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Singapore Zoo - A Day Out With Some Of Our Best Inmates On The Planet

October 19, 2015

Singapore Zoo, also locally known as the Mandai Zoo, stretches over 69 acres of land in the Upper Seletar Reservoir in the forested area of Singapore. The government of Singapore spent nine million Singapore dollars to build this zoo which was opened in the year 1973.

 The managing authorities of the zoo live with the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who is also responsible for the Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari in the neighboring area. The zoological park is home to 315 species of animal and also preserves 16 percent of the endangered species.

The zoo in Singapore

The zoo in Singapore | Image Resource : gbtimes.com

Singapore Zoo enjoys a footfall of 1.6 million visitors every year. The visitors enjoy the open exhibit of animal that are shielded with invisible barriers such as moats and glass. That is the beauty of this zoological park. You can see the animals loafing around in absolutely natural environment.

The zoo also houses a secondary forest that is open to the visitors for night safari. This stretches up to a patch of 40 hectares. The zoo also includes the Upper Seletar Reservoir. It has a number of rides such as horse carriage rides, ponies, trams, boats and animals as well as strollers, electric scooters, wagons et al. There are provisions for wheelchairs that can also be rented for medical purposes.

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

"Breakfast with an Orangutan" lets visitors to meet and interact closely with the orangutans in the zoo, which has included Ah Meng (died on 8 February 2008) who was an icon of the Singapore tourism industry. Animal shows, as well as token feedings coupled with live commentaries by keepers, are also the daily staple in the Singapore Zoo.

Birds And Animals in Singapore Zoo

Birds And Animals in Singapore Zoo | Image Resource : onthewaytosomewhere.com

The best part of the zoo is that the visitors can see the fauna up and close. A number of shows are organized by the zoo. One of the major highlights is the ‘Breakfast with an Orangutan’ where the visitors are allowed to feed the animal. Other shows include Rainforest Fights, Elephants at Work and Play, Splash Safari and Animal Friends. At the end of the day, I had a blast of time with the animal friends.

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