Cute Critters Spotted Around The Globe – A Respite From The Covid-19 News

With the news ridden with doom and gloom these days, I am thinking we all need some feel-good content to destress and distract us for a few minutes from the ongoing pandemic….

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There has been a rise in animal sightings and here’s sharing a roundup of other critters around the globe.

Little Lion Cub Phoenix at Mogo Wildlife Park in New South Wales

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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.

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His favourite toy is a soccer ball and you can watch him play here or through the park’s virtual zoo experience.

Newborn Otter pups and Hippo Calf at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales

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Keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are delighted by the safe arrival of a male Hippopotamus calf who 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.

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The zoo also welcomes five Oriental Small-clawed Otter pups.

Capella Singapore’s Majestic Peacock

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Peacocks roam around Capella Singapore’s grounds and are a frequent feature on guests’ social media feeds. They often appear by the pool, as well as The Knolls, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant. With less human traffic these days, the team have spotted a mother peacock with her chicks!

Free-flight birds at Taronga Zoon in Sydney, New South Wales

Taronga Zoo Sydney have shared footage of their QBE Free-flight Bird Show showcasing the amazing natural behaviours of birds at Taronga Zoo Sydney. 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

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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 their Sabi Sand reserve in South Africa.⁠

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As a private reserve that is only accessible to Singita’s guests, the protected Sabi Sand offers these wild dogs enough prey to hunt, as well as a secure and abundant natural habitat. Singita is committed to honouring their 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 state as an abundant habitat to Africa’s magnificent ecosystem.

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One of the industries that has been hit hardest by the current worldwide pandemic is travel and tourism and sadly this is having 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 halted. Through their 100-year purpose Singita are committed to building a financially sustainable conservation programme with their non-profit partners and trusts, to find out how you can help please visit Singita’s website here.

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