Mandai Zoo

Mandai Zoo – Singapore Zoological Gardens

Nearest MRT Station:

Choa Chu Kang (NS4) – Then take Bus 927

Ang Mo Kio (NS16) – Then take Bus 138

Marsiling (NS8) – Then take Bus 926

Woodlands (NS9) – Then take Bus 926

Mandai Zoo

Mandai Zoo ranks among the world’s best zoos, as any inspection of the many compliments showered upon them by international sources, ranging from conservationists and zoologists through tourists to self-termed “zoo-haters,” will serve to confirm.

This is the story of how a young team in a very young Asian nation came together in the early 1970s to pool and adapt the wisdom of the much older world zoo community, creating a major recreational and educational centre for their own people, and for the six million or so tourists visiting Singapore every year.

The serendipity of Singapore’s near-equatorial location close to some of the world’s most ancient forests, combined with the foresight of the Zoo’s founders in selecting a fine forest site for their zoo, has ensured that this is a zoo of outstanding physical beauty, lushly and lovingly landscaped for the health and comfort of its animals and the enjoyment of its visitors.

Here is a story full of the excitement of pioneering endeavour and the fun of a lively team working together, vibrantly married with colourful photos of the real stars – the animals themselves.

It was no intellectual decision. It was more of a gut feeling that building a Mandai zoo would be the right thing to do. After all, animals have universal appeal, not least to Singaporeans, reflected animal-lover Dr Ong Swee Law as he surveyed the central water catchment forests which he managed as Chairman of Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) in the late 1960s. He could well imagine how much the Singaporean public would enjoy a zoo. As simple as that.

Instinctive or not, it was an idea well-grounded in the logic too. Singapore always was a good place to put a zoo. Situated just under 137 kilometers north of the equator, the island enjoys year-round tropical warmth and sunshine, coupled with high humidity and abundant rainfall. Such a climate stimulates luxuriant vegetation and complex bio-diversity – a huge variety of different types of living things.


Singapore Zoo

Why Mandai Zoo?

Zoos are not new. They trace their roots back to ancient royal menageries, and are related to the circus. Older still than these, however, are man’s innate curiosity about the natural world, and his urge to make his fellow creatures his friends or his servants. Often, his wonderment has turned to worship, of animal-gods. Many a time, he would set up a zoo.

The Mandai Zoo is a young zoo of just 21 years, but its philosophy is already well defined. “Zoo Are For People,” with the sub text, “Ordinary people.” As the founder Executive Chairman Dr Ong Swee Law has put it, “We are appealing to the public, not the sophisticated few.”

Visitor education is the most important contribution a zoo can make to conservation, in the opinion of the Mandai Zoo. Mandai Zoo has forty years of both history and historical pictures which can be found only at the ticket information counter near to the entrance and exit to the Mandai Zoo and also the recently operational River Safari being displayed the two panda bears named “Kai Kai’ and “Jia Jia” recently three years ago and also broadcasted in the local broadcast news channels and published in the local newspapers of all four compulsory languages. The newspaper article named “Jia Jia” and ‘Kai Kai” Panda Bears had decided to set up a booth at various shopping centres for a sales promotion to promote, attract and welcome all the public people to explore and have a glance and an exhibition of the new animal spices which is going to set up directly next to the Singapore Mandai Zoo currently situated and located at Mandai Road and was being spread to all over the world in all different countries to attract their attention to come and visit Singapore attractive places since the last four years ago such as River Safari which is the most interesting places to visit and all visitors are mostly welcome to try out both the “Jia Jia” and “Kai Kai” panda buns being specially made by the River Safari experienced kitchen chefs using wheat flour and water as their both main ingredients to make a dough before making into a panda bun to sell out to all the public people especially their tourists who had visited Singapore River Safari and their speciality main course dishes in the “Jia Jia” and “Kai Kai” Restaurant being charged at an expensive rate at the River Safari to attract the tourists’ attention and encourage more people to patronize in the restaurant for their snacks and lunch meals.

It was a simple beginning, but Mandai Zoo had already achieved much; a collection of 272 animals representing 72 species held in about 50 enclosures on a 28-hectare site, with almost doubt that area again held in reserve for the future.

Mandai Lake Road, the main access road to the Zoo, was so jammed that many just abandoned their cars and walked. In its first 6 months, the Zoo chalked up 557,000 visitors.


Natural by Design – Mandai Zoo

The Singapore Zoological Gardens is an “Open Zoo.” This was what the Zoo’s planners wanted from the very start. Singapore was not burdened with the baggage, or bards, of the past, as were many much older European zoos. It commanded an impressively large land-bank, including genuine rain forest, unusual assets even by international standards. Singapore’s Mandai Zoo could start afresh, drawing from the most up-to-date zoo designs available worldwide.

What does “Open Zoo” really mean?

Open zoos are kinder to animals than the old-fashioned barred-cage type of zoo, it is true. But all the same, it has to be admitted that all zoos are about keeping captive animals and displaying them to human beings, without endangering visitors. Barriers, whether physical or psychological play the important dual role of protecting animals from interference, and the visitor from the animals

An open zoo is one which gives the visitor the attractive illusion of seeing animals apparently almost free, at close quarters, and happily housed in their own natural habitat – or at least in the nearest thing possible. Seeing animals displayed this way is in itself educational – “infotainment” or “informal education”.

It has always been the Singapore Mandai Zoo’s belief that education is the most important way a zoo can help wildlife conservation. The education and information element at any good zoo is usually boosted with labels and special information panels, certainly one of the Mandai Zoo’s strengths.

Singapore Zoological Gardens Today

By now, the Mandai Zoo was coming of age, physically, but also spiritually. Singapore Zoological Gardens has been created and located in Mandai for 41 years to date. The popular attraction is still welcoming about 1.6 million visitors each year.

Mandai Zoo has constructed a multi-storey carpark because there are excessive flow of vehicles especially mostly in cars by their families who are really keen and interested to bring them all together to visit the interesting open space zoo with their decision because the Mandai Zoo has attracted many thousands of visitors since ten over years ago. Mandai Zoo has upgraded its facilities especially to talk about the public toilet to serve all visitors a better and an environment with five-star top class happier toilets awarded in Singapore and more eateries outlets to attract the tourists attention and also has upgraded the pick-up/drop-off passenger point, bus bay point which is meant for people to board the excursion buses, taxi stand being structured and designed to allow all visitors to take taxis back to their own convenient destination and bus stops being designed to allow all people to alight and board the public buses back to the certain destination conveniently for some residents back to their residential homes and some people to transfer MRT trains after they had reached the bus interchanges which is the ending point.