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Playtime at the zoo

Check out the many ways we play in the zoo!

Playtime at the zoo

Hi, Rudy here. Perfect timing – it’s playtime now! Our keepers refurnished our playground and created a new toy. Check out this fun tube that drops carrot bits when we roll it. Like most toys, this keeps us active, happy, and as a bonus – well-fed!
Click on to find out how my animal friends play.

Playtime at the zoo

Have you met my fellow Animal Buddy Khansa? Her favourite toy is a gunny sack. She loves playing peekaboo with it, rolling around in it and tossing it around. The orangutans always make gunny sacks look like awesome fun. Sometimes they even play a friendly round of tug of war with it!

Playtime at the zoo

Speaking of my primate friends, the chimpanzees have their fair share of fun. Using old firehose donations, the keepers repurposed them into sturdy hammocks that the chimpanzees play on. Marvel at the chimps’ strength and agility as they swing and balance effortlessly on the hammocks!

Playtime at the zoo

Did I mention that recyclable materials make great sustainable toys? The meerkat keepers reused a cardboard box and some toilet rolls to make a mealworm “burrow”. My meerkat friends are great at sniffing out a treat and digging their way to them. Toys help to stimulate natural instincts like these!

Playtime at the zoo

Cardboard is a good choice, but what if the animal plays in water? By reusing plastic bottles and some rope, the keepers made a good ‘play raft’ for my Asian small-clawed otter friends. It piqued their natural curiosity and soon they were climbing onto it and pushing it around!

Playtime at the zoo

Now that you have seen the many resourceful ways the keepers of Singapore Zoo create toys, why not design your own? Gather a few recyclable or reusable items around your house like cardboard boxes and toilet rolls and let your creativity flow!

Playtime at the zoo
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