Feb 21 2013

Photos: Southeast Asian animals at the Singapore Zoo

Published by at 1:25 pm under Photos

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.

Hanging out at the Singapore Zoo.

Hanging out at the Singapore Zoo.

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.

A very serious looking white-handed gibbon.

A very serious looking white-handed gibbon.

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.

What's black and white and Malayan all over?

What’s black and white and found in Malaysia?

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.

This Komodo Dragon is probably wondering what you taste like.

This Komodo Dragon is wondering what you taste like.

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.

That's gotta hurt.

That’s gotta hurt.

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.

It's bath time for these Asian elephants.

It’s bath time for these Asian elephants.

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.

Singapore Zoo
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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