The Wild Side of Singapore (and no, we’re not talking about the zoo)
National zoos are great for everyone. You get to see and learn about the wildlife of the particular region, and maybe even get up-close to feed them! The only downside is that they are usually crowded, especially on the weekends or during the holiday season. Imagine trying to snap a wefie with the flamingos in the distance only to have your shot ruined by a passing group of visitors!
Luckily the zoo isn’t the only place to see and interact with the animals. Check out the list below to find out where the other places are at!
Spot Birds at Sungei Buloh
Birds found in Singapore / Image Credit: Bird Ecology Study Group
Singapore is not only rich in flora but also in fauna. Home to a more than 300 species of birds, you can easily find birds and other free-roaming animals in our many parks, gardens, and nature reserves.
The recommended bird watching period is between September and March as the birds stopover at Sungei Buloh on their migratory route.
There are many other free-roaming animals that you can spot if you’re lucky, including the more common ones such as dogs and cats that dwell amongst us in the neighbourhoods. The adorable otters at Bishan and along Singapore River, wild boars and monkeys in the surrounding forests, and the peacocks at Sentosa are all quite a sight to behold. It’s also a finable offence if you knock down one of them!
Enter The World of Rare Turtles and Tortoises
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Meet more than 200 turtles and tortoises of over 60 different species at the world’s only turtle and tortoise private zoo, The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum.
Learn the unique characteristics of each species, and get in touch with the spirit of the Sulcata Tortoise for luck, the Thailand’s Golden Temple Turtle for wealth, and be fascinated by the six-legged turtle aptly named “Double Happiness”.
Image Credit: Soda’s Tortoise Garden
Pet and feed the friendly terrapins and softshell turtles that roam freely around the park. You can even catch them mating or watch the eggs hatch if you’re lucky!
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The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum may be shifting from its Chinese Garden home in 2018, so grab the chance to visit it where it all started while you still can.
Milk Goats at Hay Dairies
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Hay Dairies is the only goat farm in Singapore since 1988, and there’s no entrance fee so you can spend on the Alfalfa Hay instead to feed some of the 800 mixed breed goats!
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For a chance to milk the goats, catch the daily milking process between 9am and 10.30am (except for Tuesdays when they are closed and public holidays). There are also educational tours that you can sign up for. Learn from their goat farmer and bring home a bottle of fresh goat milk and a souvenir!
Feed The Animals at Farmart
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For a little bit of everything, visit Farmart Centre. Animals there include goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, parrots, bullfrogs, terrapins, koi, and you can feed them too!
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You can also participate in Uncle William’s educational farm tour too as he shares his passion for quail farming and fun facts about farming in Singapore.
And when you’re hungry, stop at the food area and indulge in local barbecue seafood and other delicious hawker fares.
Walk with Roaming Birds at the ‘Kampung Zoo’
Roaming birds at The Animal Resort / Image Credit: Don
Tucked away at a quiet corner along Seletar Farmway is the free-to-visit The Animal Resort. Set amongst lush greenery with minimal structure and décor, you will get a feel of what “Kampung” life is like. Walk with the many ducks, fowls, and pigeons roaming the grounds freely.
Marabou Stork / Image Credit: TheSmartLocal
You can find some exotic birds in the enclosures there too, like the Marabou Stork, which looks a little like a prehistoric vulture.
You can also buy some animal feed to feed the rabbits, guinea pigs, parrots, and the lone horse there. Image Credit: TripAdvisor
The only downside is that you probably need to drive or take a taxi if you’re with children as the nearest bus stop is a 15-minute walk away.
Cosy Up with Cats and Dogs at Animal Cafés
Image Credit: Cat Café Neko no Niwa
Ever since the opening of Cat Café Neko no Niwa, the first ever cat café in Singapore, there have been many other similar cafés sprouting up here.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at We are the Furballs / Image Credit: madamechewy
For the dog lovers, there’s also Singapore’s first dog petting café We are the Furballs.
Here’s a list of more places you can have a meal or a cuppa with the company of playful furry mates.
Skip The Tourist Attractions
Be sure to check out the locations above if you’re looking to avoid the touristy places but still want to enjoy a similar experience with the animals!