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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Birthday Cakes for River Safari's Pandas


Pandas’ ninth and eighth birthdays mark the fourth anniversary of their arrival on 6 September 2012.

ABOVE: Kai Kai and Jia Jia enjoying their honey-flavoured ice cakes. In a recent update to their Red List of Threatened Species, giant pandas were downgraded to ‘Vulnerable’ from ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

SINGAPORE – Keepers at River Safari recently threw a birthday bash for giant pandas—Kai Kai and Jia Jia—with honey-flavoured ice cakes decorated with apple and carrot slices, some of their favourite treats.

Male Kai Kai celebrates his ninth birthday today, and female Jia Jia turned eight on 3 September 2016. Their ice cakes weighed a collective 7kg, and took keepers four days to make. 

Both giant pandas arrived in River Safari in 2012 on a 10-year loan from China. Kai Kai and Jia Jia entered their second mating season in April earlier this year, but both natural mating and artificial insemination had been unsuccessful. From weeks of displaying pseudo-pregnancy behaviour, female panda Jia Jia is gradually returning to a quiet life of normalcy.

Keepers and vet remain optimistic for a future Singapore panda cub as Jia Jia is still very young (teenager in human years), and will continue to employ conservation breeding techniques proven to be successful before in other zoos. 

ABOVE LEFT: Nor Faizah Bt Abdul Aziz, 23, Junior Keeper, and Halim Ali, 49, Assistant Curator, putting the final touches on Kai Kai’s cake.

ABOVE RIGHT: Ivan Ang, 26, Junior Keeper, gently placing sliced carrots on Jia Jia’s cake. Giant pandas consume up to 20kg of bamboo daily, and Kai Kai and Jia Jia also enjoy fruits, vegetables and high fibre biscuits. Photo credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

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1.     A video of the pandas enjoying their cake can be found here.
2.     All photos and the video are to be attributed to Wildlife Reserves Singapore

About River Safari
River Safari, the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks, is Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. Occupying 12 hectares and developed at a cost of S$160 million, the park boasts an immense collection of freshwater flora and fauna, numbering over 150 plant species, 300 animal species and over 5,000 animal specimens.

River Safari, located near Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, is home to a pair of giant pandas for
10 years as part of a joint collaboration between China Wildlife Conservation Association and Wildlife Reserves Singapore to promote giant panda conservation. The giant pandas are housed in a specially constructed climate-controlled exhibit along the Yangtze River zone.

CapitaLand is the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme and Singapore Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of these gentle animals.

River Safari is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road. More information can be found at


Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is dedicated to the management of world-leading zoological institutions—Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo—that aim to inspire people to value and conserve biodiversity by providing meaningful and memorable wildlife experiences.

A self-funded organisation, WRS focuses on protecting biodiversity in Singapore and Southeast Asia through collaborations with like-minded partners, organisations and institutions. Each year, the four attractions welcome 4.6 million visitors.

Mandai Park Holdings (MPH), the driving force behind the rejuvenation of Mandai into an integrated wildlife and nature heritage space, is the holding company of WRS and oversees its business and strategic development.

More information can be found at          
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  1. During our last visit, we only saw Kai Kai. Jia Jia was hiding and thank God for CCTV kaya nakita namin siya pero hindi gaano kasi natatakpan pa rin siya. hehehe! Pandas are very cute in person. :)

    1. Wow, that's great to hear sis! Buti nakavisit ka na talaga. :)

  2. Panda's are super cute. We have one at Columbuz Zoo, gusto ko na bumalik soon before it gets cold to see wonderful animals like Panda's. My kids love the adventure too. Thanks for great post, Sis

    1. Oh, when kaya kami makakakita ng Panda! lol!


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