What animals come to mind when you think of our wildlife parks? Probably the big charismatic mammals such as orang utans, giraffes, elephants or Inuka, the polar bear. The fact is, there are hundreds of species of animals residing throughout our four wildlife parks and even this represents just a small fragment of the incredible diversity of life on our planet.
Here’s a list of seven animals in our parks that you probably don’t know about and are amazing in their own unique ways.
Nope, we don’t mean Hugh Jackman. Meet our pair of sibling wolverines, Boris and Ivana. Despite their size, they’re fearless fighters in the wild, often scaring off bigger predators such as bears!
They share the same exhibit zone as Inuka, our beloved polar bear, so don’t forget to pop over for a visit during your next trip to Frozen Tundra, Singapore Zoo.
Did you know giant salamanders have been around since dinosaurs roamed the Earth? Chinese giant salamanders are critically endangered and are the largest amphibians in the world. How large? They can grow up to a length of 1.8 metres!
Our Chinese giant salamanders dwell in the Yangtze River zone at River Safari, located right before you enter the Giant Panda Forest. In your excitement to meet our giant pandas, don’t forget to slow down and take some time to marvel at these amazing creatures.
Pelicans are by no means considered small birds, and the largest of them all is the dalmatian pelican. These massive birds have a wingspan of more than 3 metres, rivaling those of soaring albatrosses.
The first thing you’ll notice about the tarsier is its HUGE eyes. Being nocturnal creatures, its eyes are crucial in providing the acute night vision they need for hunting at night.
Tarsiers are agile primates that are well adapted for leaping. Its remarkable physical features and ability to spring into motion has resulted in comparisons to Yoda from Star Wars. Do you think they look like little real-life Yodas? See if you can spot our tarsiers on the Leopard Trail at Night Safari.
Meet the largest rodent in the world! Despite their ungainly physical appearance, capybaras are remarkably strong swimmers and can even stay underwater for up to 5 minutes.
Look out for the capybaras when you embark on the Amazon River Quest at River Safari. If the weather is particularly hot, check out the pool in its exhibit and you might spot a capybara head sticking out.
White lions are not albino, in fact, the white colouration is caused by a recessive gene shared by both parents. Despite having its own name, white lions are the same species as the African lion and are not considered to be a distinct subspecies.
Meet our magnificent white lion duo, Sipho and Mandisa, over at Night Safari.
What smells like buttered popcorn and has a tail as long as its body? The binturong of course. Also known as a bearcat, the binturong has such a keen sense of smell that it can sniff out grapes, which are practically odorless!