Home to over 3600 mammals, reptiles and birds, the Singapore Zoo is renowned worldwide as one of the most fascinating zoos. The zoo is based on a novel concept which surrounds animals with natural barriers such as vegetation, rock walls and streams to separate them from visitors.
Scattered across over 69 acres (28 hectares), the zoo is home to many endangered and rare species. A special breeding programme is carried out for endangered species such as orang utans and polar bears. Among the other endangered species present are white rhino, the Malayan tiger and proboscis monkey.
Leading night zoo
One of the most significant features of the garden is the Singapore Night Safari Tour, which allows visitors to view animals in their nocturnal setting. A special form of illumination replicating moonlight aids the activity which has made the Singapore Zoological Garden the world's premier night zoo.
The 40-minute tram ride journey from the Himalayan foothills to wild Equitorial Africa affords encounters with numerous wild animals including tigers, lions and tapirs. Among the special highlights of the walking trail is the Fishing at Trail where cats can be seen watching their prey in deep concentration before instantly lunging into the water to pin the fish down.