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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo
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Singapore Zoo with Transfer and Optional Breakfast with Orangutans
Ranked #6 of 804 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Set in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo is home to over 2,800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The park also boasts the world's first free-ranging orang utan habitat in a zoo. Delight in an exciting outdoor feast at Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning programme that offers exhilarating experience with orangutans. The fun is endless with interesting animal presentations, photography with animals and more!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

We did the night zoo tour, was great it limited time. Would probably organise own transport next time so we have more time.

Visited January 2013
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“Simply Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

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.

The zoo

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.

Night Safari

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.

Visited February 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

it was one of the best zoo experiences in my life and I have visited many like San Diego, etc, also don't miss the night safari next door it is awesome too

Visited February 2013
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“Worth it for the pandas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

As a Zoo this is probably as good as its going to get.Enclosures are large and the animals actually look healthy and well cared for.
The Panda are a must.

Visited January 2013
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“Can go there again and again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

I haven't seen many zoos in the world, but I'm pretty confident that the Singapore zoo will outbeat most of them. The zoo is designed as an open setting, and instead of cages, the animals have enclosures. It is stunningly designed and landscaped. The zoo itself is carved out of SIngapore's forest reserve and it gives you a tropical forest feel. It has a diverse selection of animals from carnivores to herbivores to reptiles and sea life. All appear to be well taken care of by professionals.

The experience is also educational because every enclosure has a board detailing the region where the animal is found, its diet, endangered status etc. And it's all designed in a colorful, interactive and engaging way. A great place for kids (and adults) to learn about the animal kingdom.

It's a really enjoyable half a day experience and I highly recommend it.

Visited October 2012
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