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Flashback: 40 Years of The Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

'Congo', the hippo at Singapore Zoological Gardens, trotted out of his 'detention den' where he had been kept since early March after his return from 47 days of AWOL in the Seletar Reservoir. Photo: Mak Kian Seng/ The Straits Times (Apr 11, 1974)

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

The Singapore Zoo officially turns 40 this June. The iconic attraction, formerly named Singapore Zoological Gardens, first opened its doors to visitors on 27 June 1973. Through The Lens sifts through the archives for old photos of the Singapore Zoo. 

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