Day 6 - Singapore

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proboscis monkey

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.

orang utan
The best part was that unlike most zoos, all the animals were active and not just laying there sleeping. Another awesome thing was that there were feedings every hour with different animals and you could feed some of them.

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.

right when you walk in
It was fun just walking around the zoo because it is set up on sort of a small island, it is completely surrounded by a reservoir besides the entrance and then on the otherside of the reservoir it looks like the rian forrest.

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.

wild dogs
Their exhibit looked like it was in the basin of the grand canyon, there was a little river between them and me, and they had all kinds of cliffs, rocks and logs to stand on. These guys were so funny to watch because they were so much like humans. Feeding them alone was hilarious, they would sit there and clap their hands to get your attention or raise one hand and waive it as if I were a server at a diner. My favorite was one who would wave at you to make sure your watching him and then he would do a back flip, if you didnt throw him one he would look at the baboon you did through it to with a disgusted look. These guys could catch too, I would throw a small banana and they could catch it one handed. They would all gather at the edge of this cliff because they knew when feeding time was, but then they would drift off once the people left.
we bonded
I stayed there for easily an hour watching them because I couldnt believe how much like people they were. Inside the pack of baboons there were little "groups" and they would look out for each other. One would loo like it's sitting by itself picking it's fur, easy target, so a few others would gang up on it not knowing that it had three or four friends up higher watching it's back. Then before you knew it there would be little group battles. They would slap each other or pull their tails and then run away and go at it again. At one point there were probably 20 going at it and it looked pretty serious to me, then out of no where what must have been the big dog came out and shook a big log and screamed and literally every baboon in the exhibit stopped and looked at him and were like "oh shit," and stopped what they were doing.
Even the young monkeys were like kids, they would run around picking on others that were smaller than them. One would pull the tail of one while the mother was turned and then just act like it was eating its fruit.

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.

This was alright, you couldnt take pictures with a flash and it was too dark to take pictures without a flash. The tour guide was like a robot, she was very scripted during the tour and you could tell that she does the tour night after night. It was set up like the zoo and had different regions as well. Once we went all the way around we hopped off and walked the trails through the safari. This was pretty cool because it was really dark and kind of spooky walking around the dark. Erin was of course most amused by animals like zebras, giraffes, ostrichs, animals that can be found at ALL zoos and didnt have any intrest in what I thought were the cool animals, like the Mangrove walk, which was a cage you could go it that had giant eared bats and flying foxes.
It was kind of hard getting around the safari in the dark too but we managed.

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.

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proboscis monkey
proboscis monkey
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orang utan
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right when you walk in
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wild dogs
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we bonded
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hamadryas baboon
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momma and baby
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waiting for food
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"big dog"
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battle going on
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another battle
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he was just hanging right above t…
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there were some really pretty flo…
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fire show