Well, clearly, you have the many glitz and glam factors of Singapore at one hand and its zoo on the other. Indisputably, the hi-tech Lion city enjoys heavy footfall of tourists from all over the world. It is known for its enthralling amusement park, a shopper’s paradise for its upgraded retail sector and of course the incredible urbane topography.
However, if you want to drift your mind towards its wildlife reserves, Singapore is quiet a treasure trove with an internationally acclaimed zoo.
There are a total of four wildlife reserves in Singapore namely, Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari, the Jurong Bird Park, and the River Safari. Out of all these, the 40 years young Singapore Zoo gets the highest footfall every year amounting to 1.7 million visitors followed by the Night Safari at 1.1 million and Jurong Bird Park at 80,000.
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Your complete guide to Singapore Zoo
While Inside The Zoo
Though taking a stroll is the best way to experience the zoo, the long stretch of 28 hectares is not a very short span to be entirely covered by feet. There are plenty of rides available such as trams, boats, pony and even horse carriages exuding diverse experience to the visitors. Strollers are also available on rent for children.
The Open Habitat
Spread across an area of twenty-eight hectares, Singapore Zoo is home to a total of 300 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds. It is segregated into 11 zones leading to different exhibits. The animals are kept in spacious yet enclosed landscapes separated from visitors by moats that are either filled with water or vegetation. Animals that can pose threat to visitors are kept enclosed in glass. The animals are given a natural habitat as much as possible with the minimal and essential barriers just to create a safe distance between the visitors and the animals. The major stretch of the land, as well as the water body, has been left as it is in order to preserve the natural habitat.
The exhaustive 2800 animals can be seen in the Singapore Zoo. The sheer expanse of the zoo in terms of its animal reserve makes it virtually impossible to cover the entire stretch on a single visit. The best part is that it fosters them in a completely natural habitat.
The animal reserve is home to carnivores such as white tiger, African Lion, leopards, cheetah and Wolverine among others. Other species include Siamang, orangutans, Rothschild Giraffe, white rhinoceros, banded mongoose, Meerkat, Asian elephant, chimpanzee, Colobus monkey, Patas monkey, Capuchin monkey, Proboscis monkey, Hamadryas baboon, Sun bear, Arapaima, Mouse-deer, Indian star tortoise and Komodo dragon among others. The reptile reserve includes Reticulated python, Burmese python, Western diamondback rattlesnake, King cobra, Rhinoceros iguana, green iguana, python, chameleon and Northern caiman lizard among others. The literally, unfathomable depth of species that you find in the Singapore zoo is enough to keep you enthralled throughout the day.
Things To Do inside Singapore Zoo
The best thing about Singapore Zoo is that visitors can interact with the animals in a very guarded environment. This is a place where you walk in as a tourist and leave as a completely enriched and enlightened human being who is able to appreciate and relish biodiversity like never before. So the first tick in your to-do list at Singapore Zoo starts at the Wildlife Healthcare & Research Centre.
1. Jungle Breakfast
Jungle Breakfast is the most exciting and pleasant way of interacting with the animals. The orangutans and giraffes can me see from a very close quarter. Token feeding is allowed which is equally exciting for adults as it is for the kids. Accompanies by continual commentary by the keepers make it a very happy memory to be cherished for a lifetime.
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2. Rainforest Kidzworld
Featuring mostly domestic animals like dog and parrots to perform tricks is aimed at providing amusement for children. It is the best time for children instead of moving from one place to another to just view the animals from a distance. Being able to see animals from such close quarters is a real treat for them.
3. Elephant Show
Elephants are known for their royal demeanor. Watching them from close quarters playing in the herd can be the most pleasant pass time. The Elephant Show also exhibits how the elephant kneel down to make it easy for men to climb at their back and how they pick and transport log following the instruction of the caretakers.
4. Rainforest Fights Back
A one of a kind show that is hosted in the main amphitheatre of the zoo, namely the Shaw Amphitheatre is a show put up by actors and animals together. It features a performance that shows how the people and the animals come together to protect the rainforest from a poacher who tries to mow down a section of the forest.
5. Splash Safari
Splash Safari calls for the best experience of witnessing tricks performed by the aquatic animals and water birds. The stars of the show include seals, sea lions dolphins and pelicans. Wayer birds show how they catch fish and dolphins swim almost at a touchable distance.
Show Timing: 10 AM – 5 PM
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Timing: 8:30AM to 6.00PM daily
Entry Fee: Adult: S$18.00 | Child (3 to 12years old) S$9.00
Want to lose yourself in the wild and enjoy an absolutely different side of Singapore? Singapore zoo is the place for you. Do not forget to include the zoo in your Singapore trip on your next vacation.
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