We're going to the zoo!

Trip Start Apr 30, 2011
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Trip End Dec 08, 2011


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Zenobia Hotel
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On one of our final days in Singapore, we headed to the zoo! We had heard that Singapore Zoo was amongst one of the best in the world. They are also very keen on animal conservation, and don't believe in keeping any of the animals in enclosed cages. But we hoped they were still securely enclosed, or no doubt it was going to be a tourist feeding frenzy!We left our hotel, only to be faced with the blackest and most fearsome looking sky of our whole stay in Singapore. And soon after setting off for the Metro, the heavens opened. Once we made it to the dry, we could hear the loud thunder claps from all the way down within the underground system!
We travelled about 8 stops in total, after which we allighted and set off in search of the bus station. From here we would catch a bus and take the 40 minute journey to the zoo.
Once we arrived, there was no let up in the weather. We kicked ourselves for not taking our raincoats with us (to be honest, we had forgotten we had them, having only needed them twice in the last 6 months!) So we had to part with $5 precious each to purchase some very attractive ponchos. Lime green for Chris, neon orange for Fran. Luckily at about midday, the rain finally stopped. We were grateful, as literally it was putting a big dampener on the day!
We had a brilliant day at the zoo. They have some fantastic animals there. It was also really nice to see them in such big open spaces. The zoo is set in acres and acres of land around a huge lake, where we also took a boat ride. Singapore zoo is lucky that it has all this space, unlike Bristol zoo where it's situated amongst the school kids of Clifton College! 
Our favourite animal of the day was without a doubt the white Bengal tiger. There were 3 of them in total, 2 females and male. We were also lucky enough to see their feeding time too, and were very surprised at how keen they were to jump in the water closer to their food. We didn't realise what good swimmers they were. 5 minutes earlier we had been discussing how the water acted as a safety barrier between us and the tigers. The tigers soon proved us wrong by swimming around like excitable children!
Fran was treated by Chris to feed one of the giraffe's. This was great fun and she ended up with a big slobbery kiss on the cheek. (From the giraffe, not Chris!)The zoo put on a few interactive shows  throughout the day. The first one we saw was the Asian elephants. It involved the keepers showcasing the elephants talents, and how they are still vital in countries such as India for their strength in helping with clearing logs from farmland etc. We also saw a show called 'Save the Rainforest'. This show explained the importance of the rainforest and not destroying the animals habitat. It was very cute when a chimpanzee swung its way down a rope above the audience's heads. The final show was saw involved a seal showcasing his talents and intelligence.
We left the zoo at about 5.30pm, after a long, fun filled day.  It was also great value for money as a ticket only set us back the equivalent of 12!
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