Fri 12 Feb 10 - Fri 12 Feb 10
Today was a very different experience contrasted with our adventure in Bintan. We went to the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. First of all, I'm very much enjoying Singapore. The public transportation is confusingly easy to navigate (you read that right). We will stare at a bus map and go, "no way, it can't be that easy. We must be reading it wrong." We took a taxi to the zoo, however, but it was the most comfortable taxi ride during our entire trip and the driver was incredibly friendly.
Yes, Josh is from San Diego, a place well known for it's animal parks, but if there is a place in the world that beats it in that category it'd be Singapore. We ended up getting a pass for all three of the major parks; the Zoo, Night Safari, and Bird Park, which we will visit tomorrow. I ended up taking over 250 pictures at the zoo alone, but I promise I'll only be posting the best of the best here.
First of all, I got to see my beloved Manatees. I can't explain why I love Manatees so much. They are just adorable to me. And to worsen the cuteness factor, there was a baby Manatee in the tank. Josh attempted to drag me away, but I was far too snap happy with the camera. I probably spent an hour there, including a show involving the Manatees, penguins, and a California Sea Lion (reminded me of home).
How can you not love this face?
We also saw many other interesting critters. Let's just show, not tell, shall we?
However, the most interesting creature wasn't in a cage. We exited the Fragile Rainforest exhibit and were warned by a fellow visitor, "there is a snake eating a frog over there." We assumed he meant in one of the glass displays, but no, it was in the corner of the room on the floor. I have no idea how the snake or the frog got into the room considering this is a zoo and their are all sorts of barriers keeping animals in certain places and out of others, but it was there.
Several people came into the room and observed the creature with us, completely ignoring the nearby exhibits. Afterwards some of us informed a tram driver who called her supervisor. I have no idea what became of that snake, but it sure was the highlight of our day at the zoo.
Before we get into the night Safari, I must say that the Singapore Zoo has awesome signs.
It was incredibly difficult to get pictures at the Night Safari because it was, well, night. We weren't allowed to take flash photography so we did our best in the ISO setting. Many people broke that rule though, but I'd rather have fewer decent pictures than disturb the animals. Josh got to see Giant Flying Squirrels and Sugar Gliders, so he was pretty happy. The former were in a huge aviary so they flew right over our heads several times. Josh had to drag me away from the Manatees and I had to drag him away from these. Fair is fair.
The highlight of the park was the big cats. We saw lions, leopards, and tigers. Keeping with tradition of getting a stuffed animal on every trip I take, I got a small white tiger plush. There are several different meanings behind this choice. First of all, the tiger was cool at the Night Safari and the white tigers were cool at the Zoo, so it's a memorable keepsake of those places. Second of all, the 14th marks the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Tiger. Third of all, both Josh and I were born in the Year of the Tiger, so it's extra special for us.
Here are the only two pictures that came out on the Safari. The first is Hyenas and the second is Indian Wolves.
Tomorrow we plan on seeing the Bird Park, then bring in the Year of the Tiger with the locals in Chinatown. It should be a blast (no pun intended).