Spend a Day at Singapore Zoo

Asia - Editor - 05 March 2008

Spend a Day at Singapore Zoo

Covering 28 hectares of land, the Singapore Zoo is managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore. With more than 300 species of animals, the Singapore Zoo welcomes 1.4 million visitors each year. Right from its opening in June 1973, the Singapore Zoo has followed the “open zoo” concept where animals are housed in spacious, landscaped enclosures simulating their natural habitats. Barriers are concealed in vegetation to promote a feeling of openness while ensuring that visitors to the zoo are completely safe.

Singapore Zoo promotes education by use of interactive learning tools to effectively convey facts about each animal, while at the same time promoting the benefits of wildlife conservation. The zoo provides a schedule of daily events to assist visitors in deciding what to see first. The Singapore Zoo opens at 9:00 am and visitors will be in time to see the elephants being fed in their bathing area. From 9:15 to 10:00 visitors can see a lively breakfast session with the orangutans and cotton top tamarins, with an option to pose with a snake for a photograph. Between 10:00 and 10:30 Inuka the Polar bear will be fishing under water for a treat, which visitors can observe through a glass wall at the Polar bear enclosure.

From 11:00 to 12:00 noon the Splash Amphitheatre features a Splash Safari which stars Californian sea lions, jackass penguins, pelicans and Caribbean manatees. Trainers offer interesting facts about these amazing marine creatures as they perform a host of astonishing tricks. The Elephants at Work and Play show takes place from 03:30 to 4:00 pm at the Elephants of Asia exhibit. This show reveals how these intelligent pachyderms interact with their trainers while they work at a logging camp.

Other points of interest that visitors can enjoy are the acrobatic apes of Gibbon Island, as well as the Fragile Forest with its gigantic trees, delicate ferns and beautiful water falls, which is home to lesser mousedeer, sloths, ring-tailed lemurs and myriads of colorful butterflies. Orchid Garden features orchids hanging from trees, growing up from the ground, wrapped around rocks, long and short stalked orchids and the tiger orchid – the world’s largest. The Reptile Garden introduces visitors to a mind-boggling variety of reptiles including rhino iguanas and Komodo dragons. Highlights of the Australian Outback include kangaroos, wallabies and emus as well as the inland taipan, which is considered to be the most venomous land snake in the world.

Additional exhibits to visit include Tiger Trek, Wild Africa, Tropical Crops Plantation and the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, as well as the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Center. With so much to see, it is no wonder that visitors are encouraged to spend an entire day exploring the Singapore Zoo.


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