SINGAPORE ZOO – A journey from the Frozen Tundra to Australia’s Outback
Animals from all over the world at Singapore Zoo
Visiting a zoo is, in my opinion, something difficult. It is fantastic to see those different animals from all over the world within just a few steps but often I feel bad. Bad because I can move freely and there are locked up behind a fence or a window.
That’s why we were pretty excited and curious when we entered the Singapore Zoo. What will be our impression of the animals that live here? How does a zoo of one of the world’s leading cities look like?
Even before we bought the entrance tickets we realized that everything is well maintained and super clean. I mean, the zoo was opened back in 1973 and it seems that they put a lot of effort into the zoo’s maintenance.
Giraffes… beautiful giants
And that’s what we loved about the zoo: We traveled from the Frozen Tundra via Wild Africa and the Tropics to the Australian Outback. Here you find every animal you want to see in a zoo: leopards, zebras, lions, giraffes, snakes, sea lions, monkeys, elephants, hippos.
Have a look at the park map and get an impression of the variety of animals.
Look at this little baby monkey! Isn’t he cute?
Lars saying “hello!” to a hippo
There is something very special about the zoo: the endangered white tiger and the world’s largest collection of proboscis monkeys.
Omar is the White Tiger of the zoo and one of its main attractions
With this variety of animals it’s almost impossible to see them all and not to miss one of those lovely creatures. It happened to us… after leaving the zoo we realized that we had not seen any kangaroos or wallabies although I am such a big fan of Australia. I guess we have to come back some day 🙂 .
The elephant show was one of our favorites of the zoo; very entertaining and interesting
Elephant feeding time!
Our personal highlights of the day were the shows at the Singapore Zoo. We visited the Rainforest Fights Back Show show and the Elephants at Work & Play Show and liked the idea of combining educational elements with funny and entertaining moments. The moderators give information about the animals, their behavior and natural habitat, and every now and then they emphasized the role of us; how we human beings can protect the animals of our planet. Therefore, the shows are not only a lot of fun for kids, even http://genericsing.com adults can learn from them.
Have a look at the Zoo’s Show Times here.
Only after the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last river has been poisoned
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
An old Cree Indian saying
Squirrels are so funny and lovely creatures. Isn’t this little guy cute?
One of my absolute favorite shots of the day: Lars and his encounter with a squirrel
At the end of our day in the zoo we were happy but somehow there was something we didn’t like about it. It took a few minutes until we realized that it was the number of animals. This might sound strange but we had the feeling that the Singapore Zoo wants to show as many different species of animals as possible to entertain the crowd; in an area that is too small.
Such a beauty, the zoo’s leopard
It was pretty sad to see that some animals were by themselves. There was no best buddy to play around. We totally understand that it’s safer for some animals to not share a cage with another animal.
But to see the White Tiger walking in a same circle the whole day long (we visited him in the morning and in the evening and he did exactly the same movements all the time) or the polar bear that also swims the same circle around a small iceberg every two minutes. To us they seemed to behave a bit apathetic. We also know that probably all zoos in the world are facing the same challenges and many of them are far from the high standards of Singapore’s zoo.
Cannot live with and without each other… the White Rhinoceros and the birds
What’s really impressive is their contribution to the global conservation effort with its captive breeding programs of endangered animals. In 2014, the Zoo bred over 100 animals, many of them endangered or threatened in the wild.
Have you ever seen a dragon? This is a Bearded Dragon
All in all, we spent some five entertaining and educational hours at the Singapore Zoo and if you also enjoy exploring the animal’s world, you shouldn’t miss the zoo while in Singapore.
Do you like zoos? Have you been to the Singapore Zoo? How much did you like the animals and the atmosphere? I am looking forward to your comments!