How much time do I need at the Singapore Zoo and any tips to make my trip better?
The Singapore zoo is huge and there's loads to see. If you choose to put the zoo into your travel itinerary, prepare to spend at least half a day here. Where do you start? What do you do? How do you make the most out of your trip to the zoo? Ahhhhh, so many questions. Don't you
worry, Honorable Rat's got you covered. Follow these 18 tips and you will get to enjoy the Singapore Zoo that much more!
1) Prepare for rain
Seeing that Singapore was once a tropical rainforest, the weather can be really unpredictable. One moment, it'd be sunny and next, heavy rain. When it rains in Singapore, it pours! A majority of the zoo is located outdoors with no shelter, so it'd be best to bring an umbrella along.
2) Don't forget the mosquito repellent
The Singapore Zoo is located in Mandai. Mandai is basically a jungle. There's nothing there except for the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari. You'll be right smack in the middle of a jungle. Be prepared for mosquitoes! Don't forget to spray yourself with mosquito repellent before heading to the zoo. Get some of them mosquito repellent stickers too.
3) Protect yourself from the sun
Most of the time it's sunny in Singapore. Even when it is raining, it's sunny. Be sure to protect yourself from the sun. Get some sunscreen on that skin, wear a hat and some sunglasses, dress up in full body armor. Be a typical Japanese Oba-chan (old lady) tourist! Protect yourself from the sun!
4) Wear comfortable shoes
To all super-high-fashioned rats out there, please forget your high heels and wear comfortable shoes when visiting the zoo. There's no one to impress when you are visiting the Singapore Zoo. The animals are not interested in going on a date with you and you'll spend most of
your time walking, so please forget the Charles & Keith and, Nike it up. Trust me, you'll be able to enjoy the Singapore Zoo a lot more with comfortable shoes.
5) Bring a tumbler or a plastic bottle
The Singapore Zoo is a tourist attraction and every tourist attraction in Singapore features overpriced food and drinks. A bottled water in the Singapore Zoo costs about S$3! You'll be needing to rehydrate a lot, so that could add up. Bring along a plastic bottle or a tumbler
and refill your container whenever you see a drinking fountain. There are many of them in the zoo. By the way, tap water in Singapore is drinkable too, so if you can't seem to find the drinking fountains, you could even fill your container with tap water in the restrooms.
6) Bring snacks and food in from the outside
As mentioned earlier, every tourist attraction in Singapore features overpriced food and drinks. Furthermore, the zoo is located in the middle of a jungle, so you will not be able to find any hawker center or such, around that area. Before arriving at the zoo, get some food. Most Singapore food outlets allow for you to take-out food, so be sure to stock up on food before visiting the Singapore Zoo.
7) Have breakfast with the orangutans
One dining experience that is well worth the money in the Singapore Zoo is the breakfast with the orangutans. The Singapore Zoo is the only place in the world that allows for you to have breakfast with these amazing animals. You'll get to enjoy the buffet which features
western-style food and local favorites while you enjoy the company, and take photos with orangutans! This program, Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife is located at the Ah Meng Restaurant and it starts at 9am to 10:30am. We recommend you arrive early for this or make bookings prior to your visit. Click here to make a booking.
8) Get a park map and plan your day accordingly
First thing you should do when you arrive at the Singapore Zoo is get a park map. You will be able to find feeding times, show times and photo taking opportunities with the animals in the park map. Get one first thing when you arrive and plan your day accordingly!
9) Watch the animals during feeding time
Watching the white tigers and lions eat is a sight to behold. These animals can devour tons of meat in seconds. Another feeding that is a highlight are the monkeys. Watch how some monkeys fight over the food to feed members of their group. Simply amazing! To find out more
about scheduled feeding times, click here.
10) You could feed some animals too!
If you prefer a more hands on experience, you could feed the animals yourself. For a small fee, you'll be able to feed the giraffes, elephants, goats, giant tortoises and hamadryas baboons. You'll be able to get up close and personal with these animals. I highly recommend feeding the elephants and the giraffes. You have to check the length of the giraffes' tongues out as they chow down on the carrots! Arrive early for this to guarantee yourself a spot to feed the animals. To avoid overfeeding, Singapore Zoo has a cap on how many people can feed the animals.
11) Enjoy the shows
There are 4 shows in the Singapore Zoo. The Splash Safari, Animal Friends, Elephants at Work & Play and the Rainforest Fights Back. If you time it right, you could probably catch them all,
but if time is an issue, Honorable Rat recommends catching the Elephants at Work & Play Show. It is a must-watch when visiting the Singapore Zoo. Click here to see show schedule timings.
12) Take photos with the animals
At certain times of the day, you will be able to take some pictures with the animals. You can take photos with the ponies, elephants and orangutans. This is probably the best souvenir that you can get when visiting the Singapore Zoo. Pass your camera to the friendly zookeeper and
voila! You get to keep a beautiful memory of yourself with your animal of choice. Click here to check the photo-taking schedule out.
13) When tired, hop on-board the tram
The Singapore Zoo is quite big and the weather could easily wear you out. When tired, hop on-board the Singapore Zoo Tram. It only costs S$5 per adult and S$3 per child (3 - 12 years old). You can get your tickets at any tram station and at the ticketing counter. This ticket will allow
you unlimited rides on the tram. The most comfortable way to explore the Singapore Zoo!
14) Parents, don't forget your kids' bathing suits
There's a water play area in the Rainforest Kidzworld section of the Singapore Zoo. In Rainforest Kidzworld, kids can also pet farm animals, take a ride on a merry-go-round, jump on trampolines and even take pony rides. The highlight here is definitely the water play area, so don't forget your bathing suits. A great way for the kids to have fun and escape the heat!
15) Visit a Kampung House
Rainforest Kidzworld is not only for the kids. There's an exhibition here that is really unique and interesting. In Rainforest Kidzworld, you can visit an old kampung house. Before Singapore became a skyscraper city, Singaporeans used to live in kampung houses. Take a journey through history by walking through this full-scale kampung house.
16) Don't forget the plants
The main highlight of the Singapore Zoo is of course, its animals, but did you know that the Singapore Zoo is also home to many tropical plants. As you walk around, looking for animals, keep your eyes open for some interesting looking plants too, like this Mickey Mouse plant!
17) Get a souvenir from the store
The best way to wrap your visit to the Singapore Zoo up is to bring home a souvenir. The souvenir store by the main entrance is the best place to go for souvenir shopping. Here, you can find mugs, tumblers, elephant sculpture, keychains, souvenir medallions and many more. There's something here for every budget. A great way to remember your trip to the best rainforest zoo in the world!
18) Don't forget your camera
DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA! There's just so much to see and do, and the landscape of the Singapore Zoo is really beautiful. Make sure your camera has ample battery and enough space. You'll love walking around the Singapore Zoo, taking pictures of exotic animals and sharing them with friends. Confused because there's just so many animals in the zoo? Well, here are 5 animals that you must visit while traveling to Singapore Zoo. Visit those animals and snap away. Once again, DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA!!!