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Singapore Zoo (Mandai Zoo)

Hang out with orang-utans and ride on the back of an elephant at this award-winning zoo.

Attracting some 1.6 million visitors each year, Singapore Zoo is home to over 2,800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Set in a rainforest environment, the highlights include the world’s first free-ranging orang-utan habitat in a zoo and the unmissable outdoor feast that is Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, where visitors get up close and personal with elephants, orang-utans and snakes.

The zoo occupies 69 acres and opened in 1973. As you wander round the zoo, enjoy the stunning gardens which feature orchids, ginger and heliconia plants which all flower spectacularly. The zoo is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, the same body that runs the Night Safari next door and the Jurong Bird Park. It's possible to buy passes to all three attractions, saving some money along the way.

If you arrive at the zoo early, don't miss the award-winning Jungle Breakfast with wildlife which takes place from 9 -10.30 am daily. For an extra fee, you can breakfast with not one but an entire family of orang-utans and their keepers who tell you all about their charges.

Singapore Zoo prides itself on its interactivity, so visitors have the chance to ride on the back of an elephant in the rainforest zone or feed kangaroos by hand in the Australian Outback exhibit. There are four distinct shows that take place throughout the day – one highlight is the Rainforest Fights Back show which shows off the natural talents of 15 species of mammals and birds.

Children have their own special zone here, and at Kidzworld, younger members of the family can meet and learn about the animals from the specially trained staff.

It takes around 30 minutes to get to the zoo from downtown Singapore by car, and parking is available. Visitors wishing to come by public transport should take the North-South MRT line, which has a connecting bus to the zoo. The Singapore Zoo is open every day and charges a small admission fee.

Popular Activities at Singapore Zoo

We know you really want to make the most out of your time at Singapore Zoo. So, we've put together some of the coolest things you can do here:

Peruse our Singapore things to do page to find more activities while you're in the area.


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Orchid Country Club

Orchid Country Club

1 Orchid Club Road, Singapore
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Set in Singapore, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and River Safari. Singapore Turf Club and Woodlands Checkpoint are also within 9 miles (15 km). Khatib Station is 22 minutes by foot.

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    Pegasus Hotel

    100 Turf Club Road, Singapore
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Singapore, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Singapore Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road. National Orchid Garden and Gleneagles Hospital are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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      Riders Lodge

      Riders Lodge

      100 Turf Club Road, Singapore
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and within 3 mi (5 km) of Singapore Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road. National Orchid Garden and Gleneagles Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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        Gallop Kranji Farm Resort

        10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Western Water Catchment, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore Turf Club and Night Safari. Singapore Zoo and Woodlands Checkpoint are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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          Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

          22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Singapore hotel is located in the shopping district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Thai Embassy, Orchard Road and Singapore Botanic Gardens. Lucky Plaza and Gleneagles Hospital are also within 1 mile (2 km). Orchard Station is 14 minutes by foot and Somerset Station is 27 minutes.

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            Rest House

            133 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Serangoon, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Orchard Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay. Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Merlion are also within 9 mi (15 km). Ang Mo Kio Station is 23 minutes by foot and Lorong Chuan Station is 24 minutes.

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              Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore by Shangri-La

              1A Cuscaden Road, Singapore
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Orchard, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tanglin Mall, Gleneagles Hospital and Forum The Shopping Mall. Palais Renaissance and Singapore Botanic Gardens are also within 10 minutes. Orchard Station is 14 minutes by foot and Newton Station is 25 minutes.

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                Resorts World Sentosa - Genting Hotel Jurong

                2 Town Hall Link, Singapore
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Western Water Catchment, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jem and Singapore Science Centre. Chinese Garden is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Jurong East Station is 8 minutes by foot and Chinese Garden Station is 21 minutes.