We could rattle off statistics like how 2,800 animals and more than 300 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles live at the Singapore Zoo, and 1.6 million people visit it each year, but simply put this impressive attraction in the island’s north is great fun for people of all ages. Animals are largely left to roam open space, giving the impression of seeing them in their natural habitat. The neighboring Night Safari, which opened in 1994, is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals and has 130 species, 38% of them threatened. Visitors can see the park’s seven geographical zones on guided trams, but a much more memorable experience is to wander by foot—at times you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a jungle in the still of night, the quiet punctuated by the calls and yelps of the wild.
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