I finally caved in. I’ve been contemplating for a while whether or not to get the Friends of Wildlife membership. S$269 for one year access to all four of Singapore’s wildlife parks for our family of 2 adults + 2 children was very tempting. So this week, over the National Day holidays, I finally decided to go sign up for it. This means we now have a whole year to slowly explore Singapore Zoo! Awesome…
The last time I was at Singapore Zoo @wrs.ig, the baby giraffe was still this small. I wonder how big it is now… Hmmm.. Should I sign up for the Friends of Wildlife membership? Only $269 for my family of 2 adults + 2 Child for unlimited visits to ALL FOUR Wildlife Reserves Singapore's parks. *tempted tempted* * #bbmlocaltourist #singaporezoo #giraffe #babygiraffe #Singapore #singaporetrip #singaporetravel #singaporeinsiders #YourSingapore #VisitSingapore #travelblog #travelblogger #iamtb #mondayescapes #traveltuesday #wednesdaywanderlust #wanderfulwednesday #travelthursday #citytripping #myfavouritetrip #familytravelhq #wanderlust #instatravel #instapassport #sonycamera #sonya6000 #sonyalpha #SonyAlphasClub #sonyimages #sonysg
Unlike Zoorasia in Yokohama where everything is lined up systematically in a line and kind of forces you to walk from one end to another, Singapore Zoo kind of goes around in loops and loops. So our style of visiting Singapore Zoo was to do just a small area each time. E.g. the last time when we were here for Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, we went to Wild Africa to see the baby giraffe and that was it.
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In our visit earlier this week, I asked the boys which animal they wanted to see. MF was having trouble deciding, while MY said with certainty, “Elephants.” So off to find the elephant we went!
Elephants at Work and Play Show
There were two timings for the Elephants at Work and Play show daily:
We went to the zoo in the afternoon and by the time we were done signing up for our annual pass and all, it was 3pm.
When we reached the show venue, the stands were packed to a brim!! However, the boys managed to squeeze themselves into a spot in the front row when the friendly family occupying it decided to sit closer together to squeeze in a spot for us.
The elephants arrived and greeted us with a spray of water! But don’t worry, this isn’t Splash Safari. You won’t get wet even if you were seated on the front row.
We were treated to a display an elephant’s amazing natural ability. Like being able to balance on a narrow rock despite their huge size. Even with just two legs!
The elephants also demonstrated how they were able to pick up teeny objects like a coin with the tip of their trunks. But that was a bit hard to see without binoculars, so they went on to pick up the mahout’s hat.
And then planted it by nicely on the mahout’s head.
Ending with a loving kiss. Awww….
The elephants also demonstrated their amazing strength by crushing a coconut with ease.
And moving giant logs around. Easy peasy. For them at least.
We also got to watch the elephant’s natural behaviours. Like how they would use leafy branches to sweep the ground to get rid of the flies before lying down to sleep. Wow.. I never knew elephants cared more about cleanliness than I did.
And it was time to sleep. Zzzzz…. *cues lullaby music*
Wake up time! How do you wake an elephant who decides to sleep in? By spraying water at it of course!
Alright, everyone was awake now. The elephant that sprayed the water genuinely looked sheepish. Haha!
And the elephants greeted us goodbye!
Immediately after the show, there was a feeding session for the elephants. But unless you are seated somewhere strategic at the sheltered seating area right in front of the feeding area, you are unlikely able to get in for the feeding session immediately after the show because they can only allow a limited number of people for each feeding session to prevent over-feeding.
But no worries, you can come back again at 4.30pm for the next feeding session. The boys really wanted to feed the elephants, so we went for a toilet break (the toilet was pretty far away!) and came back to hang around to elephant-watch till 4.30pm. MY had fun trying to match the elephants on the information board to the actual elephants.
One of the elephants reckoned we were bored and decided to entertain us with a ‘how do elephants pee’ demonstration. Even the bird stopped to watch.
It probably knew another feeding session was coming up next and decided to totally empty its bladder.
OKAY… I hope I didn’t gross you out and you’re not reading while eating. So anyway, the zookeepers finally came out and the boys got to do their elephant feeding!
Information about the elephant feeding sessions:
The elephant feedings take place immediately after each of the two shows at 11.30am and 3.30pm. Other feeding sessions are at 9.15am and 4.30pm.
In order to give as many visitors a chance to participate in the feeding, each family could only get 1 basket of food, regardless of your family size. So siblings, you got to share.
The feeding cost S$5 and the money goes into a donation box. Which means you need to have exact change to insert into the donation box. This applies to all feeding sessions at Singapore Zoo. If you are feeling generous, you are welcome to insert $10 or $50, nobody will stop you. Just don’t expect change or an extra basket of feed.
In Summary… Tips for an Ele-Fun Time at Singapore Zoo:
- Arrive early for the show to get a seat
- Sit at the sheltered stand on the right (ermm.. the right side when you are facing the stage.. geddit?) if you want to have a chance to join the feeding session right after the show
- Get the kids to empty their bladder before the show as the toilet is pretty far. You do NOT want them to say they need to go halfway through the show.
- Prepare S$5 in exact change for the feeding session.
INFORMATION ON SINGAPORE ZOO:
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
- Bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16)
- Bus 927 from Choa Chu Kang MRT (NS4)
- Bus 926 from Marsiling MRT (NS8) or Woodlands MRT (NS9) – on Sundays and Public Holidays only
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 6pm Daily
- $33 per adult
- $22 per child (age 3 to 12)
- Children under 3 years old enter free
Contact Number: (65) 6269 3411
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