Since 1973, Singapore Zoo has been known for having among the most beautiful wildlife park settings in the world, where animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats.
Nine-time winner of the coveted Best Leisure Attraction Experience award by the Singapore Tourism Board, the 26-hectare wildlife park is nestled within the lush Mandai rainforest that stretches into the magnificent Upper Seletar Reservoir. More than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles call Singapore Zoo home.
Many of the animal habitats incorporate special viewing features such as elevated platforms to view the giraffe exhibit, underwater galleries to see the watery worlds of otters, pygmy hippos and giant estuarine crocodiles, as well as glass observatories to see animals such as the predatory cheetahs and lions.
On top of the fascinating perspective of the animals, you get to view them in environments that have been thoughtfully built and landscaped after their habitats in the wild.
The award-winning zoological park is also big on immersive experiences. Whether you travel on-board one of our guided trams or trek on foot at your own leisurely pace, your experience will take you through some of the most distinctive global wildlife habitats of the world – from the savannah grasslands of Wild Africa where lions, zebras and rhinoceroses roam, to the rugged canyons of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia where our colony of Hamadryas baboons call home.
Singapore Zoo is also well-known for its walk-through exhibits that bring animals and visitors together in one space for incredibly intimate encounters. Stroll right into the home of free-ranging kangaroos and have them eating out of your palms at the Australian Outback. Wander into the spectacular diversity of the Fragile Forest where flying foxes soar freely, mousedeers tread gingerly across your path, and ring-tailed lemurs bask in full view on the open sundeck.
For early risers, you’ll want to make time for the award-winning Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife programme not available anywhere else in Asia. Not only will you be treated to a scrumptious international buffet experience, but you’ll also be having it in the company of our family of free-ranging orang utans. In fact, this is the first zoo in the world with a free-ranging orang utan habitat that features the charismatic apes in natural surroundings.
Little ones will have a field day at the Rainforest Kidzworld where they can enjoy a splashing fun time at our wet play area, ride ponies or play and learn in this enriching zone.
But your experience doesn’t just stop there. Singapore Zoo’ animal shows like the Elephants at Work and Play Show have long been popular with families and our daily token feeding session give you the opportunity to see our residents at their most active.
Singapore Zoo is also a Learning Zoo – where the guest experience involves understanding the animals at a deeper level through well-designed and interactive educational displays. As a result of extensive wildlife research programmes and collaborative efforts with the global community, the Singapore Zoo has been taking important strides in furthering its key goal to preserve biodiversity. Guided by the wildlife conservation policy, the zoos’ successful animal breeding program continues to see numerous significant births of endangered animals year after year.
The fairest of them all
White tigers are one of the star attractions at the Singapore Zoo because of their rarity and uncommon beauty. With their blue eyes, pink noses, and creamy white fur covered with brown stripes, these giant cats are truly a cat-tivating sight!
The white tiger habitat is landscaped to resemble a dense jungle clearing. Here, the felines, Omar and Winnie, can often be seen strolling about or lounging in the shady spots. The moat separating visitors from the tigers also serves a second purpose as a wet playground since white tigers are one of the few wild cats that love swimming. You may just be lucky enough to catch these white tigers taking a dip in the waters on a hot day!
See, feel, hear, touch, save the tiger
The white tiger exhibit at the Zoo features an interactive centre that puts the world of the tiger within a child’s reach – most of our displays and interactive buttons are low enough for the little ones to press, read, listen to, see and touch.
Learn about Mohan, the first white tiger caught from the wild, the ancestor of all white tigers in existence today. Find out what happened to the last tiger to ever roam the jungles of Singapore and discover why tigers are fast disappearing. As you earn your stripes as a tiger expert, find out how you can save the tiger too by contributing to Singapore Zoo’s tiger conservation efforts.
Being the first immersive experience that welcomes every visitor at Singapore Zoo, this zone begins at the Rainforest Courtyard right at the entrance of the park leading on to an elevated platform through the forest canopy, a pathway that brings visitors closer to nature and its wildlife.
The sun-drenched recreation of a clearing in the depths of a rainforest, the lush plantings of trees, a cascading waterfall as well as a jungle pond are home to a group of rainforest animals.
You may not spot them right away, so take your time as you make your way to the Treetops Trail ahead.
Just a note of caution though, the elusive false gavial may be lurking beneath the boardwalks, so beware!
Do also keep your eyes peeled for the free-ranging brown lemurs and the white faced saki monkeys who may surprise you by swinging by to join in the fun.
Chill out at the Frozen Tundra, the newest exhibit in Singapore Zoo that is the size of 2.5 basketball court put together.
Built to resemble the arctic habitat, the Frozen Tundra has a cool temperature, an ice cave with a waterfall, and a large pool filled with giant ice blocks.
Inuka, the locally-born polar bear, is the star of the Frozen Tundra. From the viewing gallery in the frozen tunnel, check out how playful Inuka swims in the cool pool, or even chill in the ice-cold cave!
While you’re here at the Frozen Tundra, remember to say “hi!” to Inuka’s new neighbours!
Watch out for Boris and Ivana, fearless wolverines that are slightly different from your Marvel superhero character. And don’t miss Pom and Poko, resident raccoon dogs from Japan.
Fashioned after the grassy plains in Africa, this south-eastern flank of the Zoo has grass-grazing mammals living alongside their deadly predators.
There’s nothing like the thrill of traversing through Wild Africa on a safari tour especially when hooves, horns and claws aren’t all you can expect to see. For instance, there’s a little colony of animals you might want to check out. Meet the East African’s underground darlings who feel no pain.
Holding the title of the second largest land mammal, a white rhinoceros can charge at 50 kilometres per hour. That’s as fast as a city car! Couple that with their famous horns and you won’t want to stand in the way!
There are only about 7,500 – 8,500 white rhinoceros in the wild today. They are hunted for their horns which are thought in some cultures to have healing abilities, but are scientifically unproven. We can do our part to curb their demise by not buying and discouraging others from purchasing any rhino horn products.
The king of the jungle awaits you as he guards over his kingdom from his throne on one of the vantage points in Wild Africa. Surrounded by a pride of lionesses in their habitat, the African lion sanctuary recreates the scene of a lush clearing in the woods surrounded by a moat. Step up for a whisker-close view of the big cats from our indoor viewing gallery where you can see them guarding their territory undaunted by the curious human eyes observing them.
Tropical Crops & Orchid Garden
Did you know that you can use cloves instead of mothballs in your wardrobe to ward off pesky insects? Or did you know that a giant Amazon water lily pad can actually take the weight of a one-year-old baby?
Discover all these and more at the Tropical Crops section where you can match some of the fruits, vegetables and herbs you see at the supermarket with the ones here growing right out of the ground.
A living classroom for children and adults alike, this reservoir-fronting open air exhibit will take you on a breezy stroll to discover more than 50 species of edible plants including nutmeg, coffee, cocoa, rice padi, passion fruit, water chestnut, bottle and snake gourds.
And make sure you visit the Orchid Garden where you can view our vast collection of orchids, including Singapore’s national flower, Vanda “Miss Joaquim”. This colourful horticultural display of tropical jewels is especially breathtaking against the backdrop of the Seletar Reservoir, perfect for photography enthusiasts.
Want to see a real-life dragon? Might not have a fire-breathing one though the zoo does have a family of Komodo dragons and a collection of other cold-blooded species crawling around their naturalistic reptilian habitat in search of a spot to bask in the sun.
A must-see at Reptile Garden is the gentle giant tortoises. Visitors can come up close to the second largest species of tortoises as they lumber around their sandy exhibit.
At the 300 square-metre Bornean Marsh habitat, visitors can enjoy a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the water pool and marsh vegetation that is now home to three false gavials, giant river terrapins, box turtles and Burmese land tortoises.
Last but not least, don’t forget to check out the array of snakes that come in all shades, shapes and sizes at the Snake House – such as the mighty reticulated python, lethal rattlesnake and water-loving anaconda!
Game for a slithering good time? Make a stop at the Snake House to marvel at the wide array of these carnivorous reptiles, many of which are among the world’s most venomous.
Nestled in glass-fronted exhibits that are lushly planted to the animals’ natural habitats, the snakes you’ll want to make a point to see here include the king cobra, shore pit viper, oriental whipsnake, rattlesnake, dog-toothed cat snake and the longest snake in the world, the reticulated python. This python also happens to be the most common snake in Singapore!
Step into this massive biodome and marvel at the richness and diversity of the rainforest – recreated in the form of a 20,000 cubic meter flight area – one of the largest in the world.
Fragile Forest invites visitors to journey through the various stratas of a rainforest – starting with getting to know the invertebrates and other creatures typically found on the forest floor like the Madagascan hissing cockroaches, rhinoceros beetles and the many colorful varieties of frogs and toads.
As you hike past the mudskippers and stingrays in the mangrove swamps and head higher up to the tree canopies, you will inevitably stop in your tracks to admire the splendor of rainforest species – butterflies, lemurs, crowned pigeons, iguanas and mousedeer as they co-exist in this breathtaking ecosystem.
Make your way up to the observation deck to come up close to everyday life in the tree canopies – where sloths and lemurs roam freely and flying foxes and lories glide just above your heads.
In this complex rainforest ecosystem, the Earth’s treasured and threatened species live among mighty trees, delicate ferns, palms, shrubs and the undergrowth. Here you will be treated to the cacophony of insects and tranquil sounds of cascading waters but don’t forget that this is a slice of the forest that, in the outside world, is disappearing at alarming rates every day.
Through “live” educational displays such as the butterfly lifecycle observation booth, the aim is to educate and increase people’s understanding of the planet’s delicate ecosystems. The inclusion of the cultural aspect of the Asmat tribe of Irian Jaya also aims to reflect human beings’ close relationship with the natural world.
The tribal element, highlighted in the architecture of the indoor areas and the prominent display of Asmat artifacts, serves to remind visitors of the plight of forest tribes as a result of deforestation.
As one walks through Fragile Forest, it becomes clear that modern human beings are just as dependent on rainforests as the forest people. It is our hope that at the end of their journey, all guests will be sure to inspire to appreciate the gifts of our rainforests and do their part in helping to save it.
Experience the fragility of the rainforest and mangrove ecosystems firsthand, in this adventure to remember.
A smorgasbord of curious critters are housed in cosy habitats in this complex. Enjoy a respite from the tropical heat as you observe small mammals from the world over.
Be enthralled by the Goeldi’s monkey, keep your eyes peeled for the spotted mousedeer’s rare appearance and catch a glimpse of the agile leopard cat. Or get giggly over the antics of the Malayan porcupines as they sashay around their habitat, and each other!
Singapore Zoo has a total of 39 species of primates, of which a large number of them call the Primate Kingdom home. Wonder why it’s called Primate Kingdom? Because each primate species has its own island, with a landscaping of trees that might as well be castles from where these tree-dwellers rule.
Who said you needed to be the king of the jungle to have your own kingdom?
Tall trees, long wild grasses, gingers, palms and bamboo are used to recreate the lush rainforest of their natural habitat. The Zoo’s famous “open” concept flows through this zone as only moats are used to separate the primates from visitors. These moats are filled with various species of fish, the most impressive being the fearsome South American arapaima!
Get down to monkey business as you trek through this zone. These frisky primates will leave you amazed by their intelligence and have you in stitches with their amusing antics.
Watch out for the free-ranging Javan langurs too who reside amongst the treetops here. You might just spot some delicate brown faces peeking at you from the treetops above.
Be transported to the vast and arid bushlands of Down Under the moment you pass the rustic entrance into the Australian Outback zone. Here, grey kangaroos and agile wallabies hop about freely as you enter the walk-through area. They are joined by the emu and vibrant cassowary preening themselves amongst the bushes.
Also flanking the walk-through area are two rugged sheds which showcase a collection of interesting reptiles such as the bearded dragon and the frill-necked lizard. Marvel at the intricate patterns of the carpet python and catch a glimpse of the shy sugar gliders as they huddle up in a group, happy for a snooze.
The Australian Outback was designed and conceptualised in collaboration with Australia’s own wildlife icon, the late Steve Irwin. This interpretation of Australia’s golden wilderness is home to a range of diverse and unique wildlife, many of which, in the wild, can only be found in Australia.
Kangaroo & Wallaby
Kangaroos and wallabies are unique in being one of the few large animals that hop to get around. Their long tail aids in balance, allowing kangaroos to hop at speeds of up to 60 kilometers per hour. On hot days at Australian Outback, our kangaroos and wallabies can be seen under the shady trees licking themselves to dissipate heat.
Watch the marsupials bound along their large naturalistic exhibit, and if you are lucky enough, you may spy our joey peeking out from mummy’s pouch.
Our boat ride gives you the opportunity to experience the zoo from a fresh perspective.
As you cruise along the coast, pay close attention to the surrounding forests and you might just spot animals such as monitor lizards and white-bellied sea eagles.
You might even be lucky enough to spot a crocodile!
These animals still frequent these waters, so keep your hands out of the water at all times!
Rainforest Kidzworld offers a multitude of activities that encourage kids to satisfy their curiosity, learn through self discovery, and simply play like they don’t have a care in the world.
Whether they want to have a splashing good time in a watery playground, spend time with farmyard animals, take a rainforest challenge, visit the interesting residents of the kampung house or ride a wild animal carousel, there’s always plenty to see, do and experience.
Don’t miss the Animal Friends Show where the whole family can also enjoy a barrel of laughs watching some very special everyday pets performing amazing feats.
Wet Play Area
The Rainforest Kidzworld features a watery wonderland for kids of all ages. For those with active young ones, the wet play area is a major stop where parents can join in the fun too, so head over for a wild time. Your kids will enjoy it so much, they wouldn’t want to leave!
Anchored by a tropical animal-themed slide and spray shack, this water playground is closely guarded by some very colourful friends of the forest. You’ll find an array of colourful sprayers, climbers, and a variety of zippy water-flushed slides and tubes here.
Above it all, the jumbo water bucket waits to rain a tropical downpour on the crowds below at regular intervals – whether they expect it or not! All around the playground, tower showers, snaking water shooters, rain arches, and concealed floor fountains make it virtually impossible to stay dry, no matter how hard you try.
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