Top animal attractions in SG

Top animal attractions in SG

If you’re looking for a place for your kids to meet new furry friends, there’s no shortage of fun-filled animal attractions in Singapore to choose from. Pick between some of the incredible events Mandai-based Singapore Zoo has to offer, from their safari-zone which you can wander around at night, to their one-of-a-kind river experience where you can witness wildlife up close from a boat. If you’re up for even more aquatic fun, visit the world-famous S.E.A. Aquarium on resort island Sentosa, or head west to Jurong Bird Park to learn about the lives of feathered friends.

Night Safari

This fun experience is the world’s first nocturnal zoo, the perfect place to meet nighttime critters from around the world. You can choose to explore the park by foot, or most recommended, by a 40-minute tram ride. The zoo is split into six regions, representing everything from jungles to mountain foothills, so your little ones can learn all about the habitats of different animals. The wildlife park is home to close to 900 different animals, from around 100 different species, and focuses on threatened species in a quest to aid biodiversity work. You can see the fruits of their breeding programme thriving here - including endangered Malayan tigers, Asian elephants, fishing cats and Asian lions. Located at the same site as Singapore Zoo, in Mandai, it’s worth sticking around till the evening to experience this one of a kind attraction.

Singapore Zoo

Unique as one of the world’s top rainforest wildlife parks, a visit to Mandai’s Singapore Zoo allows you to visit some of the world’s most incredible tropical wildlife in their natural habitat. The zoo houses more than 300 different species, arranged according to an "open concept" where animals live in areas landscaped to mimic their natural environment. This includes the world’s first free-ranging orangutan habitat in a zoo, an experience you can’t miss. If you’re looking for a special experience to wow your kids while providing an educational experience, book onto their daily Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife event. Held from 9.30am - 10.30am daily, you can have breakfast alongside curious orangutans at the Ah Meng Terrace Restaurant.

S.E.A. Aquarium

Take the monorail over to resort island Sentosa, and visit the famous S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. This incredibly designed space houses more than 1,000 different marine species, including Hammerhead and Nurse sharks and the Giant Moray Eel. Amphibian-enthusiasts can get close to brightly-coloured Poison Arrow Frogs - and don’t miss a chance to seek out the Giant Pacific Octopus hiding in the tanks. Kids will love their Ocean Dreams event, where they can take part in a sleepover at the aquarium, in order to learn about the nocturnal habits of the aquatic inhabitants, as well as having fun. Participants camp in tents under the magical blue light of the Open Ocean Gallery and can witness a special Manta Ray feeding session in the morning.

River Safari

Another incredible attraction located next to Singapore Zoo, River Safari focuses on representing the wildlife of freshwater ecosystems around the world. Housing threatened species from the Amazon, the Nile, the Yangtze and the Mississippi rivers, you can witness manatees, giant pandas and the Mekong Giant Catfish in their natural environments. Don’t miss a chance to explore the array of habitats here on the river boat ride, Amazon River Quest, following it with a wander through the magical Giant Panda Forest. The Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit is also well worth a visit - a stunning 22m viewing panel allows you to witness South American fish and manatees in a world-first aquarium exhibit - the largest viewing panel in the world.

Jurong Bird Park

Head west to peaceful Jurong, to wander around its celebrated bird park, located in the stunning area of Jurong Hill, the highest point of the region. This is the largest bird park in the world in terms of number of specimens, and houses 400 different species, including 29 threatened species as part of its biodiversity program. Don’t miss World of Darkness, Asia’s first nocturnal bird exhibit with incredible species like the North Island brown kiwi, night herons and snowy owls. The Windows of Paradise section is also renowned, featuring amazing birds-of-paradise from Papua New Guinea, which will wow you with their incredible plumage and dancing displays.