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SINGAPORE ZOO: Animal Zones, What To See And How To Save Money

Tips and tricks to make the most of your zoo trip!

Singapore Zoo is world-famous for animal conservation, so you and your children can enjoy a fun-filled day exploring the wonders of wildlife.

The Singapore Zoo is at the forefront of efforts to save endangered animals such as the orangutan and the cotton-top-tamarin monkey. But there’s much more to do than just look at animals at this zoo. You can also enjoy discovery trails, shows and activities. So a trip to the zoo is a great day out if you’re searching for things to do with children in Singapore.

The Singapore Zoo is currently operating at limited capacity, so this is a great time to beat the crowds. Before you get to the zoo, go online to book your tickets and reserve an arrival time. Groups are limited to five people and masks are required. Click here for the latest health advisory.

Here are tips to help you enjoy a fuss free, fun-filled day at Singapore Zoo – and save some money on your family day out.

Tips for parents

1. Book online for Singapore Zoo, and plan the visit

caucasuan family with giraffe, at Singaproe Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is a large 28 hectares with lots of trails, animals, shows and activities to discover. So set aside a good half day to enjoy your visit. When you go online to book your admission tickets, also take a look at what’s on at the zoo. Maybe your kids want to see the elephants feeding time? Plan what you want to see and book your admission time to maximise those specific activities. You can always come back another day to see other animals.

2. Focus on your favourite “Animal Zones”

little blond girl watching the elephants at Singaproe Zoo

The whole 28 hectares of Singapore Zoo may be a little much to cover in one day. It helps that animals are divided into specific zones like “Orangutan Island” and “Elephants of Asia”. Insted of tramping all over the zoo trying to find a favourite animal, you can take the kids straight there. Scroll to the end of this article to check out the different animal zones available. We’ve got them all listed, along with the animals you can find there.

3. Free entry for kids under three to the zoo

Singapore zoo entry area

Education, fun and saving money; a trip to the Singapore Zoo gets you all three. Little ones under three get free entry! Citizens, PRs, Dependant Passses and work pass holders also get discounts, so bring your pass along. If you plan to visit more than one animal attraction in Singapore – for example Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, and Singapore Zoo – you can save money by buying a Multi-park ticket. They’re valid for 14 days from your first visit and for one-time entry to each park.

4. Prepare for Singapore showers

little girl with heart-shape sunglasses, at Singapore Zoo

Most of the zoo is not sheltered, so do come prepared with hats, sunglasses, visors and sunblock. Insect repellent is also advised.

Singapore’s on the equator, and this means heavy tropical showers are a fact of life – especially around 4 p.m. You’re wise to pack an umbrella or poncho (you can also purchase these at the gift shop). Or you can hop on a tram to drive around the zoo, or take shelter in one of the pavilions at the zoo.

You can also choose to continue your adventures at RiverSafari, which is mostly sheltered.

5. Nursing stations and restrooms for children

nappy bag for family visiting Singapore Zoo

Planning a trip to the Singapore Zoo with your little ones? There are three nursing rooms and six diaper changing stations within the zoo grounds. Nursing stations can be found at the main entrance, Reptile Garden and Rainforest Kidzworld, while diaper changing stations are located at the Wildlife Learning Centre, Ah Meng Restaurant, Reptile Garden and Pavilion by Lake. Parents will also be happy to know there are plenty of clean restrooms that include kid-friendly toilets and wash basins.

6. Get around by tram, scooter or wagon

zebra-patterned tram to transport  visitors at Singpore Zoo

There is a fair bit of walking to do at the Singapore Zoo, with 28 hectares to cover. To make life easier, you can rent a stroller ($15) or a wagon ($18) in case the children get tired of walking. Electric scooters are also available for rent, or you can hop on a tram ride. Tickets for the tram are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Check out all the details here.

7. Storage lockers are available

Baggage or luggage storage lockers at SIngapore Zoo

It can be annoying dragging heavy bags around with you. The Singapore Zoo offers bag and luggage storage lockers of various sizes, as well as an oversized luggage counter. Fees are $10 for the first three hours, while each additional hour costs $2.

Things to do at Singapore Zoo

Wondering what other activities you can do at the Singapore Zoo? Other than walking trails and learning about all the animals, the zoo has a variety of activities for kids and adults.

1. Check out the Animal Friends shows

sealion with ball at SIngapore Zoo

Shows at the Singapore Zoo last approximately 20 minutes each and are the perfect way to get a little rest from walking. Little ones will love the Animal Friends show, which display the special skills of domesticated animals and the important roles they play in the lives of humans.

If you’re looking for some laughs, check out the Safari Splash Show, where Singapore Zoo’s California sea lion will tickle your funny bone. This show also gives tips on how we can all do our part to save the ocean and keep it safe for marine creatures. Find out more about the shows at the Singapore Zoo here.

You can book seats for the shows via the Singapore Zoo’s booking portal 90 minutes before a show starts. All you have to do is scan the QR code located at the respective show venues to reserve your seats.

*Note from Singapore Zoo: Shows are operating at limited capacity up to 50 guests as part of the necessary Safe Management Measures. Show seats are subject to availability, based on a first-come-first-served basis. Once full, we will be unable to accept more guests.

2. You can book to feed the animals at the zoo

little chinese girl feeding giraffe at Singapore Zoo

Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Singapore Zoo’s animal feeding sessions!  All proceeds go to funding the zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts in Southeast Asia. Elephant, Goat, Giant Tortoise, Giraffe and White Rhinoceros feeding sessions are available at the respective animal zones. You can book feeding sessions online and you will need to arrive 15 minutes before the feeding time. Book tickets here.

animal merry go around at KidzWorld section of Singapore Zoo

The vintage merry-go-round is located in the Rainforest Kidzworld, and it is open to adults and children. The animal rides on this carousel include tigers, rhinos and even dinosaurs. Tickets cost $4 for a single ride, or $8 for three rides.

4. Eat jungle breakfast with live orangutans

family eating breakfast with orangutans at singapore Zoo's Ah Meng's Terrace restaurant

Eating with small children can be wild, on any day. But The Singapore Zoo’s unique jungle breakfast with wildlife experience lets you eat with real live orangutan apes sitting nearby. At the Ah Meng restaurant terrace, you eat your brakfast while a whole family of adorable orangutans eats their brakfast, right beside you.

Animal appearances are from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and the last seating for the buffet is at 10 a.m. You can attend just the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife event if you want, but if you want to visit the zoo as well, you need a separate admission ticket to Singapore Zoo. Tickets to the Jungle Breakfast With Wildlife cost $35 for adults and $25 for children.

*Do note that this activity has been temporarily suspended due to covid. Do keep updated on the Singapore Zoo’s website.

5. Chit-chat with goats – and their zoo keepers

Keepers Chit Chat session with a goat, at Singapore Zoo

At the Rainforest Kidzworld you and your children can get up close to some of the friendliest animals, at this petting zoo part of The Singapore Zoo. Keepers are always around, to chit-chat, keep you safe, and answer any questions you have about the animals. This is the perfect chance for your curious little ones to ask some questions and learn. Sessions are at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily at the goat enclosure. Keeper Chit-Chat Sessions are also available in the other animal zones. Click here to find out more.

Your guide To Animal Zones at Singapore Zoo

Here’s a guide to all the animal zones at the Singapore Zoo, to help you plan your trip. Get the kids together and pick your favourite zones to visit.

zebras at Singapore Zoo

1. Australasia Animal Zone

kangaroo at Singapore Zoo

Discover unique marsupials like kangaroos and wallabies as well as the biggest bird in the world, the Australian cassowary. This large flightless bird reaches 5.8 feet (170 centimeters) in height and weighs up to 121 pounds (55 kilograms).

2. Elephants of Asia

elephants at Singapore Zoo

An all-female elephant herd awaits you at the Elephants Of Asia zone! The Singapore Zoo’s current matriarch is Komali, its only Sri Lankan Elephant. She enjoys meeting people and happily accepts bananas from your hand, at feeding time.

3. Fragile Forest

toucan bird at Singapore Zoo

This 20,000 cubic metre biodome mimics a tropical rainforest habit. Wildlife from various equatorial rainforests around the world all live here, including the Golden Lion Tamarin monkey, Toco Toucan bird and Two-Toed Sloth from South America, the Malayan Flying Fox, Lesser Mousedeer and the Black and White Ruffed Lemur from Asia.

4. Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia

baboons at Singapore Zoo

At this rugged rock landscape you will find families of intelligent meerkats, jackals, baboons and rare Nubian Ibex deer.

5. Primate Kingdom

cotton-top tamarin monkey at Singapore Zoo

This is where you find the cutest primates and monkeys. The Red-shanked Douc Langur, Ring-tailed Lemur, Squirrel Monkey and Black-handed Spider Monkeys all scamper about here. You will also find the endangered Cotton-top Tamarin monkey here – including the little one above.

6. Tree top trail

Black furred Siamang gibbon at Singapore Zoo

This Animal Zone includes an elevated platform section so you can see animals that live at different layers of the forest. Look out for the tiny mousedeer on the forest floor, and look up to see the black Siamang, a gibbon monkey with black fur that’s native to the forests of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The largest of the gibbons, the Siamang can be twice the size of other gibbons, reaching 1 m (3.3 ft) in height, and weighing up to 14 kg (31 lb). If you’re lucky, you may hear the gibbon’s call – the “Whoop Whoop” sounds like laser beams!

7. Rainforest Kidzworld

tiny Farabella horse at Singapore Zoo

This is the perfect zone for little ones (and adults too!). Children can meet the Farabellas, the smallest breed of horse in the world. They can also get up close to goats, hedgehogs, rabbits and ponies. There is also a waterplay area for children at this zone (proper swimwear is required).

The waterplay area is temporarily suspended due to covid rules. Do keep updated on the website for more information.

8. Reptile Garden at Singapore Zoo

komodo Dragon at Singapore Zoo

Are your little ones fond of dinosaurs? Reptiles are closely related to dinosaurs – and there are some really big reptiles here that will give kids the feeling of walking with dinosaurs. As well as the Estuarine Crocodile and the Indian Gharial crocodile, your children will be plenty impressed with the Aldabra Giant Tortoise.

But the giant Komodo Dragon lizard is the star! They can grow to over 2.6 meters long, weight up to 91 kg and can run at 20 m/h. To protect this rare species of giant lizard, the Indonesian government has banned visits to the island where they live. So Singapore Zoo is one of the few places in the world where you can see Komodo Dragon lizards in the flesh.

9. RepTopia at Singapore Zoo

lizard at RepTopia at Singapore Zoo

Home to over 60 species of threatened reptiles and amphibians, (a third of which have never been seen here before), RepTopia is home to snakes, lizards frogs and tortoises, including the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, King Cobra, Electric Blue Gecko, Bearded Dragon and Veiled Chameleon.

10. Tortoise Shell-ter

Tortoise shelter at SIngapore Zoo

Here’s where you and the children can learn about some of the world’s oldest tortoises, and also about the ongoing conservation efforts at Singapore Zoo to help increase the numbers of these magnificent animals. The seven rock-walled enclosures are climate-controlled to replicate the various natural habitats of the tortoises, so they feel at home (and hopefully, breed). You’ll find the Burmese Star Tortoise, Leopard Tortoise, Ploughshare Tortoise and Indian Star Tortoise, amongst others.

11. Wild Africa

lion at Singapore Zoo

Explore the plains of Africa at Singapore Zoo! Here you will find the glamorous animals that everyone wants to see, including african lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and a White Rhinoceros.

12. Orangutan Island

orangutan on a tree, at Singapore Zoo

A highlight of the Singapore Zoo visit, here’s where you can find the loveable and endangered orangutans. The name means “Man of the Forest” in Bahasa Malay, and orangutans are found in tropical rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

The largest tree-dwelling mammals, orangutan are intelligent and family-oriented – baby orangutans live with their mothers for six to eight years, which is far longer than other apes. And even after they “leave home”, orangutan regularly go back to visit their mothers. We gurantee you’ll fall in love with their curious faces, when you visit Singapore Zoo.

Singapore Zoo

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd., 729826
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Daily)
Tel: 6269 3411

Ticket Costs: Residents, PR’s EP, DP and Work Permit holders:
Adult: $36.90
Child: $25.20
Senior citizens (60 and above): $18 (ID verification required on entry)

Non residents:
Adult: $36.90
Child: $25.20

For annual passes, special discounts and benefits check out the Friends of Singapore Zoo Membership.

 Originally by K Praveena

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