Experiencing Wildlife In The City: Your Guide To Singapore Zoo

What is widely known as Singapore Zoo is actually just one part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), a self-sustaining organization in charge of the most-visited and award-winning zoos in the small island country. 

Composed of Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari, and Jurong Bird Park, WRS offers unforgettable educational experiences that anybody with a spirit for adventure, especially little explorers, will love.

Here, we’ll fill you in on Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s four main attractions:

Singapore Zoo

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The fact that Singapore Zoo is home to more than 2,400 specimens of over 300 species of animals is already awesome. But what makes this 26-hectare close-to-nature destination even more amazing is how its inhabitants live in an open rainforest environment. On your visit, you will get to see animals like tigers, zebras, and giraffes—among many others—roaming freely in spacious and carefully landscaped zones that replicate their actual natural habitats.

Don’t Miss: Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife

Here’s your chance to enjoy a delicious morning meal in the company of the zoo’s star animals—the orangutans! After having your fill, don’t pass on the opportunity to take a photo with your new furry friends.


Get your discounted Singapore Zoo tickets here!

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826
Phone: +65 6269 3411
Website: Singapore Zoo Official Website
Operating Hours: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM daily (last entry at 5:30 PM)


Night Safari 

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This 13-time winner of Singapore Tourism Board’s Best Attraction is the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park. On your visit, you will be boarding a tram to embark on a remarkable 40-minute journey through the 35-hectare safari inhabited by nearly 900 animal across 100 species. See the magic of nature come to life at night in six of the park’s geographical regions—from the foothills of the Himalayas to the jungles of Southeast Asia. Keep your eyes peeled through the dark to spot wild animals such as Malayan tigers, Asian elephants, clouded leopards and more during your tram ride. 

Don’t Miss: Gourmet Safari Express

This award-winning dining experience offers an al fresco setting for you to gorge on sumptuous dishes while watching fire-eating tribal dancers put on a thrilling show.


Get your discounted Night Safari tickets here!

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826
Phone: +65 6269 3411
Website: Night Safari Official Website
Operating Hours: 7:15 PM – 12:00 AM every night (last entry at 11:15 PM)


River Safari

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The latest attraction of Wildlife Reserve Singapore, River Safari is billed as Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. Opened in 2012, the 12-hectare zoo-cum-aquarium boasts 400 plant species and more than 7,500 aquatic and terrestrial animals of close to 240 species hosted in replicas of the Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Mekong, and Yangtze rivers. Though most of the park can be explored on foot, you may take the Reservoir Cruise for a more scenic experience. 

Don’t Miss: Manatee Mania

Get up close and personal with River Safari’s adorable family of manatees! You may participate in their training and try your hand at feeding them during meal time.


Get your discounted River Safari tickets here!

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826
Phone: +65 6269 3411
Website: River Safari Official Website
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM daily (last entry at 6:30 PM)


Jurong Bird Park

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Jurong Bird Park is among Singapore’s oldest attractions. It was opened in 1971 and was constantly developed, later emerging as Asia’s largest bird park and one of the best in the world. Set on a hillside, the 20.2-hectare sanctuary has almost 3,500 birds across 400 species. It is widely known for its free-flight aviaries, with the Waterfall Aviary as the largest. Home to over 600 birds from 50 species, the walk-in aviary is set against a magnificent 20-meter high waterfall. 

Don’t Miss: High Flyers Show

Ever heard a bird sing in three languages? Have you seen birds competing in a race? If you haven’t yet, the High Flyers Show show will be a memorable one for you! Watch parrots, hornbills, a yellow-naped amazon, and more showcase their smarts, natural talents, and fabulous plumage in this unique spectacle.


Get your discounted Jurong Bird Park tickets here!

Address: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
Phone: +65 6269 3411
Website: Jurong Bird Park Official Website
Operating Hours: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM daily (last entry at 5:30 PM)


How to get to Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, and River Safari by public transport

Take the North-South MRT line and alight at any of the following MRT station to hop on a connecting bus that will directly transport you to your destination:

Khatib Station (NS14) > Mandai Khatib Shuttle

Choa Chu Kang Station (NS4) > Bus no. 927

Ang Mo Kio Station (NS16) > Bus no. 138

Woodlands Station (NS9) > Bus no. 926 

Marsiling Station (NS8) > Bus no. 926

*Bus no. 926 operates on Sundays and public holidays only.


How to get to Jurong Bird Park by public transport

1. Take the East-West MRT line headed to Tuas Link.
2. Step down at Boon Lay Station (EW27).
3. Walk towards the Boon Lay Bus Interchange and hop on Bus. No. 194.
4. Alight at Jurong Bird Park.