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Singapore Zoo formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo.




The Singapore Zoo which was formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo.

Overview

• It occupies 28 hectares(0.28 km²) of land on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area.
• The zoo was built at a cost of $9m granted by the government of Singapore.
• It was opened on 27 June 1973.
• It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
• They also managed the neighboring Night Safari and the Jurong BirdPark.
• There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo.
• The zoo attracts about 1.6 million visitors each year.
• Singapore Zoo has followed the modern trend of displaying animals in naturalistic, ‘open’ exhibits with hidden barriers, moats, and glass between the animals and visitors.
• It houses the largest captive colony of orangutans in the world.
• Singapore Zoo dates from 1969.
• On 27 June 1973, the Singapore Zoo opened its gates for the first time.
• It had a collection of 270 animals from over 72 species, and a staff of 130.
• By 1990, 1,600 animals from more than 160 species lived in social groups.
• They were housed in 65 landscaped exhibits with boundaries conceived to look as natural as possible.

Mandrill

• Animals are kept in spacious, landscaped enclosures.
• These enclosures are separated from the visitors by either dry or wet moats.
• The moats are concealed with vegetation or dropped below the line of vision.
• Dangerous animals that can climb well are housed in landscaped glass-fronted enclosures.
• The zoo has not expanded beyond the original 28 hectares.
• 40 hectares of secondary forest were later developed into the Night Safari.
• The remaining undeveloped land has been kept as wooded land.
• This and the waters of Upper Seletar Reservoir contribute to the Zoo.
• The zoo also offers various modes of rides. They are:
– Trams
– Animals
– Boat
– Pony
– Horse carriage
– Strollers
– Wagons
– Wheelchairs can also be rented

Animals at the zoo include the following:
• Orangutans
– Sumatran Orangutan
• Tiger Trek
– White Tiger
• Wild Africa
– African Lion
– Cheetah
– Gemsbok
– Rothschild Giraffe
– White Rhinoceros
– Ostrich
– Gnu
– Eland
– Nyala
– Grant’s Zebra
– African hunting dog
– Banded Mongoose
– Meerkat
• Cat Country
– Caracal
– Jaguar
– Leopard
– Mountain Lion
• Elephants of Asia
– Asian Elephant
• Primate Kingdom
– Chimpanzee
– Mandrill
– Douc Langur
– Colobus Monkey
– Crested Macaque
– Patas Monkey
– Capuchin Monkey
– Proboscis Monkey
– Spider Monkey
– Arapaima
• Baboons
– Hamadryas Baboon
• Bears
– Polar Bear
– Sun Bear
• Reptile Garden
– Saltwater crocodile
– Cuvier’s dwarf caiman
– False gharial
– Black Spitting Cobra
– Komodo dragon
– Reticulated Python
– Burmese python
– Sail-finned water dragon
– Bearded dragon
– Australian frilled lizard
– Green anaconda
– Common boa
– Western diamondback rattlesnake
– King cobra
– Alligator snapping turtle
– Rhinoceros iguana
– Green iguana
– Gila monster
– Oriental whip snake
• Fragile Forest
– Ring-tailed lemur
– Malayan Flying Fox
– Tree-Kangaroo
• Australian Outback
– Grey Kangaroo
– Emu
– Koala
– Cassowary
– Wallaby
• Splash Zone
– African penguin
– Amazonian Manatee
– California Sea Lion
• Other animals
– Cotton-top Tamarin
– Greater Flamingo
– Guanaco
– Leopard Cat
– Malayan Tapir
– Babirusa
– Gibbon
– Hooded Crane
– Nubian Ibex
– Warthog
– Dromedary Camel
– Oriental Small-clawed Otter
– Maned Wolf
– Barbary Sheep
– Pygmy Hippopotamus
– Inuka

Shows in the Zoo

• “Breakfast with an Orangutan” lets visitors to meet and interact closely with the orangutans in the zoo.
• Animal shows, as well as token feedings coupled with live commentaries by keepers, are also the daily staple.
• The “Rainforest Fights Back” show is housed in the Shaw Amphitheatre.
• Actors and performers act alongside the animals.
• The “Elephants at Work and Play” show demonstrates how elephants are used as beasts of burden in south-east Asian countries.
• The animal caretakers are referred to as mahouts.
• The “Splash Safari” show showcases the zoo’s aquatic mammals and birds.
• Seals and sealions perform tricks.
• Pelicans demonstrate how they catch fish in their beaks.
• Manatees swim in the pond below.
• The “Animal Friends” show, housed in the Kidzworld amphitheater in the zoo’s children’s section.
• This show features domesticated animals such as dogs and parrots performing tricks.
Shows Timings
– Animal Friends Show – 11.00am & 4.00pm
– Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre
– Daily: 11.00am & 4.00pm
– Elephants at Work & Play – 11.30am & 3.30pm
– Splash Safari – 10.30am & 5.00pm
– Rainforest Fights Back – 12.30pm & 2.30pm

What are the Shows in Zoo?

• Australian Outback
• Cat Country
• Critters Longhouse
• Elephants of Asia
• Fragile Forest
• Hamadryas Baboons
• Orang Utan
• Polar Bear
• Primate Kingdom
• Proboscis Monkeys
• Rainforest Kidzworld
• Reptile Garden
• Wild Africa
• White Tiger

Opening hours and Ticket prices

Opening Hours
8.30am to 6.00pm daily
(Last ticket sale at 5.30pm)

Adult S$20.00
Child (3 to 12 years old) S$13.00*
All prices include 7% GST
Prices quoted are subject to change

– Admission for child below 3 years old is free. School groups are to pre-register with the Education department.

Park Hopper Specials

a.) 3-in-1 Jurong Bird Park Night Safari* Singapore Zoo
Adult – S$58.00
Child – S$38.00

b.) 2-in-1 Jurong Bird Park Singapore Zoo
Adult – S$32.00
Child – S$21.00

c.) 2-in-1 Night Safari* Singapore Zoo
Adult – S$42.00
Child – S$28.00
• Ticket price only includes admission to the respective park.
• *Ticket price includes Night Safari Tram Ride.
• Tickets can be purchased online and at all three parks.
• Tickets are valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.
• Visits to the three parks need not be in one day.
• All prices are in Singapore dollars and inclusive of GST.
• Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Best time to visit/climate

• Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
• Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
• Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
• Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
• Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get to Singapore Zoo?

Address
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore 729826
Tel: (65) 6269 3411
Fax: (65) 6365 2331
E-mail: infocounter.zoo@wrs.com.sg
Website: http://www.zoo.com.sg

From City:
#1:
Time : 9.00am 10.00am 12.00pm
Location : Orchard Hotel
Pick Up Point :Bus-stop B20(09169) outside Delfi Orchard on Orchard Rd

#2:
Time : 9.03am 10.03am 12.03pm
Location : DFS Galleria
Pick Up Point : Bus-stop B07(09212) outside DFS on Scotts Rd

#3:
Time : 9.05am 10.05am 12.05pm
Location : Sheraton Towers
Pick Up Point : Outside Hotel lobby

#4:
Time : 9.10am 10.10am 12.10pm
Location : Grand Hyatt Hotel
Pick Up Point: Outside Hotel on Scotts Rd

#5:
Time: 9.12am 10.12am 12.12pm
Location : Mandarin Orchard
Pick Up Point : Bus-stop B12(09037) opp Mandarin Gallery on Orchard Rd

#6:
Time: 9.15am 10.15am 12.15pm
Location : Concorde Hotel
Pick Up Point : Taxi Stand at Kramat Lane

#7:
Time : 9.20am 10.20am 12.20pm
Location : Hotel Rendezvous
Pick Up Point: Bus-stop B01(08079) opp Hotel on Prinsep St, outside SOTA

#8:
Time : 9.25am 10.25am 12.25pm
Location : The Verge (on Serangoon Rd)
Pick Up Point : Outside the Verge on Serangoon Rd (next to the 7-11 Store)

#9:
Time : 9.30am 10.30am 12.30pm
Location : The Claremont Hotel (near Mustafa Cntr)
Pick Up Point : Outside Hotel on Owen Road – Opp Fortuna Hotel

#10:
Time : 10.00am 11.00am 1.00pm
Location : Singapore Zoo

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore Zoo

Blogs at zoo.com.sg
Blogs at viator.com
Blogs at tripadvisor.in
Blogs and reviews at streetdirectory.com

Images and photos of Singapore Zoo

Images at google.com
Images at zoo.com.sg
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at images of dsphotographic.com

Videos of Singapore Zoo






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