CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
We were lucky enough to score a Night Safari from our amazing friends at the Defence Bank which brought us back to the ever impressive Singapore Zoo. Taking our train and bus trek to the Safari, we arrived to a gaggle of tourist drinking and dining in the pre-show arena area. A mix of jungle safari and African tribe, the cafes and eateries welcome tourists to get tribal before commencing their safari.
On first impressions we were amused and even sucked in to the over the top touristy eating areas but on closer inspection we decided$16 for an average burger and $6 for a single scoop of ice cream we beyond inflated. We’d recommend grabbing a meal at Ang Mo Kio station before hand, for about $15-$20 you’ll feed two people with the works. With Burger King and Mc Donalds in the mix you can guarantee to please even the most culturally cautious visitors.
The Safari is an easy experience to report back on, it’s simple, informative and pretty easy going. Everyone jumps on a tram which takes you around the park showcasing a vast array of nocturnal beauties in their natural habitat. For the lazy ones this tour can be done completely sitting down and letting the tram do all the work. Otherwise you can escape the tram and do several walking paths along the way, which we did, and see other features simply not accessible via tram. You cannot walk the whole thing, it’s close to the action and no doubt dangerous to do so.
The first stop is about 5 minutes into the safari and takes you on a walking tour of the cheetahs and other amazing creatures. This is an amazing chance to see some creatures close up and also chance trams if you tram is full of annoying, mentally challenged tourists who don’t understand what no flash means, no matter how much you scowl at them.
The walking paths also allow you to stroll through some of these nocturnal creatures enclosures, such as fruit bats and flying possums. Again, no flash photography is allowed on the walking paths, which we are glad to report had no mentally challenged tourists, which was probably a good thing considering the cheater enclosure had us centimeters away from one.
Back on the tram, we sat back and enjoyed the rest of the ride stress free. For the next 20 minutes we saw the likes of some rhinos, elephants, various cows, deer and of course the king of the jungle, the lion, The tram driver is full of fun facts about these animal. The tram brings you back the the entrance of the park where you can explore further walking tracks or attend the creature of the night show. Given the fact we’re Australian and seen too many wallabies for it to be classified ‘exciting’ or ‘once in a lifetime’, we skipped the next walking track and hit the show.
We quickly quenched our thirst and headed to the Animals of the night show. The show is thoroughly entertaining with the staff showcasing their well trained otters, showing us how to recycle, snakes being wrapped around unsuspecting tourists necks and hyenas devouring meat on their mini ‘Pryde Rock’. The host was entertaining, full of jokes, engaging with audience and, of course giving us helpful hints and tips on how we can save the rain forest.
Singaporeans are passionate and thoughtful in regards to their environment, deforestation and animal conservation, this being truly represented in their magnificent zoo set up, a trait we both hope won’t change.