Sorry, but the title isn’t a metaphor or anything. This past Sunday I was able to visit the Singapore Zoo. It’s a nice zoo, and thankfully not particularly large. I remember one year visiting the Bronx Zoo as a child, and it being particularly hot, the hottest day that I actually remember in fact. That day was nothing compared to walking around the Singapore Zoo. It really forces you to take a casual pace.
The animal exhibits did a fantastic job of hiding the barriers, and in some regards, there weren’t any! Emu and kangaroo are effectively free-roaming, as are the Orang Utans (did you know that is two words? I learned that at the zoo!). Though the barriers are well hidden, I still feel like some of the habitats are particularly small, and I much prefer the concept of mixed-species exhibits when it means larger exhibit areas (e.g. the African savannah exhibit where Rhino and Ostrich roam together, etc.). The zoo is expanding, so hopefully new habitats are designed with this in mind.
The most stunning animal award certainly goes to the White Tigers, and the otters are… otter-ly adorable. The Elephant show is comical and the monkeys are bountiful. It was crowded as well, but that’s every place in Singapore. Of course, the aspect I most appreciate is the greenery. It’s a lush spot where you can get away for a bit and forget the city and its buildings.
Pictures are my Flickr page, and the link to that is at the bottom of the blog.