Singapore Zoo needs no introduction. This 28-hectare open-concept zoo is reputed to be one of the world's best display of animals and top-notched animal conservation programmes.
Singapore Zoo is not directly linked to any MRT or LRT stations. A combination of MRT and SBS Transit bus journey is necessary to get here. For my visit to Singapore Zoo's Night Safari, I took the MRT across the suburban housing areas of the city-state to NS4 Chua Chu Kang station, from which I took an SBS Transit bus #927 to Mandai Road and finally the zoo. Alternatively, one can take the MRT to NS16 Ang Mo Kio station and then board an SBS Transit bus #138.
If you are driving from downtown like I did (I visited Singapore Zoo and Night Safari on 2 different days), get on the Central Expressway (CTE) and then Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) from which well-marked road signs will easily guide you to Singapore Zoo.
Ample parking space is available. The cost is about SGD3.50 per entry.
OPERATING HOURS & ENTRANCE FEES:
Singapore Zoo is opened daily from 0830 hrs to 1800 hrs, while its sister attraction, The Night Safari, is opened daily from 1930 hrs to 000 hrs midnight.
I would strongly recommend you to purchase the Park Hoppers Special ticket which combines both Singapore Zoo and Night Safari for SGD28 per adult or SGD14 per child of 3-12 years old. Not only it is cost-saving, but the admission ticket is valid for 1 month. That means you can first visit Singapore Zoo and then tour the Night Safari a few days later, or vice versa.
Otherwise, separate entrance tickets for Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari cost SGD15 per adult / SGD7.50 per child and SGD20 per adult / SGD10 per child respectively.
LIST OF ATTRACTIONS:
Both Singapore Zoo and Night Safari are distinguished in their offering of animal displays. Different sections are strikingly named to resemble exotic places around the world.
Fishing Cat Trail
Forest Giants Trail
ANIMAL SHOWS AND ACTIVITIES:
Wonders of the Wild - featuring primates, sea lions and otters. 1030 hrs and 1330 hrs daily at Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre.
Animal Friends - behind-the-scene show which demonstrates how animals like dogs, cats, rats and birds are trained. 1230 hrs and 1630 hrs daily at Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre.
Elephants at Work and Play - show on elephants and their behaviours, and feeding sessions are held afterwards. 1130 hrs and 1530 hrs daily at Elephants of Asia.
Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife - morning breakfast at Jungle Flavours restaurant while basking in the view of elephants, otters, pythons and orang utan. 0900 hrs to 1000 hrs at Jungle Flavours.
Wild Discoverer Tour - 1-hour long buggy tour guided by zoo personnel to Fragile Forest, The Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, etc. 1100 hrs, 1330 hrs and 1500 hrs daily.
Tram Rides - for a minimal fee, the trams will carry you across the zoo area with 3 scheduled stops along the way.
Animal Rides - for SGD8 per adult / SGD4 per child, you can try riding an elephant, pony or horse carriage. 1030 hrs to 1200 hrs, 1430 hrs to 1700 hrs daily.
Creatures of the Night - an exciting nocturnal animal show consists of binturongs, raccoons, otters, wolves, owls, hyenas and servals. 2000 hrs, 2100 hrs and 2200 hrs at the Amphitheatre. Free admission.
Safari Adventurer - exploring Night Safari on limo buggy cars with guided description at various points of interests. 2000 hrs daily, 1 1/2 hours duration.
Gourmet Safari Express