A nice one day trip is visiting the Jurong Bird Park. It is a kind of zoo but only for birds. It’s the world’s largest area of it’s kind with more than 8000 birds, representing more than 600 species.
There are large walkthough aviaries with waterfalls where you can see the birds in their natural environment. The African Waterfall Aviary is the world’s tallest man-made waterfall. The water plunges 30 meters over a natural cliff.
The variety is big, as you can walk the Fuji Hawk Walk, see the African Grassland, the Flamingo Lake, the Pelican Cove, Southeast Asian Birds or the Hornbills and Toucans.
The Singapore Zoo is about a 40 minute drive from downtown and the area of the zoo is located on a half-island. It is the only zoo in the world with the famous “open concept”, which means, that almost all animals are not behind fences or in cages but in areas divided by natural barriers. This concept is not only for animals perfect but also for enthusiastic photographers who don’t want to take pictures of animals behind bars.
There are several ways to explore the different trails in the zoo. You can choose the train, go by foot or you can even rent your own electric car. The zoo has a great variety of animals. For example is right behind the main entrance the open area for the Orang Utans. They climb freely on the trees and are not kept in cages. Beside the Orang Utans you can see the white tiger, zebras, lions, apes and lot’s of exotic birds.
The zoo also offers a lot of opportunities to eat and drink. Beside some restaurants you can find small cafes and snack bars along the main tracks.
In my opinion the Singapore Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos I’ve seen so far. When you walk through you really don’t have the impression that you are in a zoo and that – I think – is the whole point. The environment for the animals should be as natural as possible. I would definitely recommend a visit there!