Singapore – The most amazing zoo in the world

Singapore, also known as the Garden City, is an island city-state off southern Malaysia.  It has an impressive international global financial center and has a population of 5.3 million.  Singapore is the second most densely populated city in the world.  Singapore was part of Malaysia but it was expelled from the federation in 1965 and became an independent city and sovereign country.

SINGAPORE ZOO

To be honest, we almost didn’t make it to the zoo.  I had been sick the night before with a sore throat and a fever, and when we walked outside, it was blazing hot.  Greg was concerned that I wasn’t going to fare well in the heat of the day.  I admit, it was a concern, but I convinced him that we could just try it and if it was unbearable, we would leave.

The zoo displays the animals in a “naturalistic, open” exhibits with hidden barriers, moats and occasional glass between the animals and visitors.  I just have to add, the zoo is so well set up, you can walk in shade almost the entire way.  There are benches in shade, places to sit, areas that have fans and A/C.  Plus with all the oxygen from the forest and water, it was cooler than the city center.  They also offer free, filtered water to fill your water bottles, so bring your own bottle from home.

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The Orangutans are free-range!  Yup, just like those chickens you eat.  Their playgrounds are behind a moat, but if you look up, they are able to move along the tree tops.  I walked to the top of some stand to take this video.  The viewing areas are well thought thru.

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I like how Mom holds onto the tail to keep baby within close reach.

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There are fours parks-in-one at the zoo.  During the day we visited the day park and the river park (which involved a boat ride) and some pandas.  Then later, at night, we went to the Safari Park, which was to view the nocturnal animals.  Both parks had lots of cages in which you could walk through and see the animals in their cage.  These cages included: reptiles, bats, wallabies, bird and monkeys.  Considering I am terrified of snakes, I opted to not go into the walk-thru exhibit.

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But five minutes later, while walking down some path, I ran into this guy.  Mmmm…did he escape from somewhere?

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This guy makes me miss Kitty.

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This zoo houses about 100 animals.

We sat on a park bench, in the shade and watched the chimpanzees play.  No cages, no glass.  Just a moat.  To be honest, the animals felt very healthy both mentally and emotionally.

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Found these guys in one of the walk-thru cages

 

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The person beside me was making faces at the piranhas and they seemed fascinated with her.

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Lunch time

SINGAPORE ZOO: NIGHT TIME SAFARI

We returned for the night time Safari.  It started at about 7:30 PM, but we arrived there via taxi about 45 minutes early.  If you do the night safari, wear bug spray.  There are three parts to the nighttime safari.  One is the tram, which drives around and takes you to see some of the animals.  They there are walking paths which lead to different animals.  The final part is an animal show.

While the crowds rushed to get on the tram, we simple choose to walk through the pathways first.  It was pretty magical.  No one was around.  Just the nighttime sound of the jungle around as as we made our way through dimly lit paths to see different animals.

My pictures from the nighttime safari were pretty bad, due to the lighting and the request to not use flashes in the zoo.  So, limited viewing here.

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These were the flying cockroaches?  I was completely okay that they were behind glass.

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The bat cage was really cool.  This guy hung upside down, stared at me and then repeatedly flapped his big wings.

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Since we were alone on the pathways, we didn’t have to fight the crowds at the concession stand.

Overall, the zoo was a highlight of our trip.  If you ever have a chance to see this place, if will definitely be worth your effort.

 

2 thoughts on “Singapore – The most amazing zoo in the world

    1. I didn’t really mention it in this post, but the Singapore Zoo does a remarkable job educating the public about the environment, the devastation of deforestation, refusing to buy endangered or exotic species and teaching people to take responsibility in making choices to protect rather than destroy the planet. Through my travels, I have seen several instances of people throwing their trash into the ocean or on the street and I boated by more plastic bottles floating in the sea than I wanted to count. To some, this seems like a horrific offense to our environment, but trust me, there are a lot of people out there that are either not educated or don’t care about the environment. I would suggest that the Singapore Zoo is ethical in the sense that it rehabilitates animals that have been rescued and would not survive in the wild. It’s goal is to show the world the beauty of the animal kingdom while being upfront about human’s responsibility to our earth. And it creates an environment for children, who might never leave their apartment complex except to drive to school or walk along a street, to connect to nature, fall in love with animals and develop an understanding about our responsibility on this earth that reaches far past materialism and consumerism. With over 1.7 million visitors per year, the Singapore Zoo is doing more than it’s part in saving the world and teaching people to treat animals with respect. And it doesn’t even have to take the holier-than-thou-tone that PETA likes to throw out. 😉

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