Singapore’s Best Animal Attractions, Zoos, Aquariums, Bird Parks
Singapore offers many interesting and innovative animal related attractions that are ideal for the entire family.
Most of these tourist attractions are built on a grand scale; for example, SEA Aquarium is the biggest aquarium in the world, Night Safari is the world’s first night zoo, Jurong Bird Park has the largest collection of birds in any bird park in the world and River Safari is an interesting mix of zoo and aquarium, which is the first of its kind in Asia.
Singapore has birds, fishes, reptiles, mammals and insects from all over the world. These animal attractions are fun, engaging, interactive and in many cases unique to Singapore.
1] Singapore Night Safari
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore’s Night Safari is the first night zoo in the world for nocturnal animals. Night Safari offers an unique experience, where 2,500 nocturnal animals are kept in their natural habitat, in “open” enclosures. The birds, reptiles, insects, mammals, animals at the Night Safari are spread over 7 Geographical Zones and 4 Walking Trails. There is a tram service which takes visitors around the Zoo. Night Safari also has 2 popular animal shows. Night Safari is among Singapore’s Top 5 most visited paid attraction. Read more on Singapore Night Safari.
2] Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore Zoo has 2,800 animals belonging to 315 species, including white tigers, giraffes, polar bear, komodo dragons, orangutans, lemur, elephants, etc. Zoo animals are placed in their natural habitat in open enclosures. Kids will probably have the most fun in the wet play area of the Zoo. Singapore zoo offers interactive feeding sessions with animals and spectacular animal shows. Visit here for more information on Singapore Zoo. An estimated 1.6 million visitors visit the Singapore Zoo annually, making it among Singapore’s Top 5 most visited paid attraction. Read more on Singapore Zoo.
3] Jurong Bird Park, Singapore
2 Jurong Hill
Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park has the largest collection of birds of any bird park/aviary/zoo in the world. Jurong Bird Park has 5,000 birds belonging to 380 species, including penguins, flamingoes, pelicans, owls, hornbills, toucans, dinosaur descendents (Ostrich, Cassowary, Rhea, Emu), Birds of Paradises, etc. Jurong Bird Park has the world’s largest Lory Aviary (Lory Loft) where visitors can feed the Lory birds from their own hands. Jurong Bird Park has 3 bird shows, including the popular “High Flyers Birds” which started in 1982. Kids have a great time at the wet play area in Jurong Bird Park. Read more on Jurong Bird Park.
4] S.E.A. Aquarium (Marine Life Park, Resorts World, Sentosa)
Resorts World Sentosa
S.E.A. Aquarium (SouthEast Asia Aquarium) is the world’s largest aquarium. S.E.A. Aquarium has over 100,000 fishes and marine animals belonging to over 800 species, including the world’s largest collection of manta rays. Couple of standout exhibits at S.E.A. Aquarium is the “Open Ocean” which have 50,000 fishes in 18,000,000 litres of water and the “Shark Seas”, where visitors walk under a glass passageway with sharks swimming all around them. “S.E.A Aquarium” and “Adventure Cove Waterpark”, together make up “Marine Life Park” at Resorts World Sentosa.
5] River Safari, Singapore
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore’s River Safari is an unique river themed wildlife park. River Safari Singapore is a mix of a Zoo and aquarium and houses 6,000 animals belonging to 300 species. Key attractions at River Safari, Singapore include Southeast Asia’s largest panda exhibit (Jia Jia and Kai Kai are the name of the Pandas), the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, one of the largest collections of freshwater fauna and an exciting boat ride at the “Amazon River Quest”. River Safari has 8 river habitats, including the River Nile, Mississippi River, Congo River, Yangtze River, Mekong River, Ganges (Ganga), Amazon River and Murray River.
6] Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, Siloso Point, Sentosa
80 Siloso Road, Sentosa Island
Underwater World, Singapore, is an oceanarium with over 2,500 marine animals belonging to 250 species. Located at the Western tip of Sentosa Island, the key attractions at Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon include daily 3 shows with dolphins and seals, animal feeding sessions, 83 meter long travelator (moving escalator) in a windowed tunnel with fishes swimming all around and interactive exhibits where visitors can touch some marine animals. Underwater World, Singapore, also offers swimming and touching of dolphins and diving with sharks.
7] Animal and Bird Encounter at Palawan Amphitheatre, Sentosa
Palawan Amphitheatre, Sentosa Island
This is a free attraction where visitors can see animals, birds and reptiles performing amazing acts. Daily there are 4 free programmes which include Lory Feeding at the Bird Aviary, close encounter with animals, photo opportunity and interactive session with animals and multi-animal show at Palawan Amphitheatre.
8] Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
Butterfly Park is a beautiful, landscaped garden which houses 15,000 butterflies from 50 species. Butterflies are placed in a cool outdoor conservatory. Insect Kingdom houses 3,000 species of insects from around the world. Both Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom are located at Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa Island. Changi Airport too has a similar Butterfly House.
9] Dolphin Island, Resort World, Sentosa
Resort World, Sentosa
Resort World Sentosa’s Dolphin Island offers an opportunity to interact with Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins. This is attraction is both a fun and educational experience. Visitors learn on how to look after these gentle and intelligent sea mammals. Dolphin Island was officially opened on September 30, 2013. One need not be swimmer to enjoy this attraction.
10] The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
1 Chinese Garden Road
The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum has over 1000 tortoises and turtles belonging to 50 species. The Museum also has a petting corner, where guests can touch and interact with turtles and tortoises. Interesting turtles and tortoises include Pancake Tortoise, Alligator Snapping Turtle, Radiated Tortoise, Sulcata Tortoise, Snake necked Turtle, Golden Temple Turtle, Matamata, etc. The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum is located in the Singapore Chinese Garden.
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- Night Safari: Image by Hiltch. Image licensed under Creative Commons NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).
- SEA Aquarium: Open Ocean zone. Image by Choo Yut Shing. Image used under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
- Turtle and Tortoise Museum: Image by Steel Wool. Image used under Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
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