Day 6 - Singapore
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Rain or shine, I got up this morning and I was going to the zoo. It was the number one thing I wanted to do while I was here and I was not going to leave without attending. This attitude helped I think, or mother nature was sick of hearing me complain because when I left the hotel it was nice and sunny. The bus passed by my stop without stopping, but I just called and he made a U-turn and came back, so no problems today.
The Singapore Zoo is set up different than any zoo I have been to, it has more of an open concept set up, it didnt have the tradional "cages" like other zoos. When you get into the zoo there are ropes and big trees that are hanging above the path for orang utans to climb around freely. Once you get past them, the zoo is set up into different regions; cat country, australian outback, primate kingdom, etc.
So with the option of being able to feed an animal I hopped on that right away and went to the white rhino area because I wanted to feed so crazy animals, you can feed goats, fish, giraffes at any zoo, but this zoo was different. So when I got to the rhino's I was the only one who was going to feed them, everyone else just stood around and took pictures which was fine with me. The rhino was HUGE and it had so much muscle just in it's two lips that I would be terrified if I ran into one in the wild.
Being the animal lover I am, I stopped at every animal exhibit and read their bio's and tooks some pictures so I wont talk about each animal although I could.
Another cool animal exhibit was the white tiger. There were two of them and when I went to see them it was about feeding time, I coudnt feed them but the trainers did. They threw these huge chunks meat over the railing and the tigers would pounce on it. The area even had a little pond set up and they would just swim around in it.
Now the area I spent the most time in was the Hamadryas Baboon, these are the primates you see on t.v. with the big red butts. I paid 5 HK dollars and got a big basket of fruit that I could throw to them.
I ended up spending almost 7 hours at the zoo and never really got bored. During lunch I met a lady who was a prinicpal at a school in Singapre and she said she wanted me to send her my resume, so if anything I could just go teachin in Singapore for a few years...
Erin got off work at 6:00 and got a taxi to the zoo, we decided to go to the night safari which was right next to the zoo. This got really good reviews and everyone recommended it, it is supposed to be a nighttime zoo. When we got there you hop on a tram and it drives you around the zoo with a tour guide.
After walking around we went and watched a fire show. This was known to be a highlight of the safari but we thought different. It was a group of guys doing some ritual dances and kind of seemed like something you could see at a high school talent show. They were laughing during the show and it didnt seem really organized. It was really cool once they got the fire out though, some of them could really blow fire high in the sky. They even got someone out of the crowd to participate which was pretty funny.
Overall, we were a little disappointed with the zoo, for me it was hard coming to after the zoo, but even Erin thought the same. So after grabbing a bite to eat we called it a night. The safari wasnt the best, but the zoo was definitely a highlight of this trip for me.