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Published March 27th 2015
Singapore Zoo - A safari of animals big and small
Located just 30 minutes by car from the city in the north of the island, Singapore Zoo makes for a perfect day trip escape. There's lots to see and do whether you want to take a self-guided walk through the park, join a safari tour or watch some of the incredibly talented animals perform in a live action show. So if you're lucky enough to be in Singapore or are planning to head there on your next holiday adventure, make sure to add Singapore Zoo to your itinerary.
There are many cute critters of all shapes and sizes for you to view up close and personal.
With our trusty map in hand we decided to go on a self-guided tour and see everything we wanted to see at our own pace. The zoo has been designed to make use of natural plants and moats as barriers between exhibits rather than concrete fences, which makes for a nice environment for both humans and animals alike.
The bright and colourful map is easy to use as you make your way through the park. Source: Singapore Zoo
If you prefer a more relaxed pace you can opt to take the guided tram to be transported through the park in comfort. Your guide will explain all about the exhibits and the animals along the way. A number of tram stops are available throughout the park if you decide to take the tram at any point.
Keep an eye out at each exhibit for information about feeding times. Both kids and adults will enjoy the chance to watch the animals at their most active while learning all about them from the keeper's entertaining live commentary. At some exhibits you can even take the opportunity to feed the animals, however note that numbers are limited to avoid overfeeding. Be sure to come early and secure your spot in the viewing areas.
Feeding time is always entertaining - especially when the animals steal food from each other.
Lions are always star attractions for a zoo and this was no different at Singapore. It was a very popular exhibit with many people trying to find the best viewpoint to snap a photo or two. It's a good thing that the exhibit has been designed to feature the lions from multiple viewpoints. If you plan to check them out at feeding time you will definitely want to get there early to secure your spot.
The lions looked to be the most popular exhibit at this zoo - we struggled to get a good viewing spot.
The Elephants of Asia exhibit has been designed to provide lots of stimulation for the elephants to keep them entertained, as well as providing lots of viewing areas from which to see these beautiful creatures. There are currently five elephants at Singapore Zoo and they are all ladies, and it's wonderful to see them happy and playing together.
Getting to see elephants up close was a great plus for us.
By far one of the most interesting exhibits to explore is the free ranging Orang Utan exhibit. Featuring a family of Orang Utans young and old, be sure to look up and around you as there could be one sitting right above you. Watching the young ones learn to swing and climb through the trees is certainly a heart-warming experience, but be sure to keep out of their reach… This is a flagship exhibit for Singapore Zoo, which is the first in the world to feature such a unique exhibit design. There are boardwalk areas, rope bridges and lots of platforms for the Orang Utans to relax, while giving people an almost 360 degree view.
These smart creatures are fascinating to watch in an open exhibition - just watch out underneath them as they can pee on you!
If you're feeling a little cold-blooded be sure to check out the reptile exhibits with everything from snakes to bearded dragons and tortoises to komodo dragons. You may even spot what looks to be an alligator or crocodile, but which is actually a False Gavial. Whatever name you use, they are certainly exciting to see.
These cold-blooded creatures were fascinating in their array of different colours and scale textures.
Apart from the beautiful Orang Utans there are also lots of other Monkey exhibits throughout the zoo. As you can see they come in all shapes, sizes and colours, but are always interesting to look at in such a beautiful near-natural environment.
Grooming, sleeping, eating and playing seemed to be the monkeys' favourite activities.
Show Times Singapore Zoo has developed a number of animal shows which are a sight to see for young and old. Watch along with the crowd and marvel at the incredible bond between the animals and their trainers. Our favourite was the 'Rainforest Fights Back' show. Not only did this feature gorgeous otters, monkeys and birds amongst other animals, but it shared an important message to share with the audience. There are a number of shows which play twice daily so have the chance to see them all.
The animals used in the show performed spectacularly well - watch out for a few surprises.
If you're travelling with young ones be sure to check out the interactive Rainforest Kidzworld. The kids will be entertained for hours as they explore the interactive exhibits, play with the farm yard animals or splash out all that excess energy in the watery playground. There is even a rainforest challenge where kids can make their way through the obstacle course with their friends or other kids at the park.
Skip the queue - Buy your ticket online and save $$
You can easily buy tickets at the zoo entrance however if you plan ahead you can save 10% off of both adult and children prices. If you happen to have a Singapore Issued card you can save 30% off. For more information or to purchase your tickets online please click here. Make sure to bring the card used when you purchased your tickets to show as identification at the entry gate.
Don't be like this guy, make sure you get your tickets online for quick access.
Further discounts can apply if you purchase a Park Hopper park. Please click here for more information on prices and inclusions.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to the zoo using public transport is to take the MRT on the North-South (Red) line and transit to connecting public bus services. Catch these connecting public buses that will take you right to the park.
Nearest MRT stations Connecting buses
Choa Chu Kang (NS4) 927
Ang Mo Kio (NS16) 138
Marsiling (NS8) 926 (operates on Sundays and Public Holidays only)
Woodlands (NS9) 926 (operates on Sundays and Public Holidays only)
Alternatively the zoo is located only a 30 minute drive away from the city. There are open-air as well as sheltered car and motorcycle parking bays located near the entrance. For more information and directions please check out the zoo's website.
Singapore Zoo made for a truly wonderful escape from the city and it was so enjoyable to walk through the beautiful gardens admiring the wildlife along the way.
Catch the MRT and a taxi to the zoo like we did - if you can bear it.
We give Singapore Zoo 5/5 Wanders for providing a world class facility for people of all ages and generations to come to learn about animals and the importance of conservation.
Where 1 Wander isn't worth getting off the couch for and 5 Wanders should leave a trail of dust in your wake: it's that good.