiny primates with outstanding “facial hair”
River Safari welcomed six capybara pups, in three separate litters, to the park’s collection. Capybaras are the largest member of the rodent family
Ayana, which means blossoming beauty, is Singapore Zoo’s latest pygmy hippopotamus addition. She was born on 11 April 2015
Chomel, a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to a male on 16 September 2015. Orangutans are Singapore Zoo’s flagship species
Donza, a Southern white rhinoceros, had her 8th successful calf in November. The new calf is named Vita which means ‘life’
Eastern black-and-white Colobus monkeys are born fully white and develop their distinct fur colouration within half a year
Singapore Zoo welcomed its tallest baby in August 2015. The healthy male calf is also the first giraffe born in the park in 28 years
Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone also welcomed three slender-tailed meerkat pups in April – 1
A self-funded organisation, Wildlife Reserves Singapore also collaborates with various partners, organisations and institutions aimed at protecting local and global biodiversity. Each year, Jurong Bird Park welcomes approximately 800,000 visitors, Night Safari 1.1 million, River Safari 1 million, and Singapore Zoo 1.7 million. The organisation’s latest attraction is River Safari, which officially opened on 28 February 2014.
More information can be found at www.wrs.com.sg