Zentraveler travels to the Singapore Zoo!

Singapore Zoo


When you travel it is important to use humor to offset some of the travel glitches that can happen to anyone. As we headed toward the Singapore Zoo I pointed out to my travel companion Perla not to tell any jokes and do not smile and show your teeth to the monkeys, apes, and orangutans who may mistake this as a sign of aggression and come leaping out of the trees and give you a good whooping! I also warned Perla that the Zoo was looking to add a few Endangered Species and she had to be careful not to be caught by the zoo keepers.

Endangered Species

Travel is a mystery to many… they are not sure what to do and settle with a few city tours, but spending a day in a World-Class Zoo offers many learning opportunities, is a great outing for the entire family, and gives you an entire day to have a picnic, lunch or dinner, walk the trails, ride the tram, and photograph animals in a realistic natural setting.

The Singapore Zoo is open 365 days a year, is a must-see attraction for tourists. The World’s Best Rainforest Zoo has much to offer including the exciting Night Safari. The Singapore zoo is a model of the ‘open zoo’ concept. The animals are kept in spacious, landscaped enclosures, separated from the visitors by moats. The moats are concealed with vegetation or dropped below the line of vision giving the impression of living in the wild.

Wild and Free

The zoo and Night Safari are comprised of 68 hectares of land and a large part kept as wooded land giving it a sense of natural, unrestricted space. As you walk through the Zoo you feel as if you are in the wild jungle complete with animal and bird noises.

Among various attractions that the zoo offers,one highlight is the “Breakfast with an Orangutan” programme that allows visitors to meet and interact closely with the orangutans. Animal shows, as well as token feedings coupled with live commentaries by keepers, are a great way to learn and interact with
the animals.

The Wildlife Healthcare and Research Center is part of the zoo’s efforts in wildlife conservation. The center further underscores Singapore Zoo and Night Safari’s commitment to conservation research, providing the infrastructure for the parks and overseas zoological partners to better execute their research programmes. The zoo also embarked on various rescue and conservation efforts to protect wildlife. The question is what can I do one single person to help protect wildlife. Every person can contribute something to help with this extremely important task.

Red Lemur

The zoo offers various rides available within the premises: trams, animals, boat, pony and horse carriage rides. You can also rent strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs.

Rare White Tiger

The zoo has four main attraction shows which you can witness in one day. The “Rainforest Fights Back” show is housed in the Shaw Amphitheatre, the main amphitheatre within the zoo. Actors and performers act alongside the animals: in-show, a poacher attempts to cut down a section of tropical rainforest for land development, and is foiled by the native people and the animals of the rainforest (orang-utans, lemurs, pea-fowls, otters and cockatiels). Be sure to have your camera ready and lookout from above as the live animal display unfolds.

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, and the show simulates how a mahout would instruct an elephant to transport logs or kneel down so that they can be mounted.

Elephant at Work

The “Splash Safari” show showcases the zoo’s aquatic mammals and birds. Seals and sea lions perform tricks and pelicans demonstrate how they catch fish in their beaks, while manatees swim in the pond below.

Aquatic Show Penguins

The “Animal Friends” show, housed in the Kidzworld amphitheater in the zoo’s childrens’ section, features mostly domesticated animals such as dogs and parrots performing tricks.

Dog Tricks

We attended all four shows and were pleasantly surprised to be entertained…. plus learn a lesson in conservation. So there you have it! If you want a great zoo experience make this a must visit when you are in Singapore by exploring one of the best zoo’s in the world…The Singapore Zoo!

QUOTE:” The phrase “conquest of nature” is certainly one of the most objectionable and misleading expressions of Western languages. It reflects the illusion that all natural forces can be entirely
controlled, and it expresses the criminal conceit that nature is to be considered primarily as a source of raw materials and energy for human purposes.”——From A God Within by René Dubos

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The saddest fact is that human activities are bringing an ever-increasing decline in the number of animal species. While numerable species have gone into extinction and belong to the museums of the world, there are still many that are endangered as of today. They are slowly moving towards being extinct. There are animal activists around the world, who are making every attempt to save these species. It’s not too late to get involved….every little bit helps!

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: All living things…. extinction is forever!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Spend more of your time and money to help save the wildlife.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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