Sunday, July 27, 2014

Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 2]

Photo by: Elin Chow

Here comes Part 2 of the Singapore Zoo highlights. Just in case you have not read:

Click here for Part 1: Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 1]
Click here for Part 3: Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 3]
Click here for Part 4: Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 4]
Click here for Part 5: Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 5]

Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia

At the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, visitors will be able to gain a deeper insights into the life of the Ethiopia tribes.  So if you happen to get a little tired at observing animals, why not take a quick stroll around the Ethiopia villages and learn a bit about the African history.

#8 Hamadryas Baboon

To the ancient Egyptians, the Hamadryas Baboon, also known as the Sacred Baboon, was a very sacred animal. Native to the northeastern Africa and southwestern tip of Arabian Peninsula, the Hamadryas Baboon can be found living in semi-desert and rocky areas where there are cliffs and ample water source.

Different from other Baboons and Macaques species, the Hamadryas Baboons live in a highly patriarchal society where the males restrict and control the movements of the females. Well, I have to admit that I am not really a fan of Baboons, Macaques or even Monkeys, which also explains why I did not enjoy observing the Hamadryas Baboons very much.

#9 Nubian Ibex

The Nubian Ibex, a desert-dwelling goat species found mainly in dry mountainous areas of northeastern Africa and parts of Arabia. Coated in a light sandy brown fur and white underbelly, the Nubian Ibex has long and thin horns that bent backwards towards its body.

#10 Banded Mongoose

The Banded Mongoose, a Mongoose species that are commonly found living in savannas, open forests or grassland in central and eastern parts of Africa. Its rough fur is grayish brown in color with darker brown stripes crossing horizontally across its back. 

Australian Outback

Next, we headed to the Australian Outback, where it is regarded as the most vast, remote and avid area in Australia. It is one of the few places on Earth where it is left largely untouched by development. 

#11 Bearded Dragon

The Bearded Dragon is a species of lizards found in arid to semiarid and desert regions of Central Australia. Due to its hardy nature and easy care, the Bearded Dragon are popularly kept as a pet by reptile lovers around the world. 

Frankly speaking, I am not very fond of any kind of reptiles. Thus, I could never imagine keeping a Bearded Dragon as a pet. The sight of most reptiles terrify me very much.

#12 Kangaroos & Wallabies

The Kangaroos are definitely the main attraction at the Australian Outbacks. At Australia Outback, grey kangaroos and wallabies are allowed to hop freely around the walk-through enclosure.

I always have problem differentiating between the Kangaroos and Wallabies. Even worst, I have actually mistaken the Wallabies as young Kangaroos! 

So what are the differences between a Kangaroo and Wallaby? Well, the most obvious difference between Kangaroo and Wallaby is size. The Kangaroos are generally much larger and taller than the Wallabies. 

Other than size, one could also differentiate a Kangaroo and a Wallaby apart by its fur colors.  The fur of the Wallabies are generally brighter with a mix of two to three different colors. The Kangaroos, fur, on the other hand, are duller, usually in color of muted brown or grey.

Between the Kangaroos and Wallabies, I must say that I prefer the latter more. The wallabies are so much more adorable than the Kangaroos, probably due to its smaller size.

#13 Cassowary

Cassowary, a large flightless bird native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and northeastern Australia. It is the third tallest and second heaviest bird in the world. Due to habitat destruction and illegal hunting activities, the Cassowary is currenly threatened to extinction.

Unfortunately, it was a raining day when we visited the Singapore Zoo. Or else, I might be able to capture a better photo of the bird.

#14 Emu

The Emu is the largest flightless bird found largely in Australia. It is also the second tallest bird in the world after the Ostrich. 

Primate Kingdom

I believe most of you would know what to expect at the Primate Kingdom. Indeed, the Primate Kingdom is where a large number of primates call home. So if you happens to be a primate lover, the Primate Kingdom is definitely a great place for you.

#15 Sulawesi Crested Macaque

The Sulawesi Crested Macaque, also known as the Celebes Crested Macaque or the Black Ape native to the northeastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Other than its pink red buttocks, the Sulawesi Crested Macaque is entirely black in color. I believe this is also how its other name "Black Ape" came about.

However, due to the loss of its natural habitat and over-hunting activities, the population of the Sulawesi Crested Macaques is not only rapidly declining, but at the same time, threatened to extinction.

I did not managed to capture much photos in this zone because I am simply not interested in primates. However, never have I expected that its pink red buttocks would attract and interest me so much that I simply could not resist the urge to click on my camera shutter.

Don't you think those red buttocks are very attention seeking too?

Well, this is all for Part 2. Stay on for Part 3!

Click here to read Part 3: Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 3]

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