Feb 21 2013
Singapore Zoo is considered to be one of the best in the world. It’s also a convenient place to see the unique animals of Southeast Asia if you don’t have time (or simply don’t enjoy) jungle trekking.
The zoo is known for its free-range orangutans and even has a successful breeding program. It’s an amazing experience to see these orange apes swinging through the treetops, and we highly recommend visiting one of the orangutan conservation centres near the Malaysian Borneo cities of Kuching and Sandakan.
Gibbons were once found all over Southeast Asia, but due to habitat loss they’re relegated to national parks and other protected areas. If you’d like to see this endangered primate in the wild while you still can, head to Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand.
It’s hard to believe the striking black and white coat of the Malayan tapir is effective camouflage, but it apparently makes the animal look like a rock when it’s laying down the jungle. There’s a possible chance of spotting a tapir in the while on a trek around Malaysia’s Taman Negara National Park.
Though they’re found on just a few small Indonesian islands, the Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard in the world and can make a meal out of a water buffalo. At the Singapore Zoo, the zookeepers feed them smaller animals every Sunday at 14:00 – it’s quite the spectacle.
Yes, that tusk is growing right through the roof of that ugly pig’s mouth. These bizarre creatures are called babirusa and found only on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
The zoo has a herd of Asian elephants and visitors can interact with these gentle giants through elephant rides or feeding sessions. You can also learn more about how elephants have been traditionally used in Asia as work animals at the free “Elephants at work and play” show at 11:30 and 15:30 daily.
80 Mandai Lake Rd
Opening Hours: Daily 8:30-18:00
To get to the zoo by public transport, catch bus #138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT station or Bus #927 from Choa Chu Kang MRT. There is also a shuttle bus service that runs from hotels along Orchard Road to the zoo (one way S$4 Adults/S$2 Children). Check http://www.bushub.com.sg/ or call 6753 0506 for pick up times and locations.
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