We’re very proud of our Singapore Zoo. Despite countless visits, we always managed to do something new each time. Last Friday, we brought Dana and Caleb to the Zoo. As Dana had music rehearsal in the morning, we only arrived at 1pm to be greeted by huge crowds and scorched by blistering heat. The redeeming factor was that the animals were all very active in the afternoons, probably because it was near their feeding times.
Upon arrival, we decided we should allow the children to navigate us. We gave them each a map, they would each pick an animal they wanna see and lead the way. It was more adventurous that way. When they were lost, they asked the Zoo Rangers for directions! Consider it as imparting some autonomy and life skills…
|Navigators for a day!|
We saw so many animals out and about as we trotted around the Zoo…
|The cute Otters!|
|The Cotton-top Tamarin and the White-faced Saki Monkey…|
|The arrogant Pelicans…|
|The waddling Penguins…|
|The industrious Ellys!|
This is also one of those rare occasions we spotted the croc. I thought it was a fake statue at first!
|Look! It’s moving!|
|The menacing False Gharials..|
The highlight of our visit was the feeding of the Manatees! Manatees, also known as Sea-Cows, are endangered, large, fully aquatic, grey marine mammals. Because they are mammals, they can’t breathe underwater, but they’re able to hold their breath for long periods of time so they can feed. Manatees are herbivores and can eat more than 50kg of aquatic vegetation each day. We are glad that Dana had the chance to touch and feed the Manatees at the Zoo before they become extinct!
|Dana feeding Manatee with their supplements before the actual meal…|
|Sniffing for food…|
|There you go, Manatee!|
Before we call it a day, we went to the kid’s favourite pit-stop – the Rainforest Kidzworld. We bought the 3-in-1 pass which allows them to go on the Pony Ride, the Carousel Ride and the Horse Carriage Ride.
|The Horse Carriage Ride…|
|Dana on the Carousel…|
|Always happy to ride on the Pony…|
|It’s Caleb’s 1st Pony Ride!|
|See double? Twin Rangers!|