AH MENG

In 1993, Ah Meng was invited to visit Michael Jackson in his hotel room and allegedly upset his famous pet chimpanzee Bubbles. Talk about going bananas!

Many Singaporeans have shared breakfast with her. She was a true icon of Singapore, and the only furry one of its kind. Smuggled from Indonesia and kept illegally as a domestic pet, Ah Meng was rescued by a veterinarian in 1971 and given a home at the Singapore Zoo. Ah Meng held the tremendous task of being the face of conservation awareness, and later as a tourism icon. She enjoyed a colourful life – head of a clan of twenty, mother of five and grandmother to seven. She starred in over 30 travel films, and was awarded the title of ‘Special Tourism Ambassador’ for her contribution to Singapore’s tourism. When she passed away in 2008, the sixth president of Singapore Mr S.R. Nathan, offered his condolences personally. Ah Meng’s legacy continues to grow – with the birth of a great-grandson in 2010, another generation carries her wild genes even after her passing. Ah Meng may be gone, but she continues to inspire visitors to the Singapore Zoo to learn and understand more about orangutans and their plight. She will forever live on in our hearts – the pride and joy of our zoo.

Trivia:
In 1993, Ah Meng was invited to visit Michael Jackson in his hotel room and allegedly upset his famous pet chimpanzee Bubbles. Talk about going bananas!

Ah Meng
Ah Meng

We all have fond memories of Ah Meng.

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