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All-In-One Guide To Visiting The Singapore Zoo & River Safari For Your Future Trip


Faruq Senin  •  Dec 14, 2020


Singapore’s wildlife parks like the Singapore Zoo and River Safari are undoubtedly some of the country’s most famous attractions. Even though you are unable to travel to Singapore now, you can still dream about your future trip and plan ahead. Home to a wonderful collection of wildlife, the Singapore Zoo and River Safari are the perfect spots to get up-close with stunning creatures. If you’re planning a trip to Singapore once it’s safe to do so, we’ve done this guide to visiting Singapore Zoo and River Safari so you’ll know what to look out for! From safety procedures to must-see attractions and more, you’ll want to bookmark this guide for your future Singapore trip! 
1. Book your tickets online and reserve your time slots
As both the Singapore Zoo and River Safari are operating at limited capacity, do note that you’ll need to book your tickets in advance and reserve a timeslot before your visit. Entry to the parks is time-based so make sure that you purchase your tickets online on the Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s Ticketing Portal and select your entry time! Once you arrive, simply present your e-tickets at the park entrance ? This way, you can avoid the hassle of buying your tickets on-site and head straight to the parks. You can also plan ahead and minimise contact with the wildlife park staff by downloading a digital guide to the Singapore Zoo and River Safari. It’s best to arrive no later than 45 minutes from your selected time. If the park’s capacity has been reached, do note that you might be required to wait till there’s availability. During weekends or Singapore’s school holidays (June and December), the Singapore Zoo and River Safari might be busier than usual. So, remember to purchase your tickets early and plan your visit in advance!  #HHWT Tip: If you’re planning to visit more than 1 park, you can enjoy savings of up to 50% with the 4-Park Admission or 2-Park Admission! The ParkHopper Plus package even includes admission to all 4 wildlife parks with tram rides, boat rides and carousel rides. 
2. Follow the precautionary measures for a smooth and safe visit
Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore While visiting the Singapore Zoo and River Safari, rest assured that you can have peace of mind as the parks have put in place precautionary measures for the safety of guests. All parks are SG Clean Certified and high standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained. 
Once you arrive at the parks, remember to scan and check-in using the SafeEntry QR codes at the entrance of each park. There will also be temperature screenings prior to entry. Don’t forget to download and activate the TraceTogether app as it’ll be used for contact tracing in case you come in contact with a COVID-19 case. P.S. The app is easy to use and it’s similar to the tracing app in Malaysia! Visiting the wildlife parks with your family or in a group? Make sure your group size does not exceed the stipulated group size and do maintain a safe distance of at least 1-metre from other groups of guests, especially in high traffic areas or queues. A mask covering your nose and mouth must also be worn at all times when in the parks, except when eating and drinking. From 28 Dec 2020, groups of up to 8 can travel in public spaces and dine in eateries. As the COVID-19 situation might change in the future, do check the latest regulations for the number of people allowed in a group.
 If you’re travelling with kids, children under 6 years of age are not required to wear a mask. Children 12 years and below are allowed to wear a face shield in place of a mask if they have difficulty keeping a face mask on for prolonged periods of time. 
3. Get up close and personal with your favourite animals by feeding them
One of the best ways to get close to your favourite animals is by feeding them! Not only is it an exciting experience, you will also get to learn more about the animals through their behaviours and interactions. ? For a small fee of $5 each, you can feed a giraffe, elephant, goat, the White Rhinoceros and Giant Tortoise at the Singapore Zoo. What’s amazing is that the proceeds from the feedings will help to fund the zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts in the region. Do note that you’ll need to book your feeding session online and arrive 15 minutes before feeding time. Find out more on their website #HHWT Tip: Before and after feeding the animals, remember to wash your hands with soap at the sinks near the feeding spots! Hand sanitisers are also available all around the Singapore wildlife parks, so you can practise personal hygiene throughout your visit to the Zoo.  
4. Learn interesting facts about the animals at the amazing animal shows
 One thing you can’t miss while at the Singapore Zoo is the amazing animal shows! This is the time where you’ll get to witness the incredible talents of the animals alongside their trainers. Watch the California sea lions glide or balance a ball on their noses at the Splash Safari Show or witness rainforest animals like monkeys and lemurs jump and fly above you at the Rainforest Fights Back show. For those of you visiting with kids, the Animal Friends Show will be perfect for you as you’d be able to see domesticated animals like cats, dogs and mice perform on stage ? During the show, you can expect some cat-and-mouse mischief that you usually see in cartoons, see how dogs use their keen sense of smell and more. For some shows, you can even take photos with the animals at the end!    There are two sessions for each show and they last for about 15-20 minutes. Do arrive early as the shows operate at limited capacity as part of safety measures. Once full, they won’t be able to accept more guests. Trust us, you wouldn’t want to miss the animal shows at the Singapore Zoo so remember to plan ahead! Check out the schedule here #HHWT Tip: Do note that the Elephant Presentation is currently suspended. Some other experiences, programmes and animal exhibits may also be temporarily closed due to safety measures. Find out more here
At the River Safari, catch up with adorable capybaras, beavers, the Great white pelicans and other fascinating creatures at the Once Upon A River show along the water’s edge. There are 3 show timings to choose from so do plan your time accordingly as shows are limited to a maximum of 50 people due to safety measures. Token feedings of the capybaras are also suspended but rest assured, you’ll be able to enjoy the show safely.  P.S. Planning a visit to Sentosa for your future trip instead? Check out our ultimate Muslim-friendly guide to Sentosa!
5. Take a fun ride on River Safari's Amazon River Quest
Credit: VisitSingapore on Facebook  A must-visit attraction at the River Safari is none other than the Amazon River Quest! The boat adventure is designed to simulate a journey along the Amazon River and you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for the animals of the Amazonian wildlife as they are well-camouflaged among the lush vegetation. Some of the animals you can’t miss here are the jaguars, Brazilian tapirs and giant anteaters. As you get on the boat on the Amazon River Quest, do remember to keep a safe distance from other groups of guests too.  Price: $5 (Adult), $3 (Child) P.S. Travelling to Singapore with your kids next time? You'll want to visit Gardens by the Bay too! Check out our 6 essential tips for visiting the Gardens with your family
6. Meet the stars of the Singapore Zoo and River Safari
Your visit to the Singapore Zoo and River Safari wouldn’t be complete without meeting some of their stars! Yes, we’re talking about some of the endangered species of animals that you will encounter in both parks. 
The Singapore Zoo is home to the largest breeding group of endangered proboscis monkeys outside of its range countries. Known for their big noses and tummies, these monkeys are at very high risk of extinction in the wild. It’s fascinating to watch them with their humanlike behaviours in enlarged enclosures! 
 The Sumatran and Bornean orangutans are another critically endangered species that is not to be missed at the zoo. You can catch a glimpse of the orangutan family and watch these largest tree-dwelling mammals go about their daily lives ? While visiting the animal enclosures, remember to keep your mask on at all times. Travelling with kids? Those under 6 years of age are not required to wear a mask. Children 12 years and below are allowed to wear a face shield in place of a mask if they have difficulty keeping a face mask on for prolonged periods of time. 
Over at the River Safari, look out for the famous giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the Giant Panda Forest! These pandas are vulnerable to extinction and are on a 10-year loan from China. If you still can’t get enough of them, be sure to bring home some Kai Kai and Jia Jia plush toys, clothing and other exclusive memorabilia.
#HHWT Tip: If you’re visiting the Singapore Zoo and River Safari with your family, explore the park at a more relaxed pace on the tram ride and listen to stories of the animals onboard. Price: $5 (Adult), $3 (Child). Alternatively, you can rent a stroller ($15) or a wagon ($18) so that travelling around the parks will be less of a hassle. Do remember to keep to the allowed group size while you’re out and about at the parks. Check the latest regulations for the maximum number of people allowed in a group. 
7. Fuel up on halal food at Singapore Zoo and do your prayers
There are plenty of other halal food options at the Singapore Zoo to fill your tummies before and after your day out and about ? Before having your meal, be sure to wash your hands with soap at one of the many toilets at the Singapore Zoo or use the hand sanitisers that are readily available.
Head over to Ah Meng Restaurant and enjoy scrumptious local cuisine like laksa and chicken rice. For light bites, Ah Meng Bistro’s gourmet sandwiches and health specialty teas have got you covered. If you’re looking for kid-friendly meals, you can head over to several KFC outlets - outside the zoo and Rainforest Kidzworld. The KFC outside the zoo is perfect as you can fill your tummy before visiting River Safari too. Don’t forget to scan the SafeEntry QR codes before entering the eateries.  Remember to keep to the allowed group size at a table and do note that you’re not allowed to intermingle with guests at other tables. Do check the latest regulations for the number of people allowed at one table before you visit! When ordering your food at the counter, do practise a safe distance of 1-metre from other guests and remove your mask only when you’re eating or drinking.  #HHWT Tip: Although there are no official prayer spaces at the Singapore Zoo and River Safari, you can approach one of the staff at the reception counters for assistance and they will prepare a room for you. The prayer room at Singapore Zoo is currently under renovation but you can ask for assistance at the River Safari. Do note that you’ll have to bring your own prayer mat and garments and perform your ablutions in a nearby toilet ?
8. Look out for special events at the Singapore Zoo and River Safari
There’s never a dull moment at the Singapore Zoo and River Safari as you can look forward to special events that are happening all-year round. 
 You might not be able to visit the Singapore Zoo and River Safari now but you can still interact virtually with the animals! With the “Hello From The Wild Side” programme, you can book a customised virtual experience and get to know the unique personalities of various animals. What’s great is that you can participate in a live feeding session and enrichment activities. But that’s not all - sign up for a Backstage Pass to get behind the scenes of the parks’ popular exhibits and shows ? Curious to find out more? Feel free to ask the keepers some questions! Check out their website to find out more about Hello From The Wild Side!
The parks also occasionally hold themed events. For instance, both parks are currently having a Disney-themed event called the Disney Outdoor Explorers for Singapore’s school holiday period (21 Nov - 27 Dec 2020). Those visiting the wildlife parks with their family can follow Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse’s trail and look for playful doodle animals. Not to mention that visitors are able to get exclusive Disney merchandise and take part in craft workshops.  So, before you plan your visit to the Singapore Zoo and River Safari in the future, look out for special events that’ll make your visit to both parks even more fun ? #HHWT Tip: After leaving the Singapore Zoo and River Safari, don’t forget to check out of the SafeEntry QR Code on your mobile phone.   With these 8 essential tips, you’ll be more than ready for your visit to the Singapore Zoo and River Safari for your future Singapore trip! With new safety measures like purchasing tickets online, booking of time slots, safe distancing guidelines and more, it’s important to plan for your trip to Singapore in advance and factor in extra time where relevant. With these measures, you’ll be able to experience Singapore’s wildlife parks safely and with a peace of mind ? Although you still can’t travel to Singapore yet, take this time to dream about your next trip to the Singapore Zoo and River Safari!  This article is brought to you by the Singapore Tourism Board.