Singapore Zoo Guide: Family-Friendly Activities & Fun Zones

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For travelers who are looking to take a walk on the wild side and learn about the abundance of fascinating creatures of the Earth, Singapore Zoo offers an epic adventure that can be enjoyed by people of any age. It is a diverse melting pot of cultures from all over the world, Singapore is situated on a small tropical island in Southeast Asia. It is popular among young people who crave the chic urban lifestyle as well as elders who wish to enjoy some tranquility amid beautiful scenery. Singapore offers residents, as well as visitors, upscale shopping hubs, fine culinary experiences, and activities that evoke lasting memories.

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A Guide to Singapore Zoo: About the Park

Covering an area of approximately 69 acres, Singapore Zoo is located on the east side of the island and features an “open concept” layout that maximizes the ability for animals to roam around and co-mingle like they would in nature. Singapore Zoo is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road, and is open 7 days a week from 8:30am to 6:00pm.

At the zoo, guests are offered the opportunity to observe over 300 species of animals and insects from all over the world. The zoo features a rainforest theme and is sectioned off into zones of habitats showcasing species that live among each other in the wild. Some of the animals living at the Singapore Zoo include:

  • Orangutans
  • Zebras
  • White tigers
  • Green iguanas
  • Eclectus parrot
  • Two-toed sloth
  • Elephants
  • Leopards

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Animal Zones at the Zoo

Want to see some of the most exotic animals on the planet and learn more about how they interact in nature? Singapore Zoo features an interesting zoning concept in which animals get to co-mingle just as they would in their native habitats, sans any stalking predators. Check out all of the zones at the zoo and be sure to keep a camera handy!


Venture out to the “down-under” of Australia and learn about kangaroos and wallabies. Australasia provides a glimpse of what it is like to be in the Outback among some of the most unique looking mammals of the planet.

Elephants of Asia

The Elephants of Asia zone encompasses an entire hectare and is home to five female elephants originating from Asia. Guests get to watch the elephants graze and play as well as learn social skills with a handler. Stop by this zone daily at 11:30am or 3:30pm and listen as the elephant keeper puts on a presentation for all to enjoy.

Fragile Forest

Wander into the biodome that makes up the tropical rainforest of the zoo and learn about just how fragile this important ecosystem is to the rest of the world. In the Fragile Forest, visitors will have a fun time looking for amphibians, reptiles, birds, and insects hiding out in the vegetation. Species living in the Fragile Forest include everything from rhino beetles to two-towed sloths.

Frozen Tundra

Exotic in its own right, the Frozen Tundra welcomes guests to explore a landscape that is learned about by many but visited by few. In the Frozen Tundra zone, guests can view raccoon dogs and wolverines that are found in the cold and frigid regions of the Earth’s tundra.

Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Featuring a picturesque waterfall and artfully constructed rock structures, the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia is home to baboons, mongoose, and jackels climbing around the rocky terrain. This exhibit showcases the beauty of the African countryside and how its animal inhabitants live among each other in harmony.

Primate Kingdom

A sprawling island zone where primates of many different species are treated like royalty, this is a lively exhibit where visitors can watch six species of primates swing through the trees and enjoy life in an exotic and tropical atmosphere. Each species lives on its own island and gets to enjoy the finer greenery of life.

Reptile Garden

Have a fascination with dinosaurs? Explore the reptile garden and observe all of the small creatures that have been around since the prehistoric days of their gigantic cousins. Within this zone, guests can venture into RepTopia and see nocturnal species that they may never come across in the wild. Within Reptile Garden, there are almost always educators available to give a quick lesson to anyone who wants to learn more about the various reptiles they see. Featured species include tortoises, crocodiles, snakes, and even dragons!

Tree Tops Trail

Explore the canopy of the tropical rainforest and watch the creatures that call this place home. In this zone, guests can watch in delight as monkeys, siamongs, lemur, gavial, and tamarin swing from the tree tops and play among each other.

Wild Africa

Arguably the most popular zone within the zoo, Wild Africa is where all of the beasts of the African plains hang out. Among the animals roaming this space are African painted dogs, cheetahs, giraffe, goofy little meerkats, warthogs, white rhinos, and zebras.

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Family-Friendly Activities

Singapore Zoo has fun and enriching activities for visitors of all ages. From animal presentations led by expert zoo keepers to wading pools for the kiddos, there are plenty of memory-making fun zones within the zoo.

Wet Play Area

Cool down after a long day of observing the animals by heading over to the Wet Play Area of Singapore Zoo. Kids get to splash and play in a colorful water park that is designed just for them. The Wet Play Area comes complete with water slides, sprayers, tubes, and many more cool and refreshing water rides. The Wet Play Area is open daily during normal zoo operating hours.

Keepers’ Chit Chat

Spend some time with the keepers who take care of the animals at Singapore Zoo. Keepers’ Chit Chat happens daily at the different zones of the zoo. Visitors can learn more about their favorite animals and may even get the opportunity to participate in a feeding.

Houbii Rope Course

For $25 SGD, adults and kids alike can test their physical abilities while climbing around the Houbii Rope Course. The rope course is set out in a natural tropical setting and boasts beautiful views of the ocean. Houbii Rope Course is open daily.

African Adventure

Open during the weekends for visitors of all ages to enjoy, African Adventure can be found in the Wild Africa zone of the zoo. It is an interactive station where zoo keepers bring out exotic animal skins, bones, and other Africa-related artifacts for guests to touch and experience. Visitors are able to see what it is like to touch a tiger’s fur and see just how big the bones are of some of the largest beasts in the wild. Zoo keepers are on hand during the event to answer questions and give facts and information.

Night Safari

In partnership with the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari is an exciting adventure where guests get to explore the zoo at night and watch the rainforest come alive with nocturnal activity. Guests get to tour the zoo in a tram and listen as an expert guide shares stories and information about the most fascinating animals of the world. Night Safari runs from 8pm-12am nightly and the admission price is $65.00 SGD.

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Shopping and Dining at Singapore Zoo

When the hunger bug bites, Singapore Zoo delivers. The park has a large assortment of dining options to suit even the pickiest of eaters.

  • Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife: An outdoor dining experience where guests get to enjoy a buffet style breakfast in the company of a family of orangutans. The Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife is open from 9am to 10:30am daily.
  • Inuka Cafe: Enjoy a fragrant cup of coffee or tea with a light meal at Inuka Cafe. The cafe is open from 8:30am to 7pm and offers food that will satisfy the hungry soul all day long.
  • Ben & Jerry’s: A classic American favorite, savor the eclectic flavors of world-renowned ice cream flavors like Cherry Garcia, Phish Food, and Half Baked. Ben & Jerry’s is open from 10:30am to 7pm daily.
  • The Wild Deli: Take a walk on the wild side and experience comfort foods of the world with an edgy twist. This deli offers delicious foods like pizza and and salads that are suitable for all taste buds and is open from 10:30am to 7pm daily.
  • Ah Meng Kitchen: Indulge in the authentic tastes of Singapore’s fine cuisine at this tantalizing restaurant. Ah Meng Kitchen is open from 9am to 7pm daily and offers an assortment of noodle dishes, seafood, and vegetable entrees.

Before leaving Singapore Zoo, visitors can stop by the gift shop at the entrance and pick up souvenirs to commemorate the trip. The gift shop sells stuffed animals, figurines, and other rainforest-inspired gifts.

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How to Get to Singapore Zoo

Thanks to an easy to navigate public transportation system, getting to Singapore Zoo is easy, just hop on the transit and ride it to the Ang Mo Kio MRT Station.

Hotel Accomodations

Looking for a hotel room that is close to the Singapore Zoo? From capsule rooms to grand suites, the choices in Singapore are endless.

Orchid Country Club

Orchid Country Club: An expansive wonderland of beachside paradise. Orchid Country Club is located at 1 Orchid Club Rd and offers rooms for as low as 100 SGD per night. Each guest can take advantage of a luxury outdoor pool, a beauty salon, and pristine landscaping as far as the eye can see. Check into Orchid Country Club: and choose from a single bed room to a quad with multiple beds. The hotel features a grand lobby room and community relaxation lounge.

Fragrance Hotel - Crystal

Fragrance Hotel – Crystal: Ideal for those who are interested in a simple room that is affordable, clean, and modern, Fragrance Hotel – Crystal is all of that and more. Fragrance Hotel – Crystal is located at 20 Hongkong Street and offers complimentary computer stations, a reading lobby, free coffee and tea, a swimming pool, and is located just a short distance from the Singapore River. Rooms at Fragrance Hotel – Crystal can be reserved for as little as 50 SGD per night.

Ibis Hotel Singapore Novena

Ibis Hotel Singapore Novena: This hotel is located in the downtown Singapore and features a clean and contemporary look that is suited to many budgets. Each room is adorned in simple Singapore-inspired decor and guests can choose from a simple room to an upscale executive suite. Ibis Hotel Singapore Novena can be found at 6 Irrawaddy Road Novena and is within walking distance to the malls, fine dining restaurants, and entertainment hot spots. Rooms at this beautiful hotel can be reserved for less than 80 SGD per night.

The Arena Country Club Singapore

The Arena Country Club Singapore: Complete with a large outdoor swimming pool, The Arena Country Club is for guests who want to relax in a peaceful oasis after a day of exploring the city. Rooms can be reserved for less than 80 SGD per night and guests can choose between a single twin room up to a studio suite. The Arena Country Club Singapore is located at 511 Upper Jurong Road, Jurong.


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