We visited the zoo, night safari and Jurong Bird Park.on a three park ticket bought on line. This had the double benefit of removing the necessity to queue as well as a good discount on the entry price. All you need is to print out your electronic tickets so they can be scanned at the gate. The tickets also give free access to the tram rides at each venue. We split our visits onto separate days - a tired child does nobody any good and we managed to beat the daily downpour to boot.
You need to allocate about four to six hours to the zoo, about three hours to the night safari and the same for the bird park.
Not to put too fine a point on it it was an absolutely fantastic experience. There are surprises around every corner with displays of tamarinds so close you could almost reach out and touch. The new panda exhibit is also a must see. We were told that this will form part of the new river safari but they have opened it early. You need to book for a timeslot as you enter the zoo.
The zoo also specialises in Asian primates such as the orangutans, gibbons and proboscis monkey. All of these are in spacious enclosures with very little in the way of bars to impede the view.
The tram is good for resting sore feet and there are plenty of opportunities to hop on and off.
Jurong Bird Park
The bird park was a pleasant surprise. We had gone with low expectations however we were delighted to be able to walk through enclosures with amazing birds flitting around in front of you. The Lory loft lets you get up close (Very) and personal with lorikeets who will literally eat out of your hand. Other walk through aviaries put you close to a range of African birds and the largest and fattest pigeons I have ever seen. Go early to catch feeding time for the best viewing. There is also a tram so that you can get your bearings and then come back to the bits you really want to see.
We made the mistake of going to the night safari on a public holiday. It was very crowded and absolute bedlam with a 1 1/2 hour wait for the tram tour. Once inside the gate however you can avoid the crush by taking the walking trails. There was hardly anyone using them and you got to see far more than simply riding the tram. There is an amazing range of night creatures that can be seen with the aid of the discrete lighting.
It was fascinating to see the smaller cats, otters and other night dwellers going about their business. It was equally interesting to see some of the day creatures at rest like a giraffe on it haunches and settled in for the night.
All in all a really good experience - just pack your patience for the queue.
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