Singapore Zoo isn’t your typical menagerie; inside, more than 300 species of birds, reptiles, and mammals roam in close approximations of their natural habitats. Visitors to the lush jungle park can observe an abundance of wildlife, including lions, white tigers, giraffes, flying foxes, sea lions, and Komodo dragons.
One of Singapore’s most popular attractions, this 64-acre (26-hectare) zoo is the ultimate family-friendly retreat. Visitors can head to the underwater viewing gallery to see Asian small-clawed otters at play, check out the after-dark Night Safari tram ride, or head to the expansive River Safari attraction, which houses 5,000 animals from around the world. Other highlights include the onsite Rainforest Kidzword water park.
Animal lovers often opt for the add-on jungle breakfast with orangutans experience at Ah Meng Restaurant, during which travelers can enjoy a buffet spread and take pictures with the zoo’s friendly apes. Choose a private morning tour to beat the crowds and explore the zoo with an animal expert, or experience the nighttime atmosphere on a private Night Safari tour (separate fee) To visit the zoo at your own pace, consider a Singapore Attractions Pass, which offers access to the Singapore Zoo and other city highlights such as Universal Studios and the National Gallery.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Singapore Zoo is very large; take advantage of the zoo tram, which runs in a figure-eight through the center of the park.
Wear comfortable shoes for exploring, and remember to bring insect repellent, sun protection, and rain gear for the park’s tropical climate.
Lockers, strollers, wagons, and mobility scooters are available to rent.
The park is wheelchair accessible; complimentary wheelchairs are available at the park entrance.
How to Get There
Singapore Wildlife Park is located within Mandai rainforest, roughly 16 miles (26 kilometers) north of downtown Singapore, or 30 minutes by road. To get there via public transport, take the red MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) line and then complete your journey on one of many connecting bus services. Another option is the Safari Gate bus, which travels directly to the zoo from downtown Singapore. To avoid the hassle of transportation, opt for a tour package that includes a transfer from downtown hotels.
When to Get There
Singapore’s climate stays fairly constant throughout the year, so the zoo is a good place to visit no matter the season. Visit early to avoid crowds and peak afternoon heat, especially in May and July. To see creatures at their most active, check the animal feeding schedule before your visit.
Once you’ve had your fill of wildlife adventure at Singapore Zoo, check out nearby attractions such as Sentosa Island and the Singapore River. To get an overview of the area, take a city tour and visit Singapore’s most popular districts, including Chinatown, Little India, and Marina Bay.