Singapore Zoo. Magnificent wildlife in rainforest park
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Singapore Zoo. Magnificent wildlife in rainforest park

If you’re an animal lover like ourselves, Singapore microstate will clean you out! Singaporeans simply never seem to be lacking in marvellous and innovative ideas. Let’s make a fusion of a zoo, national park and natural reserve, something like a pocket edition of the entire world’s biosphere. Why not? This is probably how the most breath-taking attractions of this totally wacky city came into existence.

Yes, you’ve got it! This is one those sad stories about animals not roaming free in the wild. But take our word for it – just as everyone in the third world countries yearns for Canada, Australia or Sweden, we’re pretty sure that every animal hankers after Singapore.

Taking into account that you have to search high and low for some of the species in their extensive habitats, sometimes even missing the chance to actually see them (polar fox gets very touchy if it’s having a bad hair day) and the fact that a large number of Singaporeans spend their entire lives in rooms (with or without windows) whose floor space is approximately 10 square meters, there is no doubt whatsoever about who’s making a killing in this city.

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Lions den

Virtually every nook and cranny of the park provides an opportunity to enjoy in the interaction with animals. Riding elephants, smooching with the seals, splashing with the dolphins, shaking hands and fondling with the orang-utans, scampering with the macaques, feeding birds or taking part in a staring contest – plenty there to keep you busy! Some birds have become real experts in this last game.

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Big bird staring

The duck gives Gaga a long hard stare. Gaga holds its stare. A minute passes. The duck is still gawking intently. Gaga’s eyes are starting to tear. Another minute elapses. The duck doesn’t lower its steady gaze. Gaga has to order a new pair of lenses by Post Express. Game over. The duck emerges triumphant. It’s a good thing we hadn’t placed a bet. It would have annihilated us. There are several places in the city where you can see almost all the creatures from Noah’s ark.

 

#1 Rainforest zoological park

First and foremost, it’s the Singapore Zoo, which is, admittedly, bigger than the Singapore city itself. The animals are shipshape, well-cared-for and frolicsome, but more importantly they are in a highly seductive mood. To put it bluntly, you can’t tell who’s more horny. The whole place is simply brimming with love!

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Rhinos mating

Singapore is alongside San Diego renowned as the most promiscuous animal kingdom, i.e. it is a centre for breeding of many animal species. For instance, in the photo below you can see us carefully observing how a male rhino uses his charms to woo his foxy lassie. Gaga might find this funny, but Igor is learning and taking copious notes.

 

#2 Night safari

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Night safari entrance

This is where we first came across something called night safari. Just when we thought it would be ludicrous to roam the forest and wriggle our way through lianas at the dead of night, we managed to hop on a wobbly vehicle and were absolutely mesmerized by the pitch darkness.

The night safari is simply mind-blowing! You can hear sounds all around you. We ended up in the rear and honestly we didn’t feel quite at ease. The howl of wolves, the snigger of hyenas, the roar of lions and the glitter of eyes in the inky darkness could be seen and heard on all sides.

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Going into the cages

By the way, the tram goes into the very cages and passes through the predators’ habitats, so keep a wary eye on your toes and fingers, or else some big cat will mistake them for a midnight treat. It is absolutely incredible when one of the senses become dull or limited. Then the other senses heighten to such a degree that your imagination prompts you to envision all kinds of scenarios. In these situations, even a sheep by the road may look like a frizzy white tiger. Regrettably, we have no pics, but there is a video in which Igor is screaming like a banshee. We won’t share that with you, of course.

However, we will be delighted to share with you this female python who seems to be partial to male crotches.

 

 

#3 Jurong bird sanctuary 

Yet another impressive tourist attraction is Jurong bird park. We actually cling to the belief that the birds confined in cramped cages are the saddest inhabitants of every zoo. This is scarcely true of Singapore where aviaries are literally as spacious as shopping malls. People clamber the narrow pathways high in the canopies and scamper across the suspending bridges made of lianas and ropes, with the birds in free flight on every side.

We witnessed no sexual activity around here, or perhaps we did but remained entirely unaware of it. After all, how the hell do birds mate?

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High in the tree walk

Everyone is roaming around carrying fragrant fruits and succulent worms, gazing at the skies and becomes as happy as a lark when a rapacious parrot starts nibbling their fingers. Just keep pecking, birdie, bite that finger off if you like – anything for a good pic!

It is considered to be bad luck if you leave the bird park without having been shit upon. We were lucky! We got crapped on the back and shoulder, but our heads were spared. One of these flying crackerjacks succeeded in dumping his bowel waste on our camera.

Make sure to put Santosa island on your list of these wacky places if you’re looking for a chance to get acquainted with the sea world. We’ll write more about Santosa, stingrays, sharks and coral reefs in some of the upcoming posts.

A few tips and tricks:

  • Buy Park Hopper tickets for the zoo, bird park and night safari if you’re planning to spend the whole day at the resort, since you’ll get a discount.
  • If you’re going on the night safari, bear in mind that there is a part of the tour that can be traversed on foot. This is something you shouldn’t miss. Alone in the rainforest, waiting for that big cat to pop out of somewhere. It can’t be that sheep again!
  • Do not buy pictures.
  • Take the stage and play with Maggie the python. It’s not that scary when the lights go out. The lassie is more than charming!

 

40 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    🙂

    20/02/2017 Reply
  2. robin masshole mommy

    That looks like an amazing zoo! We love spending time at our local zoos!

    09/03/2017 Reply
  3. Amber

    This looks like an amazing zoo! That bird sanctuary looks fabulous as well. What pretty birds.

    09/03/2017 Reply
  4. Thecla

    Great pictures! I would love to travel to a place like Singapore and have an adventure of a lifetime! Maybe someday ?

    09/03/2017 Reply
  5. Raine C. S.

    Oh wow, this seems incredible! You have some fantastic photos. I would love to participate in that night safari. What an amazing place to be. Thanks for sharing.

    09/03/2017 Reply
  6. Author Brandi Kennedy

    I love the photos – and that they seem to take into account the animals happiness and their very real need for adequate space. It’s sad that so many places don’t. Our local zoo is pretty big and the habitats are large, but I often think they are not quite large enough, and while it’s always exciting to get to views wild creatures in such a safe way, it saddens me to see them caged (unless they’re caged for rehab or species-saving mating or somesuch. Our zoo does have a lot of that, and it’s always a big deal when we have babies at the zoo in our city.).

    09/03/2017 Reply
  7. Agentszerozerosetter

    Wow I love animals and this zoo seems so beautiful to visit!Your pictures makes me want to go there so bag!

    09/03/2017 Reply
  8. Shaheen Khan

    Such beautiful photos. Envy you guys, wish I could take a trip there. The animals look really happy and well taken care of in this zoo. Most zoos I have visited make me feel terribly sad for all the captive animals there.

    09/03/2017 Reply
  9. eazynazy

    Woww your pictures made me want to go there, I love animals and These look amazing.

    09/03/2017 Reply
  10. Torie

    Beautiful pictures! Wish I could go there!

    09/03/2017 Reply
  11. Richard_eCoursesXYZ (@Richard_eCourse)

    What a wonderful experience. I love going to the zoo. It’s one of the first places I look for when visiting a new location.

    09/03/2017 Reply
  12. duffelbagspouse

    This sounds so much better than the traditional zoo atmosphere. The animals, like you said, are probably much happier and healthier.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  13. Stephenie -Blended Life Happy Wife

    I’m sure I’ll never make it to Singapore but what a beautiful zoo

    10/03/2017 Reply
  14. Barbara Schlichting

    What a beautiful zoo and fun blog. Thanks for the share.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  15. toastycritic

    It looks like this is an incredible zoo out there. I really like the night time stuff. I have always wanted to do those night time zoo visits, but I haven’t done it yet.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  16. xxxgingerpawsoutdoorsxxx

    Ha! The duck won! That was cute though. I think you got great photos. And you seemed to enjoy your trip there.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  17. The Travel Ninjas

    This zoo is amazing. It is vintage over-the-top Singapore for sure. Thanks for introducing it. We’ll definitely check it out next time were there.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  18. Tristan Dennington

    Sounds like such an amazing place! I want to do the night safari. What an awesome experience that would be!

    -Tristan
    http://www.thepolishedposy.com

    10/03/2017 Reply
  19. Albert

    Asia’s Silicon Valley ! I can’t believe there is still a nature preserved in Singapore. Really did an excellent job. Keep it locked.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  20. Emily (OCM Treasures)

    Everytime I read something off of a travel blog I add somewhere new to my bucket list!
    Thanks for adding number 78 lol

    Would love to travel to the Singapore zoo

    10/03/2017 Reply
  21. Sondra Barker

    This looks like such a fun zoo to travel too. I’m not going to lie, the video with the snake and the guy creeped me out. I do not know how people can do that.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  22. Elizabeth O.

    Singapore sure knows how to make zoos so much more fun for their visitors. I really think it’s great that they offer a lot of activities and that you can choose to interact with the animals as well.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  23. Carol Cassara

    This is amazing! I’ve never been to Singapore but seeing this post makes me want to visit the place more! I love that this zoo is complete with activities and all that!

    10/03/2017 Reply
  24. Donna Ashworth

    There is nothing about this place i don’t love! Looks amazing, what an experience the night safari would be!

    10/03/2017 Reply
  25. Iza (@IzaAbao)

    I do not like when humans ride on elephants back. This kind of activity should be stopped. Elephants cannot support the weight of humans.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  26. The Editor

    Indeed Singapore zoo have such an amazing beauty! I would like to visit this paradise on my next SG trip 🙂

    -blairvillanueva

    10/03/2017 Reply
  27. Cynthia Nicoletti

    Sounds like a great trip to the zoo. Your pictures are awesome. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  28. MyYellowApron

    My kids will love visiting that zoo. Thanks for the post.

    10/03/2017 Reply
  29. Glenda K.

    The pictures of all the zoo animals are so cool! The monkeys and birds are my favorite!

    11/03/2017 Reply
  30. New Labels Only

    Gorgeous pictures! This place looks so much fun! I wish zoos are like this in the UK, but they are pretty much uniform throughout!

    11/03/2017 Reply
  31. beautyaddictmama

    I do love visiting the zoo as long as the animals are treated well. This zoo looks lovely and although I think I’d be a bit on edge, I really like the idea of the night safari.

    11/03/2017 Reply
  32. annalisanuttall

    That must have been a trip of a lifetime. How amazing and beautiful photos. xx

    11/03/2017 Reply
  33. Heidi

    Wow! That looks amazing! I visited a zoo in mainland China, and it felt more like an animal prison camp. These animals look happy and well cared for. What a difference!

    11/03/2017 Reply
  34. Sarah Harris

    I visited a zoo somewhere else in China and it’s like night and day from this one! (although it was 30 years ago – so hopefully the other one improved too). This zoo is such a beautiful escape and great way to tease people with the beauty of the wild and get them out travelling more!

    11/03/2017 Reply
  35. Sauumye Chauhan

    I have heard so much about Santosa Island. Would love to visit it!! The pictures look amazing

    11/03/2017 Reply
  36. HealthierSteps (@Healthiersteps)

    Wow, this looks like fun. I would love to see the hippos in person!

    12/03/2017 Reply
  37. Bobbi

    This looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I would love to go an see a zoo in a different country.

    12/03/2017 Reply
  38. Michelle Waller

    The zoo is always a fun place to visit!! I would love to visit this one, one day!

    12/03/2017 Reply
  39. Sara

    I love animals and wildlife! It seems such an amazing place to visit!

    13/03/2017 Reply
  40. Michelle Stewart

    The bird sanctuary looks amazing! Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

    15/03/2017 Reply

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