Singapore Zoo is touted as one of the best in the world and has around 1.9 million visitors a year. Whilst I’m not a big fan of animals in captivity, most exhibits are “open” and it has an excellent reputation for its conservation and breeding programmes. We have been twice now, when the girls were 3 and then again when they were 9.
Located at 80 Mandai Lake Road. There are several options to get to the zoo but we have always just caught a taxi. You can also get there by MRT to Khatib and then transfer to the Mandai Khatib Shuttle Bus.
Price and tickets
As of October 2018, the prices were S$35 for adults and S$23 for children. There are multiple park ticket deals for 2 and 4 parks as well as the Parkhopper. The other attractions are the River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
Open from 8.30am to 6pm EVERY day.
Food & Drink
You are able to eat your own food in the picnic areas or eat at one of the establishments on site. There are also water dispensers around the zoo.
The shows are included in the price of your ticket. Currently they have Splash Safari (sea lion), Animal Friends (domestic animals), Elephant Presentation and Rainforest Fights Back.
Feeding the animals
The Elephants, Giraffes, Goats and White Rhinos can be fed at certain times for a nominal fee.
There are 2,400 different specimens of over 300 species, of which 34% are threatened. Some of our favourites were the White Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Giraffes and Orangutans.
- Download the map and plan your route.
- Check out the Zoo’s Things To Do page.
- Arrive as soon as it opens as this is the quietest time.
- Buy tickets online so you don’t need to queue at the Ticket Office.
- Bring sun screen, insect repellent and hat. It can get very hot!
- Take your own water bottles to refill at the water dispensers in the zoo.
- There’s a water playground that the kids can cool off in so don’t forget their bathers.
- Arrive 15 minutes early to the shows so you can get a good seat (the elephant one fills up fast).
- Also arrive 15 minutes early for the feeding as the numbers are limited.
- Stay behind after the shows for photo opportunities like this one:
We have found that getting there when it first opens, gives us chance to get round a big chunk of it before it gets too crowded and too hot.
Have you been here? Did you like it? What zoo is your favourite? Let me know in the comments.