go wild at the singapore zoo
One of the world's premier zoological gardens and part of the Wildlife Reserve of Singapore's stable of 4 wildlife parks in Singapore. Nestled within an outcrop of the Mandai forest next to the Upper Seletar reservoir, it has won numerous awards for innovative animal display and conservation, with a well known 'Open-Zoo' concept. It's a pleasant and meandering walk in lush tropical setting (while less than 30 minutes away from town), with exhibits designed to recreate as natural a setting as possible for the animals with their original habitat, using natural barriers like moats, high walls - eschewing cages and fences.
The zoo tram (A$5/C$3) is an excellent way to get a 2.2 km chauffeured tour of the zoo albeit not in air conditioned comfort. Listening intently to the on-board commentary is always a clever way to pick up nuggets of animal conservation speak to share on your FB and impress your friends! A good way to get a round trip intro of the park before going on the ground to explore further.
The Zoo is organised into the these Zones :
Wild Africa, Fragile Forest, Australian Zone, Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, Treetops Trail, Gibbon Island, Primate Kingdom, Reptile Garden, Critters Longhouse, Tropical Crops & Orchid Garden
Families with kids will love KIDZWORLD with kids friendly animal exhibits and a wet play area. Come with swimming suit, change of clothes and cool off from the blazing sun.
Besides that, there are other kids friendly rides and entertainment like Wild Animal Carousel, Pony Ride, Horse Carriage Ride, MegaBounce to sustain their interest.
Your trip to the zoo is incomplete without a taking in a show put up by the zoo animals. Highlights include the Elephants at Work & Play Show, the Rain Forest Strikes Back, Splash Safari Show (get wet), and the Animal Friends Show
*show timings below
SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS
Plenty of those all around the park to fuel up and keep on going:
Ah Meng Kitchen/Restaurant/Bistro -New! (Ah Meng remembered)
The Wild Deli
Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife
Gift Shops - wide variety of plush toys and souvenirs.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE OF ANIMAL CONSERVATION
Redlioncity applauds the Singapore Zoo's (WRS) efforts at wildlife conservation and education that has helped generations of Singaporeans and global visitors understand and pass on the message of animal conservation and awareness. Please support their efforts in whatever way you can.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS & TIPS:
Check out Ah Meng Memorial & burial ground (Garden With A view)
Stay within the enclosure and do not attempt to scale any.
Remember to bring umbrella, sunblock, water, insect repellent. Also a good pair of walking shoes is a must. Terrain is largely flat and it's usually hot and humid. Did we mention humid? Even then, ditch those heels unless you want to go back with unintended emergencies like blisters and sprained ankles.
The park is Smoke-Free throughout.
RLC recommends :
Pack in at least 2 parks at Mandai (Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari) and more if you can, but it can be very tiring though.
At Ang Mo Kio MRT, take time to explore the housing estate of Ang Mo Kio and rub shoulders with friendly locals.
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Ah Meng's story - probably the most famous primate this side of Hollywood and was a much loved icon of the Zoo. She was apparently a smuggled orang-utan kept as a pet illegally, was rescued and brought to the Zoo. There she was launched into world wide fame, appearing in travel films, magazines, books and part of 'Breakfast with Ah Meng' which help highlighted the plight of the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan species, a rarer breed of orangutan due to illegal logging and poaching. She was a superstar tourism ambassador for Singapore in her own rights. Ah Meng died on 8 February 2008, and 4000 people turned up for her memorial service."
MOST POPULAR ATTRACTION - WILDLIFE PARK (2011)
Asian Attractions Awards
WE WELCOME FAMILIES AWARD - EXCELLENCE AWARD
Awarded by Business for Families Council in Mar 2011
MICHELIN 3-STAR RATING
Awarded in Sep 2008
STB 22nd TOURISM AWARDS 2008
Best Leisure Attraction Experience of the Year
admission charges & show times (singapore zoo)
The Wildlife Reserves Singapore offers discounts up to 50% with their 'Park Hopper' packages to all 4 of their parks if you choose to buy them together, e.g. 4-in-1 versus individual park tickets. Go online and book through credit cards and get 10% discount (e.g. 4 parks after discount A$62.10*/C$42.10*) Check their website for more details.
Single park Zoo tickets estimates are:
Adult : $29.70* (U.P.:$33.00)
Child (3-12) : $19.80* (U.P.:$22.00)
Tram Ride (Adult $5, Child $3)
* Prices updated as of January 2017
location & getting there (singapore zoo)
80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826
Tel: +65-6269 3411
10.00am to 7.00pm daily
(Last ticket sale at 6.30pm)
The easiest way when taking the public transportation is to take the MRT to the following stations and hop onto a connecting bus to the 3 Parks in Mandai (Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari).
NEAREST TRAIN STATION & BUS CONNECTION:
Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16), walk 5 mins using the under pass over to the bus interchange and switch to bus 138 (approx 30 minutes).
Choa Chu Kang (NS4) switch to 927
Marsiling (NS8) switch to 926 (Sundays and Public Holidays only)
Woodlands (NS9) switch to 926 (Sundays and Public Holidays only)
ang mo kio to singapore zoo
Directions from Ang Mo Kio MRT to Zoo/Night Safari