The Mandai Zoo

July 22, 2011 by

Things To Do, Top Attractions, Tours & Activities

Open 365 days a year, the Singapore Zoo (commonly known as the Mandai Zoo) is a favorite among locals in Singapore and international travelers alike. Famous for its signature night safaris and its controversial “croc coaching” shows, the zoo has a great deal to offer.

Situated on approximately 60 acres of heavily forested land on the edge of Singapore’s Upper Seletar Reservoir, the zoo’s relatively short history dates to just 1973, but since its birth it has made rapid progress. Home to more than 300 species of animal, the zoo, along with the neighboring Jurong Bird Park, attracts a million and a half visitors each year. Among its many species, the Mandai is home to the largest captive colony of orangutans in the world, the famed group with whom primatologist Dr. Francine Neago lived inside a cage for six months in 1977.

Among the various attractions on hand is the “Breakfast with an Orangutan” program that allows visitors to meet and interact closely with the Zoo’s group of friendly orangutans. Animal shows featuring token feedings with live commentaries by handlers are also a regular occurrence. Several notable conservationists and public figures have championed the zoo, including Steve Irwin, known as “The Crocodile Hunter”, who advocated for adopting it as the ‘sister zoo’ to the Australia Zoo.

Breakfast at the Singapore Zoo with the Orangutans

Three venues at the zoo, the Forest Lodge, Pavilion-By-the-Lake and Garden Pavilion are all available for private events as well as three cocktail bars. Visitors get around the sprawling complex by means of trams, boats, pony and horse carriage rides, as well as strollers, wagon and wheelchairs, all of which can be rented.

- John Reality

Planning a trip? Browse Viator’s Singapore tours & things to do, top Singapore attractions, and top Singapore travel recommendations. Be sure to check out our Singapore Zoo Night Safari Tour with optional Buffet Dinner and Singapore Zoo Morning Tour with optional Jungle Breakfast amongst Orangutans for the ultimate Singapore Zoo experience. Searching on your phone? Bookmark our Singapore Night Safari mobile page for quick and easy access on the go.

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