It was Sunday and it was not even nine in the morning. I was already on the way to the zoo. Dad drove me to Ang Mo Kio to catch bus 138 so I needn’t had to wake up earlier. (Thanks dad!) I could barely stand comfortably on the bus as I try to shield my camera from being accidentally knocked and even crowded when we reached our destination. Gosh, I do wish Singapore was little bigger than a dot. Don’t everyone loves to sleep in on weekends? I thought to myself but when you are somewhere like the zoo, you will want to wake up early just to see a little of everything.
The zoo still looks the same from what I recall from my first zoo trip with my family. The KFC is still there and I love walking across the open carpark looking at the different animal signboards so you remember where you actually parked the family car. Admission was free for us because one of us managed to get the zoo + river safari pass. This might just be the only time I say thank you NS #justsaying.
Monkeys and Tigers. They are not my favourite animals but they were the only few attractions that looked photogenic from the many photos I took. I don’t know about you but I feel sad for these wild animals. They looked unhappy and restless. The white tiger looked like he could do with a lot more space and the greenish white polar bear looks bored from sleeping round and round too. I had a lot of butt photos of different animals as if they were trying to protest silently of the many retarded individuals and their flash photography techniques.
Wild animals belong in the wild and not in cooped up enclosures.The koalas on the other hand were worth the visit but you could only see them sleeping from afar. When I was in Aussie, I could get really up close with the grey furry marsupials. They are on loan by the Australian government so I guess the zoo just wanted to make sure the four are safe. I didn’t bother to squeeze into the crowd just to take snapshots of them.
In my opinion, even the introduction boards were more photo-worthy than the actual animals.
At least the cold breeze at the koala room was a much needed relief from the blazing Sun. We stayed there for a good 20 minutes before leaving the place reluctantly.
The Fragile Forest was my favourite themed exhibits. Set in a dome in a rainforest setting, it is probably the only exhibits that allows you to get up close and personal with the animals. I had parrots resting on my back and shoulder the last time I was here. It was really cool but I needed a zookeeper to get them off me later. So better keep your hands to yourself. Butterfly fans must come here and see for yourself and if you’re lucky you get to see birds cuddling lovingly too.
While I don’t agree with keeping animals in enclosed areas but I will not deny the fact that the animals in the zoo are playing the important role of promoting wildlife conservation be it gaining public awareness or via various breeding and exchange programs. I just have one thought: Instead of having the usual elephants, giraffes and lions, why not showcase the various fauna found in Singapore? I only read from books/websites of the wide variety of swimming and flying creatures found nowhere else but Singapore.
Why not showcase them in the zoo too? Just my thoughts. I will post my first trip to River Safari another time.
PS: Get the tram tickets. You will not regret paying five bucks to skip all those walking.
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