Zoo, Gardens, Singapore
Singapore's Night Safari is the first wildlife park in the world that is built and dedicated for visits at night.
Situated within 40 hectares of lush secondary forest, Night Safari prides itself on re-creating the natural environment for the nocturnal animals it shows, and offering its visitors the unique experience of exploring wildlife in a tropical jungle at night.
Through the use of subtle lighting technique, visitors are able to view over 1,000 nocturnal animals of 100 species in vast naturalistic habitats.
With the Night Safari being so special, it is a top attraction for visitors from all over the world. And because of this, I often get asked on how do one get to Night Safari. With this in mind, I have prepared a travelogue decided to this and you will be able to find it under my Singapore page, or by clicking on the link provided below.
I hope the guide is useful and I wish you a pleasant trip to Night Safari! :-)
This would be the best zoo we have ever been to, and I would think any other zoo would find it hard to be as good.
The animals ARE NOT IN CAGES, they are behind moats, which makes for excellent viewing for us humans, and for the animals its much better for them too.
There is a good variety of animals and you feel that you are amongst them!
There are also 3 differents shows that you can watch and if you want, you can take a tram ride for $5, a Horse & Carriage ride $8 and an Elephant ride for $8.
You can also have you photo taken with Birds and Animals, A pony, Mawcaws, Orangutans and Elephant (only if you are having an Elephant ride)
Open every day from 8.30 - 6 pm
Admission in 2011....Adult S$20.00......Child (3 to 12 years old) S$13.00
We bought a 3 in 1 pass which is the cheapest and best way to go if you want to see the 3 parks.....All are excellent.
3-in-1 Jurong Bird Park
Singapore Zoo........... S$58.00 / S$38.00
2-in-1 Jurong Bird Park
Singapore Zoo...............S$32.00 / S$21.00
2-in-1 Night Safari*
Singapore Zoo........... S$42.00 / S$28.00
All these ticket's can be bought online or at the Parks. They are valid for 30days from date of purchase, and at the night safari, the tram ride is included in the price. You can visit when-ever you wish with-in the 30days.
The website gives a lot of detailed information on everything you could possibly want to know.
THIS IS A MUST VISIT IN SINGAPORE..............
The Zoo is EXCELLENT
Singapore Zoo is one of the best open concept to be found anywhere and the world's first night safari is right next door.
It does make for a long day to do both of these attractions but it's well worth the effort.
Tip: It's more economical to buy yourself a 3 park pass which will get you to the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
I have added additional photos on a separate Singapore Travelogue.
The Singapore Zoo was another of the absolute highlights of my trip. The Zoo is seen as the second best in the whole world, after the zoo in San Diego and it for sure held up to my expectations.
My lovely girlfriend had booked us in on a breakfast among the animals, so at about 8.30 we were sitting next to a very nice orangutan and her baby having breakfast together.
Don't know who messed up most with the food, me or the orangutan...?
After that we spent almost six hours just wandering around in the zoo, seeing everything from tigers, lions, kangaroos and elephants to small and very cute monkeys.
One of my favourites were the polar bear, as I never had seen one in my entire life before. It sure is huge, and I sure don't want to meet one out in the free...
A visit here is a must if you have any feelings for animals. At this zoo they move around very freely, and they don't sit in cages as in other animal parks.
If you, like me, like to take photos of them, this is the moment to do so. Just don't use the flash as it will scare the animals.
The zoo has 2530 different animals, 315 different species, so there should be something to look for for everyone.
The zoo is open from 8.30am to 6pm. Entrance fee is S$16,50 (8,50 euro) for adults. Half price for kids (3-12 years).
There are restaurants both inside and outside the zoo, so take your time and enjoy it for the whole day!
You can take the tram around the whole place, but I'm still laughing at the smart asses who do that... The tram goes around so fast that you'll have no idea what you're actually looking at! Much better to walk around yourself and see the animals in the tempo you want. You will probably be quite tired in your legs afterwards, but it sure is worth it!
Tlhis Park is located just across the road from the zoo.
We had done a lot of walking at the zoo for most of the day, then went to the Night Safari. Even though we took the Tram Ride and hopped on and off, we were so tired, that we didn't do much at all!
My advice is, if you have done a lot in the day, and are tired, come back on a different night so that you can really enjoy the Safari
If I had to choose, we thought the zoo was a lot better than the night safari.
Food at the Night Safari is very expensive, so if you have family with you, it will cost a lot to feed them.
It is very well set out, and the shops and eating area is open from 6pm to midnight, the park itself from 7.30pm
Last admission is at 11.00pm
Admission + Tram in 2011.....
Child (3 to 12 years old) S$21.00
Your Tram ticket is only good for 1 trip.
We only went to one show at the Zoo, which was "Rainforest Fights Back" It was very good, entertaining and there was some audience participation, I think everybody enjoyed this show just going on the laughter!
OTHER SHOWS are... Elephants At Work & Play - 11.30am & 3.30pm
Splash Safari - 10.30am & 5.00pm
African penguins, sea lions, manatees and pelicans are in the show.
Rainforest Fights Back - 12.30pm & 2.30pm at Shaw foundatiion amphitheatre......
The Rainforest show has 15 species in it, comprising of both mammals and birds.
There is a 20-minute presentation called ‘Rainforest Fights Back’ told through the eyes of Kai, a native tribesman, and Vamoosh, the greedy villain, where you learn about the relationship Kai shares with the rainforest and its inhabitants, and about her jungle home.
I loved the Orangutan part of the show, but the Snake part was good too! you will have to go and see it to find out what happens!
All are included in the admission price.
The Singapore Zoo has one of the finest and beautiful collection of animals in the world.
You can have breakfast with the Orang Utans (Ah Meng is the popular star). The polar bears are amazing too and you can see them swiming in the deep underwater tank. The hippos are so cute u can see the mother hippo rubbing cheek to cheek with the baby hippo.
Dont miss the feeding time and animal shows. I love to see the giant elephants doing their performance. Beware and dont get splashed.
If u are going to the Zoo and Night Safari, take the MRT up north to Ang Mo Kio to transfer to bus 138 which takes u directly to the zoo. Hop to the Night Safari for dinner just next door)
The night safari is one of the best things you can do in Singapore. One activity that is definitely worthwhile is the `Creatures of the Night Show`. It`s part entertainment, part information with a shocking twist at the end (if you want to be surprised instead, don`t read the rest of this tip;-)
In the show you can witness the jumping ability of pumas and the power and vision of owls among others in a series of neat interactive demonstrations. Towards the end of the presentation, a 20 foot python is drawn from the unsuspecting audience (in a long trunk under the seats). This results in very loud screaming, panic or laughter, depending on how you feel about snakes (for those that want to know, it`s about ten rows back, just to the left of the center if you`re facing the ampitheatre).
If you stay after the show, the friendly staff will let you hold some of the animals in the show (The best time to go is after the last show in my opinion, it is far less rushed....) .
It runs at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm daily an lasts just under an hour.
This feeding trail we found out about too late, and only came into it halfway through! That was a real shame as it was very informative, and because the Animals were looking forward to food, they were active and out in the open, so could be seen easily seen.
The feeding trails vary, with the 1st one starting at 9am, where you get to see the Elephant,
Polar Bear, Treetops Trail & Otter, Primate Kingdom feedings.
Another one starts at 10.45am, and this includes the Giraffe, Jaguar and Orangutan .
The afternoon feedings are different again, and some of the Animals are the White Tiger, Hippo, Giraffe, Monkeys and Chimps, Kangaroo's, Tortoise, and more...............
The Komodo Dragon is only fed on a Sunday.
Check when you pick up your map for feeding times as they may be changed.
THE ZOO IS OPEN FROM ....8.30am to 6.00pm daily
ADMISSION IN 2011...Adult S$20.00
Child (3 to 12 years old) S$13.00
If I went back again, I would definitely follow "THE FEEDING TRAIL"
You can do one of the other or both, bot attractions are literally across the road from one another, and are sold on either seperate or combined tickets.
We visited the Zoo in the late afternoon, went across to the Safari and had dinner before heading out on what really did seem like a safari!
I am not a big fan of zoos, but this one is amazing, the animals are all in big areas, and it feels like they are in their own habitat.
The Night Safari is very cool, you can take a little train so far, then walk, and you will see all of the animals wandering about! you have to be really quiet so not to frighten them, but it feels like Africa !*
I had my photo taken with the Orangutans. This was great, you are so close to them. One of them was putting some food down the back of my shirt. This for me, was a once in a lifetime chance to get so close to them.
I had my photo taken by the Boardwalk Orangutans, times were 2.15 & 4.30pm
Cost in 2008.... $5, the proceeds go to animal conservation.
This is one of the best zoos that I've ever been to. The animals look so happy and healthy, they all have plenty of space (ok apart from the polar bear but they're very big and I'm sure they're working on it).
The Orang Utans swing from the trees overhead as you walk, there are small monkeys in the trees. There's a great indoor area (a bit like Eden in Cornwall) that you can walk through where the animals climb and fly right around you. There were butterflies in there that were bigger than my hand.
The biggest highlight for me was whilst looking for a place to sit down, we stumbled on a little hut and were completely dumbstruck by the sight of three elephants playing in the water in front of us. So close that we could almost touch them.
You can also have breakfast with an Orang Utan, good local buffet food and then you are invited up to have your picture taken with an Orang Utan (or if you're lucky like we were, a mother and her baby).
The most unusual thing about Singapore Zoo though is the Night Safari, yes the zoo is open at night. You can take a leisurely tram ride around the zoo, complete with local tour guide, all of whom I'm convinced are after a job as an actor, quite amusing. But the best way to see the zoo is to walk the trails, believe me this is scary. It's not for the faint hearted, thing is you know that all of the animals are in their habitats safely far enough away. But when you walk around a corner (and believe me it's dark) and you're suddenly almost face to muzzle with a hyena? Scary stuff, and wandering round the zoo at night, in the complete pitch black with very few lights in a tropical part of the world? With all of those snakes, spiders and other animals that are native to the area? Crazy, completely crazy, but I loved every minute!
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 one of the best Zoos in the world. Instead of the usual cages, you will see the animals mostly in natural surroundings. Not only kids will have fun. Make sure that you know the timings for the feedings and the shows.
You will definitely need a few hours to see it all.
Like in the Night Safari, Singapore Zoo also has a tram, which will take you around the Zoo.
The tram ride covers 2.2km with three stopovers. You have to pay an additional S$5.00 (Children up to 12 years S$2.50) for the tram.
8.30am to 6.00pm daily
Entrance fees (admission only):
Adult S$18.00 / Child (3-12 years old) S$9.00
If you plan to visit the Night Safari and/or the Bird Park as well, you may wanna buy a Park Hoppers special (admissions only):
3-in-1: Zoo, Night Safari & BirdPark: Adult S$40.00 / Child (3-12 years old) S$20.00
2-in-1: Any 2 Parks: Adult S$30.00 / Child (3-12 years old) S$15.00
The animals at Singapore zoo were so well looked after, and it really felt and looked as though they were living in their natural habitat.
This is a cute pic of a little orange monkey - just playing in the trees!*