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Singapore Zoo December 2013

Singapore Zoo December 2013

We visited the Singapore Zoo in the last week of December. It's a good experience overall. We booked the tickets ahead of time, considering it takes nearly an hour to get the tickets in the holiday season. We couldn't take the amazon boat ride since it was more than an hour to just book the time slot. The actual zoo is very good and this is our second time here. The zoo was built at a cost of S$9m granted by the government of Singapore and opened on 27 June 1973. It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manage the neighbouring Night Safari and the Jurong BirdPark. There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16% are considered threatened species. Animals seems to be given their space and are well fed and taken care of. The variety is really worth seeing.  
 
There are couple of shows that are worth seeing. We went to the "Rainforest Fights Back" show which is housed in the Shaw Amphitheatre, the main amphitheatre within the zoo. Actors and performers act alongside the animals: in-show, a villainous poacher attempts to mow down a section of tropical rainforest for land development, and is foiled by the native people and the animals of the rainforest (orangutans, lemurs, pea-fowls, otters, and cockatiels). The "Elephants at Work and Play" show demonstrates how elephants are used as beasts of burden in south-east Asian countries. The animal caretakers are referred to as mahouts, and the show simulates how a mahout would instruct an elephant to transport logs or kneel down so that they can be mounted. The "Animal Friends" show, housed in the Kidzworld amphitheater in the zoo's children's section, features mostly domesticated animals such as dogs and parrots performing tricks. The night safari is also very good seeing the animals so up close without any cages is very exhilarating. However, due to holiday season, the queue is exceptionally long, it took us almost 2 hours waiting in line. Connectivity to the zoo is good. Public transport can be used. Beware that the zoo is very far form the main city area, took us almost 45 minutes to get there. Overall a fun day at the zoo and we will definitely come back again next time.



Singapore Zoo December 2013

We visited the Singapore Zoo in the last week of December. It's a good experience overall. We booked the tickets ahead of time, considering it takes nearly an hour to get the tickets in the holiday season. We couldn't take the amazon boat ride since it was more than an hour to just book the time slot. The actual zoo is very good and this is our second time here. The zoo was built at a cost of S$9m granted by the government of Singapore and opened on 27 June 1973. It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manage the neighbouring Night Safari and the Jurong BirdPark. There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16% are considered threatened species. Animals seems to be given their space and are well fed and taken care of. The variety is really worth seeing.  
 
There are couple of shows that are worth seeing. We went to the "Rainforest Fights Back" show which is housed in the Shaw Amphitheatre, the main amphitheatre within the zoo. Actors and performers act alongside the animals: in-show, a villainous poacher attempts to mow down a section of tropical rainforest for land development, and is foiled by the native people and the animals of the rainforest (orangutans, lemurs, pea-fowls, otters, and cockatiels). The "Elephants at Work and Play" show demonstrates how elephants are used as beasts of burden in south-east Asian countries. The animal caretakers are referred to as mahouts, and the show simulates how a mahout would instruct an elephant to transport logs or kneel down so that they can be mounted. The "Animal Friends" show, housed in the Kidzworld amphitheater in the zoo's children's section, features mostly domesticated animals such as dogs and parrots performing tricks. The night safari is also very good seeing the animals so up close without any cages is very exhilarating. However, due to holiday season, the queue is exceptionally long, it took us almost 2 hours waiting in line. Connectivity to the zoo is good. Public transport can be used. Beware that the zoo is very far form the main city area, took us almost 45 minutes to get there. Overall a fun day at the zoo and we will definitely come back again next time.