Well we all went to the zoo, a few times, and I’ve finally found time to write about it!
The zoo is open everyday of the year from 8:30am to 6pm.
Rainforest Kidsworld (waterpark) is open 9am to 5:30pm. Take your swimmies and let the children have some fun whilst you relax.
There is also a Night Safari and a River Safari but those are blogposts for another day.
Singapore Zoo is in the north of the island at 80 Mandai Lake Road.
There is a huge amount of building work as you turn off on the road towards the zoo. Do not let this put you off as you drive past all of this to get to the entrance. The building work is to bring Jurong Bird Park together with the rest of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
The best way to get there is by taxi. There is a shuttle bus from the nearest MRT as well but we’ve never used it.
How much is it?
A single park ticket costs: Adult S$35 (£20.36), Child (3-12) S$23(£13.38)
There is 15% discount available if you book online in advance.
Multi park tickets are also available with 21% discount on two park admission and 50% discount on four park admission. Plus an additional 5% discount if bought online in advance. They are valid for 7 days.
We have a Friends of Wildlife family membership which entitles us to visit all four parks as many times as we like throughout the year. As well as 20% discount on all purchases and free tram rides during the week. It was S$275 (£160) for the year.
What is there to see and do?
The zoo is set in a rain forest environment and is very open (no cages here). There are 300 species and 2,400 animals, insects, reptiles etc to see. Over a third (34%) are threatened species and the zoo has a strong international reputation for conservation and breeding programs.
The are daily animal shows and feed the animals sessions. The feed the animals sessions include giraffes, elephants, goats and white rhinos at different times and locations around the park. There is usually a $5 charge to feed the animals and the queues build up very quickly so it’s best to get there early. We did rhino and elephant feeding. There are also keepers’ chit chats. The park map details the timings and venues for everything but you will struggle to see it all in one day – unless you make it a really long day.
My favourite part of the park is Orangutan island. They are never on there. Instead you have to look high up in the trees and ropes and nets surrounding the island to see them all climbing and playing and eating around the Park. The white rhinos are also interesting and feisty! The white tigers are majestic and the elephants mighty. There really is something for everyone.
There’s also the waterpark and a new rope climbing area for the younger children.
Walking is by far the best way as you don’t miss anything, especially the Orangutangs who crisscross the trees above you. There are check in posts around the zoo to count steps and distance travelled to form part of your fitness regime too. It is a good walk.
For those with limited walking ability (young and led alike) there are Param’s/strollers, wagons, wheelchairs and electric scooters available to rent. There is also the opportunity to explore the park at a more relaxed pace in the guided tour tram ride. Tickets are available from 8.30am to 5.30pm and are $5 per adult and $3 per child.
It’s hot! Take your hat, sunscreen and drink plenty of water – you will sweat it all off as quickly as you’re drinking it!
Rhino rough and tumble.