AttractionsIt’s babies galore at Singapore’s four wildlife parks, which welcomed the arrival of 900 bundles of joy — furs, feathers, scales and all.

Go gaga over Singapore's cutest wild baby animals born in 2021

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Singapore’s first baby panda, Le Le, waves hello to guests from his special viewing nursery.
Singapore’s first baby panda, Le Le, waves hello to guests from his special viewing nursery. Photo Credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

All creatures great and small, Singapore’s wildlife parks birthed 900 newborns in all.

Life still finds a way to thrive despite the pandemic. In 2021, the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, and River Wonders saw the birth of more than 900 baby animals encompassing 160 different species.

Among these babies, 44 species are listed under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

During Le Le’s viewing window, visitors can cheer the cub on as he learns to walk, plays with toys or takes a snooze.
During Le Le’s viewing window, visitors can cheer the cub on as he learns to walk, plays with toys or takes a snooze. Photo Credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Perhaps the most famous of these little miracles is Le Le, Singapore’s first giant panda cub born on 14 August 2021. Since 30 December 2021, animal lovers have flocked to River Wonders in hopes of catching Le Le playing in his new glass nursery.

Because there are only two viewing windows scheduled each day at 10.30am and 3.30pm, each ranging between 20 to 30 minutes, visitors report long queues but yet describe the experience of meeting Le Le as a memorable and enjoyable one.

Each of these puppies sport a unique pattern on their bodies.
Each of these puppies sport a unique pattern on their bodies. Photo Credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

After a 16-year dry spell, Singapore Zoo’s African Painted Dogs welcomed four pups to the pack. Meanwhile on the other side of the zoo, two zebra foals have joined the Grevy’s zebra herd, and visitors can catch them munching on hay next to their mothers.

On the amphibian and reptilian front, the team at Singapore Zoo successfully hatched close to 70 golden mantellas; a pair of Sakishima grass lizards; Southeast Asia box turtles, and a false gharial.

The baby slow loris was born on Christmas Day 2021.
The baby slow loris was born on Christmas Day 2021. Photo Credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

In an off-exhibit area at Night Safari, a baby and mummy Sunda slow loris duo enjoy bonding time away from prying eyes.

Later this year, visitors can look forward to spotting two masked palm civet pups frolicking alongside them on the walking trails in Night Safari. For now, these nocturnal animals are currently secluded in a private enclosure with their mother.

The stork delivered a trio of straw-headed bulbuls along with another trio of blue-eyed cockatoos.
The stork delivered a trio of straw-headed bulbuls along with another trio of blue-eyed cockatoos. Photo Credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Jurong Bird Park received the pleasure of hatching three critically endangered straw-headed bulbuls, famed for their melodic voices; its first Negros bleeding-heart dove, and a trio of blue-eyed cockatoos.

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