My (Failed) Giant Panda Experience at Singapore Zoo
I don't usually agree with the concept of zoos, I think an animal should only be kept in captivity if it is unable to survive in the wild. Trust me when I say I have experience with bad zoos, aka animal prisons *cough* Moscow zoo *cough*, that have left me in tears due to such poor animal welfare. So when I say good zoo, I don't use the term lightly. However, I will say I am very against the Elephant show put on at Singapore Zoo, we were told by multiple people not to miss it and how amazing it was, but after our experiences in Thailand there was no way I would be able to watch that.
(If you haven't read my post about performing elephants click here). I also really didn't like seeing the polar bear, Inuka, because I thought he looked lonely and a polar bear enclosure at a zoo is never going to even closely resemble that of their natural habitat, especially in a hot climate.
|This was an extremely photogenic sloth|
|looooooook at the ears on that little baby! Like a little Prince Charles monkey|
The reason I loved this zoo though is the open zoo concept and lack of cages. Yeah, no cages. Not even the tiger enclosure had a cage. The boundaries of the animal enclosures are most of the time created by water, as in streams and pools, or, for the case of a lot of the monkeys and primates, they stick to their areas and don't bother the people. Bearing in mind how huge this zoo is, I only saw this being taken advantage of once (a stupid girl who decided to repeatedly stroke a sloth, there's alway one that has to ruin it), this approach seemed to work really well.
As soon as we walked in there was a little space of small trees that had a plaque describing some kind of little monkey on it. We were so confused because these trees just had a single rope around them as a boundary, there was no way any monkeys could be in there. Oh were we wrong, just as we were about to move away, one of the little monkeys jumped to a branch of another little tree area. It was amazing going to a zoo without a big metal fence between you and the animals.
|Where the orangutans could just hang out (although none were when we took the photo), on the tree above too|
Ok, so you may have noticed I haven't mentioned the pandas yet...*sigh* so basically...
We were walking around and following the map when I noticed there were no pandas on there, and although I had had a wonderful day, I was very upset by this discovery. It turns out the pandas were only on the River Safari attraction, which you had to buy separate tickets for (very sneaky Singapore Zoo, totally not cool).
|I know it's a bad quality picture but I had to document the manatees, I was so happy|
|This is all I managed to capture but I SAW ONE, I ACTUALLY SAW ONE :D|
Well, there you have it, not the experience I had in mind BUT still kinda the best thing ever
(p.s. if you ever find yourself here, don't touch the damn animals man. Thank you)