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Timings : 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM,
Last Entry: 5:30 PM

Entry Fee : Adult: SGD 33,
Child (3 - 12 years): SGD 22

The Singapore Zoo, Singapore Overview

Regarded as one of the best zoos in the world, the Singapore Zoo is spread across a vast area of 70 acres in the Upper Seletar Region. Formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Garden or Mandai Zoo, it is famed for housing the largest captive colony of Orangutans in the world. Another major highlight is the Rainforest Kidzworld, a technicolour play area for the little ones.

Accommodating around 315 species, 16 per cent of which are considered endangered, the Singapore Zoo serves as a perfect destination for nature lovers. Divided into 11 zones, the most impressive spot in the zoo is, undoubtedly, the orangutan's enclosure with the chance of dining and feeding with them.

Other attractions at Singapore Zoo include Fragile Forest (a bio-dome replicating the environs of a rainforest), Great Rift Valley Exhibit (home to exotic species like Nubian ibexes, black-backed jackals, banded mongoose, complete with cliffs and a waterfall), a replica of Ethiopian villages, and encounters with free-roaming butterflies, Malayan flying foxes, two-toes sloths and a myriad of other wildlife.

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Singapore Zoo Zones

The Singapore Zoo is divided into eleven zones of which these 6 are the most fun:

Fragile Forest: Set in a 20,000 cubic metre biodome, this zone replicates a typical tropical rainforest habitat. One can find various species of wildlife characteristic of the different equatorial rainforests of the world - from the well-camouflaged amphibians like the four-lined tree frog to the Malayan flying fox to the shy mousedeer. A Discovery Outpost houses the insects and invertebrates found in this habitat, where visitors can learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly and find other fascinating and exotic insects.

Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia: This zone explores the remarkable Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia, believed to be the beginning of the formation of the landscape of Modern Earth. Steep cliffs, majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls await those who visit this interesting area. There is also a captivating recreation of the rustic life of the hut-dwelling villages of Konso and Amhara, where one can learn the ancient traditions of these races, such as the waga tradition, where wooden effigies are made of deceased heroes, arranged with sculptures of their families and vanquished enemies. One can also learn how Ethiopia discovered coffee, and the sacred coffee ceremony huts have been replicated in this zone. The 3.2 million-year-old fossil of Lucy, one of the oldest hominids in the world, is also seen here.

Treetops Trail: This zone aims at displaying the wildlife that resides on various levels of a rainforest. One can find grand and tiny creatures, with animals like the cotton-top tamarins, gharials and wild squirrels scurrying about. The rare pair of siamangs is one of the chief attractions of this zone.

RepTopia: This zone is home to over 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, spread across four unique geographical zones namely the Indo-Pacific, the African jungle, Neotropical Rainforests, and Deserts of the World. Learn how reptiles have learned to camouflage and adapt to various environments, with the kingdom believed to be predecessors to the ancient dinosaurs, all while being up-close with these slippery sleek creatures. Among the highlights of this zone include the witnessing of cobra feeding, reptile hatchery and alligator medical training.

Australasia: Witness the representation of the world of Marsupials, endemic to the Australasia region, with most of them found in Australia. Along with the grey Kangaroos and nimble Wallabies, one can also find the rare tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea. The colourful Cassowary, considered the world’s most dangerous bird, is also seen strolling around this area.

Frozen Tundra: This zone replicates the chilling climate and landscape of the Arctic region, spread across an area of about two and a half basketball courts. Among the species found here are the raccoon dogs of Japan and wolverines.

Shows at the Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo organises a variety of shows, both educational and entertaining, that showcase the amazing skills and abilities of the resident animals.

Breakfast with an Orangutan: This show allows visitors to meet and closely interact with the orangutans in the zoo, along with a delightful meal alongside these interesting specimen. One also has the rare and unique photo opportunity with an entire family of orangutans.
Timings:
Buffet: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM,
Animal appearance: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Cost:
Adults: SGD 35,
Children (6 - 12 years): SGD 25,

Rainforest Fights Back: The premise of the show, housed in the main amphitheatre of the zoo, is an evil poacher who attempts to clear a section of a rainforest, and is foiled by the native people and animals. Human actors perform alongside animals like the orangutans, lemurs, pea-fowls, otters and cockatiels.
Venue: Shaw Amphitheatre
Timings: 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM

Elephants at Work and Play: This show focuses on how the elephants are used as beasts of burden in Southeast Asia. The show also demonstrates how elephant caretakers, or mahouts, give instructions to the elephants to carry out functions like transporting logs or kneeling so that they can be mounted.
Venue: Elephants of Asia
Timings: 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM

Splash Safari: This show focuses on aquatic wildlife at Singapore Zoo. Seals and sea lions perform tricks while pelicans show their skill in catching fish with their beaks. Dolphins can be seen swimming in the pond.
Venue: Shaw Amphitheatre
Timings: 10:30 AM, 5:00 PM

Animal Friends: Housed at the Kidzworld amphitheatre in the zoo's children's section, this show features many domesticated animals like dogs and parrots performing tricks. The aim of this show is to inculcate a sense of pet responsibility among children.
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre
Timings: 11:00 AM, 4:00 PM

Singapore Zoo Tours

Wild Discoverer Tour: A guided tour that takes one through the most popular exhibits of the zoo, along with fun facts about the animals. Tourists are also given the opportunity to feed and interact with rhinos and giant tortoises.
Timings: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM,
Cost:
Adults: SGD 38,
Children (3 - 12 years): SGD 25,

Fragile Forest Tour: This tour involves an in-depth look at the insects of the zoo. One also has the opportunity of feeding the animals of the biodome, especially the bats.
Timings: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM,
Cost:
Adults: SGD 98,
Children (3 - 12 years): SGD 65,

RepTopia Tour: This tour allows visitors to get up close with the reptiles and amphibians of RepTopia, including the sleek snakes and exotic dragons. One will also have the opportunity to feed these creatures.
Timings: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM,
Cost:
Adults: SGD 98,
Children (3 - 12 years): SGD 65

Activities

Keeper’ Chit Chat: Get to interact with the animal keepers at the Singapore Zoo and learn about different animals. From their history to eating habits, the keepers educate you on plenty of things related to the lifestyle of the animals at the zoo. 

Feed the Animals: At the Singapore Zoo, one can indulge in a variety of animal feeding sessions that are interactive and fun. Visitors can buy animal food onsite and enjoy feeding various inhabitants of the zoo like elephants, white rhinoceros, giraffe, and goats. 

For Kids: Children can indulge in an array of joyful activities at the Singapore Zoo. They can visit the Bunny Barn and play with furry bunnies and feed them. They can experience the life of cowboys by going on a pony ride that costs SGD 6. Kids can relax and play in the Wet Play Area full of water slides and climbers. They can also enjoy merry go rounds and hang out with zookeepers for learning about the daily routines of the animals at the zoo.

Camping: There are 3 different camps at the zoo that offers a truly unique experience to everyone from adults to young children. The Junio Zoo Keeper camp lets kids between the age of 11 and 14 take up the responsibility of zookeepers and care for the animals for SGD 300. The Sleep with the Beasts Camp is an ideal choice for families travelling with children. Set camp under the open sky and enjoy many perks like night safari for a cost of SGD 190. Lastly, the zoo offers a Zoo Explorer Camp that lasts for 3 days and costs SGD 420, lets kids acquire knowledge animals by interacting and looking after them.

Dining & Shopping: Satisfy the tastebud by indulging in various types of delicious foods served at the 3 onsite eating joints - Ah Meng Restaurant, Ah Meng Bistro, and KFC. At the restaurant, have an unforgettable experience of eating with orangutans around. The restaurant only serves breakfast and is open from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. The price of the breakfast buffet for an adult is SGD 35 and SGD 25 for a child. Other multiple dining options at the entrance of the zoo are KFC, Ben & Jerry’s, Inuka Cafe, Chawang Bistro, and The Wild Deli. 
Shopping enthusiasts can explore the well-stocked gift shops located at three different locations. The main outlet is at the entrance, while the other two outlets are located at Shaw Amphitheater and Rainforest Kidzworld. One can buy a variety of souvenirs and recyclable products from these shops.

Getting Around the Zoo

Tram: Singapore Zoo is spread over 28 hectares and covering the entire distance on feet can be exhausting for anyone. The best way to explore the area by taking a guided tram ride. Adults need to pay SGD 5 for a tram ride while the ticket for a child between the age of 3 and 12 costs SGD 3. The comfortable tram takes one through different parts of the zoo along with narrating interesting stories about the animals residing there. The unlimited tram rides operate every day from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Some of the trams feature wheelchair-accessibility. Head to either of the 4 tram stations to board a tram that offers a relaxing and informative trip. 

Stroller: Families travelling with infants or toddlers can rent strollers for a fee of SGD 9. For young children, parents can rent a wagon for SGD 15 that is big enough to accommodate 2 children.

Electric Scooter: Anyone over the age of 16 can rent an electric scooter and enjoy ultimate convenience while exploring the zoo. For the first 3 hours, SGD 20 has to be paid for an electric scooter and SGD 5 every succeeding hour.

Free Wheelchair: The zoo also offers wheelchairs for free to guests.

Tips

  • The RepTopia Zone allows tourists the opportunity to feed chameleons. It is important to hold on tight to the feeding tongs as the long, sticky tongue shoots out of the chameleons with surprising speed.
  • The multiple facilities at the Singapore Zoo ensure ultimate convenience and comfort for the guests. The onsite facilities at the zoo include ATM machine, rental lockers, nursing rooms, and diaper changing facilities. There is a first aid station with well-trained staff members. Also, there is a prayer room where visitors can worship in silence.

How To Reach Singapore Zoo

MRT: The north-south MRT line connects different parts of the city with the Singapore Zoo. After reaching the station, board a connecting bus to the multiple MRT stations that are located within close proximity of the Singapore Zoo. These are some options that can be opted:
  • Khatib MRT Station (NS14) - Mandai Khatib Shuttle
  • Cho Chua Kang MRT Station (NS4) - Bus no.927
  • Ang Mo Kio MRT Station (NS16) - Bus no.138
  • Woodlands MRT Station (NS9) - Bus no.926 (only runs on Sundays and public holidays)
  • Marsiling MRT Station (NS8) - Bus no.926 ((only runs on Sundays and public holidays)
Mandai Khatib Shuttle: This shuttle service operates to and from the Singapore Zoo to the Khatib MRT Station, the nearest to the zoo. The first shuttle service from the station leaves at 8:00 AM while the last bus departs from the Singapore Zoo Coach Bay at 10:40 PM. In general, it takes approximately 15 mins to cover the distance between the places and the buses run at frequent intervals. The ticket price of a one-way shuttle service is SGD 1 and the ride is free of cost for young children who are 3 years or younger. For purchasing the ticket, either use EZlink or FlashPay card.

Mandai Express: The affordable Mandai Express is the best way to travel from the outskirts of Singapore. This service operates specifically during weekends and on school and public holidays. If traveling from Sengkang, head to the Exit C pick-up point at Sengkang to hop on a bus. The buses from Sengkang run at 8:45 AM and 10:15 AM while the ones from Singapore Zoo operate at 3:30 PM and 5:30 PM. The ticket price for a one-way trip from and to Singapore Zoo is SGD for an adult and SGD for a child. 

Direct Bus Services: From the city, either get on the Safari Gate bus, Singapore Attractions Express bus or take private services like StarIsland Travel. The Safari Gate Bus charges SGD 7 for a one-way trip to the zoo, while the cost for a round trip is SGD 12. Singapore Extractions Express connects various hotels to the zoo and the price for a one-way ticket for an adult is SGD 6 and SGD 4 for a child. These fares are the same for the Starland Travel buses. 

Taxi or Rental Cars: If looking for a convenient mode of transport, either book a private taxi or rent a car and drive to the Singapore Zoo. The establishment offers a parking facility. The parking rate is set at SGD 3 for the first-hour which rises by SGD2 for every additional hour.

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