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Tips for Hanging out at the Singapore Zoo

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011 in Singapore Sandbox, Uncategorized | 33 comments

Baby Ornagutan

If you’re like many travelers visiting Singapore, you’ll have only one day to spend at the Singapore Zoo. You really can’t experience everything this world class attraction has to offer in one day. However, with some research and a bit of planning you can make the most of your trip to the zoo, and return home with memories to last a lifetime.

The first thing you should do is visit the zoo’s official site…Singapore Zoo. The site is jam packed with useful information. You’ll also find suggested itineraries, feeding times, a zoo map, and information about the animals that call the zoo home. To get the most out of your day it’s a good idea to do a bit of advance planning. VISITORS INFO


Be sure to arrive at the Zoo early in the day. Most of the animals will go into sleep mode as the temperatures rise during the day. OPENING HOURS AND RATES


Arrive at the zoo refreshed, and ready to enjoy the animals. Choose the transport mode that best fits your budget, while getting you to the zoo within a reasonable time frame. The day that I visited I decided to splurge on a taxi, so that I could arrive by 8:30am. The taxi was under S$20.00, and I was there in no time. On my return to the city I chose a more economical option; bus and subway. You’ll find an extensive list of transportation options here. GETTING HERE



The Singapore Zoo is the only zoo in the world where you can have breakfast with orangutans. Definitely a splurge, but so worth it! This was one of my Singapore highlights. If you think this might stretch your budget a little too far, keep in mind that the buffet is awesome and you probably won’t want to eat again until evening. The staff will take a photo of you with the orangutans using your own camera. You’ll also have plenty of time to take your own shots of these amazing creatures. Be sure to arrive at the breakfast early to get the best possible seating, or you can book in advance. JUNGLE BREAKFAST

Breakfast with the Orangutans

The animals are often the most active and entertaining when they are feeding. FEEDING SCHEDULES

6. Watching a show is another great way to see the animals “in action” and is an opportunity to sit down and relax. SHOW TIMES

Be prepared to do a lot of walking. However, you can buy a tram and boat pass, which I highly recommend. In the heat of the day you’ll be happy to take a ride on the boat, or hop on the tram to your next destination. Purchasing the tram and boat pass with your admission ticket is the most economical option. RATES

Boat Ride

Wear comfortable shoes and light clothing. If it’s the rainy season, you might want to carry some kind of rain gear. When I was there in January (rainy season) the skies opened up at 3pm., so my rain cape came in handy.


The Singapore Zoo is amazing. Above all else, have fun and be a kid for a day! SINGAPORE ZOO

My day at the Singapore Zoo cost me approximately $50.00 (Singapore dollars), not including the morning taxi. Budget travelers who think this is too expensive can opt out of the Jungle Breakfast and cut their costs by half.



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