Saturday, August 9, 2014

Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 4]

Source: The Singapore Zoo
Photo By: Elin Chow

Are you excited for Part 4 of my Singapore Zoo highlights? Well, I hope I have not kept anyone waiting for too long. If you have not read the previous parts:

Click here for Part 1: Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 1]
Click here for Part 2: Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 2]
Click here for Part 3: Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 3]
Click here for Part 5: Visiting The Singapore Zoo [Part 5]

#25 South African Ground Squirrel

The South African Ground Squirrel is a rodent native to the South Africa where they are found living in underground burrows. 

#26 Red Fox

The Red Fox is the largest in the Foxes family. Its populations is widely spread across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle, North America, Central America and Asia. 

Unfortunately, it was a cold and rainy day when we visited the Singapore Zoo. I could not get to capture a better photo of the Red Fox due to the misty glass panel. The perfect weather to take a nap. Even so, I will not deny that the Red Fox still look absolutely adorable! Don't you think so too?

Fragile Forest

Next, we headed to the Fragile Forest where you get to experience the complex rain forest ecosystem. This is undoubtedly one of my most favorite zone to visit in the Singapore Zoo. A 20,000 cubic metre enclosed flight area, the Fragile Forest is one of the largest in the world. 

As we stepped into the Fragile Forest, we were delighted to be welcomed by a flutter of beautiful butterflies busily feeding on nectar. It was such a wonderful and pleasant sight!

Colorful birds are allowed to fly freely around the enclosed flight area. 

#27 Lesser Mouse-deer

The Lesser Mouse-deer, also known as the Lesser Malay Chevrotain is the smallest hoofed mammal in the world. Native to the tropical rain forest of Southeast Asia, the Lesser Mouse-deer can be commonly found in countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Lesser Mouse-deer are truly adorable, don't you think so too? 

#28 Ring-tailed Lemur

Welcome to Madagascar! If you happen to be a fan of the Dream works animation "Madagascar", I believe you would not be unfamiliar with the character named King Julien, a Ring-tailed Lemur who self-proclaimed to be the Lord of Lemurs.

The Ring-tailed Lemur, native only to the land of Madagascar, is the most recognized species in the Lemur family due to its long, black and white ringed tail.

The Fragile Forest is definitely one my most favorite zone to visit of all time. Animals that are housed in this zone are allowed to roam freely around the enclosed area in close proximity to humans. 

Although the Ring-tailed Lemurs look extremely friendly, I was really hesitant to touch it. However, at the end, I still managed to do it. All thanks to my curiosity. How does touching a Ring-tailed Lemur feels like? Well, I must say that its fur feels really soft and warm. It feels so much like a furry soft toy!

#29 Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur

Just like the Ring-tailed Lemur, the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur is the largest and most endangered Lemur species found on the island of Madagascar. Its fur are always black and white without much variations and interestingly, both males and females generally look the same.

I managed to get down close with the Black-and-White Ruffed Lumur while exploring the Fragile Forest zone too. However, I did not managed to touch and feel its fur as it does not look as sociable as the Ring-tailed Lemur. A decision which I regretted very much later.

Just like the Ring-tailed Lemurs, the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs are very friendly and sociable in nature. Look at this little furry one. I believe its fur would feel so much softer than the Ring-tailed Lemurs. 

This Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur does have an unique sleeping position. 

#30 Malayan Flying Fox

The Malayan Flying Fox, also known as the Large Flying Fox or Greater Flying Fox is the larger species of the bats. Native to Southeast Asia, the Malayan Flying Fox can be found in countries such as Malaysia, Phillippines and Indonesia.

The Malayan Flying Fox is herbivorous, feeding primarily on flowers, nectars and fruits. Even so, the sight of bats still frighten me a lot. 

#31 Naked Mole Rat

The Naked Mole Rat, also known as the Sand Puppy or Desert Mole Rat, is a species of rodent found largely in East Africa. Just as what its name suggests, the Naked Mole Rat are completely hairless, which I believe is also one of its most distinctive feature.

However, do not be fool by its appearance. It may seem to be vulnerable, but unexpectedly, the Naked Mole Rat are almost immune to pain.

Wild Africa

Be awed by the majestic beauty of the African wilderness at the Wild Africa zone. This is where your wild adventures begins.

#32 White Rhinoceros

The White Rhinoceros, largest in the family of Rhinoceros, is also known to be the second largest living land mammal on earth. Native to Africa, its populations can be mainly found in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda.

Interestingly, I just happen to know that the White Rhinoceros spend half of its day eating and the another half resting and doing all sorts of things. I was really amazed by its huge appetite! How could they swallow such a huge amount of food everyday? 

Anyway, if you are wondering why are the White Rhinoceros always eating, I believe this will be the answer to your question. 

#33 Cheetah

The Cheetah, deemed as the fastest land animal on earth are found mainly in Africa, parts of Iran and Southwestern Asia. Cheetahs are born to run, naturally equipped with the ability to reach as fast as 112 to 120km/h in a mere 3 seconds.

#34 Zebra

The Zebra - a horse with distinctive black and white stripes.  A beauty that is so unique and unexplainable. Its populations are mainly found across the African grassland, savannas, woodland and even coastal hills.

However, unlike its closest relatives, horses and donkeys, Zebras are rarely domesticated as they are naturally harder to be tamed due to their unpredicable nature.

Zebras are generally very sociable in nature. In fact, I always thought that they are very tame and friendly animals since they are the closest relatives of horses. I could never imagine how aggressive and violent they could get when they are irritated. But I guess, it is always wrong to judge a book just by its cover.

Having said that, we just happened to spot one that seemed to be feeling slightly annoyed by something. Or was it just playing with itself to pass some time away? We were not very sure too.

I guess I shall end Part 4 of my Singapore Zoo highlights here. I shall continue my wild adventures at the Wild Africa zone in Part 5. Stay tuned and I shall be back very soon again.

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