Explore and learn more about animals at Singapore Zoo. There are so many animals you can see here since the zoo hosts and takes care of 2,800 animals and over 300 species. There are over 1.7 million who visit every year and there might even be more visitors in the coming years. Its most famous past resident, Ah Meng, a rescued Sumatran orangutan was one of the most loved animals in the zoo and was even featured on travel films. Though Ah Meng passed away in 2008, today the zoo still preserves an environment for the animals to be safe and feel loved. It is also an educational trip best for families to bond together. When on a trip to Singapore, maximize your time by coming to experience Singapore Zoo. Here, we’ve made a guide to Singapore Zoo just for you. Scroll down below to know more.
Things to do
There are a number of tours the Singapore Zoo offers that gives you a chance to see the ins and outs of a zoo. We recommend the Wild Discoverer tour which will take you to the most popular exhibits, tell you stories on how they love and take care of these animals, and sometimes even tell you some secrets about them. Be able to get up close to the rhinos, giraffes, and tortoises.
Meet and catch a performance by the zoo’s five female Asian elephants. You’ll be able to learn more about these animals and also get a glimpse of how they normally are–you’d be surprised that they each have one-of-a-kind quirks and personalities. Get to see them up-close playing with the elephant-keepers. You might even be the lucky visitor who’ll get a chance to feed them. After the presentation, you’ll definitely grow a deeper love and understanding for elephants.
Feed the animals
Get a chance to feed elephants, giraffes, goats, and rhinos at the zoo. You can buy food at the venue but it’s highly suggested that you come 15 minutes before due to the typically high number of people who want to feed these animals.
Where to eat
Singapore Zoo's Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife
Start your day by having breakfast and enjoying this classic experience with the wild. You’ll be able to enjoy a good meal and see a family of orangutans surrounding you. Don’t forget to capture this moment because it’s one for the books.
Ah Meng Kitchen
This would be a great option to eat if you wouldn’t want to go far as it is the only restaurant that you can find inside the zoo. Nothing beats having authentic Singaporean food for any time of the day. You should try their best-selling nasi lemak, fried bee hoon, and laksa. Their quality food and service are definitely worth your money.
What to buy
Singapore Zoo has a lot of gift shops around. They sell a variation of plushies of animals such as orangutans, flamingos, lions, penguins, elephants, pandas, and so much more. But we suggest that you buy the Ah Meng plushie which is the zoo’s animal ambassador. A plushie makes for a great gift to cuddle at night and also remember your trip by.
To maximize your stay in the Singapore zoo here are some tips on what to do.
Wear comfortable clothes
There are no restrictions on what to wear but make sure you’re comfortable with your attire to avoid any problems throughout your visit. Just put on a t-shirt, pants or leggings, and a good pair of shoes then you’ll be good to go.
Wear insect repellant
It’s better to be safe than sorry so wearing insect repellant is a must when trekking through the zoo.
Put on sunblock
It tends to get sunny and hot in the zoo so it’s highly recommended to put on sunblock to protect your skin and avoid sunburn. You could also choose to bring shades or a hat to keep away from the sun.
With all the animals you get to see and activities you get to try, it’s always good to have a bottle of water to keep you healthy and hydrated throughout a full day at the zoo.
How to get there
Rent a car or by taxi
Singapore Zoo is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826. It would take around 30 minutes if you choose to drive or take a taxi from the city.
Train station and bus
Take the north line and exit at either Khatib, Choa Chu Kang, Ang Mo Kio, Woodlands, or Marsiling and then take a connecting bus which you’ll just find by the area.
Mandai Khatib shuttle
You could also choose to take the shuttle from the Khatib MRT station to Singapore Zoo Coach Bay. From 8am to 9am, the shuttle leaves every 20 minutes while at 9:10am to 10:20 pm it leaves every 10 minutes. Travel time usually takes about 15 minutes.
You could also take Mandai Express which you can book on the Mandai Express website.
Score tickets at third-party websites or buy directly from their official website. Admission costs around 35 SGD (26 USD) for adults and 23 SGD (17 USD) for children aged 3 to 12 years old. You can also opt to choose the 40 SGD (29 USD) package offered by Klook which includes entrance to the zoo, access to the animals, transportation to the zoo and back to your hotel, a jungle breakfast, and passage to the River Safari. There are so many activities you get to enjoy with your package.
Singapore Zoo Tickets
Singapore Zoo information
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Opening hours: 8:30am - 6pm (daily)
Official website: Singapore Zoo
Department of tourism: Visit Singapore
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