Set in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo's world-famous "Open Concept” offers the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. Home to more than 2,400 specimens of over 300 species, 34 per cent of which are threatened, the Zoo has attained a strong reputation internationally for its conservation initiatives and breeding programmes.

To better meet the healthcare needs of its animals and working towards its aspiration to become a leading global centre of excellence for veterinary healthcare and research, a purpose-built Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre was set up in March 2006.

Annually, approximately 1.9 million visitors enjoy experiential learning journeys at the 26-hectare award-winning Zoo. Singapore Zoo is part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore. The Zoo is a designated rescued wildlife centre by the governing authority.

At a glance

How it’s designed

How it’s designed

Set in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo is renowned for its ‘open concept’, which offers visitors from around the world the opportunity to be inspired by the wonders of nature and wildlife. Animals here live in spacious and landscaped environments, simulating that of their natural habitats. 

Singapore Zoo is also constantly evolving into an open, learning experience about wildlife. Interactive, educational content has become a feature of all exhibits. Through these interpretives, guests get to learn more about our animals and wildlife conservation efforts in an engaging way.

Highlights

We continue to contribute to the global conservation effort through our captive breeding programmes. In 2014 alone, the zoo successfully bred over 100 animals —  many of them endangered or threatened in the wild.

As part of our efforts to transform the park from an open zoo to a learning zoo, local and overseas student groups of between 30 to 200 persons can experience educational programmes ranging from day and night camps, behind-the-scenes and specially guided tours, to crafted workshops with us.

Singapore Zoo boasts some of the world’s most interesting habitats and experiences.  We have the world’s first free-ranging orangutan habitat in a zoo. This environment emulates the charismatic apes in their natural surroundings. Guests also get a vantage point, walking along a raised boardwalk.

 

Another significant feature is our Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre. Opened in 2006, the facility includes a viewing gallery that allows guests to get an up-close look of the animal surgery and treatment areas.

Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife is a highlight for many of our visitors. This programme allows them to enjoy a meal in the company of the zoo’s iconic animal – the orangutan.

Awards and accolades

Meritorious Defence Partner Award (2011)
Presented to Singapore Zoological Gardens in recognition of commendable contributions towards National Defence

Awarded by MINDEF Singapore

Most Popular Attraction - Wildlife Park (2011)
Asian Attractions Awards

We Welcome Families Award - Excellence Award
Awarded by Business for Families Council in Mar 2011

Businesses For Families Mark (2010)
Certificate of Recognition presented to Singapore Zoo for achieving the Businesses for Families Mark

Awarded by Ministry Of Community Development, Youth and Sports

Achievement Of ISO 14001 And OHSAS 18001 Certifications (2009)
All three Wildlife Reserves Singapore parks are the first zoological institutions in Southeast Asia to receive both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications

Loo Awards (2009)
Singapore Zoo Rainforest Kidzworld

Awarded by Restroom Association (Singapore)

Most Edu-Taining Attraction Award (2008)
Singapore Zoological Gardens

Awarded by Association of Singapore Attractions

WSQ Most Supportive Company Award (2008)
Singapore Zoological Gardens

Awarded by Singapore Workforce Development Agency, Association of Singapore Attractions and Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS)

Michelin 3-Star Rating
Awarded in September 2008

STB 22nd Tourism Awards (2008)
Best Leisure Attraction Experience of the Year

Viator.com 2007
Top 5 Most Popular Family Experiences (Jungle Breakfast at Singapore Zoo)

40 Jewels In ASEAN’S Crown 2007
Best Breakfast – with Ah Meng, the orangutan (Jungle Breakfast at Singapore Zoo)

(List based on international media sources Conde Nast Gold List 2007, Country Brand Index 2007, Lonely Planet Guides, Restaurant Magazine, The Times of London, Time magazine)

Forbes Traveler.Com (2007)
One of the World’s Best Zoos

Best Supporting Company Award (2007)
Singapore Zoological Gardens

Awarded by Singapore Workforce Development Agency, Association of Singapore Attractions and Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS)

Most Supportive Attractions Award (2007)
Singapore Zoo

Awarded by Association of Singapore Attractions

Most Edu-Taining Attraction Award (2006)
Singapore Zoological Gardens

STB 21st Tourism Awards (2006)
Top 10 Best Family Experiences (Jungle Breakfast at Singapore Zoo)

Best-Loved Pro-Family Business Contest (2006) 
Voted one of the best loved pro-family businesses

STB 20th Tourism Awards (2005)
Best Leisure Attraction Experience of the Year

STB 19th Tourism Awards (2004)
Tourism Host of the Year - Leisure Attraction

Awarded to Mr. Emmey Mohd Bin Nenpari, Guest Relations Assistant

Restroom Association (Singapore) - Happy Toilet Award (2004) 
5-star award for cleanliness, functionality and creativity

Singapore H.E.A.L.T.H. Award Bronze Recipient (2004)
National recognition to workplaces with health promotion programmes that strive to improve employee health and well-being

Superbrand Award (2003) 
Awarded one of the 100 Singapore strongest brands

Restroom Association (Singapore) - Happy Toilet Award (2003) 
5-star award for cleanliness, functionality and creativity

STB 17th Tourism Awards (2002) 
Leisure Attraction of the Year

ASEAN Tourism Association – Aseanta Awards For Excellence (2002)
Best New Attraction in ASEAN (Hamadryas Baboons – The Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia)

STB 16th Tourism Awards (2001) 
Leisure Attraction of the Year

STB 16th TOURISM AWARDS (2001)
Tourism Host of the Year – Leisure Attraction

Awarded to Mr. Krishnan s/o Vellasamy, Keeper

Singapore Totalisator Board – Excellence For Singapore Award (2001) 
Awarded to the Singapore Zoo, as a Singapore success story, for its internationally acclaimed ‘open zoo’ design and excellent in-situ conservation achievement

International Festivals And Events Association (IFEA) — Best New Event (Within an Existing Festival)
Bronze Award – Lunch with the Lions

Where Singapore Magazine’s Concierge Choice Awards (2000) 
Best Place to Take the Kids

IMA (Incentive & Meetings Asia) Awards (1999) 
Best Theme Attraction

Meetings & Conventions Asia Pacific Gold Awards (1999) 
Best Theme Venue

Where Singaporemagazine’s Inaugural Concierge Choice Awards (1999)
Best Place to Take the Kids

STB 13th Tourism Awards (1998)
Leisure Attraction of the Year

Ministry Of Environment – Cleanest Toilet Contest (1998) 
Cleanest Toilet Award

Ministry Of Environment – Cleanest Toilet Contest (1997) 
Cleanest Toilet Award

Travel Trade Gazette Asia Asia/Pacific – Travel Awards (1995) 
Best Theme Attraction (Asia-Pacific Region)

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards (1995)
Best Theme Attraction

STPB 8th Tourism Awards (1993)
Leisure Attraction of the Year

STPB 7th Tourism Awards (1992) 
Special Award to Ah Meng, the Singapore Zoo’s orangutan, in recognition and appreciation for her contribution towards tourism in Singapore

STPB 7th Tourism Awards (1992)
Best Leisure Attraction of the Year

STPB 6th Tourism Awards 1991
Best Leisure Attraction of the Year

STPB 1st Tourism Awards 1985
Best Managed Tourist Attraction

Awarded to the Singapore Zoo, in recognition and appreciation for its contribution towards tourism in Singapore