If there’s one place I wouldn’t hesitate to splurge on plushies and stainless steel tumblers, it’s Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
We visited two of their famous attractions for our second day in the country: Singapore Zoo + River Safari. I want the kids to see, smell, hear, and learn about these beautiful creatures they’ve come to know by watching Wild Kratts.
We hopped on the SAEX bus for the 50-minute drive to Singapore Zoo. It was a pretty smooth ride, despite the 25-minute delay the kids wouldn’t stop yapping about. We eventually arrived, and thankfully the weather was just right.
Singapore Zoo’s our first stop, and they were running this exhibit called Dragons & Beasts: Where Inspiration Meets Reality where visitors can learn about the animals that inspired the world’s mythical creatures. It was a lucky day for Cyrus in particular, since he loves dragons and never lets us forget that he’s born under the sign of the Dragon.
As we walked through the exhibits, we saw recreations of the phoenix, the manticore, the basilisk, Sun Loong, and even White Walker dragon from Game of Thrones.
Of course, nothing beats seeing the very creatures that roam the forests of Earth. The kids oohed and aahed at the monkeys, elephants, turtles, lions, and kangaroos that were just a couple of meters away from us.
Holly loved seeing the otters and elephants. Noah enjoyed the rhinos. Cyrus was enamoured by the lone cheetah that was kind enough to come out of her den to say hello to us.❤️
After lunch at Ah Meng restaurant (Ah Meng is the zoo’s beloved orangutan and one of Singapore Zoo’s mascots), we headed straight for the River Safari where we got to see the marine life that live in the world’s famous rivers and forests.
While it was fun to see all these animals in their natural state, doing their own thing, I’d stop to read the signs put up at each section where people can read about how a good number of these animals are now facing extinction, what humans have done to their populations, and what can be done to preserve their numbers. WRS has done so much work to keep these animals thriving that I didn’t hesitate to order lunch within the park and buy the kids their souvenirs.
The kids certainly enjoyed their time seeing each of these animals up close. I’m just glad to be here where I can appreciate these creatures for what they are and how their roles in the world’s ecosystem are so important to everyone living and breathing on this earth.