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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Great Singapore Zoo

The weekend before we flew to LA to start our two week holiday, my friend Sara and I made plans to bring our little girls to the Singapore Zoo. So Dada, Berry, myself and Nana hailed a cab after Sunday mass to say hello to the animals - Berry's first time to see her friends: the elephants and monkeys on the flash cards, in the flesh!
An elephant fresh from a dip in the "watering hole"...

Pink-bottomed baboons converging at their favorite hotspot

Check out this proboscis monkey's long nose! 

An adorable saki monkey - just look at that fluffy face!

We also got to see a scary alligator silently lurking beneath long stalks of grass, half-immersed in a murky pond...

A regal looking jaguar behind a glass cage...
Oh! Here's an interesting bit of trivia I just learned from our visit to the zoo: Did you know that jaguar and leopard spots aren't really spots, but are called "rosettes"? You can tell the difference between a leopard and a jaguar by their rosettes. According to http://www.bluelion.org/jaguar.htm, "Jaguar rosettes usually are darker, have thicker lines, and enclose smaller spots. The leopard coat has smaller, more faint rosettes in larger numbers. Leopard rosettes usually don't enclose spots". Interesting, no? So next time you see a trendy girl harping about her leopard print shoes, you can say, "Darling, those are not leopard spots, they're jaguar rosettes...". Naks.

There were not so scary animals of course, here's a kangaroo lounging under the shade of a giant fern, so close we could almost touch it (with matching visions of its strong legs kicking an innocent onlooker in the face! Eeep! Scary din pala!)...

and copulating cockatoos (yikes, how fitting! Hahaha!)...

We got there ahead of Sara, Bob & Peyton so we decided to meet up by the Tiger Den, where we saw tigers leisurely swimming and jumping into their "pool". Here's one cooling off,  paddling about, blissfully unaware of how grand he looks...

We also spotted these lean and graceful giraffes...

And Berry even got to ride one - at the carousel, hehehe!

Thanks for taking us to the zoo, Dada! And for taking such gorgeous photos - of the animals (ehem, ehem!)

Dada: shirt, shorts & trainers all from Nike
Berry: Periwinkle top from Tita Tin, gingham skirt from cousin Santino, Saltwater sandals
Me: +J Uniqlo shirt, J.Crew cargos, Miu Miu sandals, Mulberry Alexa, Chloe sunnies

Thanks too for spending an educational Sunday afternoon with us Sara, Bob & Peyton!

Till our next little girl's day out! See you again, folks! We are walking away now! Bye! Hahahaha!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! What camera are you using?

Conchita said...

awww... ate peyton holding berry's hand... so sweet!

Maria Paz said...

Can we take the Berry tour of the Zoo? How much does Berry charge?

Neil Villanueva said...

Nice Pics! Love the animals ;-), even Ciaran enjoyed looking at them with me on the computer =)

iamvix said...

hi! i notice you wear a lot of uniqlo shirts. are they really cool kahit na mainit dito sa singapore? or are you one of those people who don't seem to feel the heat? hehe. i've been thinking of getting din kasi one of their "cool" polo shirts. thanks!

Mom-Friday said...

Great photos! Now I know the diff. bet. leopard, jaguar, and cheetah!
Thanks for sharing this since I've been to Singapore twice before and never got the chance to visit this zoo. Amazing! :)

And i like your cool look too ;)

CHRISTINE DYCHIAO said...

Thanks Anon! It's a Nikon D-300

They really get along Cons! Heehee!

Of course Tita Paz! For Ate Carissa & Kuya Tommy, the Berry tour is free!

Thanks Niel! Harvey's handiwork! =) I hope Ciaran can come and visit and we'll take him to the zoo!

Hehehe, I find Uniqlo shirts to be presko! The cotton is cool and not heavy! Try one first and then when it's iamvix approved na, then buy more!

Thanks Michelle! Must schedule a visit to the zoo when you are back! The kiddos will love it!

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