5 Animal Exhibits that you cannot miss in the Singapore Zoo
When visiting Singapore, there's a high chance that you will visit the Singapore Zoo. I mean, why not? It is the world's best rainforest zoo. The Singapore Zoo is one of the very few "open-concept" zoos in the world. You can be walking around and a monkey would be walking around on a wooden fence, like this fella in the picture below.
There are many animals to see when visiting the Singapore Zoo and whenever I visit, I genuinely feel that the animals are happy and well looked after. Personally, I feel that the happiness of the animals has a lot to do with the environment they live in and Singapore Zoo has done an amazing job at housing these animals in spacious, landscaped enclosures, separated from visitors by moats. These moats are sneakily hidden by plants or rocks, so you feel like nothing is separating you from the animals!
The way the Singapore Zoo is designed makes it really fun for you to observe the animals in their natural habitat and these are 5 exhibits that you cannot miss!
This exhibit is a walk-through exhibit, which means you will get to experience the animals up close and personal. Walk along the pathway and you will get to see kangaroos hopping around in their natural habitat. They are close enough to touch, but Singapore Zoo does not recommend any guests touching the animals without supervision from a zookeeper. No touching, but a selfie with one of these furry jumpers shouldn't be a problem. Hop hop away!
2) White Tiger
One of my favorite exhibits in the whole park. Experience the power of this rare beauty. If you're lucky, you might even get to see these blue-eyed creatures playing with one another and once in a while, the white tigers try to escape from Singapore's heat by going for a swim in the exhibit's moat. That's a sight to behold. Watching these amazingly elegant animals interact with their surroundings is breathtakingly beautiful.
3) The Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia
Enter this area and all of a sudden you are transported to an African village. This award-winning zone depicts life in the Great Rift Valley. You'll get to see the types of houses that people in that area live in, read about their way of life and most importantly, you'll get to see more than 90 Hamadryas Baboons enjoying life, like how they would in the wild. Watch these fascinating animals engage in social activities. Mothers taking care of their babies. Males fighting over mates. Males and females engaging in coitus. If you take the time to hang around and observe these animals, you will definitely find some similarities between them and us human beings. A really humbling experience.
4) Elephants of Asia
These playful, friendly giants are housed in an exhibit that portrays a Burmese logging camp. You'll be able to see these majestic animals play around with one another, carry logs around and cool themselves down by spraying water. Once in a while, you'll be able to see them roll around in the mud and spray sand all over their body. They do this to take care of their skin, to protect it from sunburn and insect bites. All 5 elephants in this exhibit are females! I wonder if that has any connection with them and their love for skincare. Hmmmmm...
5) Free-Ranging Orang Utan
I saved the best for last. The Singapore Zoo is the first zoo in the world to feature a free-ranging area for orangutans. Yes, free-ranging. You could be walking around having a chat and above you, an orangutan will be swinging away. No walls! The Singapore Zoo did an amazing job at simulating a natural rainforest environment with multi-tier climbing platforms to create a playground for this magnificent creatures. Some of them will be up in trees. Some of them will be swinging from one platform to another above your head. Some of them will be just chilling on an island at the center of the exhibit. By the way, did you know that "Orang" means people and "Hutan" means jungle in Malay language. Enjoy your time with the people of the jungle in this not-to-be-missed exhibit.