Lonely Planet Writer

Keepers at Singapore River Safari preparing for giant pandas to begin mating ritual

Keepers at Singapore River Safari are pulling out all the stops to help ensure a successful mating of its giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

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Jia Jia the panda. Image by Nigel Swales / CC BY-SA 2.0

A season change has been simulated in the Giant Panda Forest by varying daylight hours and temperatures, while exhibits and dens have been swapped between the respective panda enclosures in an effort to tempt breeding. Kai Kai, nine, has been seen standing repeatedly on his hind legs for a few seconds to strengthen them for the annual copulation session, which typically lasts for three days, while Jia Jia, eight, can be seen whining to attract the attention of her mate. Breeding season usually takes place from February to May. Last April, Kai Kai and Jia Jia mated for the first time without success.

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