UPDATE: Mating season is in full swing as our pandas go into a love lockdown. JiaJia and KaiKai are receiving all the medical and professional help they can from the team at Wildlife Reserves Singapore. KaiKai also has unlimited access to videos of pandas, err, getting it on and a personal trainer to build up strength in his hind legs for when its time to do the deed. Well-wishers can leave their messages of encouragement to the pandas at the video link below. Let's hope KaiKai stops getting distracted by food – though we fully understand the feeling.
The Giant Panda Forest enclosure will be closed for now to give JiaJia and KaiKai their privacy.
When it's time, it's time. The Singapore River Safari pandas are gearing up for mating season. According to Speaker of the Parliament and also deputy chairman of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Tan Chuan Jin in a post on Instagram, JiaJia (that's the female panda) is "about to become fertile" and is looking to get together with her male counterpart KaiKai for some one-on-one time. This is also the sixth time these pandas are trying for a baby. So here's hoping we'll get little panda babies soon cos we all need a bit of good news these days.
In 2015, Kai Kai and entered the mating season for the first time. But despite his best efforts, the natural mating procedure and the artificial insemination method were unsuccessful. This year, the zoo is taking a more natural approach – it's letting the pandas get busy on their own. But it seems that KaiKai is unsure of what to do with his 'equipment' so the team at River Safari is helping him with that. This includes showing KaiKai videos of other pandas mating. Thankfully for KaiKai, the IMDA won't be reviewing his watch history.
Tan Chuan Jin also brought up how the current situation has affected various attractions in Singapore including the Zoo and other wildlife reserves in Singapore as he's noticed lesser visitors. Looking at how the zoos around the world have adapted during these times, let's hope Wildlife Reserves Singapore will follow suit and allow those at home to sneak a peek at what's happening at the parks via webcams.
Missing out on the great outdoors? Check out the calming Animal Cam at Sungei Buloh, which lets you view the major spots around the wetlands from the comfort of your home.