This was one of my absolute favourite days of our trip.
We do love a zoo, but Singapore zoo is a world leader so it was a ‘must do’ for us animal loving adventurers.
The highlights for us were the Orang-utans at feed time, with their babies (so cute, you’ll get broody), the White Tiger chasing shoals of fish (majestic), and feeding the Giraffes carrots (longest grey, slightly terrifying tongues)!
But, let’s start with this fellow, with more tusks than I personally deem necessary.
Love is blind, they say, and this couple are perfectly happy snuffling around for snails for their mid-afternoon snack.
I think Andy might be struggling to appreciate the Babirusa..
We were so lucky to approach the Majestic and rare White Tiger just as she noticed a shoal of fish enter her enclosure.
She reacted as if this was a well rehearsed and favourite game.
She looked our way with her blue eyes, as if to say, ‘just watch this’…
We held our breath, feeling every bit like Attenborough.
The fish appeared to tease her, just keeping a paw length away.
In the end, it seemed that perhaps this sweet creature was just enjoying some company.
These turtles were a happy group and were also enjoying the cooling water on this sweltering day.
Making do with bottles of water, we head for the Elephants of Asia.
But, you are never alone in this jungle.
The elephants had a wonderfully dopy look about them.
No, no I didn’t mean it. I’m so sorry!
At least this little guy knows how to pose.
The heat is on a level we’ve never experienced before, so we duck into the frozen tundra enclosure just to cool off. Blow kisses to the polar bear until we are ready to head out again.
It’s nearly time to see the free-ranging Orang-utans being fed, but we dash to the Giraffes first where the public get to feed them carrots.
It’s a wonderfully intimate experience.
Expect to grin, a lot. The impossibly long, grey tongues gently curl around the carrot batons. As your eyes meet, you realise this is a moment to remember.
We reluctantly moved on, still checking our watches, desperate not to miss the Orangutang’s lunch time.
The lion family had the right idea and sheltered from the mid day temperatures.
We strolled up and down, watching gentle zoo life unfold before our eyes.
These Zebras munched their lunch politely, chatting from the corner of their mouths.
This sturdy Rhino took it’s little one for a dip in the pool.
Finally, the moment I had been waiting for all morning, all this trip (all my life).
What is it about these darling creatures that melt my heart every time? The zoo has 37 of these highly endangered apes and it breaks my heart that their natural habitat is being destroyed.
They are so human, but without the really mean bits.
So, one by one family groups climb down from the jungle tree tops and enjoy a refreshing drink of coconut milk.
By the end you will want more babies of your own, you’ll want to save the Bornean and Sumatran rain forest and you’ll contemplate building a tree top boardwalk zone in your back garden.
This old guy was a bit of a Romeo and flew through the climbing platforms with a tasty leaf in his mouth.
He head towards his ‘Mrs’ who was waiting in the shade. Now, who says we haven’t got more to learn from these incredible animals?