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Go Bananas With The Singapore Zoo As It Celebrates Its Golden Jubilee

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Go Bananas With The Singapore Zoo As It Celebrates Its Golden Jubilee

Singapore Zoo

The Singapore zoo also invites you to look back on 50 unforgettable years

The Singapore Zoo will mark 50 memorable years of connecting people with wildlife, and its evolution as a zoological institution dedicated to animal care and conservation on 27 June 2023. The Golden ZOObilee festivities kick off in May with a lineup of activities to come.

A Window To The Wild

The idea of a zoo near the Upper Seletar Reservoir was conceived in 1968. Subsequently, the pioneer team started from a clean slate to create a naturalistic zoo that also takes advantage of Singapore’s tropical environment and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Singapore Zoo opened in 1973 and is now internationally well-known for its open-concept design. Amongst the immersive wildlife habitats that are most popular with guests are Fragile Forest where close to 50 species, from birds to mammals, freely roam the biodome. The world’s first free-ranging Orangutan exhibit on the other hand that opened in 2006 continues to offer a unique zoo experience.

Singapore Zoo

The naturalistic design of the zoo in the early days included luxuriant landscaping and the use of moats. At this Gibbon Island exhibit, the disguise of safety barriers added to the immersive experience for guests. Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

In the zoo’s long and storied history, it has seen significant births such as the endangered Komodo Dragon in 2009. It was also the first zoo in Asia, outside of the species’ native home of Indonesia, to successfully breed it. Other important new additions included a pair of Crocodile Monitors in 2019, particularly special as they were the world’s very first second-generation Crocodile Monitors to hatch under human care.

Celebrating 50 Years With a Zoo-Per Fun Line-Up

On top of that, as one of Singapore’s oldest wildlife parks, the Singapore Zoo has welcomed close to 60 million visitors over the last five decades, many of whom have made precious memories at the zoo, now you can too. This Golden ZOObilee, join in the celebrations of this beloved national icon and discover its wildlife wonders anew.Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo will also be launching Backstage Pass, the Incredible Invertebrates on 6 August 2023. This new tour will take participants behind the scenes of Fragile Forest to discover the role of insects in our ecosystem.

Singapore Zoo

Inuka, the world’s first Polar Bear born in the tropics, was a firm favourite for guests who visited Singapore Zoo. Inuka died on 25 April 2018 but continues to live on in the hearts of many Singaporeans who grew up with him. A sculpture of Inuka in one of his favourite positions welcomes visitors at the Singapore Zoo entrance. Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

This experience allows you to hear all about the fascinating invertebrates which make up 95 percent of the animal kingdom, and get hands-on with activities such as identifying butterfly eggs and releasing newly-unfurled beauties into the Butterfly Aviary. Guests can book this Backstage Pass from 6 July 2023.

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo continues to see bountiful animal births, including that of Izara, a Grevy’s Zebra foal, on 30 September 2021. Grevy’s Zebras are the largest and most endangered of the world’s three remaining zebra species. The adult herd arrived at Singapore Zoo in June 2020 and is part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) ex-situ programme (EEP) for the species. Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

More information can be found on the Official Singapore Zoo Website.


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