Every city has a zoo, but a night zoo is something completely different. In fact a night zoo makes more sense then a daytime zoo because most tropical animal sleep in the heat of the day and hunt and eat at night.
After a hard day's shopping along Singapore's Orchard Road, I was ready to sit down in the evening, and the Night Zoo was just the ticket. Arriving at dusk, that's just after 7pm here, I boarded the open-sided tram/train and it silently glided off down the track. We drove slowly beneath the jungle foliage and came to the first opening. The animals were bathed in ˜moonlight' so we could see them, but we were in the dark so were less visible to them. It was wonderful to see the big cats eating and then playing around so close to us and I was thoroughly entranced.
The commentary was softly spoken and very useful as I no idea what half the animals were! We were all hushed as we watched the spectacle. Foxes, wolves and deer were quite fascinating but there were also plenty of bigger animals along the way too, including hyenas, wildebeest and giraffes. Part way along the ride, the train stopped and we all disembarked to walk along a trail exploring some of the smaller creatures along the way such as badgers, otters and porcupines. The insect repellant was a must at this point! It was great to see the anteaters foraging in the undergrowth and it seemed far more natural than the usual caged exhibits. Back on board we resumed the magical tour which took a good 45 minutes to complete, then on to the shows. Take your pick between the tribal dance show complete with fire eaters, and the more appropriate Creatures of the Night Show. Of course one of the reptiles got lost and we all cautiously looked beneath our seats “ not easy in the dark! The only drawback to the zoo is that flash photography is not allowed for obvious reasons but it is great trip and a very special way to see the wildlife.
By Gillian Birch
Gillian | Aug 26, 2009 | Category: General