Wild Ways To Beat The Heat At Singapore Zoo

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Orang utans, hippos and other wild friends share tips on how to stay cool this summer.

Singapore, 30 June 2015 — With temperatures soaring this summer, Singapore Zoo’s residents are taking every precaution to beat the heat, and engage in cool practices. Practical advice like wearing sunscreen and novel ways of staying heat-free are given a wild twist, courtesy of our animal friends.

Singapore Zoo - Orang utan

Singapore Zoo – Orang utan

Tip 1: Cover up!

If, like Satria, Singapore Zoo’s Sumatran orang utan, you just can’t bear to leave your coat at home, employ an equally fashionable gunny sack to seek refuge from the scorching sun. For human visitors, a scarf or an umbrella will work just as well. And don’t forget the sunglasses!

PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

 

Singapore Zoo - White tiger

Singapore Zoo – White tiger

Tip 2: Make a splash!

Omar, Singapore Zoo’s white tiger, does it the simplest way – by spending the day creating big splashes in his pool. Not only will sloshing about in the water keep you cool, we hear it’s rather therapeutic as well.

PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

 

Singapore Zoo - White rhino

Singapore Zoo – White rhino

Tip 3: Slather on sunscreen (like it’s free)

Bora, our white rhinoceros, says there’s nothing better than sloshing in some glorious mud to stay cool and keep away sunburns (and parasites!). Human friends, even if the sun’s behind the clouds, apply generous amounts of sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays when exploring Singapore Zoo.

PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

 

Singapore Zoo - Asian elephants

Singapore Zoo – Asian elephants

Tip 4: Share a popsicle

Singapore Zoo’s Asian elephant Jati’s got her trunk wrapped around a mammoth popsicle – a perfect and fun antidote for soaring temperatures. And it looks like Gambir wants a piece of the action too! Share an ice cream or icy slush with your friends today.

PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

 

Singapore Zoo - Pygmy hippo

Singapore Zoo – Pygmy hippo

Tip 5: Keep your head under water

Singapore Zoo’s pair of pygmy hippopotamus has the right idea; follow their lead and submerge yourself in a pool of cool water to escape the mugginess. Hippos have been known to stay underwater for up to six minutes!

PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

 

Night Safari - Asiatic lions

Night Safari – Asiatic lions

Tip 6: If all else fails, wait it out (or move to Night Safari!)

Instead of fighting the heat, Night Safari’s pride of Asiatic lions prefers to wait till twilight before indulging in their daily activities. In fact, 90 per cent of tropical species come out at night when it’s cooler.

PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

 

ABOUT SINGAPORE ZOO

Set in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo’s world-famous “Open Concept” offers the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. Home to more than 2,800 specimens over 300 species, 26% of which are threatened, the Zoo has attained a strong reputation internationally for its conservation initiatives and breeding programmes. To better meet the healthcare needs of its animals and working towards its aspiration to become a leading global centre of excellence for veterinary healthcare and research, a purpose-built Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre was set up in March 2006. Annually, over 1.7 million visitors enjoy experiential learning journeys at the 26-hectare award-winning Zoo.

Singapore Zoo is part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore. The Zoo is a designated rescued wildlife centre by the governing authority. Singapore Zoo is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826. More information can be found at www.zoo.com.sg.

 

ABOUT WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is the holding company of award-winning attractions Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. WRS is dedicated to the management of world-class leisure attractions that foster conservation and research while educating visitors about animals and their habitats. A self-funded organisation, WRS also collaborates with various partners, organisations and institutions aimed at protecting local and global biodiversity. Each year, Jurong Bird Park welcomes approximately 800,000 visitors, Night Safari 1.1 million, River Safari 1 million, and Singapore Zoo 1.7 million. The organisation’s latest attraction is River Safari, which officially opened on 28 February 2014.

More information can be found at www.wrs.com.sg

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