Monkeying around at Singapore Zoo

Trip Start Mar 18, 2009
Trip End Jan 12, 2010

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It would be a lie to say that we haven't been looking forward to visiting Singapore zoo for a while now. We had read about their new free-roaming Orangutan enclosure and it would be our perfect tonic in curring our Borneo ailment.  Unfortunately we had to make a decision and since our money is slowly running out, Borneo has been put on the back burner. Hopefully there will be some Orangutans left in the wild in the future, palm oil is such a destructive force and a super rich cash crop in Malaysia and Indonesia, that only time will tell.

To get to the zoo we took the MRT to Ang Mo Kio station and then hopped on the local 138 bus. It took around 1.5 hours to get to the zoo, but the journey was very easy and scenic.  On the way back when we are tired, we can always take the Express Bus back into town.

Entrance to the zoo cost $16 each (we had a $2 discount card from our last hotel).  After buying a KFC breakfast we made our way to the first feeding in the Primate Centre. There were quite a variety of monkey enclosures here. We stood and watched for ages. As you can imagine I took plenty of photos, and also enjoyed watching other photographers competing with each, playing the old my lens is bigger than yours competition. The winner by a country mile was a man in his 60's, check out the photo.

The star attraction at the zoo must be the Orangutan Enclosure. Singapore Zoo features the first free roaming ropeway amongst the trees and a tree walk veranda. I craved some up close encounters and wasn't disappointed. Baby orangutans were brought down regularly to feed and for photo opportunities. It is amazing how human like they are. I would say that Orangutans are the closest relation to mankind visually, especially the babies.

For laughs we paid a visit to the Probiscus Monkeys, which were only found in Borneo, but can now be seen in Singapore Zoo.  Famed for there really big noses, the females apparently find it to be irresistible; the bigger the better.  Ever other part of their anatomy seems to be really big as well, except for one area. I'll let the photos do the talking.

Out of all the zoo's we have visited, Singapore Zoo provides the best shows. The most entertaining being the Splash Show, with Stan the Sea Lion, a true comic from the animal kingdom. The worst was the Revenge of the Rainforest. A depiction of deforestation, it featured an evil villain who duped a poor amazonian women into showing him the best trees with a bag of crisps. Lots of oooo'ing and ahhhhh'ing later and he gets pushed into the water. The message, "turn off your air-con when you are not using it", maybe they should tell that to all the malls here.

Even though we spent over eight hours at the zoo, we didn't manage to see it all. It was such a great day out that we would easily have gone again. You can never get tired of going to the zoo :)
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Dorothy Lockwood on

Wonderful, reminded me of the day we went to the London Zoo on my birthday and you provided such a wonderful spread Emma, including
me trying to blow out those funny candles!!!

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