Singapore Zoo has to be one of the cleanest and nicest zoo's I have visited and this is a travel bloggers fact from me. As I regularly visit the island republic 5-6 times a year, I somehow always did not have enough time to visit this place and eventually in 2010, I finally allocated half a day to make this trip possible. Getting here was simple as it is located on one of the main highways and away from the city. Though I drive on most of my visits, the public transport is very efficient so getting to the zoo is no problem at all. 

As zoos will always be zoos, this one is special as they have spent a good amount of money in the infrastructure, landscaping and the animal enclosures making it one of the top zoos in the world. It is also very people friendly while the staff there are well trained. General facilities are spick and span while safety is very good. They have pram friendly paths while almost everything is thought off here making your visit a positive experience.

Cotton Top Tamarin (Saguinus Oedipus), a very small monkey

As the open concept zoo is set in a rainforest environment, the place offers visitors a unique opportunity to wander almost some of the best conservation programs in this region. The 28-hectare award-winning zoo is also part of the Wildlife Reserves of Singapore which has wildlife health care and research center. The Singapore Zoo officially opened on the 27th June 1973 and currently has 315 animal species where 16% of them are threatened. an average of 1.6 million people visit the zoo yearly making this one of the most successful zoos in Southeast Asia. 

A wallaby in the Singapore Zoo
While this zoo is touted as one of the best around the region, you can be assured of a fantastic selection of animals to see here. Most of them are kept in open spaced areas providing the animals with freedom of movement in a habitat as natural as it can get. You even get a chance to see some of the rare animals from the North Pole right till Oceanic. From here on, it will be pictures of various animals taken by me at the Singapore Zoo.

A pair of Babirusa (Warthogs)

The Cheetah, fastest animal on earth

Dugongs or Sea Cows in the show tank area

Asian Elephant carries a huge log during a performance

Asian Elephants with their Mahouts (trainers)

Guest feeding elephants after the show

Giraffes in their enclosure

Komodo Dragon. Though it looks small here, it's about 7 feet long!

An orangutan roams freely around the zoo

Polar Bear in a special refrigerated area. Something you don't usually see in zoos here. May 21st 2011 Update: The polar Bear is no longer at the zoo according to Amanda who just visited the place in April 2011. They are also undergoing upgrading works around here.

Pygmy Hippopotamus, one of the unique animals here.

Rhinoceros in an open enclosure

A couple of kids get kissed by one of the large seals at the Singapore Zoo

In the show area, a resident trained seal performs some tricks for the visitors

A Bengal White Tiger is one of the main attractions here in the zoo. More White Tiger Pictures.

Zebras in the open enclosure

Overall, there were a lot more animals here at the Singapore Zoo but I only selected a few to be shared with you. Once can easily spend a good full day here while the minimum time would be half a day. That is if you choose not to attend the many shows offered here. The zoo is also very well laid out with excellent infrastructure catering to the disabled and prams. There are many rest-stations while toilets here have a 5-Star grading system. On a personal note, if you have children and wonder where to bring kids in Singapore, this is one of the places.

Singapore Zoo Ticket Prices;
Adults - S$20.00
Children - S13.00 (3-12 years)

Tram Tickets:
S$5.00 (A)
S$3.00 (C)

Boat Tickets;
S$6.00 (A)
S$3.50 (C)

Zoo Opening Times:
8.30am - 6.00pm

Singapore Zoo Address;
80, Mandai Lake Road
Singapore 729826
Telephone: +65 6269 3411
Singapore Zoo website

Show times at the Singapore Zoo

How to go to the Singapore Zoo?

By Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
  • Alight at Ang Mo Kio station (NS16) and take bus service 138 from the bus interchange.
  • Alight at Choa Chu Kang station (NS4-BP1) and take bus service 927 from the bus interchange.
  • From Changi Airport station (EW29), board the train and alight at Tanah Merah station (EW4) to switch to the west-bound train to City Hall station (EW13-NS25), switch again to the north-bound train to Ang Mo Kio station (NS16) and take bus service 138 from the bus interchange.
From Changi Airport station (EW29), board the train and alight at Tanah Merah station (EW4) to switch to the west-bound train to Jurong East station (EW24-NS1), switch again to the north-bound train to Choa Chu Kang station (NS4-BP1) and take bus service 927 from the bus interchange.

On Sundays and public holidays, you may also:
Alight at Woodlands station (NS9) and take bus service 926 from the bus interchange.
Alight at Marsiling station (NS8), cross the road (Woodlands Ave 3) and take bus service 926.

By Bus
From the City, take bus service 171 to Mandai Road. Alight at the first bus stop after the bus turns off Exit 7 of the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE). Transfer to bus service 927 or 926 (Do note that 926 only operates on Sundays and public holidays).

By Car (Self Drive)
  • From the City, take the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) towards Jurong
  • Take Exit 24 into the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE)
  • Take Exit 7 of the BKE and then turn right into Mandai Road at the traffic light
  • At the next traffic light, turn right into Mandai Lake Road
  • Journey will take approximately 30 minutes
Map to Singapore Zoo

View Singapore Zoo in a larger map

Finally, I would personally recommend you visit this place if you have at least half a day to spend on minimum. Walking around and exploring the place could easily set you back 3-4 hours. Facilities are top notch while the signs and information is simply awesome. There are excellent cafes and restaurants while the selection of animals to view is simply astounding here at the Singapore Zoo.