From tiny geckos to fuzzy orangutans: Here are some of Singapore’s Wildlife Reserves’ 540 newborns

The Singapore zoo on Thursday introduced to the public 540 newborns it welcomed into the world in 2017, representing 145 species, more than a quarter of which are endangered.

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.

Abina is Singapore Zoo’s 24th successful pygmy hippo birth. Her name is of Ghanaian origin and means “born on Tuesday”. Indeed, she was born on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
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“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.

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

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

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.

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.

Khansa, a critically endangered Bornean orangutan, was born on April 24, 2017. She is Singapore Zoo’s 46th orangutan baby and will remain by her mother’s side for a few years until she has picked up all the skills she needs to venture on her own.
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WRS says there were 14 successful Asian small-clawed otter births across Night Safari and Singapore Zoo in 2017. Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest otter species in the world and they are one of two native otter species.
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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 last year.

Here are some of the other adorable baby animals the group unveiled on Thursday.

Two critically endangered electric blue geckos hatched in Singapore Zoo’s newly revamped herpetofauna exhibit RepTopia on December 22, 2017.
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Greater flamingo chick Squish with striking blue shoes designed to protect its feet while learning to walk. It will gradually acquire the flamingo’s characteristic pink plumage after around two years on a diet of shrimps, other small crustaceans and algae.
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A jaguar cub was born to first-time mother Aswa at River Safari on November 16, 2017.
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Oban the white rhino and his mother, Donsa, in Singapore Zoo. Oban means ‘king’ in the African Yoruba language.
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Jurong Bird Park successfully hatched its first king penguin chick in almost a decade. The chick is affectionately named Maru, which means ‘round’ in Japanese.

Maru the king penguin chick is the first successful king penguin chick to be hatched in almost a decade in Jurong Bird Park.
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