Singapore Zoo is one of Asia’s best zoos and attracts almost 2 million visitors every year.
Loved by children and adults alike, the locals often refer to Singapore Zoo as the Mandai Zoo.
Besides the day time Singapore Zoo, this animal attraction also offers many other experiences such as the Night Safari, River Safari, Rainforest Lumina, etc.
In this article, we explain everything you must know before visiting the Singapore Zoo.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Best time to visit
4. Tour duration
5. Singapore Zoo tickets
6. Breakfast with Orangutans
7. Singapore Zoo shows
8. Feeding sessions & Talks
9. Singapore Zoo tram
10. Zoo animals
11. Singapore Zoo map
12. Rainforest Lumina
13. Food at Singapore Zoo
How to get to Singapore Zoo
Because of the robust transport services in the City-State, reaching Singapore Zoo is very easy.
Address: 80, Mandai Lake Road, Singapore, 729826.
Singapore Zoo by MRT
There are five MRT stations around the Singapore Zoo.
Once you get to one of these MRT stations, you can take a connecting bus.
|Station’s Name||Station Code||Bus No.|
|Choa Chu Kang||NS4||927|
|Ang Mo Kio||NS16||138|
**Bus No. 926 operates only on Sundays and Public Holidays.
*This is the Mandai Khatib Shuttle, detailed below.
Mandai Khatib Shuttle
The Mandai Khatib Shuttle service is a convenient option to get to the Singapore Zoo from Khatib MRT Station (NS14).
You need to get out of Khatib MRT from Exit A and catch the shuttle from here.
The travel time from Khatib to the Zoo is 15 minutes, subject to traffic conditions.
The fare to Singapore Zoo is only S$ 1 and payment can be made only through EZ-link or NETS FlashPay card.
This bus is also known as Singapore Zoo’s Shuttle bus.
Mandai Khatib Shuttle’s schedule
The Mandai Khatib Shuttle runs from Khatib MRT to the Zoo from 8 am to 10.20 pm.
However its frequency varies through out the day.
From 8 am to 5.20 pm, one shuttle leaves every 20 minutes and from 5.20 pm to 7.40 pm the frequency of the shuttle increases to one every 10 minutes.
At 7.40 pm (once the peak time is over), the Khatib MRT to Singapore Zoo Shuttle reduces its frequency to once every 20 minutes – till 10.20 pm.
As for the return trip – from the Zoo to Khatib MRT, the shuttles start at 8.20 am and continue till 10.40 pm, at a frequency of one every 20 minutes.
Bus to Singapore Zoo
If you plan to visit Singapore Zoo from places such as Bedok, Sengkang or Tampines, Mandai Express Bus service is the most comfortable and affordable option.
The Mandai Express operates on weekends, school and public holidays as well.
The adult ticket costs S$ 3 while kids between 3 to 12 years of age pay only S$ 1. Tickets can be purchased here.
From Bedok to Singapore Zoo
|Bedok||Singapore Zoo||8.45 am,|
|Bedok Point |
|Singapore Zoo||Bedok||3.15 pm,|
Zoo Coach Bay
From Sengkang to Singapore Zoo
|Sengkang||Singapore Zoo||8.45 am,|
|Exit C, Sengkang|
|Singapore Zoo||Sengkang||3.30 pm,|
Zoo Coach Bay
From Tampines to Singapore Zoo
|Tampines||Singapore Zoo||8.45 am,|
|Singapore Zoo||Tampines||3 pm,|
Zoo Coach Bay
Driving to Singapore Zoo
If you are driving, from the city center, you can reach Singapore Zoo in about 30 minutes.
You can choose to travel via Central Expressway (CTE) or Pan Island Expressway (PIE).
It is better to use Google Maps for directions to Singapore Zoo.
Taxis also follow the same route.
Singapore Zoo parking
As you near the Singapore Zoo you will see lots of parking spots to your left.
Visitors can park both cars and motorcycle at this open-air car park.
If you prefer, you can also opt to leave your car at the covered multi-story car park.
The covered car park comes in handy during rains because an enclosed path from the car park leads to the Singapore Zoo’s entrance.
Cost of parking
The first ten minutes is free.
When you pay by cash card, the first hour costs S$ 3 after which every additional hour costs S$ 2.
The maximum parking charges for a car get capped at S$ 10.
If you are not carrying a cash card and want to pay by cash, parking your car will cost you S$ 10 for the day.
Jurong bird park to Singapore Zoo
Many tourists do this – they first visit Jurong Bird Park and then get to Singapore Zoo to finish off both on the same day.
We think that by exploring both the Bird Park and the Mandai Zoo on the same day, you do injustice to both.
However, after exploring Jurong Bird Park, you can do the Night Safari because it starts from 7.15 pm and instead of walking you can explore the nocturnal Zoo on a Tram.
Transport from Jurong Bird Park to Singapore Zoo
SAExpress coaches run between the two destinations.
The pick up/drop off point at Jurong Bird Park is the Coach park, while at the Singapore Zoo it is the bus stop right outside the Zoo.
This bus departs from Jurong Bird Park at 4.45 pm and reaches Singapore Zoo in approximately 25 minutes.
Just enough time for you to have something to eat, stand in the queue, and get in for Singapore Zoo’s Night Safari at 7.15 pm.
Singapore Zoo opening hours
Singapore Zoo is open every day of the year, including public holidays.
Singapore Zoo’s opening times are 8.30 am to 6 pm.
The Zoo’s ticket counter also opens at 8.30 am, but it closes half an hour before the Zoo closes.
The last entry into Singapore Zoo is at 5.30 pm.
All other exhibits inside the Zoo adhere to the hours mentioned above, except for Rainforest Kidzworld.
Rainforest Kidzworld’s hours are 9 am to 6 pm, but the kid’s Wet Play Area which is part of Kidzworld closes half an hour earlier – at 5.30 pm.
Best time to visit Singapore Zoo
We recommend weekdays for a peaceful visit because Singapore Zoo gets crowded on weekends and school holidays.
The best time to visit Singapore Zoo is as soon as they open – at 8.30 am.
An early start makes sense for four reasons:
1. You avoid the crowd
2. The animals are most active
3. You avoid the high afternoon temperature
4. You can relax at Singapore Zoo’s water park early
Since Singapore is close to the Equator, the weather is hot and humid, and temperatures range around 27 to 28°C (81 to 82.5 °F) all through the year.
If you reach the Singapore Zoo after 10.30 am, you will see the same people in the line to buy entry tickets, at the animal exhibits, during keeper talk sessions, and the restaurants.
Tip: To avoid waiting in long lines, buy Singapore Zoo tickets online. Online tickets are also cheaper because you don’t pay the ticketing window surcharge.
How long does Singapore Zoo take
If you ride Singapore Zoo’s guided Tram service, you can see all the animals spread out over the Zoo’s six zones in an hour.
If you are a group of adults, you can walk through the whole of Singapore Zoo in about three hours.
If you are visiting with kids, and want to attend the animal shows and feeding sessions and spend time at the water park, you will need at least five hours to explore Singapore Zoo.
Singapore Zoo tickets
There is only one kind of Singapore Zoo ticket.
It gets you access to the Zoo for a day and once inside, you can stay for as long as you want.
With this ticket you can attend all the animal shows at the Zoo – Splash Safari, Animal Friends, Elephant Presentation and Rainforest Fights Back.
This Singapore Zoo entry ticket also includes unlimited free guided tram rides.
If you want to explore the Zoo quickly or you get tired, the unlimited Tram rides come in handy.
Once you purchase these tickets, they get emailed to you.
On the day of your visit, you can show the Singapore Zoo tickets in your email and walk in.
No need to take any print outs!
Singapore Zoo ticket price
Adult ticket (13+ years): S$ 38.30
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): S$ 26.75
Exclusions: This ticket doesn’t get you access to Night Safari or the River Safari. They are separate activities, which require you to buy separate tickets. Buy Night Safari tickets | Buy River Safari tickets
Singapore Zoo Breakfast with Orangutans
This experience at the Singapore Zoo is also known as Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife.
During this award-winning breakfast program, you get to dine with charming Orangutans, Cotton-top Tamarins, and slithery snakes as well.
Terrace of Ah Meng Restaurant is the venue for this Jungle breakfast at Singapore Zoo.
The breakfast timings are 9 am to 10.30 am, and the animals make an appearance from 9.30 to 10 am.
Even as you enjoy the extensive international buffet breakfast spread, you can take photos with the animals.
The food served at Breakfast with Orangutans is from a Halal-Certified Kitchen. Check the Menu
Cost of Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife
Adult Breakfast (13+ years): S$ 35
Child Breakfast (6 to 12 years): S$ 25
Kids below six years of age get a complimentary meal.
Singapore Zoo Shows
Singapore Zoo hosts four shows daily for its visitors – Splash Safari, Animal Friends, Elephant Presentation and Rainforest Fights Back.
These Singapore Zoo’s events happen twice daily, and each last for approximately 20 minutes.
You don’t need to pay extra for these shows – they come free with this Singapore Zoo admission ticket.
Since all these shows get crowded, it is better to be at the venue ten minutes earlier to get good seats.
Splash Safari show happens at Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre, at 10.30 am and 5 pm.
Some of the seats at the Splash Safari show are designated splash zones and you may get wet during the performance.
Animal Friends show happens at Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre at 11 am and 4 pm.
The Elephant presentation happens at the Elephants of Asia at 11.30 am and 3.30 pm.
Rainforest Fights Back
Rainforest Fights Back is scheduled at 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm daily, and happens at Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre.
Tip: If you want to take photographs with the animals, stay behind after the shows.
Singapore Zoo activities
There are many kinds of activities at Singapore Zoo, which are suitable for both kids and adults alike.
Animal feeding sessions
These feeding sessions are a fantastic opportunity to make the animals eat out of your hand.
You must purchase the animal feed at the venue.
Since there is a massive demand for the feeding sessions, we recommend you reach at least 15 minutes before the session begins.
1. Elephant feeding
The Elephants at Singapore Zoo are fed thrice during the day at the Elephants of Asia section. The times are: 9.15 am, 1.30 pm, and 4.30 pm.
2. Giraffe feeding
The Giraffes at the Zoo are also fed thrice daily, at Wild Africa section.
The feeding times are 10.45 am, 1.50 pm and 3.45 pm.
3. Goat Feeding
Goat feeding at Singapore Zoo is popular with kids below six years of age.
It happens twice – at 11.30 am and 3.30 pm at Rainforest Kidzworld.
4. White Rhino feeding
This session happens only once in a day – at 1.15 pm at the Wild Africa Zone.
Since this is a premium feeding session, it gets crowded.
Zoo Keeper’s chit chat is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about wildlife from the people who know best.
The popular animals have 2-3 keeper talks in a day while the others have one session daily.
|Elephant||Elephants of Asia||9.15 am, 1.30 pm,|
|Giraffe||Wild Africa||10.45 am, 1.50 pm,|
|Primate Kingdom||Black Howler|
|11 am, 2 pm|
|11 am, 3.30 pm,|
|Naked Mole Rat||Naked Mole|
|Goat||Rainforest Kidzworld||11.30 am, 3.30 pm|
|Proboscis Monkey||Rainforest Walk||11.30 am|
|Proboscis Monkey||SPH Foundation|
|White Rhino||Wild Africa||1.15 pm|
|Giant Tortoise||Reptile Garden||1.15 pm|
|Gibbon||Gibbon Island||1.40 pm|
|African Lion||Wild Africa||1.25 pm|
|Meerkat||Wild Africa||1.30 pm|
|African Painted Dog||Wild Africa||1.40 pm|
|Pygmy Hippo||Pygmy Hippo exhibit||2.30 pm|
|Mandrill||Mandrill Exhibit||4.30 pm|
|Chimpanzee||Chimpanzee exhibit||4.35 pm|
|Crocodile||Sunset Buaya||4.45 pm|
|White Tiger||White Tiger exhibit||Check onsite|
|Otter||Otter exhibit||Check onsite|
Singapore Zoo waterpark
This animal-themed slide and spray shack is Singapore Zoo’s water play area.
It has water slides, water fountains, water guns, and the massive water bucket which releases a deluge of water over everyone at regular intervals.
Even though a shop nearby sells swimming costumes, it makes sense to get your own.
Buddy Barn is like a petting Zoo, where kids can step in and interact with the animals.
The Buddy Bard is a massive hit with younger kids because they get to see and touch rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice etc.
Interaction times: 10.30 am to 12 pm, 1.30 pm – 3 pm, 4 pm to 5 pm.
The kids can feed the animals at 1.30 pm, for free.
Pony Ride is a paid Singapore Zoo activity where for S$ 6, kids can get on a pony and go for a ride.
To participate in this activity, the child must be 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) and below.
Tickets for the Pony ride are available at Rainforest Kidzworld ticketing counter.
Wild Animal Carousel
This Carousel is made up of both fearsome and harmless animals, and both kids and adults can get on it for some merry-go-round fun.
Tickets to this Carousel can be bought at Rainforest Kidzworld’s ticketing counter.
A single ride costs S$ 4 while three trips will put you back by S$ 8.
Singapore Zoo tram
Hopping on to the Singapore Zoo’s tram is one of the best ways to explore the Zoo.
During the guided tour, cover the Zoo without getting tired and get to listen to fantastic animal stories.
Rides are unlimited, that is, you can go on this Tram ride multiple times.
Guided Tram ride ticket price
Adult ticket (13+ years): S$ 5
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): S$ 3
You can buy Tram tickets from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm daily at the ticketing counter or any of the tram station.
However, if you book your Singapore Zoo tickets online, unlimited tram rides are included with the tickets.
Singapore Zoo Animals
Singapore Zoo has 2500+ animals belonging to approximately 315 species.
All these animals at Singapore Zoo are spread across eleven zones, each replicating diverse animal habitats from around the world.
2. Elephants of Asia
3. Fragile Forest
4. Frozen Tundra
5. Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia
6. Primate Kingdom
7. Rainforest Kidzworld
8. Reptile Garden
10. Treetops Trails
11. Wild Africa
Must see animals in Singapore Zoo
Some animals are more popular than others.
Singapore Zoo Elephants
You will find the Elephants in the Elephants of Asia Zone.
Komali, the matriarch heads the herd of five elephants at Singapore Zoo.
Besides Komali, the other four are Jati, Intan, Gambir, and Aprila.
Singapore Zoo Lion
The Lions are in Wild Africa Zone of the Zoo.
If you love Lions, don’t miss out on the 1.25 pm Keeper’s chit-chat at Cat Country where they explain everything about the majestic animal.
Singapore Zoo Pandas
Kai Kai (male) and JiaJia (female), the two Giant Pandas in Singapore Zoo are on a ten-year loan from China.
They live in the Giant Panda Forest zone, which is part of the River Safari trail.
Unfortunately, your regular Singapore Zoo ticket won’t get you access to this Zone.
To see the Giant Pandas (and Red Pandas), you must book the River Safari.
Singapore Zoo Orangutans
Singapore Zoo hosts the largest captive colony of Orangutans in the world.
The best way to enjoy the Orangutans of Singapore Zoo is by booking the popular breakfast with Orangutans.
During the breakfast, you meet the new Ah Meng, granddaughter of the real Ah Meng.
Ah Meng was the legendary Orangutan who was so popular with the visitors that when she died in 2008, more than 4000 people came to pay their respects.
The second-best way is to spot these curious animals is in their habitat, the Orangutan Island.
Singapore Zoo Giraffe
You can spot lots of Giraffes at the Wild Africa Zone of the Zoo.
During your visit, do note how the Zoo hoists up bunches of leaves high up in the trees so that the Giraffes continue to display their natural behavior.
Kids especially love feeding the Giraffes.
If you are visiting with kids, be at Wild Africa by 10.45 am, 1.50 pm or 3.45 pm for the feeding sessions.
Singapore Zoo Polar bear
Tourists who visited the Singapore Zoo before April 2018 fondly remember Inuka, the Polar Bear, in the Frozen Tundra Zone.
However, on 25 April 2018, the Zoo authorities decided to put him down due to ill health.
The 27-year-old animal was the first Polar Bear to be born in the Tropics.
As of today, there is no Polar bear in Singapore Zoo.
The other special animals to watch out for at the Singapore Zoo are White Rhinos, Zebras, African Penguins, Giant Tortoise, White Tiger, Sea Lions, Proboscis Monkeys, and Meerkat.
Singapore Zoo map
It is better to spend time with Singapore Zoo’s map, and plan your Singapore Zoo itinerary before your visit.
Carrying the Singapore Zoo’s layout is even more necessary if you are traveling with kids.
You won’t waste your time looking for the numerous animal exhibits, and in the process get exhausted.
It will also be useful to rush from one Keeper Talk or Feeding session to the another.
Besides the animal exhibits, this Singapore Zoo’s floor plan also points out visitor services such as restaurants, washrooms, rain shelters, Tram stops, ATMs, First Aid centers, etc.
Download Singapore Zoo’s Map (Jpeg, 1.4 Mb)
Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina
Rainforest Lumina is a 1 Km (0.6 Mile) long walk through the Zoo where visitors get to enjoy a mesmerizing audio-visual experience.
Just that when you explore Singapore Zoo Lumina you see virtual animal characters instead of real animals. Watch Video
Eight Creature Crew members (virtual animals) guide you through this multi-sensory, interactive walk.
This walk is is suitable for visitors on wheelchairs, and prams as well.
Time: 7.30 pm to 12 midnight daily
Duration of walk: 45 to 60 minutes
Dates: 14 June 2019 to 9 February 2020
Rainforest Lumina tickets
These tickets get you access to the interactive wildlife experience on one the day of your choice.
These tickets DO NOT get you access to the Night Safari, River Safari or the Singapore Zoo during the day.
Rainforest Lumina ticket price
Adult ticket (13+ years): S$ 16.20
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): S$ 12.60
Singapore Zoo food
Singapore Zoo has a lot of restaurants, offering both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
If you can reach the Singapore Zoo by 9 am, we highly recommend the breakfast with Orangutans.
Else, there are two kinds of restaurants at Singapore Zoo you can choose from – those at the Zoo’s entrance and those inside the Zoo.
Restaurants at Singapore Zoo’s entrance
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6.30 pm
Weekends + Holidays: 9 am to 7 pm
Daily: 8 am to 7 pm
Ah Meng Kitchen
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 7 pm
Weekends + Holidays: 8.30 am to 7 pm
Ben & Jerry’s
Daily: 10.30 am to 7 pm
Daily: 10.30 am to 7 pm
The Wild Deli
Daily: 10.30 am to 7 pm
Restaurants inside Singapore Zoo
Ah Meng Restaurant
Daily: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm
Ah Meng Bistro
Daily: 10.30 am to 5 pm
KFC (Rainforest Kidzworld)
Weekdays: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Weekends: 9.30 am to 6 pm