The Singapore Zoo was definitely on our to-do list on our recent trip to Singapore, it has changed tremendously since I last visited it years ago and now has fantastic habitats for resident wildlife. The Singapore Zoo is part of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore which also includes the River Safari, Night Safari in Mandai and Jurong Bird Park in Jurong. The Jurong Bird Park will join the other three Zoos in 2020 along with a new Rainforest Park when it moves away to Mandai.
The Singapore Zoo is a great Zoo for tourists, local residents and the community. The Zoo is part of the curriculum for children in Singapore as it allows them to extend their learning space to the outdoors and learn about animals, insects, the environment, conservation and more.
The highlight for us at the Singapore Zoo is seeing the beautiful family of Orangutans. We did not get to do the Breakfast with the Orangutans due to traffic delays on the way to the Zoo however I've heard great things from people who have done the breakfast. They did advise me to book ahead of time before attending and make sure to book a table close to the front where the Orangutans will be otherwise it will be tricky to see them.
A newish exhibit at the Singapore Zoo is the Land of Giants where visitors can walk amongst super-sized insects and find out interesting facts and the amazing abilities of insects.
The beautiful Singapore Zoo is quite unique as it is set amongst the rainforest which is perfect for wildlife to wonder as they choose. There are many animals and zones to discover so set aside a decent morning to experience most of the Zoo. We managed to snap a beautiful family of Baboons with their new baby which was so cute!
Other highlights of the Singapore Zoo are shows, we loved the Splash Safari Show which was wild and very wacky as Pedro the California Sea Lion was a pro at splashing everyone. Don't sit in the wet zones if you don't want to get wet as Pedro will not miss you! Arrive at least 15 minutes before the show and relax with a drink and snack to ensure you get good seats as the show can be quite popular. We really enjoyed this show and made sure our camera was put away during the crazy splash times ha!
There are four different shows scheduled in the morning and afternoon. We made sure we attended the Elephants at Work & Play show which was excellent and very entertaining and very popular. We were lucky to arrive early as the four arenas filled up in no time! The Asian elephants were well behaved and also very cheeky. Little Mister loved this show and kept pointing at the elephants.
Checkout the Garden with a View on your way to Rainforest Kizdworld, climbing activities are available for kids, groups and students for an extra fee.
Rainforest Kizdworld was lots of fun for the kids. There is a Carousel and an Ampitheatre for Animal Shows as well as eateries but the main thing about Kidzworld is the Wet Play area. Lots of water jets at the entry for older kids and water jets for younger kids at the back of the water area. There are also a number of slides for little and older kids. Watch out for the tipping bucket that periodically empties and surprises everyone and will soak you if you don't watch as my husband found out! Don't forget to bring some swimmers for kids and adults so you can cool down after a day at the Zoo as Singapore is quite humid as you will soon find out.
The newish exhibit Reptopia which opened late last year is a brand new exhibit where over 60 species of frogs, bearded dragons, snakes, chameleons, lizards, cobras and more are on display for visitors to appreciate and learn about. See creatures up close and even ride a giant snake ha!
There are many animals and zones to discover across the Singapore Zoo. Visitors can see beautiful Asian Rhinos, Asian Elephants, White Tigers, Zebras, Lions, Monkeys, Australian animals and many more animals that you would not see in Australia. Combined with the fun animal live shows and the wet area at KidzWorld, a visit to Singapore Zoo will make a great day on your Singapore visit! Checkout the Singapore Zoo's website for more info, to book tickets & experience, to plan your day with four suggested itineraries and make sure you read our tips below before you head there.
- The Singapore Zoo is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore which is about 30-45 minutes taxi ride from the city.
- There are many ways you can get to the Singapore Zoo, via shuttle, bus or drive.
- There is ample fee paying parking onsite.
- The Singapore Zoo is open every day of the year from 8:30am to 6pm. The Rainforest Kidzworld is open from 9am to 6pm.
- There are toilets located around the Zoo. Some toilets have change tables.
- There are food outlets throughout the Zoo.
- The Singapore Zoo is pram and wheelchair friendly. You can rent a pram for $9 or Wagon for $15.
- Ticket prices are as follows: Adults S$35, Children S$23.
- There is a Guided Tram ride (shown below) option which is $5 for adults and $3 for kids aged 3 to 12 yrs.
- Bring snacks, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent for mosquitoes, water bottles, comfy shoes as well as swimmers (tops and bottoms) for both kids & adults, swimming nappies (if needed), a change of clothes and possible rain gear if there is expected rain on the day.
- There are showers and change rooms for kids next to the Rainforest Kidzworld wet zone.
Busy City Kids were invited to the Singapore Zoo for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. To read our other Singapore reviews, head here.