Hailed as one of the most beautiful in the world, the Singapore Zoo (新加坡动物园) takes visitors on journeys to wild places where they are able to admire the fauna and flora of the various regions of different countries and to be immersed in a total ecological and cultural experience. Set in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo's world famous "Open Concept" offers the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. A 28-hectare tropical rain forest of an open zoo concept.
Tours: Wild Discoverer Tour, Kidzranger Tour and African Hooves and Horns Tour.
History: The Singapore Zoological Gardens was founded by the late Dr Ong Swee Law. In the late 1960s, Dr Ong, the then Chairman of the Public Utilities Board (PUB) felt that some of the forested catchment areas adjoining the reservoirs, which came under PUB's purview, should be made more accessible to the public. Eventually, the idea of a zoo arose. With the Government's support of S$9 million and after almost six years of hard work, the Singapore Zoological Gardens finally opened its gates to guests on 27 June 1973.
The Zoo began with a humble collection of 270 animals of about 72 species. One of the more appealing attractions at the Zoo is the Animal Shows - started in the late 70s at various open areas within the Zoo. Due to popularity and the surge in crowds, an Amphitheatre was built in 1985 to centralise these shows and to seat visitors comfortably.
Another major breakthrough for the Zoo was the introduction of underwater viewing exhibits. The first in 1988. - the underwater viewing polar bear exhibit - enable visitors to "rub noses" with the Zoo's polar bears.
Another significant breakthrough was the opening of the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre in March 2006. The $3.6 million facility includes a viewing gallery that allows visitors to observe the animal surgery and treatment areas and interactive displays that will educate visitors on the work of zoo vets.
Singapore Zoo was named Best Leisure Attraction Experience in the 22nd Singapore Tourism Awards in 2008. This accolade is its ninth win since the award category was introduced in 1985.
In 2012, the Zoo bred over 140 animals, many of them endangered or threatened in the wild.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826.
Bus Stop Number 48131: Services -
1. 138 (Nearest MRT station is Ang Mo Kio (NS16),
2. 926 (Nearest MRT stations are Marsiling (NS8) and Woodlands (NS9), operates on Sundays and Public Holidays only), and
3. 927 (Nearest MRT station is Choa Chu Kang (NS4).
Information is correct as at 30 October 2016. Please visit the destination website for latest updates.