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Things to do in Singapore : Weekend at the Singapore Zoo – World’s Best Rainforest Zoo

There are actually so many things to do in Singapore! You can enjoy the views of the city by taking a ride on the Singapore Flyer or enjoy some picnic time at the Marina Barrage. Of course there’s always something for everyone at Resorts World Sentosa such as the Malaysian Food Street and the Universal Studios.

Today, we’re gonna show you the Singapore Zoo!

Signs directing you to the Singapore Zoo
Signs directing you to the Singapore Zoo

Just as we stopped at the traffic light, Kate managed to take this shot of the entrance! Speedy gonzales…andele andele yiba yiba…

Entrance of the Singapore Zoo
Entrance of the Singapore Zoo

The parking area is currently under construction. So you would have to make one big round before you can park close to the KFC. Parking at the Singapore Zoo is $4 per entry with 10 minutes grace period.

We headed to the ticketing counter and bought the Zoo-per-saver. Tom was quite slow in realising that Zoo-per-saver meant “Super Saver”!

Ticketing Counter of the Singapore Zoo
Ticketing Counter of the Singapore Zoo


Ticket Prices at the Singapore Zoo

Zoo-per-Saver : $27 for adults , $17 for children aged 3-12
(inclusive of admission, unlimited tram and boat rides)

Zoo Admission ONLY : $20 for adults , $13 for children

Zoo Admission with Tram : $25 for adults , $16 for children

Just for comparison, here are the rates of the Tram and Boat rides

Unlimited Boat Rides : $6 for adults , $3.5 for children

Unlimited Tram Rides : $5 for adults , $3 for children

So after all this comparison, we decided that the Zoo-per-Saver was a good deal, in case we want to tram around or just enjoy a boat ride. This we eventually FULLY UTILISED but we’ll talk about it in a bit.

The next thing that you really need to grab hold of is the Map of the Singapore Zoo

Map of the Singapore Zoo
Map of the Singapore Zoo

With the map, we were able to locate the show times of all the shows at the Singapore Zoo. Then we were able to plan our path on where to take the boat rides and how to make it in time for all the shows.

As you enter the entrance of the Zoo, you would be led by the paths to the Treetops Trail

Treetops Trail at the Singapore Zoo
Treetops Trail at the Singapore Zoo

And the very first animal that we encountered this day was the greater mousedeer!

Greater Mouse Deer at the Singapore Zoo
Greater Mouse Deer at the Singapore Zoo

As we walked towards the boat dock to check on the timing, we saw the Babirusa. It is from the pig family and has horns that makes it look real fierce.

Babirusa at the Singapore Zoo
Babirusa at the Singapore Zoo

Turns out that the boat ride starts at 9:15am (although we were very kiasu [Singapore slang for scared of losing] and arrived at 8:30am). The frequency of the boat rides are at intervals of 15 minutes.

Boat Dock
Boat Dock

Boat Ride at the Singapore Zoo
Boat Ride at the Singapore Zoo

Since we were still early, we decided to walk around the vicinity of Boat Dock 1. We saw the Tapir and took a video of their feeding…


Feeding time for the Tapirs at the Singapore Zoo

Kate was really upset that Tom took a 50seconds video because our camera can only last for a very short time and we had to conserve our battery life. (Are there any camera sponsors out there?) Well, for our viewers right? Please comment that Tom did the right thing if you have not seen a Tapir before…

We also caught a glimpse of the White Tiger as it prowls in its vicinity. We came to find out that there were originally 3 white tigers and one of them, called Jippie was terminally ill and died quite recently.


White Tigers at the Singapore Zoo


Boat Ride at the Singapore Zoo

After taking the boat ride, we arrived at the northern part of the Zoo where boat dock 2 is located. Boat dock 2 is near to the Rainforest Kidzworld and we took a peek inside…


There are actually so many things for the kids to do here! Kids can play in the waters, sweat it out at the adventureland or take a ride on a pony! There’s also an Animal Friends Show here.

Wet Play at the Kidzworld Singapore Zoo
Wet Play at the Kidzworld Singapore Zoo

Rainforest Challenge at the Kidzworld Singapore Zoo
Rainforest Challenge at the Kidzworld Singapore Zoo

Pony Ride?
Pony Ride?

You can read more about kidzworld and other highlights of the Singapore Zoo here.

For those who do not know, Ah Meng was a well loved and iconic Orang Utan at the Singapore Zoo. It died several years ago but still remain very much in the hearts of Singaporeans because of the ambassador work that it had done. Still remember the breakfasts with Ah Meng – Anyone have pictures of breakfast with Ah Meng?

Ah Meng Memorial at the Singapore Zoo
Ah Meng Memorial at the Singapore Zoo

Today, a memorial is erected next to the gardens and Splash Safari Show.

The first show we caught today was the Splash Safari show. Not to be a spoiler or anything, the Splash Safari has got to be the best show at the Singapore Zoo! You can really feel the bond between the sea lion and the trainer. Watch…


Splash Safari Show at the Singapore Zoo

As we travelled to the next show, we were almost caught in the pee of an orang utan at the free ranging oran utan island…

This orang utan “tight-roped” across above us and reached the other side of the island. Suddenly we heard trickles of water and we thought it was raining. No! The Orang Utan was peeing above us! Heng, we were a distance away. A word of caution to visitors, please be aware of the location of the Orang Utans as you cross this path.


“Free Ranging” Orang Utans

Before our next show (Elephants of Asia), we covered the primate kingdom as well as the Nubian Ibex and Hamadryas Baboon.

Crested Macaque at the Singapore Zoo
Crested Macaque at the Singapore Zoo

Patas Monkey at the Singapore Zoo
Patas Monkey at the Singapore Zoo

Douc Langur at the Singapore Zoo
Douc Langur at the Singapore Zoo

We were also in time for a feeding session of the Arapaima at the primate kingdom. These huge fish (and other small fish) are able to keep the waters in the Singapore Zoo free from the infestation of mosquitoes.

Feeding of the Arapaima at the Singapore Zoo
Feeding of the Arapaima at the Singapore Zoo

Nubian Ibex at the Singapore Zoo
Nubian Ibex at the Singapore Zoo

Hamadryas Baboon at the Singapore Zoo
Hamadryas Baboon at the Singapore Zoo

If you notice closely, you’ll see the Hamadryas Baboon (bottom left) staring into space in deep thoughts. Click here to find out what we think she was thinking about…

We managed to catch the Elephants of Asia Show

Elephants of Asia Show at the Singapore Zoo
Elephants of Asia Show at the Singapore Zoo


How to mount an Elephant

and the Rainforest Fights back Show…

Peacock attracting the Peahen
Peacock attracting the Peahen

We still wonder how they train the peacock to open up its feathers to attract the peahen…

Then…the unthinkable happened… IT STARTED TO POUR!! But, because we took the Zoo-per-Saver, we were able to have unlimited rides around the zoo while waiting for the rain to stop. We spent an hour or so (about 3 rounds) on the tram as it was way too crowded everywhere else (at the stations, at the restaurant, at any shelter).

Still, we managed to catch all the shows and see all the animals that we wanted to see. Even the sun bear came out to greet us!

Sun bear at the Singapore Zoo
Sun bear at the Singapore Zoo


Last show of the day – The Animal Friends Show at Kidzworld

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Singapore Zoo and we really hope you’ll enjoy your next visit to the Singapore Zoo as well!

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Things to do in Singapore : The Singapore Zoo

Things to do in Singapore : The Singapore Zoo


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