Amongst the many man-made and natural wonders of this country, wildlife in Singapore shows you where exactly the true brilliance of this city-state lies in. With some of the most amazing green spaces and patches of wilderness dotting the country, it is always worth all the effort that you put in to enjoy the nature’s best in Singapore. Being an island country, Singapore is rich in aquatic, as well as land animals that roam freely in their realm, and it is always a wondrous thing to witness these creatures in their natural habitat, being the kings of their own reign.
Gifted with many regions rich in biodiversity, be it flora or fauna, Singapore receives a large number of visitors every year who come here to witness the majestic vistas of the wildlife that call this country their home. You can experience the best of Singapore wildlife at various different locations, be it in a zoo, theme park or out there in the wild. Pack your bags, book your tickets for these tours as this guide will provide you with the best options for experiencing and coming extremely close to the wildlife that Singapore is famous for-
Starting with the best of the best in Singapore, the entire rainforest region located near the lands on the Upper Seletar Reservoir is one of the best places to start and necessarily cover on one of your wildlife tours in Singapore. Home to the collective three parks managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WSR), this place attracts more than an average 2 million visitors every year. Located in the very heart of Singapore, the place houses the Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari in the rainforests that have prospered in Singapore’s Central Catchment Area.
The Singapore Zoo, located on the primary rainforests of the region is one of the most visited attractions of the country, making it one of the most favourite places to have some of the most amazing experience and among the best places to explore, irrespective of who you are coming here with. Singapore always lives by the motto of being a place for everyone and Singapore Zoo is the best proof of that statement. Spread in an area of 69 acres, the park experiences a total influx of over 1.7 million visitors every year. It is the home to almost 315 species, out of which around 16 per cent of the total residents come under the category of threatened wildlife.
Ever since it began its operation in the year of 1973, the zoo has followed the rule of being a little different from the many other zoos in the world, by following the policy of ‘open’ exhibits. These open exhibits mean that the visitors and the animals are separated by natural and almost invisible barriers. These are put in place to ensure that the experience of seeing the residents is safe for the visitors and vice versa. This includes employing dry and wet moats, and glass barriers.
The animals housed here are Mandrills, Hamadryas baboons, Asian Elephants, White Tigers, Meerkats, Orangutans, White Rhinoceros, Zebras, Crowned Pigeons and many more such great animal species housed in various habitats and special zones, accessible by trams, foot or carriage rides. Also famous in the Singapore Zoo are the various shows that run here, like Breakfast with the Orangutans, Elephants at Work and Play, Splash Safari and many others. A true spectacle of the sheer brilliance of Wildlife in Singapore, this zoo is a must visit at least once in your lifetime, and you can get the best offers for that if you book from right here.
Adjoining the Singapore Zoo is the Singapore River Safari, which is a river-based zoo and aquarium, spread in an area of 30 acres of breathtaking beauty. The first of its kind in the continent, the place is home to many freshwater habitats and river streams that are used to explore the attractions of this place as the primary mode of transport here. Touching a million visitors every year, the place is mainly famous for the unique horde of animals, including Anacondas, electric Eels, freshwater Stingrays, Jaguars, Alligators, and most importantly the giant pandas that are on loan to Singapore from China as a token of good faith. Apart from the animal attractions, the Singapore River Safari is also famous for the various theme park rides, like the Amazon River Quest and the River Safari Cruise.
And right adjacent to this spectacle is another one of Singapore’s unique gem, the Night Safari. Unlike other night zoos who invert the day and night cycle, the Night Safari in Singapore is actually a nocturnal, tropical, open-air zoo, which only opens at night. Carrying forward the tradition of open exhibits of the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari houses animals like Indian Rhinoceros, Fishing Cat, Malayan Tiger, Clouded Leopard, White African Lion and Asian Elephants. These animals housed in 7 different zones are visible in a special lighting system created by keeping the moonlight in mind, and these zones can be explored on foot or by travelling in trams, the latter being the more explored mode.
Apart from these three in the Upper Seletar Reservoir, Singapore’s other active biodiversity region lies on the slopes of the famous Jurong Hill, which is the home to the famous bird park of the same name. Spread in almost 50 acres, the Jurong Bird Park is famous for the 400 various species of birds housed in the several walk-in and peripheral aviaries that recreate habitats suitable to the birds housed there. Home to beautiful birds like the Caribbean Flamingos, Golden-breasted Starling, Humboldt Penguins, several Pelicans and many birds of prey, the park is also home to about 30 threatened species of birds as well. Together forming the backbone of wildlife in Singapore, you can book tours to these places quite easily and enjoy the beautiful, wild side of Singapore.