Sunday, December 29, 2013

Travel 2013: Singapore Part III

When I first visited Singapore Zoo in 2009, I considered it as one of the best Zoo's in the world. We visited it again this year to show it to my girlfriend. This time around, we went to the River Safari. The safari was about 75% complete during our visit.

The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares (69 acres) on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore's heavily 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 manage the neighbouring Night Safari and the Jurong BirdPark. There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16% are considered threatened species. The zoo attracts about 1.6 million visitors each year.

From the beginning, Singapore Zoo followed the modern trend of displaying animals in naturalistic, 'open' exhibits with hidden barriers, moats, and glass between the animals and visitors. It houses the largest captive colony of orangutans in the world.[citation needed] In 1977, primatologist Dr Francine Neago lived inside a cage with eighteen orangutans for six months to study their behavior and communication. (from Wikipedia)

On our way to the zoo. We meet 2 good friends at the bus terminal going to the zoo.

River Safari

Sacred Crocodile of India

One of the Smallest Crocodiles in the world

One of the highlights in River Safari, The Panda Bear.

The Piranhas

The Last Section of the Safari, Manatees.

Singapore Zoo
Feeding time for the White Tigers.

The Elephant Show


The Reptile Section

It is highly recommended to bring extra clothes, water, and umbrella when visiting the Zoo. The zoo offers different rides but the most common is the tram ride. If you get a package like us for River and Zoo visit, there's a free tram ride/tour. But if you want to enjoy the zoo, we suggest that you go around by foot.

If you want to feed the animals, the zoo has a scheduled food trail where they will allow you to do it. However, there are some sessions that you need to pay for the animal food. All the proceeds go to the upkeep of the animals. (token feeding times)

To learn more and/or book tickets to Singapore Zoo, you may visit their website here.

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