The Singapore Zoo is a world-famous animal park, featuring open exhibits that allow the animals to roam in an environment similar to their native habitat. The park is part of Singapore Wildlife Reserves, which hosts four animal parks including Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Night Safari. The zoo is the jewel in the crown with over 300 species in beautiful natural settings. The orangutans have two free-roaming areas where visitors can view these animals swinging from the tree tops.
Orangutans are the flagship animals of the zoo and they hold a special place in the hearts of visitors. The nearby habitat of orangutans is in critical danger due to deforestation and forest fires. Throughout the region, slash-and-burn farming techniques are used, mainly for the benefit of palm oil crops. Not only do these fires destroy the homes of numerous species, it creates a thick, particle haze that makes both humans and animals sick.
The zoo also has token feeding sessions for many animals. For a small donation, you can feed rhinos, manatees, giraffes and many more. There are also free feedings to observe, of carnivorous animals such as crocodiles and white tigers. Pick up a schedule as you enter the zoo for timings of these free and token feeding sessions.
One of my favorite sections of the zoo is the Fragile Forest. This is a gigantic biodome filled with local flora and many species of animals, including lemurs, sloths, mouse deer, and Malayan flying foxes. Zoos aren’t for everyone, but I think if you are at all inclined to visit an animal park, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Singapore zoo.
This post is part of the a-z challenge.