From starting 26 August 2021, members of the public can observe Jia Jia, and possibly a rare glimpse of her cub, via a panda cam located at River Safari’s Giant Panda Forest.
Launching at 4 pm, Panda Sneak Peek is an hour-long video that will be broadcasted on Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s YouTube channel each day. Members of the public can tune in to observe the panda cub’s progress and shared moments with its mum.
Panda Cam on WRS’s YouTube channel
The Panda cam will feature exclusive footage that is pre-recorded from the special panda maternity ward. Jia Jia is currently kept in a special den which is only accessible to the vets and caretaking team.
Since the birth of the baby panda, Jia Jia has been carefully monitored by the staff, some of whom take 24-hour shifts to observe and record important the behaviours such as feeding and caring for the baby panda to ensure that both mum and baby are safe.
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To do so, the panda team in Singapore also frequently communicates with the team in China, who advise on signs and behaviours to look out for.
Naming of the Baby Panda
The Wildlife Reserves Singapore team is also looking forward to letting the community get involved with the naming of the baby panda whose gender has yet to be determined.
Details have yet to be confirmed but there will probably be a vote that members can participate in to give their input on the name. The team has shared that the name chosen will be unique and will not be shared by other existing giant pandas.
Milestones of the Baby Panda
Based on the Chinese experts’ data on the general growth and weight in cubs, Jia Jia’s firstborn is estimated to be 380 grams. The cub is due for its first medical check-up in about four to six weeks. This will also be when the gender of the baby cub will be revealed.
There will also be a special 100-day celebration for the baby panda. Wildlife Reserves Singapore is already starting to make plans for this with the team in China.
In addition, as Jia Jia and Kai Kai are originally on a 10-year loan from China, having arrived in Singapore in 2012, the team at the Singapore Zoo are currently exploring the option of extending the loan of the pandas.