We spent the whole day yesterday at the Singapore Zoo and the evening at the similar Night Safari. It’s a great zoo, and we saw a lot of interesting animals, but it was a long, hot day. We got there at 9am in order to have a wild breakfast (pictures with an orangutan and a boa constrictor and eating a dragon fruit), and we didn’t leave until about 12 hours later. It was really interesting, but it was just too long of a day.
Singapore is hot. We’re about 1 degree north of the equator, so it’s always hot. We felt it more yesterday than the days before because we were outside a lot instead of being in and out of buildings. Fortunately, the Zoo has a few air-conditioned shelters sprinkled through the grounds to help us cool off and be able to feed Douglas. Unfortunately, they like to charge a lot for bottled water, so they made the drinking fountains scare. It was nearly impossible for us to refill our water bottles.
I don’t want to only complain; the Singapore Zoo has a great collection, including apparently the largest primate collection in the world, and we saw a lot of them: orangutans, chimpanzees, sloths, lemurs, macaques (I liked the lion-tailed version), gibbons, mandrils, etc. They also have an Australian outback area, a section on tropical crops, a lot of snakes and reptiles (including a Komodo dragon!), and many, many other very interesting animals.
We probably should have headed back to the hotel for a break between the Zoo and the Night Safari, but we had taken a bus to get to the Zoo, and it took about 90 minutes. We didn’t want to waste three hours for a round trip in the middle of the day, so we stayed there the whole time. Only later did we realize that a taxi would have taken less than a half hour, so we could have managed.
The Night Safari is a lot like a zoo, but it’s intended to show the animals at night (when most are more active), so they don’t allow flash photos. We took a tram that drove us through areas with many tropical animals at play.