Singapore Zoological Gardens

Singapore zoological gardens

Since 1973, Singapore Zoo has been known for having among the most beautiful wildlife park settings in the world, where animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. 

Nine-time winner of the coveted Best Leisure Attraction Experience award by the Singapore Tourism Board, our 26-hectare wildlife park is nestled within the lush Mandai rainforest that stretches into the magnificent Upper Seletar Reservoir. More than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles call Singapore Zoo home. Many of Singapore Zoo's animal habitats incorporate special viewing features such as elevated platforms to view our giraffe exhibit, underwater galleries to see the watery worlds of our otters, pygmy hippos and giant estuarine crocodiles, as well as glass observatories to see animals such as the predatory cheetahs and lions. 

On top of the fascinating perspective of the animals, you get to view them in environments that have been thoughtfully built and landscaped after their habitats in the wild. Singapore Zoo award-winning park is also big on immersive experiences. Whether you travel onboard one of guided trams or trek on foot at your own leisurely pace, your experience will take you through some of the most distinctive global wildlife habitats of the world - from the savannah grasslands of Wild Africa where lions, zebras and rhinoceroses roam, to the rugged canyons of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia where our colony of Hamadryas baboons call home.

Singapore Zoo is also well-known for its walk-through exhibits that bring animals and visitors together in one space for incredibly intimate encounters. Wander into the spectacular diversity of the Fragile Forest where flying foxes soar freely, mousedeers tread gingerly across your path, and ring-tailed lemurs bask in full view on the open sundeck. For early risers, you’ll want to make time for our award-winning Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife programme not available anywhere else in Asia. Not only will you be treated to a scrumptious international buffet experience, but you’ll also be having it in the company of our family of free-ranging orang utans.

In fact, we are the first zoo in the world with a free-ranging orang utan habitat that features the charismatic apes in natural surroundings. Little ones will have a field day at the Rainforest Kidzworld where they can enjoy a splashing fun time at our wet play area, ride ponies or play and learn in this enriching zone. But your experience doesn’t just stop there. Singapore Zoo’s animal shows like the Elephants at Work and Play Show have long been popular with families and our daily token feeding session give you the opportunity to see our residents at their most active.

Singapore zoological gardens

Singapore Zoo is also a Learning Zoo - where the guest experience involves understanding the animals at a deeper level through well-designed and interactive educational displays. As a result of our extensive wildlife research programmes and collaborative efforts with the global community, the Singapore Zoo has been taking important strides in furthering our key goal to preserve biodiversity. Guided by our wildlife conservation policy, our successful animal breeding programme continues to see numerous significant births of endangered animals year after year. Wildlife conservation and the preservation of biodiversity are goals we have made ours – to take with us as we create a world where more will be inspired to learn, appreciate and respect the animals, with whom we share our planet.

Rainforest Kidzworld offers a multitude of activities that encourage kids to satisfy their curiosity, learn through self discovery, and simply play like they don’t have a care in the world. Whether they want to have a splashing good time in a watery playground, spend time with farmyard animals, take a rainforest challenge, visit the interesting residents of the kampung house or ride a wild animal carousel, there’s always plenty to see, do and experience. 

Don’t miss our Animal Friends Show where the whole family can also enjoy a barrel of laughs watching some very special everyday pets performing amazing feats. If you love the wet, wacky and wonderful, this is the Singapore Zoo show for you! Watch our mischievous California sea lion superstar, show off a personality that matches its size as it gets up to its usual antics. It’s a high-energy splash parade filled with many special moments that will tickle your funny bone and tug at your heartstrings at the same time. Get closer to the world of our amazing maritime maverick and learn about how we can all do our part to save the oceans. Stay behind after the show if you need a cold shower. The trainers never get enough of inviting everyone down to enjoy a big splashy goodbye wave or two from our Splash Safari star. 

Zoos are only for wild animals? Think again! In this show, domestic animals too get a chance to shine. See them display their abilities as we take this opportunity to showcase the importance of their role in our lives. A quirky cat-and-mouse caper kicks off this fun-filled show that highlights the special bond between various domestic animals and their dedicated trainers. Watch as an elusive scurry of mice try to outwit the cool cats. Look who can leap from floor to roof in a single bound. Be amazed at how man’s best friend uses his nose to save the day.


The Animal Friends Show has plenty of laughs and reminds us that we can all get along in this world – since even mice, cats and dogs can! Many of our animals were once abandoned pets. Now, they make a difference by inspiring people every day to love and care for all animals with whom we share our forests as well as our homes. Be transported into the heart of the Burmese rainforest for a rare up-close glimpse at the gentle and intelligent elephants. Here, you can see the world’s largest land animals at work and at play with their riders, the mahouts. Be amazed by the elephants’ incredible feats of strength; these gargantuan beasts can lift and push logs the weight of two grown men! See how they marry intelligence and might to complete herculean tasks of moving giant logs. And what awesome elephant show doesn’t have amazing tricks in the trunk? Watch these playful giants as they play dead, ‘steal’ food, and demonstrate their ability to spray far and wide. Take cover if you plan to take the front and centre seats!

Rainforest Fights Back is a 20-minute, informative and entertaining presentation that brings together more than 10 species of animals, showcasing the rich and diverse wildlife of the rainforest. Deforestation is causing our rainforest friends to lose their homes. Otters, snakes, macaws, lemurs, spider monkeys and more join tails to battle for the future of their habitat and our planet in this show. Watch as some of them climb and fly overhead and marvel at their abilities. Discover the healing powers of the rainforest, and learn how you can do your part to save it! The show ends with a special photography session, so be sure to stick around for some pictures with the animals!

One of the best ways to experience Singapore Zoo is to take our tram ride. The 2.2km journey in each of the open-sided tram cars, offers an informative audio commentary that introduces the animals and exhibits. In addition to gaining deeper insights of what you are seeing as they come into view, you will be informed of the major attractions that you can explore on foot in the vicinity of the tram stations along the way. Hop off and hop on again when you are ready. It’s a convenient and comfortable way to ensure you cover the greatest ground during your visit. Get a “backstage pass” and let our guide drive you around in a buggy, VIP-style, to some of our most popular exhibits where we take you for a behind-the-scenes look at how we care for our animals.

Want to know how we breed and maintain our insect population? Come into the breeding complex and get a firsthand look at the creative ways we care for our invertebrates. Enjoy a personalised buggy ride around the zoo before arriving at our Snake House. Gather your courage as our Wild Discoverer guide takes you beyond the boundaries into our behind-the-scenes area and introduce you to our scaly residents. Get up close and personal with a living snake and find out for yourself what their skin feels like. Learn how to differentiate geckos from lizards, a tortoise and a turtle and their respective adaptations that allow them to survive in different habitats. Baboons are not only intelligent, they can also be very crafty. This fascinating feeding tour gives you the chance to see the many sides of this opportunistic omnivore’s natural behaviours on display at meal time. With over one hundred primates in our Hamadryas baboon colony, you can be sure the whole family will be getting in on the action. Join in the fun and witness all their amusing antics.

Singapore zoological gardens

Forget classrooms. Skip the homework. Singapore Zoo Camps provide a perfect opportunity for your kids to get out and about, and get their hands dirty learning about the animal kingdom firsthand. Have you ever had breakfast with an orang utan? The Singapore Zoo is the only place in the world where you can have breakfast with not one but an entire family of orang utans! This award-winning breakfast programme, appropriately set at our timber lodge-inspired Ah Meng Restaurant, promises a truly eye-opening experience. As you indulge in a hearty breakfast spread that includes international and local favourites, tropical fruits and juices, and plenty of fresh air and greenery, our orang utan family will make a spectacular entrance. Taking the ‘treeway’ from their free-range habitat next door, they’ll be ambling in one by one as a trunk drawbridge is lowered to let them through. It’s an amazing sight to behold!

The hosted programme will give you plenty of opportunities to learn more about each and every member of our wild forest family. Then, get ready your cameras for your family photo opportunity with our charming apes. Talk a walk down memory lane through a slew of activities held in conjunction with Singapore National Heritage Board for Singapore Heritage Festival 2017.

Step back in time to Zoo-rassic Park and meet over 20 dinosaurs such the T-Rex and Velociraptors. Stroll through the meandering path and discover what our animals and dinosaurs have in common.

Singapore Zoo is about a 30-minute drive away from the city. There is open-air as well as sheltered car and motorcycle parking bays located near the entrance of the park. The easiest way to get here via public transport is to take the MRT on the North-South (Red) line and transit to connecting public bus services. Catch these connecting public buses that will take you right to the park..

80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore
+65 6269 3411
Open hours: 8.30 - 18.00 last visitor: 17.30

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