NileGuide Expert Says:
The Singapore Zoo is a model example of the 'open zoo' concept, meaning the animals live in spacious open enclosures.
80 Mandai Lake Rd
At the western edge of the Bukit Panjang Nature Reserve, on the Seletar Reservoir
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you plan on visiting the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park within one month of each other, buy a 3-in-1 Park Hopper ticket at a discounted price.
The Singapore Zoo is regarded as one of the best zoos in the world, so a visit here is an absolute must for families, with 2,530 animals from 315 species housed within the 28 hectares. The zoo is set in a natural rainforest environment, and is a model example of an 'open zoo' concept. Old-fashioned cages are notably absent, and in their place animals dwell in spacious, landscaped enclosures separated from visitors by concealed moats, or glass-fronted enclosures.
A range of animal shows take place throughout the day, such as the Splash Safari Show
, Elephants at Work and Play
, and Rainforest Fights Back
. Feeding times are also held at intervals throughout the day, meaning whatever time you visit you will be able to watch someone having their breakfast, lunch or dinner – be it a giraffe, gibbon or king cobra.
The highlight of the day though is undoubtedly the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife
– the only place in the world where you can breakfast with an orang utan! The programme kicks off at 9am with an elephant bathing demonstration and then gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a breakfast of their own whilst getting up-close to animals such as tamarins, pythons and orang utans. (Advance bookings are recommended).