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Frozen Tundra

Chill out at the Frozen Tundra, the newest exhibit in Singapore Zoo that is the size of 2.5 basketball court put together.

Built to resemble the arctic habitat, the Frozen Tundra has a cool temperature, an ice cave with a waterfall, and a large pool filled with giant ice blocks.

Inuka, our locally-born polar bear, is the star of the Frozen Tundra. From the viewing gallery in the frozen tunnel, check out how our playful Inuka swim in the cool pool, or even chill in the ice-cold cave!

While you’re here at the Frozen Tundra, remember to say “hi!” to Inuka’s new neighbours!

Watch out for Boris and Ivana, our fearless wolverines that are slightly different from your Marvel superhero character. And don’t miss Pom and Poko, our raccoon dogs from Japan.

Plus, remember to join them in their daily token feeding sessions! Check on-site for daily feeding times.

 

Raccoon Dog

Our Pom and Poko may look like raccoons, but they are not. They are raccoon dogs. This canine species got its name...

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Raccoon Dog

Our Pom and Poko may look like raccoons, but they are not. They are raccoon dogs.

This canine species got its name because its black facial mask, pointed muzzle, and elongated body bear an uncanny resemblance to that of a raccoon.

These dogs are found primarily in East Asia like Korea, China, North Vietnam, and even Japan. In fact, the raccoon dogs, also known as Tanukis, are deemed as shapeshifters in Japanese folklore. They are also considered as a symbol of good fortune by the Japanese.

The Tanukis are the only species in the dog family to hibernate in the winter season. Preparation for their big winter rest starts as early as autumn – the raccoon dogs will fatten themselves up and make its soft and silky fur thicker and longer for better insulation against the cold.

But the fashion industry has other use for the Tanukis’ fur: Till this day, raccoon dogs are still farmed in crammed cages and skinned alive for their fur.

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Polar Bear

Go nose-to-nose with Inuka, the world’s first polar bear born in the tropics, right here at the Frozen Tundra....

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Polar Bear

Go nose-to-nose with Inuka, the world’s first polar bear born in the tropics, right here at the Frozen Tundra. Through the glass-fronted display, watch how the playful Inuka swims in his ice-cold pool, or chills in his freezing cave.

Born 23 years ago at a wee birth weight of 450 grams (about the weight of two good-size oranges), Inuka tips the scale at 550 kilograms today. Not surprising considering Inuka consumes as much as 30 kilograms of meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables every day!

Beneath its fur lies a thick layer of blubber to keep these polar bears warm. The blubber could grow up to 11cm thick, comparable to the length of your typical writing pen!

Polar bears, being the largest land carnivores, are quite the smart hunter. Their favourite hunting technique is still-hunting -- they lay still on their chests by the water. Then, when seals pop their heads out of the water to catch their breath, the polar bear would then snap them up with their deadly bite.

These big bears, after all, are built to hunt. Their keen sense of smell allows them to sniff their yummy seals as far as 64km away! They are also great wanderers, often travelling or swimming far and wide in search of food.

Sadly, global warming has caused much of the sea ice in the world to melt. This means the wild polar bears now have less hunting and breeding ground. To survive, polar bears will have to swim farther just to hunt. Even with an exceptional ability to swim, many of these magnificent creatures end up drowning from fatigue during hunting trips.

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Wolverine

Meet Boris and Ivana, the new sibling wolverines of the Singapore Zoo. Often mistaken as bears, they are...

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Wolverine

Meet Boris and Ivana, the new sibling wolverines of the Singapore Zoo. Often mistaken as bears, they are actually part of the weasel family. Standing as tall as a medium-size dog, wolverines are the biggest of weasels.

These scavengers are known to feed on carcasses. Their teeth are so strong, they can even gnaw frozen carcasses that have been entombed in avalanche chutes. Wolverines are also known to be fearless fighters that often frighten other big predators like bears to steal their mealtime catch. While feeding, they will mark it with a urine mask which gives them their nickname of stink or skunk bears.

Thankfully, wolverines in the wild are not endangered. However, a change in global climate could potentially be a threat to the wolverine’s natural habitat.

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