A Weekend to Mandai – Singapore Zoo (2017)
Continuing the write up on the Mandai visit, after visiting the River Safari we proceed on to the Singapore Zoo. This is where some of the new showcases as well as seemingly not so new showcases are highlighted in this write up.
The Zoo has been around since 1973, which makes it 44 years of existence now. It is located on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area. It houses a wide variety of animals from around the world, including the largest colony of Orang Utan and a Polar Bear born in the tropical climate in captive.
During this visit, I mainly toured the new zones as well as some of the old favorites, which are located in the East Loop.
This is an animatronic part of the zoo which was launched earlier this year to explore Dinosaurs and look at the mass extinction events that have occurred on Earth during the past million of years which also included the current 6th mass extinction which is happening.
This is a climate control, as well as purpose- built Polar Bear and Arctic Wolf enclosures. Inuka the Polar Bear is viewable from the River Safari side (just outside the Giant Panda complex) as well as from the Frozen Tundra section of the Singapore Zoo. The best time to see him in action is during the Feeding Time, which is when the Zoo trainers will feed him while he swims around the pool which has a viewing gallery.
He is the only Polar Bear to be born in captive in a tropics climate which will not see him being relocated elsewhere or for any polar bear repopulation program as he has neared his ripe old age in captive. However, it would be worthwhile to catch him while you can during the visit to the Zoo.
This is a brand new revamped zone in the zoo. It features many snakes and reptile species including turtle and chameleons. The interesting part of this exhibit is the walk through zones; where you could get up close with the chameleons as well as the see-through labs where you get to see some of the reptiles which are kept as well as their breeding process.
Elephant at Work and Play
The elephants are only visible during the feeding session – which is at the Elephant at Work and Play Show zone. This is where you get to watch the elephants as well as engage in some feeding activities. Something worth visiting since this is the only opportunity to see the Elephants in the Zoo. Another will be during the Night Safari Tram ride.
Back 2 years ago, the Zoo welcomed 4 Koala Bears to be housed in this zone. They have since been flown back to Australia. Leaving behind this empty spot, while during the same time, there was also some Kangaroos and Wallaby located in this zone. It has since been transformed into a purely Wallaby and Kangaroo area.
However, it now features a few different Kangaroos including the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo – which you will get to see them. Pretty shy and newly introduced, the pair of male and female kangaroos are slowly rooming in well for a new breeding program to help to increase the Tree Kangaroo population. They are the only pair to be housed in a climate controlled enclosure. Given their small build, the area takes up about 2/3 of the original Koala Bear viewing area.
Singapore Zoo Website | Mandai (Wildlife Reserves Singapore) Facebook
Location: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Opening Hours: 8:30 am – 6 pm
For public transport options or ticketing, please refer to the Singapore Zoo Website.
Previously written articles about Mandai:
Night Safari Singapore (2017) | River Safari (2017)