We were in Singapore only for two days, well, more of a day and a half, for a transit from Thailand back to Malaysia. What do you think we did for most of that stay? Of course! We spent 5 hours at the Singapore Zoo!
Next time we’ll probably do the Night Safari or the Universal Studios. But the zoo is an absolute must see if you ask me! Totally recommend.
I’m inviting you now to virtually explore the Singapore zoo with me. Here’s the map. You can open it in a new tab to follow our route. Shall we?
We came at the right time to catch most of the feeding shows and performances. The zoo is so well thought of – you can follow the map anticlockwise and be right on time for each show.
First-off to the polar bear.
I saw a polar bear once, in Berlin. Have you hear of him? His name was Knudt, his story is very touching.
If you’re thinking “Ew, Olya, those animals are held in captivity, it’s so violent to go enjoy watching them in the Zoo!”, I can understand you. I’ve only been to 4 zoos in my life – this one and those in Berlin, Munich and Kiev. Kiev zoo is plain horrible. THAT’S where you feel real pity for the animals. The German ones and the Singaporean are very clean and the animals don’t really look like they’re suffering. And it does seem like they’re being taken good care of.
When you see kids exploring and watching these majestic animals live, when your eyes brighten up and you hear yourself childishly weeping “my, this is a POLAR BEAR!”.. that’s the reason people go to the zoo. I hope it is. I wept. Of joy, because that polar bear was so lazy and happy.
Glass+water=funny distortion. Don’t worry, no polar bears were harmed in the making of this photo.
After the bear was fed, we move on to the next section, the Wild Africa. Are you route on the map? It’s on the right after the bears.
Hello, white rhinos! Fun fact: a group of rhinos is called a crash.
Another peculiar fact is that rhinos are related to zebras. Maybe that’s why they put them right next to each other. Ohai, zebras:
Timon, is that you?
The Timon and Pubmaa story is real, there has been some legit scientific proof that Timon and Pumbaa are real. Google it, it’s true! These guys get along well together in real life.
Wait, what’s that? Giraffe feeding time it is! Was too crowded to see anything, thus the irony – such tall animals as they are, still couldn’t see a thing.
Now to the snake house and reptile garden. It’s an area where there are.. well.. snakes and reptiles. Not a fan, but Anton took some nice pictures through the glass of the little terrariums:
Moving on to the Fragile forest. It’s a pavilion with sloths, lemurs, mousedeer and Malayan flying fox aka the scary hairy bat.
That tiny baby is the mousedeer. So cute, just so cute. A deer, that’s a grown up deer.
These are the faces expressing the purest of “aaaawwwww”s I’ve seen:
Oh, and an Estuarine crocodile said hi:
Walking down the map to the orangutans. I don’t know if you know, but long story short, in Malaysia and Indonesia, the natural habitat for these beautiful creatures is the jungle. Which the governments are very successful at demolishing to make the room for the palm plantations. A friend of mine wrote a very elaborate article, here’s the link.
I was captivated observing the orangutans. They are so much like us. They were just hanging out there playing most of the time. Preoccupied doing their own thing. I had this feeling at the end: who’s watching who, I wonder.
Oh, it’s time for another show, so we went up to the Elephants at work & play show area. This is the performance where they show how elephants were used at work, moving logs and transporting stuff, yet in a very playful way.
I honestly don’t know how the animal keepers do it, but these elephants didn’t look like they are living a bad life. Of course, it’s not the same as being free out of captivity, again, it’s subject to endless debate. I still have mixed feelings about that show to be honest. I don’t have a solid opinion, I took is as a moment of education and learning something new.
When we have kids, I would love for them to learn about nature and animals from a safe environment like this zoo. I would take them there and share this experience. And then let them take sides and decide for themselves what to think of it.
Thank you for joining me on this trip, please recycle your map when leaving the zoo and come again :-)