The Singapore Zoo must be one of the nicest and most entertaining nature attractions I have been to in Singapore. I must say I am very proud to be Singaporean! It was a great pleasure to spend the day at the award winning Singapore Zoo. The landscaping is stunning, not just for the animals but for the visitors too! The place is clean and well kept and animals live in beautifully landscaped enclosures with a dry or wet moat, or glass separating them from visitors.
Get there early
It’s best to take advantage of the early 8.30 am opening time of the Singapore Zoo and get there early. That way, you’ll be able to catch all the action and take your time to view the exhibits. I suggest you arrive latest by 9.30 am so that you’ll be able to avoids the long queues and catch the early animal shows.
Plan your route
When you enter at the ticket barriers you should be given a map with all show times, feeding times, highlights and restaurant information. Before you rush off to look at the animals, sit down and study the map, taking note of where the ampitheatres are, feeding times and the general layout of the zoo. There are 3 main loops divided into animal zones and it makes sense to plan your route so that when you finish one loop, you’ll end up near the ampitheatre where a show is about to start.
Highlights at the Singapore Zoo
Definitely watch the shows. There are 4 shows including 1 for kids at Kidsworld. The shows are not only fun and entertaining but educational and will give you a chance to rest your legs in a shaded area.The shows are about an hour apart and near exhibits where a feeding trail is scheduled so make sure you head in the right direction after the show.
|Show||1st Show||2nd show|
|Splash Safari||10.30 am||5.00 pm|
|Animal Friends Show (Kidsworld)||11.00 am||4.00 pm|
|Elephants at Work and Play||11.30 am||3.30 pm|
|Rainforest Fights Back||12.30 pm||2.30 pm|
Free-ranging Orang Utan
This is the first free-ranging area for Orang Utans in any zoo. Orang Utans can swing from trees in their enclosure across visitors paths where you can get a closer look at them as they play ! Catch them at 11 am, 3.30pm and 4.30 pm during their token feeding times.
Take a walk in the Fragile Forest where you can walk amongst the animals in their natural habitat. See ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, ducks, the regal looking common crowned pigeon, parrots and more up close.
In this exhibit you’ll be able to walk along a path inside the kangaroo enclosure to view kangaroos and wallabies in air-conditioned comfort or out in the open where a kangaroo might cross your path !
Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia
This is another amazing exhibit. A large colony of over 90 Hamadryas Babboons occupy this exhibit. Look out for the Nubian Ibex which also occupies this amazing enclosure.
Food and Drinks
While there are ample restaurants and drink kiosks at the zoo, you might want to bring with you a bottle of water to keep hydrated. Food can add up quickly, especially if you are a family as it isn’t exactly the cheapest place to dine. If you are on a budget or want your dollars to stretch, you can bring your own food and drinks and have them at the picnic areas in the zoo itself. There are also pavilions and shelters that you can rest at. Suitable food might be a pre-made salad, sandwiches, buns, yogurt or fruit. Otherwise there are two Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants where you can buy a 2 piece set meal for S$8.80. If you don’t mind spending about $20 per person, you can buy gourmet sandwiches and pizzas, pastries and local food at the zoo.
Getting to the Singapore Zoo
Either take a taxi which will cost on average S$20 depending on where you start from. Or take the train and bus which will be 10 times cheaper. You can either take the MRT to Ang Mo Kio station and then change to Bus 138 at the bus station, or take the MRT to Choa Chu Kang station and change to Bus 927 at the bus station. At these interchanges, you can drop by the supermarket to buy water or sandwiches to take with you on your trip. You can get more detailed transport information from my River Safari post.