If you last visited Singapore Zoo during your childhood, there is no better time to make another trip there.
Plenty of pleasant surprises are in store as the zoo kicks off the celebrations for its 45th birthday.
Established in 1973, Singapore Zoo has continually been at the forefront of innovation. In 2006, it allowed orang utans to swing freely in trees as guests strolled below — the first zoo in the world to do so.
The rainforest zoo won the Best Attraction Experience in last year’s Singapore Tourism Awards. It also came in fourth in TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for the best zoo worldwide, as chosen by millions of travellers from all corners of the globe.
From May 26 to June 27, you and your family will get to experience a host of exciting activities and enjoy special discounts when you visit Singapore Zoo.
Get up close to wildlife
The “U-dunno-meh?” activity, which includes details of 45 things you never knew you could do at the zoo, is a quick and easy way to discover more about the animal residents.
In this activity, you could pet a ferret or a falabella (a cute miniature horse) at Rainforest Kidzworld, say hi to Astove the giant tortoise — which at 80 years old, is the zoo’s oldest resident — and marvel at over 60 species of reptiles, amphibians and arthropods, a third of which have never been seen before in Singapore, at the hottest new exhibit, RepTopia.
As you experience the zoo’s many sights and sounds, keep an eye out for Break Out! performances — flash mobs that will occur at different locations around the park on June 9 and 10.
Perfect for the family
On weekends, enjoy a fun and educational family bonding experience at Zoolympix, the zoo’s signature June programme that is entering its 14th year. Learn more about the zoo’s animals and collect exclusive animal badges as you complete various games and activities.
For a dose of lighthearted fun, don’t miss Bubbles, Bubbles and MORE BUBBLES. Happening on June 15 to 17 and 24 to 25, the mesmerising bubble performance at Rainforest Kidzworld is sure to enthrall the young and young at heart.
Now you can watch movies about animals while being surrounded by real animals.
On May 26 and 27, the zoo’s Pavilion by the Lake, which overlooks the tranquil Upper Seletar Reservoir, will screen classic animal-themed movies like Madagascar 3 as part of the Movies in the Wild programme.
For a leisurely appreciation of the zoo’s natural surroundings, bring your picnic mats to Picnic in the Park at Pavilion by the Lake on June 2 and 3.
You will be serenaded by local artistes like Cheryl Loon, Khairi and Class Act, who will play your favourite tunes as you take in the greenery and fresh air.
No birthday celebration is complete without treats — and Singapore Zoo has lined up special promotional offers for visitors valid from May 26 to June 27.
Local residents (individuals with an NRIC number or FIN) will enjoy 45 per cent off adult and child tickets with every purchase of a normal-priced adult ticket.
Also, local residents aged 60 and above can sign up for a Friends of Wildlife membership for a special rate of $45, instead of the usual discounted price of $85.
The membership offers unlimited admission to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s attractions — namely Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park — for one year, along with shopping and dining discounts at these venues.
During the zoo’s birthday celebrations, you can even savour the favourite foods of Ah Meng the orangutan, the zoo’s famous park icon.
Try delicious treats such as durian pancake, durian toast and the special Ah-Mengo drink for just $4.50 each.
Lastly, take home memories of your Singapore Zoo experience with a special range of merchandise, including wood souvenirs and T-shirts, available at the souvenir shop.
Visit www.zooturns45.sg for more details on Singapore Zoo’s 45th birthday celebrations.