Today’s post wouldbe about my past trip to the Singapore Zoo! As a student studying in Singapore, a visit to the Singapore Zoo is not to be missed. Let’s get on to the post, shall we?
The Singapore Zoo (新加坡动物园), which is formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens, is known locally as the Mandai Zoo. It is located on the boundary of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s forested central catchment area. The zoo was built at a cost of S$9m granted by the Government of Singapore and opened on 27 June 1973. It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manages the neighbouring Night Safari and the Jurong Bird Park. (These are my other 2 favourites!)
The zoo consists of about 315 species of animals in the zoo, some of which are considered threatened species around the world. It also attracts about 1.6 million visitors each year.
The Singapore Zoo animal shows are popular with families where you can see trained zoo animals perform their special talents. There are also activities planned out for families with young children. Elephant rides and tours are available where one can get an elongated view of the world on the back of the gentle giant. Dining together with Orang Utans, one of the award-winning breakfast programme, Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, has been appropriately set at their timber lodge-inspired Ah Meng Restaurant. While enjoying local favourites and tropical fruit juices, the Orang Utan family may just make a spectacular entrance. It’s an amazing sight to behold!
There are even timings for visitors to feed the animals such as chimpanzees, giraffes, otters, arowanas, hippos and more! However, be reminded to come early if you want to feed the animals as there is a limit to the amount of food they consume to prevent overfeeding. Check out their feeding times here: http://www.zoo.com.sg/shows-feedings/token-feeding-times.html.
Have you ever had breakfast with an Orang Utan? Or seen a Hamadryas baboon before? If you haven’t, don’t forget to visit them as well as the walkthrough exhibits and underwater galleries! They are open every day of the year from 8am – 6.30pm.
And here’s a picture of my friend – Frank. I only managed to take this picture before my camera ran out of battery. You may know him from his posts on this blog. 🙂
– Liu Mu