With the news ridden with doom and gloom these days, we thought we would share some feel-good contents to de-stress and distract readers from the ongoing pandemic. There has been a rise in animal sightings, and we wanted to share a roundup of other critters around the globe.
Little Lion Cub Phoenix at Mogo Wildlife Park in New South Wales
Born during the January 2020 bushfires, the little lion cub was named Phoenix to symbolise the recovery that Mogo Wildlife Park and the South Coast communities are focused on following these catastrophic fires.
Newborn Otter pups and Hippo Calf at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales
Keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are delighted by the safe arrival of a male Hippopotamus calf which is the third offspring for mother, Cuddles and father, Mana.
The Hippo calf is yet to be named. An announcement will be made soon about how members of the public can help choose a name for the new arrival. The zoo also welcomes five Oriental Small-clawed Otter pups.
Capella Singapore’s Majestic Peacock
Peacocks roam around Capella Singapore’s grounds and are a frequent feature on guests’ social media feeds.
Free-flight birds at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, New South Wales
Taronga Zoo Sydney has shared footage of its QBE Free-flight Bird Show displaying the amazing natural behaviours of birds at the zoo.
Against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, guests and virtual visitors can see an Andean Condor spread its three-metre wide wings, learn about native and exotic species, and see birds such as the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo and Galah as they soar high above.
Singita’s Wild Dogs
Once widespread, wild dogs are now an endangered species in Africa and sightings are incredibly rare. However, we’re pleased to report that over the last couple of weeks, Singita has been extremely fortunate to have two packs of these amazing animals move through its Sabi Sand reserve in South Africa.
As a private reserve that is only accessible to Singita’s guests, the protected Sabi Sand provides these wild dogs adequate prey to hunt, plus a secure and abundant natural habitat. Singita is committed to honouring its 100-year purpose to preserve and protect the African wilderness for future generations, implementing conservation initiatives to ensure that the land remains as close as possible to the untouched condition as an abundant habitat to Africa’s magnificent ecosystem.
One of the industries that has been hit hardest by the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is travel and tourism. Dismally, this situation causes a devastating ripple effect on conservation efforts across Africa. If ecotourism stops funding the incredible conservation work of non-profit conservation partners and brands such as Singita, the likelihood of illegal hunting increases and conservation projects will be discontinued. Through its 100-year objective Singita is committed to building a financially sustainable conservation programme with its non-profit partners and trusts. To find out how you can help, please visit Singita’s website here.