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SINGAPORE ZOO > RIFT VALLEY OF ETHIOPIA
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LOCATION:
Between Primate Kingdom and White Tiger.

DESCRIPTION:
Hamadryas Baboon - The Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia is a great cultural display of the said region in Africa. Other than than, there are more than 70 baboons on display, along with Nubian ibexes, black-backed jackals, rock hyraxes and banded mongoose (somewhat similar in appearance with normal raccoons but most likely to be of different species altogether).

A little outside of the Rift Valley of Ethiopia lies a few other animal displays. The pygmy hippopotamus is a native of Western Africa and always seen cooling itself in the pond water. Then there are babirusas which are known to be the native of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and proudly carry a Malay name of babi (pig) plus rusa (deer) and an unflatteringly similar scientific name of babyrousa babyrussa. So peculiar is the babirusa that scientists had to create a separate genus to classify this unique pig-like mammal and had become an often-contested issue because genetically it is closer in relation to a hippopotamus than a pig, while its antlers are deer-like.

Near the pygmy hippo is the white tigers which I wrote a separate article about them. Last but not least, as I got closer to the main entrance, there is a Malayan tapir on display.

MY VERDICT:
Good and educational.

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