80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Location: 80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens or Mandai Zoo by Singaporeans, is considered to be one of the most beautiful and spacious zoos in the world. It is the only zoo which offers a ‘Night Safari’ – the ability to see nocturnal creatures by night.
The concept of Singapore Zoo dates from 1969. At the time, the Public Utilities Board decided to use some of its land holdings around reservoirs for parks and open recreational facilities. The Zoo occupies a land mass of 1.05 km2 located at the Upper Seletar Reservoir in the Mandai area which is a forested central water catchment area. The zoo was built with a grant of S$9m from the Singapore government and officially opened on 27 June 1973.
Singapore Zoo together with River Safari (the zoo’s latest addition), Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park (which is located at 2 Jurong Hill) are all operated and managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore. There are currently about 315 species of animals in the zoo, including the two latest additions - pandas from China. Numbers have grown considerably from the initial seventy species collection. Around 16% of the current collection of animals are considered to be threatened or endangered species.
The animals are kept in spacious, landscaped enclosures separated from the visitors by either dry or wet moats. The moats are concealed with vegetation or dropped below the line of vision. Dangerous animals that can jump or climb well are housed in landscaped glass-fronted enclosures.
The Zoo also provides a number of animal shows to educate the visitors the importance of wildlife and habitat conservations through the interactions between the visitors and animals.
If you do not wish to walk, the zoo also offers various modes of rides such as trams, boat, pony and horse carriage rides. Strollers, wagons, electric scooters and wheelchairs can also be rented.
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