Singapore Zoo has added several more big cats to its collection, including white tigers, cheetahs and an African lion.
First to make their public debut will be white tiger siblings Pasha and Keysa. The duo arrived from Indonesia’s Maharani Zoo on 15 January this year and have since completed their month-long quarantine period. The zoo said the tigers will be shown to the public “once keepers are confident they are comfortable in their new home”.
Also preparing for their first public appearance are two pairs of cheetahs. The two males, Indiana and Obi, and two sisters, Maya and Herculina, arrived from South Africa’s De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre on 14 January. The males will be introduced to the exhibit in early March, with the females following shortly afterwards.
Finally, the zoo’s Wild Africa section now has a new lion. Timba, a two-year-old African male, has arrived from Dierenpark Emmen in the Netherlands. He is awaiting his harem of females who will arrive in March, and will be exhibited later this year.
“As part of our collection planning process, we routinely exchange captive-bred animals with other zoological institutions to ensure we have the appropriate numbers for exhibition and education purposes. New bloodlines are also essential to maintain genetic diversity which is all important for zoos to ensure sustainable captive populations,” said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, chief life sciences officer at Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Covering 26 hectares, Singapore Zoo is home to more than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species.