This is the 2nd part of the vacay I took in July. I know, I know – long overdue. But now that I’ve wrapped it all up, let’s dive right in.
WARNING: Loooong post with lots of animal pictures.
To tell you the truth, I can count the pictures I’ve taken excluding these ones at the zoo with my two hands during the 3-day, 2-night stay in Singapore. Going to Singapore Zoo was a decision we made on the spur of the moment – just because sadly, I’ve never been there.
Sad right? If I knew that going to Singapore this time was to include go watching animals all day. I would’ve brought my DSLR to shoot the babies like I did at Bogor and the San Diego Zoo. So for that, I’m really sorry for the bad quality here :(
Despite the low-res photos and everything, I had a splendid 6-hour afternoon witnessing the similarities between animal behaviors and those of humans with my mom (fancy way of saying laughing at ourselves). Animals are just simpler and more transparent than we complex human beings are, and call me weird, but I find it much easier to approach them and connect with them right away than I do with most humans. I’ve always wanted a pet since I was a toddler, but … the biggest reason why my parents never allowed me to have one is because “when it dies, you’ll be heartbroken.”
Still the same reason even up to this day.
But enough blabbering now. Let’s get you introduced to the Wildlife Reserves playground.
Basically, the nonprofit manages 4 of the best attractions in Singapore:
- Singapore Zoo
- Jurong Bird Park
- Night Safari
- River Safari (this is a fairly recent one)
If you plan on taking the whole family or your date to the grounds from morning to night, I highly suggest you opt for the park hopper specials to get the best of all worlds with less price (here‘s the original pricing for Singapore Zoo). So it’s good to plan early, rather than making an impromptu visit like me.
You’ll then be given a map upon showing your tickets, but they’ve also got an interactive map for you to navigate better around the park, that is, if your phone reception is good.
I gotta tell you – since I’m exploring the park with my mom, we really took our time (whereas 10 and I only took 5 hours or so in San Diego Zoo). So 6 hours still wasn’t enough to see every single attraction within the 28-hectare park. Moreover, by the time we got there it’s minutes to 1 in the afternoon, and the park’s closes at 6 in the evening (opens at 8.30am). However, I’m sure we used the best of the time we had, because I said so :p
Did I mention it’s also one of the best zoos in the world? It takes the #1 spot as the best rainforest zoo ever, so that’s another reason why I’m glad I asked to come here with my mom at the spur of the moment.
We basically traveled counter clockwise, starting with the little monkeys near the entrance. But please note that my pictures aren’t necessarily in the order of our footsteps. I laid then out in a way that’ll make sense to read along. For a full guided itinerary for the park, click here.
Now let’s go see the animals.
Ah Meng Memorial
Apparently, this orangutan was a star back in his days. One unique thing about Singapore Zoo is that it houses plenty of orangutans that are encouraged to interact closely with visitors, a reason why they have a special isle of free-ranging orangutans. This star, notably dubbed as ‘Ah Meng’, passed away 6 years ago, and was so iconic that this memorial stood in his honor today, even the park’s main restaurant has also been named after him.
Frankly, I can’t remember what are these … if you know, do drop me a message. What’s for sure is that it doesn’t seem particularly friendly.
I also can’t ID the beautiful feline. Do you know what are they?
Elephants of Asia
Yes, these are considered pygmy. I know right.
This random bird was showing off its wings while I was busy taking pictures of the hippo. I didn’t even know what it was.
The Chinese have a myth that states if you touch a tortoise shell, you’ll live a long life. I got the chance to touch it because it was so close!
Their butts are just epic.
Although this one is just above and beyond.
Overall, I had a great time here. Come to think about it, I’m more than pleased just with how spacious and clean and well-maintained Singapore Zoo alone, and I can’t imagine how ecstatic I’d be if I were park-hopping around all day. I just know I will be going to the neighboring parks in the future when I have kids, because fights to Singapore are way cheaper now from Jakarta than back in the days when I studied there. My prayer is that my kids will grow up to become bright, nature-loving Dexters with big hearts and keep big animals as pets (Samoyed, anyone?). That way I get to bond with the family dog while they’re at school.
Anyway, I took the 138 SBS Bus from the Ang Mo Kio MRT Station (down on the red line). It takes you straight to the parks and they made it so that it’s the last stop.
For other ways to get yourself to Singapore Zoo, click here. Have fun!!
80 Mandai Lake Road
(65) 6269 3411
M – S 8:30am – 6:00pm
Orchard Road is always a must whenever I’m in town. As you know, I already loaded up my baggage with tea from China, and then I loaded some more at Wang San Yang Tea Pavilion while shopping at ION Orchard. On the same level, I spotted this candy shop, and immediately grabbed dirty little gifts for my S.O. just for laughs.
When I handed the last one to 10, I asked, “Do you want to eat shit?”
I mean, who doesn’t when it’s this yummy and cute.
M – S 11:00am – 10:00pm