Singapore Zoo marks 44 years with durian feast for orang utans and friends

(From left) Putra, Chomel and Anita eating durians.
(From left) Putra, Chomel and Anita eating durians.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Chomel eating her durian.
Chomel eating her durian.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Ah Meng eating her durian.
Ah Meng eating her durian.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Anita and her new baby eating durian.
Anita and her new baby eating durian.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Ah Meng eating her durian.
Ah Meng eating her durian.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Chomel eating her durian.
Chomel eating her durian.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Ah Meng taking a last look at visitors before going back to her enclosure.
Ah Meng taking a last look at visitors before going back to her enclosure.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Zoo celebrated 44 years of wild encounters on Tuesday (June 27) with a scrumptious durian feast for its animal icon Ah Meng the orang utan and her friends.

Ah Meng and other orang utans, the zoo's flagship species, made quick work of the thorny shells and husked their favourite durians with their bare hands and teeth. The other orang utans include Chomel, Putra, Anita and her new baby.

Selected Friends of Singapore Zoo and Friends of Wildlife members were also specially treated to the feast.

The Singapore Zoo was officially opened on June 27, 1973, and has built a strong reputation for its conservation initiatives and breeding programmes.