Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics and a popular attraction at Singapore Zoo, turns 25 this year. The zoo has started a 10-day celebration along with a photo exhibition to raise awareness on the natural arctic habitat of polar bears, which was opened by HE Berit Basse, ambassador of Denmark to Singapore during an event held in Singapore Zoo’s Frozen Tundra section.
Mike Barclay, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “As Inuka, Singapore’s very own locally born and bred polar bear turns 25, he is officially in his golden years and we will adjust his care to ensure he continues to enjoy a great quality of life with us here in the Singapore Zoo. We are very happy to celebrate his birthday with this excellent Our Arctic Future photo exhibition.”
Our Arctic Future photo exhibition highlights the importance of sustainability and evolving relationships between people and the arctic and has been developed by the Natural History Museum of Denmark. As Singapore approaches the close of its golden jubilee year, the photo exhibition also commemorates 50 years of bilateral relations between Denmark and Singapore.
Inuka is popular among the staff and zoo visitors. He is fondly referred to as the ‘best Christmas present ever’ by Singapore Zoo keepers because he was born in his mother’s den in the early hours of December 26, 1990. His last health check in July this year showed age-related conditions like arthritis and dental issues which the Singapore Zoo veterinary team is closely monitoring. Inuka currently measures 2.5 metres from nose to tail and weighs 581 kilograms.
During the 10-day celebration, guests of Singapore Zoo can witness Inuka enjoying treats each afternoon at 1.20 pm and learn more about the arctic landscape in Our Arctic Future photo exhibition at the Zoo’s Frozen Tundra.