S’pore Animal Parks welcomed 900 newborn animals in 2021, nearly double the number in 2020 – Mothership.SG
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Singapore’s first baby panda was just one of many newborns that Singapore’s four wildlife parks welcomed last year.
Baby boom in 2021
Mandai Wildlife Group collectively welcomed 900 hatchlings in 2021, nearly double the number in 2020, the Mandai Wildlife Group said in a press release.
Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Wonders and Singapore Zoo have seen the birth of 160 species.
44 of these species have been listed as threatened in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
Here are some of the most charismatic species that have seen additions to their families in 2021.
Sunda slow loris
A baby Sunda slow loris was born on Christmas Day last year at Night Safari.
The species is native to Southeast Asia and classified as an endangered species.
The species is declining in the wild, threatened by growing demand from the illegal pet trade and its supposed healing properties in traditional medicine.
African Painted Dogs
A litter of four African painted dogs have joined the pack at Singapore Zoo after a 16-year hiatus.
Endangered globally, the species is named for its tricolor coat.
Dogs are Africa’s most endangered large carnivores, endangered due to human encroachment.
The world’s largest and most endangered species of zebra welcomed a new foal last September to Singapore Zoo.
Managed by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria’s Endangered Species Programme, Grévy’s zebras in Singapore contribute to “global ex-situ conservation efforts for this highly endangered species”, the press release said.
Native to Kenya and Ethiopia, there are only 3,000 Grévy’s zebras left in the wild.
Dove with the bleeding heart of the niggers
Jurong Bird Park welcomed three male and female pairs of critically endangered Negros bleeding heart doves from the Philippine island of Negros in September 2021.
Jurong Bird Park and Mandai Nature have partnered with Talarak Foundation Inc (TFI) in Negros Forest Park, Bacolod City, Philippines to set up this breeding program, the first of its kind outside the Philippines.
In addition, the Jurong Bird Park is the only zoological institution to hold this species.
The first chick hatched in November last year, and it is also the only newborn outside of its home country.
The program welcomed two more chicks earlier this year.
Straw-headed bulbuls are critically endangered birds native to Singapore.
The species was once common in Southeast Asia, but fell victim to the caged bird trade due to their melodic voices.
Here is one of three hatchlings from Jurong Bird Park:
70 endangered golden mantlas hatched in Singapore Zoo’s RepTopia last year.
Bright yellow amphibians are endemic to east-central Madagascar.
For the first time, the Singapore Zoo has successfully bred the False Gharial, or Tomistoma.
It is an endangered crocodile species in Southeast Asia and is notoriously difficult to breed as it requires very specific breeding conditions.
Sakishima Grass Lizards
A pair of Sakishima grass lizards also hatched last year.
The endangered species was once abundant in the southern islands of Japan, but reproduces slowly as females only lay one or two eggs.
Baby giant panda, Le Le
Singapore’s beloved giant panda couple, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, also gave birth to Singapore’s first red panda, Le Le, who was born on August 14, 2021.
Since December 30, 2021, Le Le has been meeting visitors at its River Wonders nursery.
Best images by Mandai Wildlife Group.