Sunday, December 11, 2011
Our World - Singapore Zoo
One of the top tourist attractions in Singapore is the Zoo. This is our second trip to this place in the last decade and it was just as enjoyable and fun as our first visit.
A far cry from most of the depressed zoo animals around the world, the Singapore Zoo is clean, well-organised, the enclosures are large and the animals look happy and peaceful within the cageless environment.
Unfortunately, we didn't get to see many live shows but we managed to take tons of pictures and were able to explore the zoo for about 3-4 hours before the rain started.
Here are some highlights of our trip.
From the moment we walked in, a group of cotton top tamarins with their white mohawk hairstyle caught my eye. I like the look of them but they were very fast-moving. I spent a long time trying to get a decent photo and I managed to take a couple of shots when this one sat still for about 3 seconds.
Not far from the tamarins are the colourful parakeets. They are very sweet and playful, but they can be shy and a little cautious at times.
We made our way to see the delightful flamingos. I can't remember what species this is but it 's really cool to see them roaming around in their natural habitat.
Whilst wandering around the various enclosures we also came across this white-handed gibbon who was a very co-operative model and couldn't resist a photo op.
The close up encounters with the Orang Utans are a wonderful experience. They are lovely mammals and it's really amazing that you're allowed to stand next to them to take photos.
Some freaky reptiles like snakes and lizards are behind glass, but even so they live within a natural environment. While I'm not particularly fond of these reptiles, it is still fascinating to get a glimpse of them.
The Singapore Zoo is also home to an Australian Outback exhibit. Not only it is endorsed by the late Steve Irwin, it's also a favourite of the Animal Planet when they're shooting documentaries and shows. There is also a great tribute to Steve Irwin with some photos of him living his life and doing the things he loved.
Our next stop was the Indian Star Tortoises. We noticed one male attempting to mate with a female several times but it didn't last long. After several minutes of attempting to mate they decided to watch us instead. Eventually the tortoises grew tired of us and together, moved away probably in search of some privacy. lol
Other highlights include the komodo dragons of different species. They were huge, muscular and well-fed. Getting as close as I could, I began snapping away with my camera getting some interesting photos and this is one of my favourite shots.
For anyone with the slightest interest in animals, you'll love the Singapore Zoo. It's worth the visit.