Holy Week is seen by many as a time for rest and quiet reflection. The upcoming long weekend is a great time to slow down and stock up on sleep. Joining in the occasion are the wild residents of Singapore’s four wildlife parks, which have been brushing up on their napping skills.
|Standing on one leg is the most comfortable resting position for these flamingos seen in Jurong Bird Park Singapore|
|Red pandas, like this animal seen in River Safari Singapore, are excellent tree climbers that spend much of their time sleeping on trees in the daytime although they are not nocturnal in their habit of seeking food|
These animals love catching their 40 winks in different ways. Believe it or not, standing on one leg is the most comfortable resting position for a flamingo. These bright pink beauties are also known to curl their long necks onto their backs in order to stay warm while they sleep. Hundreds of greater flamingos can be found ‘flamingling’ at Flamingo Lake in Jurong Bird Park.
Another animal that can be caught napping during the day is the red panda. These avid tree climbers sleep stretched out on high branches with their arms and legs dangling. Find this small endangered mammal at River Safari’s Giant Panda Forest.
|A female pangolin, or scaly anteater, curls protectively around her snoozing baby at Singapore Night Safari’s Fishing Cat Trail|
|Despite their namesake, scientists report that wild sloths sleep only about nine hours a day although those under human care, like this animal in Singapore Zoo’s Fragile Forest, may spend more time snoozing|
A bonding mother and baby pair is always a heart-warming sight. A mama pangolin, or scaly anteater, curls protectively around her snoozing baby at Night Safari’s Fishing Cat Trail. A similar scene plays out at Singapore Zoo’s Fragile Forest, where a baby sloth learns how to sloth around with its mother as they hang sleeping in a tree. Tender moments like these bring to mind happy times with loved ones during the holidays.
|Swimming is ‘otterly’ exhausting for these giant river otters in Singapore’s River Safari|
|All photos are by Wildlife Reserves Singapore|
Giant river otters spend most of their lives in the water but rest on land, either on the ground or in dens. Hunted for decades for their velvety fur, the world’s largest otters, which can grow up to 1.8 metres long, are increasingly rare. At River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest, marvel at these amphibious creatures as they swim overhead the viewing tunnel or they bask lazily above the surface.