the orangutan day

Saturday 25 March 2017

We walked out of the hotel just after 7:45am and into a taxi waiting at the entrance for fare. The Singapore Zoo is about a 30 minute drive away but the taxis in Singapore are pretty cheap and it only cost about $20. The zoo opens at 8:30am and our breakfast with the orangutans starts at 9:00, leaving us plenty of time to buy our tickets and make our way to the restaurant within the grounds of the zoo.

As the restaurant is inside the zoo you also have to buy an entrance ticket to the zoo so once again our Singapore Airlines boarding pass came in handy and gave us a 10% discount.

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From the entrance it’s about a 350 metre walk to the Ah Meng Restaurant for breakfast. There was plenty to see along the way including these cuties.

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We were one of the first to arrive at the restaurant and after a short wait we paid for our breakfast and were escorted to our table – which was right in front of where the orangutans would be a little later. I was so happy because we were in a great place to get fantastic views of the orangutans but I would also be able to get some good photos.

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Breakfast was a buffet and there was plenty to eat and plenty of time to eat it before the orangutans were scheduled to come out around 10:00am.

From our vantage point we could see them arriving

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This snake was being brought around for people to see and touch

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They are so beautiful

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They had a constant supply of food to keep them happy

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After a little while people were encouraged to start lining up so they could have a photo with the orangutans. There was a zoo photographer and some helpers who will take photos with your own cameras and phones.

While in line Peter got another opportunity with the snake and this time he got to hold it.

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This is a photo that one of the helpers took with my camera. We did buy a photo the photographer took but though it was not a bad shot the quality of the photo itself wasn’t great.

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Afterwards, the orangutans left the same way the came – climbing and swinging through the trees. I had also bought tickets which cost $5 for the tram ride which drives through the zoo grounds and has four stops where you can get off and walk around. The plan was to just take a lap of the zoo for a quick look and then leave and go to Sentosa.

We did a lap of the zoo on the tram, then got out and walked a while

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We went on another tram and got off at another stop

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It soon became apparent that we didn’t want to leave the zoo just yet. This is a beautiful zoo, in beautiful grounds right by the river and the animals seem happy to not be very caged in.

I love elephants

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I feel like this polar bear sometimes

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We saw him again later on

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We got off the tram to get a better look at some of the animals we drove by earlier

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And we have warthogs and meerkats – Pumbaa and Timon!

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Hi there

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As usual the cats were all sleepy

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The statue of the first  Ah Meng who was the matriarch of her clan and lived at the zoo from 1971 until she died in 2008.

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We left the zoo about 1:00pm and while in the taxi ride back to the city the rain started pouring down. It rained quite hard for most of the afternoon and into the night. Needless to say we didn’t get to Sentosa and as we are flying to Chiang Mai tomorrow, Sentosa will have to wait until the next time we visit Singapore.

 

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