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Singapore zoo unveils hundreds of baby animals: 9 photos that will make you go ‘aww’

Pygmy hippos and orangutans were among the 500-plus animals born to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) in 2017 that were introduced at the Singapore zoo on Thursday . The animals are of 145 species, 39 of which are listed as threatened.

travel Updated: Jan 11, 2018 17:56 IST
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A baby orangutan named Khansa (R) clings on its mother Anita in their enclosure at the Singapore Zoological Garden.(AFP)

The Singapore zoo on Thursday introduced to the public 500 newborns it welcomed into the world in 2017, representing 145 species, more than a quarter of which are endangered.

Khansa, an eight month old critically endangered Bornean orangutan, sucks on its thumb at the Singapore Zoo on Thursday in Singapore. The Singapore Zoo is active with its breeding programs as part of its wildlife preservation efforts. This is the Zoo's 46th successful orangutan birth. (AP)

Two-month old Abina, the 24th successful pygmy hippo to be born at the zoo, waddled near the water’s edge around her mother’s legs, to the delight of visiting schoolchildren.

Khansa, the Singapore Zoo's 46th orangutan baby, clings to its mother Anita during a media tour to showcase newborn animals at the Singapore Zoo. (REUTERS)

“The pygmy hippo is one species our zoo has been able to breed consistently well over the years,” said Cheng Wen-Haur, deputy chief executive and chief life sciences officer at Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Khansa, the Singapore Zoo's 46th orangutan baby, clings to its mother Anita. (REUTERS)

There are about 2,000 of the animals left in the wild and in zoos, he added.

Khansa, the Singapore Zoo's 46th orangutan baby, with its mother Anita. (REUTERS)

The park also unveiled two baby electric blue geckos that hatched a few days before Christmas.

Abina, the park's 24th successful pygmy hippo born in captivity walks behind her mother at the Singapore Zoo on Thursday. (AP)

The critically endangered species can only be found in an 8-square-km (3-sq-mile) area of Tanzania. Cheng said the ability to breed it was valuable, just in case it should disappear in the wild.

Albina, feeds next to its mother in their enclosure at the zoo. (REUTERS)

The zoo also presented Khansa, a critically endangered female orangutan born in April last year, as well as a bevy of recently-born Asian small-clawed otters, one with an amputated forelimb.

Asian small-clawed otters, part of the 14 birthed at the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, gather during feeding time during a media tour to showcase newborn animals at the Singapore Zoo on Thursday. (REUTERS)

Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which includes a bird park as well as river and night safaris, was considered the fourth best zoo in the world, a survey by Tripadvisor showed in 2017.

An Asian small-clawed otter is pictured during a media tour to showcase newborn animals at the Singapore Zoo. (REUTERS)

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First Published: Jan 11, 2018 17:50 IST