TD and I used the opportunity of a rain free day in Singapore a couple weekends ago and went to the Singapore Zoo. The Singapore Zoo is set in the rain forest and is famous for its "Open Concept" over 28-hectare. The zoo is the home to 315 species, 16% of which are threatened. The Singapore Zoo is proud to be the world's first zoo which has free ranging Orang Utans. An elevated boardwalk takes the guests into the treetops where they can observe the Orang Utans' natural behaviour at close rang.
I was so excited and amazed by this beautiful zoo. I couldn't believe how close the animals are. There is even an Australian Outback where the kangaroos only lie 2 metres away from the visitors.
The greatest attraction for me were, however, the White Tigers. The Singapore Zoo is the home of 3 White Tigers. Did you know that there are no White Tigers left in the wild? According to Wikipedia, the last white tiger ever seen in the wild was shot in 1958. That is incredibly sad. In fact, the number of wild tiger are at their lowest level ever. There are fewer than 3,200 tigers left in the wild. 3 subspecies (Bali, Caspian, and Javan tiger) are already gone and many scientists believe that the South China Tiger is “functionally extinct” as the last South China Tiger has been seen in the wild more than 25 years ago.
WWF (www.wwf.org) use the Chinese Year of the Tiger to promote the plight of tigers in the wild and have started their campaign "Save the Tiger". Expects believe that wild tigers go extinct by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022. WWF aims to double to the number of tiger in the wild by 2022.
Let's support WWF and donate today.
I have just donated - let's save the tigers!