AttractionsThe nation's first giant panda cub at the River Safari puts wildlife tourism back on the radar.

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Singapore's giant panda Jia Jia and her newborn remain in an off-exhibit den while father Kai Kai continues to welcome visitors in the Giant Panda Forest.
Singapore's giant panda Jia Jia and her newborn remain in an off-exhibit den while father Kai Kai continues to welcome visitors in the Giant Panda Forest. Photo Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Singapore welcomed its first giant panda at the River Safari last month, and has been enjoying quite the fame ever since.

Giant pandas are known to enter natural breeding seasons just once yearly.

Already into their seventh cycle since arriving in 2012, 13-year-old Kai Kai and 12-year-old Jia Jia received assisted reproductive technology from in-house vets, and their cub was born on 14 August.

Since 26 August, a panda cam installed in Jia Jia's enclosure has been screening hour-long videos on Wildlife Reserves Singapore's (WRS) YouTube channel, garnering some 5,000 views daily.

The newborn's gender was revealed at Kai Kai's 14th birthday celebrations on 10 September, and a public naming exercise is underway before the cub reaches its 100th day milestone on 21 November.

WRS guidelines are for a catchy and easy-to-remember name, reflect characters with positive meanings or attributes, be relevant to Singapore's heritage and culture, and showcase the friendship between Singapore and China.

Singapore's giant panda Jia Jia and her newborn remain in an off-exhibit den while father Kai Kai continues to welcome visitors in the Giant Panda Forest.

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