While Singapore may have a land mass of just 707 square kilometres, the island is home to an incredibly diverse range of animals. From free-ranging orang utans to giant pandas, here are just a few of the animals that you can say hello to in Singapore.
The Singapore Zoo is home to two species of orang utan, both of which live together in the free-ranging orang utan exhibit. This zoo was the first in the world to put together a concept such as this for orang utans, and it has worked extremely well. With two free-ranging areas, a boardwalk, an island and thick vegetation, there is plenty of space for the animals to play and frolic, as well as viewing stations for visitors to get up close to these magnificent creatures. You will also see a number of behaviour enrichment devices scattered throughout the area, and these are there to ensure that the orang utans are able to be both physically and mentally stimulated each and every day.
Leopards are no doubt majestic creatures, and these can be viewed at Singapore’s Night Safari, by taking a walk along the Leopard Trail. In addition to a pair of Sri Lankan leopards, this habitat is also home to clouded leopards, all of which are at their most active at nights, which is why the Night Safari is the best place to view them. In addition to seeing leopards along the Leopard Trail, you will also be able to view everything from the Malayan civet to the zebra and giraffe.
Singapore’s River Safari is a relatively new river-themed wildlife park with eight different river habitats. One of these is the Yangtze River, inspired by said river in China, which is home to the elusive giant panda, and these incredible creatures are an amazing sight to see. This is the largest panda exhibit in Southeast Asia, making it well worth visiting if you have never seen pandas before
Birds of Prey
Otherwise known as the kings of the skies, birds of prey can be viewed at the Jurong Bird Park, where you will find hawks, vultures and eagles living side by side. From hooked beaks to sharp talons, you will no doubt marvel at these creatures, while learning so much more about each of them.
Also at the Jurong Bird Park is the largest collection of parrots in all of Asia. There are 32 aviaries here dedicated to these birds, which are known for being quite sociable, with some of the aviaries containing truly rare species of parrots. From the Blue-eyed Cockatoo to the Blue and Gold Macaw to the Yellow-Naped Amazon, this is a park that all bird lovers should definitely visit.
Singapore is most known for its man-made attractions, but this does not mean that the country has not made any space for nature either. With everything from majestic leopards to soaring eagles calling this island their home, be sure to make some time to say hello to some of Singapore’s animals.