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About The Singapore Zoo

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

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

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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. It is a remarkable place offering a natural habitat to over 3600 mammal, birds and reptiles. The facility is exceptionally animal-friendly where animals are treated with great care, wire cages being replaced by rock walls and moats as barriers, accompanied by a bounty of verdant flora and living space.

Accommodating a myriad variety of animal species, the Singapore Zoo serves as a perfect destination for nature lovers. It houses around 315 species, 16 percent of which are considered endangered. The most impressive spot in the zoo is the orangutan's enclosure, considered the largest population of orangutans in captivity in the world. The key highlight here is breakfast and tea with them. Meerkats, Mole rats, white tigers, zebras, large chimpanzee family, a Komodo dragon, kangaroos and many other such creatures can be seen throughout the zoo. You can also enjoy feeding some of the animals at their designated feeding hours. The Singapore Zoo is managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, along with the Night Safari, River Safari (including a giant panda forest), and the Jurong Bird Park. Park hopper passes are available for those planning on visiting more than one of these attractions.

Wildlife at the Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is home to a vast array of different species of the animal kingdom, with rare animals like the Siamang, Orangutan, Wolverine, White Tiger, African Lion, Cheetah, White Rhinoceros, Raccoon Dog, Asian Elephant, King Cobra, Komodo Dragon, Nubian Ibex, Mousedeer, False Gharial, Boa Constrictor, California Sea Lion, Tree-Kangaroo and so on. There are more than 2500 animals in the zoo of 315 species of the kingdom.

Zones at the Singapore Zoo

There are six zones in the Singapore Zoo.
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 of the 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. Among the 103 mammals in this area are the Nubian ibexes, the Hamadryas baboons, the banded mongooses, the black-backed jackals and the rock hyraxes. 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, 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 the aquatic wildlife at the 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

Tours at the Singapore Zoo

Wild Discoverer Tour: A guided tour that takes you 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

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How to Reach The Singapore Zoo

One can take buses 138, 926, 927 to reach the Singapore Zoo as they arrive directly at the Singapore Zoo bus stop.

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 zoo offers various modes of travel within the premises such as trams, animals, boat, pony and horse carriage rides. Strollers, wagons and wheelchairs can also be rented.

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