VETS AND KEEPERS GIVE PELICANS A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

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More than 30 pouched giants at Jurong Bird Park underwent annual health check to safeguard against avian influenza

IMAGE 1: Veterinarian Dr. Chiharu Okumura administers a dewormer to a great white pelican during Jurong Bird Park’s annual health check on 20 May to ensure the birds are free of parasites. The annual operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

IMAGE 1: Veterinarian Dr. Chiharu Okumura administers a dewormer to a great white pelican during Jurong Bird Park’s annual health check on 20 May to ensure the birds are free of parasites. The annual operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

SINGAPORE, 26 May 2015Jurong Bird Park was a flurry of feathers last Wednesday as more than 30 pelicans underwent a health check that included weight-taking, blood sample collection, deworming and vaccination against avian influenza. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 Jurong Bird Park staff, including three veterinarians and four vet assistants, who restrained and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds. The annual check ensures the birds are healthy, and facilitates early detection and treatment of illnesses.

IMAGE 2: Veterinarian Dr. Neo Pei Ci administers a vaccine against avian influenza on a Dalmatian pelican – the largest pelican species – as part of an annual health check at Jurong Bird Park on 20 May. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

IMAGE 2: Veterinarian Dr. Neo Pei Ci administers a vaccine against avian influenza on a Dalmatian pelican – the largest pelican species – as part of an annual health check at Jurong Bird Park on 20 May. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

Pelicans are among the heaviest flying birds and are characterised by their long beaks and famous elastic throat pouches that assist them in catching fish. Jurong Bird Park is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of pelicans with all eight species represented. These are the American white, great white, brown, pink-backed, Peruvian, Australian, Dalmatian and spot-billed pelicans. Visitors at the park can find the Peruvian pelicans basking in the sun alongside cormorants and herons at the Shore Birds exhibit. All other seven species can be found diving for fish at Pelican Cove which features the world’s first underwater viewing gallery for these birds.

IMAGE 3: Veterinarian Dr. Chiharu Okumura (left) conducts a physical check on a Dalmatian pelican as part of an annual health check at Jurong Bird Park on 20 May. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

IMAGE 3: Veterinarian Dr. Chiharu Okumura (left) conducts a physical check on a Dalmatian pelican as part of an annual health check at Jurong Bird Park on 20 May. The operation lasted about three hours and involved 12 staff who caught, carried and weighed each of the 34 giant water birds.

IMAGE 4: A keeper weighs a Dalmatian pelican by holding the bird while standing on the scale. All birds are individually weighed to monitor any significant weight loss or gain which could indicate potential health problems.

IMAGE 4: A keeper weighs a Dalmatian pelican by holding the bird while standing on the scale. All birds are individually weighed to monitor any significant weight loss or gain which could indicate potential health problems.

In celebration of SG50, local residents can sign up for a special Feather Friends membership and enjoy unlimited year-round entry to the park – all for the price of a one day admission ticket. More information can be found at http://members.wrs.com.sg/

KOALAS READY TO WELCOME VISITORS AT SINGAPORE ZOO

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Singapore Zoo - Koalas Chan (R) and Idalia (L)

Four koalas received as gifts from Australia to Singapore ready to meet visitors;
Singapore Zoo celebrates Koalamania with a host of activities during June school holidays

SINGAPORE, 20 May 2015 – Four furry envoys from Australia – koalas Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita – are set to welcome visitors at Singapore Zoo with the opening of their new exhibit today, in a ceremony officiated by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore, and The Honourable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia.

The quartet is a precious gift from Australia to Singapore on the occasion of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.

Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said,“The four koalas are living emblems of the strong and longstanding friendship between Australia and Singapore. Their stay in Singapore Zoo presents an excellent opportunity for visitors to have a peek at these fascinating animals that stand among the biggest icons of endemic Australian wildlife.”

Originating from Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the four koalas landed safely in Singapore onboard Qantas Airways on 13 April 2015, and underwent a one-month quarantine period. They will stay at Singapore Zoo until January 2016 before returning to Australia. During the koalas’ time in Singapore, Qantas Airways will fly in eucalypt leaves – the koalas’ primary diet – twice weekly from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

In the home state of Queensland where the four koalas hail from, marsupials are considered ‘vulnerable’ and are threatened by habitat loss and encroachment, motor vehicle accidents, diseases, bush fires and even attack by suburban dogs. Wildlife Reserves Singapore (parent company of Singapore Zoo) is currently supporting the Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation Inc. in their efforts to produce a series of short education films to raise awareness of the threats koalas face in the wild.

Prior to the koalas’ arrival, Singapore Zoo took two months to design and build a special 210 square metre climate-controlled exhibit. The koala exhibit is an addition to the Australian zone, a dedicated section in Singapore Zoo that showcases Australian wildlife. ANZ Singapore is the proud adopter of the Australian zone.

During the opening of the koala exhibit, the Australian High Commission presented two street art murals to Singapore Zoo, created by graffiti and stencil artist Regan Tamanul.

Ms Chiang said, “As proud custodian of the four koalas, Singapore Zoo has planned a month-long Koalamania celebration in honour of the marsupials, and we invite everybody to join us for the festivities.”

In celebration of SG50, local residents visiting Singapore Zoo can visit River Safari on the same day and enjoy 50% off River Safari admission tickets. Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 60 years and above enjoy free admission to Singapore Zoo from 30 May to 30 June 2015.*

Singapore Zoo has planned a series of Koalamania activities for the June holidays in tandem with the opening of the koala exhibit. On weekends between 30 May to 28 June, visitors can look forward to aboriginal dance performances, mascot meet and greet sessions, and Australian arts and crafts stations. In addition, visitors can enjoy animal-themed Zoolympix educational activities with game-stations and awareness booths.

*Terms and conditions for promotions apply. Visit http://zoo.com.sg/events-promos/events-promos.html for details.

KOALAMANIA HITS SINGAPORE ZOO THIS JUNE

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Go wild with koa-lity holiday activities and stand a chance to win a family trip to Queensland

Koalamania

18 May 2015, SINGAPORE – Koalas Chan, Idalia, Pellita and Paddle have arrived at Singapore Zoo for their tropical vacation and are ready to meet visitors from 12pm on 20 May! Say “G’day” to the four lovely ladies from Down Under, take part in Zoolympix 2015, and go wild with Koalamania this June school holidays.

For five weekends from 30 May to 28 June, young visitors can show their love for the furry marsupials by donning koala masks, and create koala keepsakes such as origami art, pencil huggers and Australian aboriginal-inspired dot paintings. Snap a photo at the zoo’s koala photo illusion wall, upload it on the Koalamania website (http://www.zoo.com.sg/koala-mania/) and stand to win a family holiday to Queensland, Australia with Qantas Airways!

The annual Zoolympix is also back this June with a line-up of fun and educational activities inviting kids (aged 5-12 years) to play Junior Explorers for a day. Held for 15 activity days between 30 May and 28 June, explorers can help save animal friends from the brink of extinction.

In celebration of SG50, local residents visiting Singapore Zoo can visit River Safari on the same day and enjoy 50% off River Safari admission tickets. Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 60 years and above enjoy free admission to Singapore Zoo from 30 May to 30 June 2015.*

*Terms and conditions for promotions apply. Visit http://zoo.com.sg/events-promos/events-promos.html for details.

Activity Details

Zoolympix 2015
30 May to 7 June, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 June
Starting point at Zoolympix booth near entrance
Junior Explorers can pick up a Zoolympix booklet near the entrance of Singapore Zoo before seeking out the five wildlife-themed game stations that are scattered around the park. Help save animals and protect their homes through fun activities, while learning about environmental threats.
All participants are entitled to a Spin and Win lucky draw on completing the Zoolympix booklet.
Participants can also look forward to sale of educational materials, exclusive badges and an education awareness booth.

Koalamania!
30 May to 28 June 2015 (Weekends only)
Koala Mask-cum-Fan Giveaway (Limited to 1000 pieces daily, while stocks last)
Wear your love for koalas… on your face! The adorable mask doubles as a fan to keep you cool throughout the day.

Koala Kling-on Optical Illusion Photo Wall
Snap a photo at our illusion wall, upload it on the Koalamania website (http://www.zoo.com.sg/koala-mania/) and stand to win a family holiday to Queensland, Australia!

11am and 1pm (30mins each)
Didgeridoo (aboriginal wind instrument) performance by The Earthtone Project – hang around for a chance to try playing Australian aboriginal instruments.

10am, 12 noon, 4pm (30mins each)
Mascot Mania – look out for the adorable koalas and Zoo Hoo elephant, orang utan and zebra mascots! Snap photos with them for a memorable keepsake.

10am to 4pm
Koala-ty Crafts – Young koala fans can get krafty with koala and aboriginal-themed crafts like origami, sticker printing and dot painting on pebbles.

FLY BACK IN TIME AND RELIVE OLD SCHOOL MEMORIES AT JURONG BIRD PARK

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Family fun across generations with retro games, Singapore tales, and free admission for senior citizens in celebration of SG50

SINGAPORE, 14 May 2015 – Reminisce sweet memories from the era of retro games like hopscotch and five stones, and relive school excursions at Jurong Bird Park as the 44-year-old bird paradise dazzles with old school challenges this June holidays. In celebration of SG50, senior citizens enter for free with the Lao Jiao^ promotion in June and local residents can enjoy year-long membership for the price of a one day ticket*!

On weekends between 6 to 28 June, children, parents and grandparents are invited to relive stories and games from a bygone era, and build memories for tomorrow. Youngsters from the iPad generation can get a kick from playing chapteh or compete in a traditional game of kuti kuti with their parents and grandparents. Competitive ones can collect winner’s coupons at the various game stations to win exciting prizes at the tikam tikam counter. Those wanting to play Snakes and Ladders can have jumbo-sized fun with a larger-than-life version of this classic board game!

If childhood games of yesteryear are not enough, gather the whole family for a treasure hunt that promises a colourful day of exploration in the park with 5,000 birds across 400 species. Kids will need all the help they can get from parents and grandparents to solve a series of clues along a trail featuring vintage items.

Take a break from all the fun and be drawn in by myths and legends in an intimate storytelling session. The tale of Sang Nila Utama comes alive in this interactive show and tell.

In celebration of SG50, senior citizens aged 60 years and above enjoy the Lao Jiao promotion – free admission to Jurong Bird Park from 30 May to 30 June 2015. Local residents can sign up for a special Feather Friends membership and enjoy unlimited year-round entry to the park – all for the price of a one day admission ticket. With unbeatable discounts, exciting activities and a memorable adventure in the world of living colours, there is no better time to visit Jurong Bird Park than this June holidays. For more information, visit www.flyback.sg

^Lao Jiao – Hokkien slang which literally means “old bird”, referring to an experienced, veteran person.

JUNE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
Dates: 6-28 June (weekends only)
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm (various timings)
Venue: Jurong Bird Park (activities at various locations around the park)

*SG50 PROMOTIONS AT JURONG BIRD PARK
1. Lao Jiao promotion (free admission for senior citizens): Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 60 years and above enjoy free admission to Jurong Bird Park from 30 May to 30 June 2015. Proof of identity required. Terms and conditions apply. Visit http://www.birdpark.com.sg/events-promos/events-promos.html for details.
2. Feather Friends membership: For the price of a one day admission ticket, local residents can sign up for a special Feather Friends membership and enjoy unlimited yearround entry to Jurong Bird Park. Local residents can enjoy this special membership at S$28 for adults, and S$18 for children (aged 3 – 12 years) and senior citizens (aged 60 years and above). This on-going promotion was launched in Dec 2014 and will end on 31 Dec 2015. Those interested can sign up at the entrance of Jurong Bird Park, or online at http://members.wrs.com.sg/ to skip queues.
Terms and conditions (more information available at http://members.wrs.com.sg/):
 Child’s age is defined as 3 – 12 years.
 Senior citizens are defined as Singapore citizens and permanent residents aged 60 years and above.
 Local residents are defined as persons who are Singaporeans, permanent residents and those who are issued a Singapore FIN number.
 Proof of identification required to enjoy local resident rate.
 There will be no other concessionary discounts for this promotion.
 Not valid with other discounts or promotions.
 Strictly non-refundable and non-transferable.

RIVER CRITTERS SEEK YOUNG ALLIES THIS JUNE HOLIDAYS

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A shoal of River Games, up-close animal encounters and admission discounts await explorers at River Safari

Take part in River Games this June school holidays and stand a chance to meet River Safari’s furry duo – beavers Justin and Selena – in a first-ever behind-the-scenes playtime session to learn more about these fascinating animals from a friendly guide. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Take part in River Games this June school holidays and stand a chance to meet River Safari’s furry duo – beavers Justin and Selena – in a first-ever behind-the-scenes playtime session to learn more about these fascinating animals from a friendly guide. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

13 May 2015, SINGAPORERiver Safari will host River Games from 6 to 28 June and visitors can look forward to non-stop fun with animal-themed challenges, live game shows, up-close animal encounters, and unbeatable discounts on park admission.

Held on weekends, River Games offer brain-teasers for young minds as they play animal heroes, from saving drowning giant otter babies to helping crocodiles navigate through a maze to find their partners. Featuring various activity stations from remote-controlled games to carnival-style challenges, kids embark on a mission to help animal friends find their home, food and even protect the species.

Those hungry for more competition can participate in twice-daily game shows that test their wits on animal facts. Game show winners can revel in an unforgettable experience with binturong babies or two of River Safari’s furry couple – beavers Justin and Selena – in a first-ever behind-the-scenes playtime session where a guide will share more about these animals. Curious minds can get the guessing fun going with riddles splashed across the park and look forward to seeing animals receiving treats and toys designed to provide mentally and physically-enriching activities.

NTUC card holders enjoy special rates where kids (aged 3 to 12 years) enter at only $5 (usual price $18) with every adult admission ticket to River Safari. Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders enjoy 50% discount on River Safari tickets when purchasing Singapore Zoo or Night Safari tickets for visits on the same day.

Visitors looking for up-close animal encounters can join the park’s friendly guide in a River Trail and observe keepers feeding the animals, along with a live commentary on their diet and amazing natural behaviours. Lucky ones can also have a feel of some of the river critters during this trail!

JUNE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
Dates: 6-28 June (weekends only)
Time: 9am to 6.00pm (various timings)
Venue: River Safari (activities at various locations around the park)

GET YOUR GAME FACE ON & WIN WEEKLY PRIZES
Get your game face on in this Instagram contest and stand a chance to win River Safari passes and exclusive never-before animal encounters with binturong babies and beavers Justin and Selena!
1. Grab a loved one and show us your best game faces
2. Upload your photo on Instagram with #RiverGames2015
3. Get the most number of votes on www.rivergames.sg
*Terms and conditions apply for promotions. Visit http://www.riversafari.com.sg/eventspromos/promotions.html for details.

WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE PRESENTS SG50 TREATS

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50% off admission and ticket bundles for Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari,
River Safari and Singapore Zoo in lieu of Singapore’s Jubilee Celebrations

7 May 2015, SINGAPORE – Looking for ways to spend the SG50 Jubilee Weekend? Fresh air, lush greenery and an unforgettable adventure with the animal residents of Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s parks await you – with entry discounts worth trumpeting about!

Wildlife Reserves Singapore invites local residents for a wild time at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo, with discounts on admission as part of Singapore’s jubilee festivities. Promotions are available between May to September 2015, in addition to the ongoing SG50 promotion for Feather Friends membership at Jurong Bird Park. Visitors can look forward to 50% discount on admission tickets at Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park – two well-loved attractions that many Singaporeans visit during their childhood, parenthood and even golden years. Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders can also enjoy special ticket bundles for selected parks, as well as SG50-themed free gifts.

SUMMARY OF PROMOTIONS

Jurong Bird Park

SG50 promotion for Feather Friends membership: Enjoy 1 year unlimited entry for the price of a 1 day ticket

1 Dec 2014 – 31 Dec 2015

For the price of a one day admission ticket, local residents can sign up for a special Feather Friends membership and enjoy unlimited year-round entry to Jurong Bird Park. Local residents can enjoy this special membership at S$28 for adults, and S$18 for children (aged 3 – 12 years) and senior citizens (aged 60 years and above). This on-going promotion was launched in Dec 2014 and will end on 31 Dec 2015. Those interested can sign up at the entrance of Jurong Bird Park, or online at http://members.wrs.com.sg/ to skip queues.

50% off admission to Jurong Bird Park

1 – 31 Aug 2015

Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders enjoy 50% discount on admission by flashing coupons and proof of identity at Jurong Bird Park ticket counters.

Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo

Free admission for senior citizens

30 May – 30 Jun 2015

Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders aged 60 years and above enjoy free admission to Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo. Proof of identity required.

Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo

Free SG50 animal-themed tote bag

7 – 10 Aug 2015

Visitors to the four wildlife parks can get their hands on a free SG50 animal-themed woven tote bag (worth $3) at the parks’ retail stores. Limited to 1 bag per visitor, while stocks last.

River Safari

50% off River Safari admission with purchases of Singapore Zoo and/or Night Safari tickets

1 April – 31 July 2015

Each ticket to Night Safari or Singapore Zoo allows visitors to enjoy 50% discount on admission tickets to River Safari for visits on the same day. Admission to River Safari excludes boat rides.

$5 child admission with every adult ticket to River Safari

1 May – 30 June 2015

NTUC card holders enjoy special rates where kids (3 to 12 years) enter at only $5 (U.P $18) with every adult admission ticket to River Safari.

River Safari and Singapore Zoo

50% off bundled admission to River Safari and Singapore Zoo

1 – 31 Aug 2015

Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders enjoy 50% discount on bundled admission. Proof of identity required. Valid for same-day visits only.

Night Safari

50% off admission to Night Safari

1 – 30 Sept 2015 (Sun to Thurs only)

Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders enjoy 50% discount on admission. Proof of identity required.

KEEPERS AND VETS PUT PANDAS IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE AT RIVER SAFARI

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Giant pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia enter mating season for the first time; Panda caretakers successfully trigger breeding behaviours through controlled lighting and temperature in Giant Panda Forest

Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia displayed breeding behaviours for the first time at River Safari and were brought together to mate in their den on Friday, 17 April. The 40-minute session did not appear to be successful, which is typical for first-time breeders as they may not know how to mate. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Giant pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia displayed breeding behaviours for the first time at River Safari and were brought together to mate in their den on Friday, 17 April. The 40-minute session did not appear to be successful, which is typical for first-time breeders as they may not know how to mate. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

SINGAPORE, 21 April 2015 Giant pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia have officially crossed their first mating season, a cause for jubilation for caretakers at River Safari as the endangered bears are notoriously difficult to breed.

Kai Kai & Jia Jia’s development has been an interesting case for researchers as they are the first pair of giant pandas living so close to the equator. The pubescent pandas were suitable for pairing last year but did not show signs of readiness to mate. Pandas’ mating instincts are brought on by hormonal changes in response to seasonal variations, such as temperature changes and increasing day length from winter to spring.

River Safari’s keepers and vets have employed a number of measures since last November to trigger the breeding cycles of the pandas. These included varying the daylight hours and temperature in the panda exhibit to simulate the transition from winter to spring in the pandas’ homeland in Sichuan, China.

Pubescent panda Kai Kai started showing increasing levels of interest in Jia Jia following efforts by keepers and vets in altering exhibit conditions to trigger breeding behaviours. In early April, the giant pandas were frequently seen peering through the gap in the closed gate linking their exhibits, scent-marking their areas and bleating at each other. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

The pandas responded. Seven-year-old Kai Kai started bleating and scent-marking more frequently to attract six-year-old Jia Jia, who showed the first sign of coming into estrous on 5 April, marked by her swollen genital, restless behaviour and hormonal analysis that indicated she was in heat. The two bears were also frequently seen calling out to each other and looking through a closed gate linking their exhibit.

River Safari’s keepers and vets have employed a number of measures since November 2014 to trigger the breeding cycles of the pandas, and the bears responded well. Since 5 April, six-year-old female Jia Jia started showing signs that she was in heat. She was restless, pacing in the exhibit, rolling on the ground and attempting to breach the gate connecting hers and Kai Kai’s exhibit. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

River Safari’s keepers and vets have employed a number of measures since November 2014 to trigger the breeding cycles of the pandas, and the bears responded well. Since 5 April, six-year-old female Jia Jia started showing signs that she was in heat. She was restless, pacing in the exhibit, rolling on the ground and attempting to breach the gate connecting hers and Kai Kai’s exhibit. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “The latest development with Kai Kai & Jia Jia spells exciting times for panda researchers. They are the first pair of giant pandas to live so close to the equator, and we have shown that we can provide the right conditions to elicit mating behaviours. Maintaining a sustainable population of these critically endangered animals under human care is a crucial part of their conservation plan.”

On the evening of 17 April, both pandas were brought together for the first time in their dens for natural mating. The 40-minute session did not appear to be successful, which is typical for first-time breeders as they may not know how to mate. A decision was made to carry out artificial insemination to increase Jia Jia’s chances of conceiving.

As it became evident that the giant pandas were ready for pairing, on 17 April, keepers brought Kai Kai and Jia Jia together for the first time in an attempt at natural mating. Kai Kai curiously sniffed Jia Jia during their first introduction without barriers. Previously, both pandas have never been in close physical contact with each other. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

As it became evident that the giant pandas were ready for pairing, on 17 April, keepers brought Kai Kai and Jia Jia together for the first time in an attempt at natural mating. Kai Kai curiously sniffed Jia Jia during their first introduction without barriers. Previously, both pandas have never been in close physical contact with each other. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

Dr Serena Oh, Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “Panda reproduction is a notoriously complex process, with females ovulating once a year, in which they are fertile for only 24 to 36 hours. Jia Jia’s hormones started falling on Friday and we needed to move quickly to artificial insemination due to the short window when female pandas are able to conceive.”

On 18 April, male panda Kai Kai was brought into the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre for a health check, followed by electroejaculation which is a technique commonly used for semen collection. To ensure a higher chance of conception, the dedicated team of veterinarians and giant panda keepers carried out artificial insemination after an unsuccessful mating session. From left to right (foreground): Head Veterinarian Dr Serena Oh, male panda Kai Kai, Senior Veterinarian Dr Abraham Matthews and Veterinarian Dr Anwar Ali. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

On 18 April, male panda Kai Kai was brought into the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre for a health check, followed by electroejaculation which is a technique commonly used for semen collection. To ensure a higher chance of conception, the dedicated team of veterinarians and giant panda keepers carried out artificial insemination after an unsuccessful mating session.
From left to right (foreground): Head Veterinarian Dr Serena Oh, male panda Kai Kai, Senior Veterinarian Dr Abraham Matthews and Veterinarian Dr Anwar Ali. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

She continued: “In the next few months, we will continue to monitor Jia Jia’s hormone levels and conduct ultrasounds to determine if she is pregnant. We will wait and hope for the best.”

In an attempt to increase her chances for a baby panda, Jia Jia was brought into the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre for artificial insemination. The vets will monitor Jia Jia for signs of pregnancy in the next few months. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

In an attempt to increase her chances for a baby panda, Jia Jia was brought into the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre for artificial insemination. The vets will monitor Jia Jia for signs of pregnancy in the next few months. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

The gestation period for a panda is typically five months, and one or two cubs are usually born.

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