The Singapore Zoo is one of the world’s leading zoological gardens, chosen several times as Asia’s best zoo. It is located in the north of Singapore, in the middle of a nature reserve, in a tropical jungle setting.
It has as neighbours the River Safari and the Night Safari, bringing together in the same region three of the most outstanding attractions of Singapore for nature lovers and also for families with children. Together with Jurong Bird Park, the four parks are managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
The zoo, which covers an area of 26 hectares, houses 2,800 animals of 300 species. It has several kilometres of asphalted trails that allow seeing up close all the species, from the polar bears to the orangutans. To get around the park, you can use an electric train which is not included in the price of the ticket (for a fixed price, you can get on and off the train all day long, it is an aid for people with reduced mobility Or on hot days).
The species are grouped in different thematic enclosures. Most of the enclosures are large, and some species roam freely in the park. In the map that is delivered with the entrance to the park, you can consult the distribution of the different species. The signage in the park allows you to orient yourself and know where to walk.
There are several spectacular venues, both in size and design.
- Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia
A reproduction of the territory inhabited by baboons in East Africa. There are 90 baboons and several goats in the area. It is one of the enclosures of the zoo in which one can spend hours having fun watching the continuous evolutions of the monkeys. There are several obvious observation points and one through large windows.
- Free-ranging Orang Utan
The orangutans are the symbol of the zoo of Singapore that, for its part, dedicates to them a great open space unique in the world. The visitor can see the orangutans on land, in their large enclosure, or jumping from tree to tree above their heads. There is also a feeding schedule in which it is possible to be photographed together with the animals that decide to go down to eat (there is no coercion on animals, which roam freely for their space).
- Frozen Tundra
The most beautiful inhabitant of the frozen tundra enclosure (attention, the temperature in the enclosure is absurdly cold) is the polar bear. It is worth to match the visit to the compound with the feeding schedule of the animal, which is when it is more active, and it will be possible to be fascinated watching you swim in the water tank.
One of the most important attractions of the zoo, mainly for the little ones, is the feeding time, the time to feed the animals. At the entrance to the zoo, you can see an information sheet with the updated times for the day of the visit. During feeding hours, the animals approach the public, who can feed them with food from the zoo (the price of the activity is not included at the entrance to the zoo).
Throughout the day some shows and activities in the park are worth seeing. With the entrance of the park, a program of activities is given that allows you to know what is happening and where.
The first show takes place at 10:30 in the morning (it is repeated at 5 in the afternoon too) in the grounds called Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre. It is the Splash Safari Show, a show in which the star is a sea lion.
MacroTraveller Tip: Do not sit in the front row of seats if you do not want to get wet!
The second show is the Animal Friends Show, at the Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheater, a show that mainly appeals to young children, which comes at 11 am and is repeated at four in the afternoon.
The third show is the Elephants at Work & Play Show, in the Elephants of Asia space, starring the zoo’s Asian elephants. It is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m.
The fourth and final show is the Rainforest Fights Back Show, which takes place at the Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre at 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with the participation of small animals and various reptiles.
Photo credits : Wildlife Reserves Singapore