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Wildlife Babies of 2015

From orang utans to giraffes, 2015 was a fruitful year for Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park – they had more than 700 animal births and hatchings across 150 species. How exciting! Let’s meet some of them.

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Photo by Wildlife Reserves Singapore

The yet-unnamed Sumatran orangutan baby is of royal lineage – he is the great-grandson of Singapore Zoo’s famous grand dame Ah Meng.

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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.

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River Safari welcomed six capybara pups, in three separate litters, to the park’s collection. Capybaras are the largest member of the rodent family.

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Ayana, which means blossoming beauty, is Singapore Zoo’s latest pygmy hippopotamus addition. She was born on 11 April 2015.

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Donza, a Southern white rhinoceros, had her 8th successful calf in November. The new calf is named Vita which means ‘life’.

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Hog badgers, listed as near threatened, are nocturnal mammals native to Southeast Asia. On 3 Oct 2015, Night Safari welcomed 2 cubs to their collection.

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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.

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Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone also welcomed three slender-tailed meerkat pups in April.

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Eastern black-and-white Colobus monkeys are born fully white and develop their distinct fur colouration within half a year.

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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.

 

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