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Giant pandas settling into new home at River Safari

Giant panda Jia Jia and Kai Kai in the Giant Panda Forest, where the temperature is kept at between 18 and 22 deg C all year round. (PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE)

Publication Date : 12-10-2012


Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia are being introduced to their new home at the River Safari after completing their month-long quarantine, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) announced yesterday.

The River Safari's zoology team is helping them settle into the Giant Panda Forest, which simulates the bears' natural habitat.

To encourage the pandas to explore their new surroundings, keepers will be placing their favourite food, bamboo, in various locations around the exhibit.

The pandas currently live in dens linked to the Forest, which they are visiting daily. They first entered their new home on Monday and spent two hours there before returning to their dens. The duration will be progressively increased as they familiarise themselves with the area.

The temperature in the Giant Panda Forest is kept at between 18 and 22 deg C all year round, while humidity is set at 50 to 60 per cent.

Spanning 1,500 sq m, the panda exhibit is the largest in South-east Asia.

The pandas were quarantined on arrival on Sept 6 to prevent the possibility of any diseases spreading to other animals.

Both Kai Kai and Jia Jia were given a clean bill of health after a medical examination by the WRS veterinary team on Sept 20. They have been feeding on locally grown bamboo varieties such as sulphur and Siamese bamboo since the day after their arrival.

Visitors can see the pandas when the exhibit opens in December.


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