I think Vinly’s right – this may well be one of the best zoos around (very likely the best in Southeast Asia).
This is a babirusa. (Pig- deer?) I had no idea there was such a thing and at first glance I thought it was a warthog. But the shape didn’t look right. And a closer look showed me that the tusks were all wrong for a warthog. Then I saw a signboard that said this was a babirusa and that the babirusa is often mistaken for a warthog. haha
Also, the babirusa really smells kinda awful…
The orangutans in the Singapore Zoo roam free in the trees. Kind of interesting, really, to see them wandering about above your head in the orangutan zone. This one here was huddled under what is either a brown blanket or a gunny sack converted to a blanket. Presumably he (she?) was trying not to get too drenched by the rain.
One of the giant aldabra tortoises. A kid asked the keeper – we arrived just as it was feeding time, so the keepers were around – how old it was and he said it’s about 70 to 80 years old. It’s really huge… And Anna said to me, “He likes you.” Because this tortoise was just about the only animal in the entire zoo that lifted its head and obligingly stared at my camera lens. Well, at least somebody does. hahah
There were several different types, but most of them were snoozing. Darn it. I suppose rainy weather makes bunnies sleepy too.
Arapaima feeding time. They really do have some rather large arapaima in that moat. It’s just that you can’t easily find them because the moat is big and presumably quite deep (has to be, to accomodate fish of that size). So we made sure to drop by at feeding time. Managed to glimpse the fish – huuuge. Black bodies, with red-rimmed scales.
Oh, and there was a monitor lizard living in a clump of trees in the elephant enclosure. Before the elephant show began, it came out, made its way into the moat and caught itself a fish to eat. The tail looked like it’d been cut off or something. Anna suggested that maybe an elephant stepped on it once. Ouch.
We didn’t manage to see everything – kind of rushed through the snake section, and completely ignored the African animals. We could have seen the African section if we hadn’t gone to see the elephant show, but oh well. Next time!!