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Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is located in Mandai, Singapore. It has been operating since 1973.

The zoo is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) who also operate River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.

Around 1.9 million people visit the zoo each year.

Attractions


Tram Ride

The guided tram tour is an easy way to get around the Singapore Zoo while listening to the informative commentary on the animals and exhibits.


Wild Animal Carousel

This carousel constructed in the vintage style allows you to take a ride upon creatures from rhinos to tigers and even dinosaurs.


Pony Rides

Children can take a forest trek on the back of one of the zoo’s ponies.

Splash Safari Show

Watch the antics of the Californian sea lions as they splash around in their safari.


Animal Friends Show

While being immersed in the zoo’s many exotic animals take some time out to enjoy the antics of these domestic superstars. Many of these animals are rescued abandoned pets who have been given a second chance at life. The animals on show include mice, dogs and cats.


Elephants at Work and Play Show

This show demonstrates the relationship between the elephants and their mahouts. Dazzle and their superior strength and amazing intelligence.


Rainforest Fights Back Show

In this stunning show the animals show you how deforestation is destroying their homes. Watch as the otter, macaws, lemurs, monkeys and snakes demonstrate their magnificent abilities and how you can save the rainforest.


Rainforest KidzWorld Wet Play area

A range of exciting wet play elements are available for visitors to cool off. There are water slides and jumbo buckets raining water down from above.

Houbii Rope Course

Try your hand at climbing and swinging your way through this rope course.

Singapore Zoo

Location

Mandai,

Singapore

Year Opened

1973

Land Size

26ha (64 acres)

Number of Animals

2,400

Number of Species

300

History


The Singapore Zoo was first conceptualised in 1969 when the Public Utilities Board set out to develop the land around Singapore’s reservoirs in to public space. 88ha (220 acres) of land around the Upper Seletar Reservoir was set out as land for a zoo.


Construction began in 1971 with 50 enclosures forming the basis for the zoo. Funding was provided by a $9 million grant from the government of Singapore.


Opening day was June 27 1973.


During 1974 a hippo known as ‘Congo’ escaped and evaded capture in the Upper Seletar Reservoir for 47 days.


During August 2000, the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari had their management integrated under Wildlife Reserves Singapore.


In 2006 the zoo’s Australian Outback was opened by Steve Irwin.

From 2012 till the opening of River Safari in 2013 it was possible to access the giant panda enclosure from the Singapore Zoo.

In 2013 the Frozen Tundra habitat was opened to provide a new home for Inuka, their polar bear. He passed away in 2018 and the zoo does not plan to bring in another polar bear for the exhibit.

During 2015 the zoo hosted four koalas from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia which were on loan to recognize 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore.

They were returned to Australia and the exhibit now houses a goodfellow's tree kangaroo.

In 2017 the zoo turned its snake house exhibit in to Reptopia which features a range of lizards, snakes and insects.

Star Animals


Ah Meng

Born in 1960, Ah Meng had a difficult start to life when she was smuggled from Indonesia. She was rescued in 1971 and moved to the Singapore Zoo. She became the face of Singapore Zoo featuring in tourism ads, shows and articles. She passed away in February 2008, aged 48. She is celebrated by a life size bronze statue at the zoo and the next orangutan born at the zoo was named Ah Meng Junior.

Inuka

Inuka was the first polar bear born in the tropics and resided at the zoo until his passing in 2018.

Main Exhibits

Wild Africa

Explore the wilds of the savanna where giraffes, zebra, white rhinoceros, lions, cheetah, warthogs and painted dogs roam.


Fragile Forest

This magnificent biodome allows you to enter the rainforest. At the forest floor see amazing invertebrates and the creatures of the water such as mudskippers and stingrays. As you ascend to the treetops you pass lemurs, pigeons, iguanas, flying fox, sloths and mousedeer all living together.


Australasia

Here a range of kangaroo species from Australia and New Guinea roam. See Australia’s grey kangaroo and agile wallaby together outside. Step inside and you can view the Good fellow’s tree kangaroos from Papua New Guinea.

Another New Guinea creature, the double wattled cassowary can also be found here.


Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia

This recreation of Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley features hamadryas baboons, Nubian ibex and banded mongoose. These are housed amongst recreations of tribal villages where you can learn about the lives of the villagers.


Treetops Trail

This immersive experience welcomes you to the Singapore zoo. From the beginning, you will be surrounded by free-ranging brown lemurs and cotton tops tamarins. A nearby boardwalk takes you to see the siamangs in the trees and false gharials in the water.


Gibbon Island

Starring on their islands are the white handed and agile gibbons but nearby you will also find red ruffed lemurs enjoying their own islands. In the water stand flamboyant greater flamingos.


Primate Kingdom

Here a major portion of the Singapore Zoo’s primate species swing from tree to tree on their own islands. These open lush landscapes allow uninterrupted views of the primates. In the water watch South American arapaima swim.


Reptile Garden

Meet the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon or you can take a walk amongst the giant tortoises. Crocodilians are also represented by gharials and saltwater crocodiles.

Reptopia

This renovation of the snake house has added a range of reptiles including lizards, snakes, turtles and frogs are also present.


Tortoise Shell-ter

This exhibit displays over 7 species of tortoise many of which are endangered. These include the radiated tortoise, elongate tortoise, ploughshare tortoise, and the Indian and Burmese star tortoises. Many of the tortoises here were confiscated when being shipped out to other places as part of the illegal pet trade.


Free-Ranging Orangutans

This is one of the only places in the world where orangutans get free range across an island and a boardwalk. An almost 360-degree view of the orangutans is available. Both species of orangutan, the Bornean and Sumatran are available for viewing.


Elephants of Asia

Fashioned after a Burmese logging camp is the elephants of Asia exhibit where Singapore Zoo’s Asian elephant family make their home. A large pool allows them to cool off by taking a dip of spraying each other with water.

References

Singapore Zoo Website – https://www.wrs.com.sg/en/singapore-zoo.html

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