Breakfast with the wild animals is one of the many programs that are held at Singapore Zoological Gardens daily. Upon entrance you can buy your ticket to having jungle breakfast. Come early, as the show starts at 9 am. Breakfast is held at the JUNGLE FLAVOURS which is close to entrance, so you don't have to hurry. It is an open concept restaurant with self service. They offer around 100 seats for guests.
Wild animals that joins guests are orang utans (at my visit we saw a mother and baby) and a snake accompanied by their trainers. The orang utans have their breakfast aswell - a big basket of fruits. After the meal, you can take pictures with the animals and they even let you hold the snake. Isn't she cute?
This is a definite must see... even once! There's something about seeing the animals at night.
The drama and mystery of the tropical jungle come alive after dusk at the Night Safari! Numerous nocturnal creatures, from cats to slimy reptiles, and timid forest dwellers look at you with "glary" eyes, in their naturalistic enclosures that simulate their homelands.
Ideally, you will be taking the tram ride for a minimal fee, and go down at different stops to look further into the different "regions" such as the Southeast Asian Rainforest, Equatorial Africa etc...
Truly a night to remember!
This is a great place to visit, especially if you have kids (as I do). One thing that's different, in comparison to other zoos, is that there are no cages/grills in between you and the animals. Cascading waters, lush vegetation and concealed moats enhance the freedom and natural jungle-like atmosphere for all the animals. There are a lot that you probably may not have seen before! Expect a lot of walking, but there's a trolley that goes around for a minimal fee.
Another nice thing about it, is it's also a park where you can relax, watch the kids play in the playground, and enjoy the view of the enormous lake!
I don't like zoos, because I feel sorry for the animals locked in cages. However everyone I talked to that had been to singapore zoo assured me that it is worth visiting. And I went. They were right. It is an open concept of the ZOO, probably the best in SE Asia. The animals are not locked in cages like in other ZOOs. i also like their concept of sponsorship. I think it is really cool that big companies sponsor different animals.
it is besto to come early in the morning to catch all the feeding hours and shows.
Singapore Zoo is world class and features
orangutans and white tigers; the Night Safari and Botanical Gardens are supposed to be good.
There is no direct MRT connection so you'll need to take a bus to Singapore Zoo. For a discounted deal, buy an entry ticket to both the zoo and the Night Safari...its a good way to spend a full day.
The Singapore Zoo displays a large social group of 26 orang utans in a spacious naturalistic enclosure. Though not the only zoo in the world to display a social group of orang utans, we are the only ones who have done so on such a large scale.
The provision of a large enclosure and lots of climbing platforms allow the orang utans to get away from their group members and enjoy moments of peace when needed. The platforms not only allow the apes to develop their natural climbing skills but also serve as escape routes for them should fighting break out.
These highly intelligent animals have to be kept occupied or boredom will consume them, which occurs ever so often in captivity. We keep the orang utans busy through the use of a technique known as behavioural enrichment.
The ability to breed is a good indication of the state of physical and emotional health of a zoo animal, and we are proud to have bred a total of 21 orang utans to date. We have sent some of our orang utans to zoos in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Australia and New Zealand as part of the worldwide exchange programme to facilitate breeding of this highly endangered ape.
Ah Meng, the Sumatran orang utan
For many Singaporeans, the Singapore Zoo is synonymous with Ah Meng, the Sumatran orang utan. Ah Meng was seven years old in 1971 when she was confiscated from the Chinese family which had illegally kept her as a pet. Subsequently, she found her home in the Singapore Zoo.
Ah Meng was the first to host our famous 'Breakfast With An Orang Utan' programme. She soon became a celebrity, both locally and internationally. She has been featured in over 30 travel films and 'interviewed' by more than 300 writers. In 1992, Ah Meng received a special award from the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board, in recognition of her contribution towards tourism in Singapore.
Ah Meng also contributed to the Singapore Zoo's captive breeding programme. She has had five children so far and became a grandmother in 1990.
Size : 28 hectares
Animal Collection : 2,923 animals (412 species)
Opening hours : 8.30am to 6.00pm daily
Parking Charges : Cars: S$3, Buses: S$4
All prices are for parking for the whole day.
Entrance Fees (Admission Only) :
S$12.10 Adult [effective 1 January 2003]
S$ 5.05 Child (3 to 12 years old)
Tram Ride :
The tram ride covers 2.2km with three stopovers.
S$2.50 - Adult
S$1.50 - Child (3 to 12 years old)
Animal Shows :
Shows are held daily at the newly renovated Amphitheatre & the Elephants of Asia exhibit featuring:
Spirits of the Rainforest (At Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre)
Weekdays - 10.30 am
Weekends & PH - 10.30am & 1.30pm
Elephant Show (At Elephants of Asia exhibit)
Weekdays - 11.30 am
Weekends & PH - 11.30am & 3.30pm
Sealion (At Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre)
Weekdays - 2.30 pm
Weekends & PH - 2.30pm, 5.00pm
Feeding Programme :
Token feeding programmes for different animals are held
throughout the day. Live commentaries are given by the keepers.
Animal Photography :
Instant photography with orang utans, elephants, snakes & ponies is available daily.
Fee - S$10.00 per copy
Animal Rides :
Elephant & Pony rides are available daily.
Visitor Facilities :
KFC restaurant is located at the Zoo Entrance and Playland, Children's World. Other food outlets within the Zoo offer a wide variety of items including Asian fare.
A brief history of the zoo :
The Singapore Zoological Gardens was founded by the late Dr Ong Swee Law. In the late 1960s, Dr Ong, the then Chairman of the Public Utilities Board (PUB) felt that some of the forested catchment areas adjoining the reservoirs, which came under PUB's purview, should be made more accessible to the public. Eventually, the idea of a zoo arose. With the Government's support of S$9 million and after almost six years of hard work, the Singapore Zoological Gardens finally opened its gates to guests on 27 June 1973
It's big (250 acres), it's neat and if you have a few days to spend in Singapore, it's definitely a must see.
There are over 250 species of animals in the zoo all in a reconstructed natural habitat.
I would suggest starting the visit by the tram ride so that you can see what you prefer and then walk there later.
They also have the night safari on the same location where you will get a totally different perspective of the zoo.
The is an example of the dry moat which the zoo employs to keep a distance between man & animal. This method allows them to do away with cages. Thus creating the 'open concept' pens.
See the green hedge on the right of my sister's elbow? That's the dry moat.
He walked past me after I took the first photo, and suddenly turns back with this look on his face. I jumped back as I thought he was getting ready to jumped onto my face and eat my eyeballs for afternoon snack. Scary. But byfar, the most interesting & intereactive encounter I have experienced for the day.
This has got to be one of the greatest zoos in the world! Schedule for a full day if you want to catch all the animal show & feedings. They have a wading pool for kids inside the zoo. Bring your own towel & soap for the kids, though they provide a shower room.
The Singapore Zoo is a model of the `open zoo' concept. The animals are kept in spacious, landscaped enclosures, separated from the visitors by dry or wet moats. The moats are concealed with vegetation or dropped below the line of vision. In the case of dangerous animals such as leopards and jaguars which can climb very well, moat barriers are not used. Instead, these animals are housed in beautifully landscaped glass-fronted enclosures. Oppressive cages which typify old zoos, are absent.The end result is a feeling of openness.
Entrance Fees -
S$ 5.05 Child (3 to 12 years old)
Only for the little ones. Within the compounds of the zoo is a little playground and a wading pool. Children can have a soaking good time with built-in water guns and water sprinklers.
one of the best ways to see the zoo is on the night safari, it makes it look as if you are only a few feet away from the animals. brilliant
This was an interesting little fellow. As I photographed him, he keep coming nearer towards me....he doesn't look that friendly now, does he?