One of the world’s first ‘open concept’ zoos – residents live in landscaped enclosures instead of traditional cages – this 28-hectare attraction is home to more than 4,000 animals, including the world’s largest colony of orangutans, the exotic white tiger and the Hamadryas baboons.
Things to Watch at the Zoo
Elephants at Work & Play
Daily; 11.30am & 3.30pm
After watching their affectionate interaction with their keepers, it’s hard not to find these Thai working elephants endearing. This show reveals the cooperation between these giant mammals and their mahouts during the logging process (Elephants of Asia exhibit).
Daily; 11am, 2.30pm & 5pm
The jackass penguin, Californian sealion, Caribbean manatees and pelicans star in this show that not only serves to entertain, but also attempts to educate the audience about wildlife conservation and highlight the dangers that marine animals are facing around the world (Splash Amphitheatre).
Polar Bear Viewing Exhibit
In addition to providing these marine mammals with an icy habitat, the zoo also releases live fish for the bears to hunt like they would in the wild. An underwater viewing gallery allows you to see just how surprisingly graceful the great white furry beauties can be.
Featuring the endangered Komodo dragons outside of Indonesia as well as a selection of marmosets, iguanas and tortoises. If you enjoy cold-blooded animals, this is your Garden of Eden.
Catch some of the world’s largest and smallest bats within the same vicinity – the Malayan flying fox, one of the largest bats in the world with a wingspan of up to 1.7m, and the tiny dogfaced fruit bat, weighing in just between 30 to 100 grams. The Bat Exhibit is located along the Mangrove Walk.
Giant Flying Squirrel Exhibit
The Vietnamese giant flying squirrels are the new kids on the block, in addition to the red and white giant flying squirrels currently residing at their recently revamped habitat. Watch these creatures in action as they glide about 400m off the ground, and even more amazing are the females who are the proud owners of three pairs of mammaries.
One of Singapore’s most famous and popular visitor attractions, the highly lauded open-concept night zoo shows more than 900 nocturnal animals in their natural habitat through the use of special lighting techniques.