Ten adorable reasons to visit Singapore

18:51, Nov 06 2013
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Chocolate, an endangered African Penguin chick, loves all the attention at Jurong Bird Park. This species is also known as the Jackass Penguin due to the donkey-like calls that they make during their courtship rituals.
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This cute Giant River Otter baby was born on 10 August, just after Singapore’s National Day, at River Safari, Singapore. The Giant Otter is the largest of the world’s 13 otter species, growing up to a length of 1.8. River Safari is the only park in Asia to display these endangered animals.
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This Greater Flamingo chick loves wading in Flamingo Lake with its protective flock at Jurong Bird Park, Singapore. Greater Flamingos are the largest species of Flamingos and get their pink plumage from their diet of crustaceans.
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Malayan Tapir Putri enjoys her forest floor playtime at Night Safari, Singapore. Young tapirs have stripes and spots on the body and legs, resembling a watermelon. This provides effective camouflage in dappled forest light. The Malayan tapir is one of the most endangered animals in Southeast Asia.
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Manatee Sundae has fun swimming with his 22-year-old mother, Eva, at River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit. He was named after the day he was born, but his aquarists spelt his name ‘Sundae’ so it wouldn’t be confusing on the weekly roster.
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Joko, a male Bornean orangutan, clings on to his mum, Miri, at the free-ranging exhibit at Singapore Zoo. Two babies were born in 2013, bringing the total number of orangutan births to 41 in the last 40 years.
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Baby porcupines, also known as porcupettes, have soft quills at birth that harden within a few days. This adorable porcupette was born at Night Safari. Contrary to popular belief, porcupines do not shoot their quills at predators as defence.
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This one-month-old squirrel monkey clings on to its mother’s back at River Safari’s Squirrel Monkey Forest. This walk-through exhibit is home to over 40 squirrel monkeys and has five females carrying babies on their backs. Squirrel monkeys have the largest brain to body mass ratio of all the primates.
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This baby Linne’s Two-toed Sloth likes to wrap itself around its mother, Alba, as it feeds on fruit at Singapore Zoo’s Fragile Forest exhibit. Two-toed sloths spend their lives in the trees, clinging upside down from branches. They have specially adapted long, curved claws to assist them in this lifestyle.
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Zina, a White Rhino, is one of the bigger babies at Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone. She doesn’t stray too far away from her mother Donsa, as they walk around their habitat. Singapore Zoo has bred 15 rhinos since its inception in 1973.

More than 400 animals across 100 species were born at Wildlife Reserves Singapore's parks between January to August 2013.

Out of the 100 species, 37 are listed as threatened, so the park's breeding programmes are extremely important. These baby animals are a perfect excuse to plan a trip to Singapore!

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