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Encyclopedia > Singapore Zoo
Entrance to the Singapore Zoo.
Entrance to the Singapore Zoo.

Singapore Zoo, formerly known as Singapore Zoological Gardens, occupies 28 hectares (0.28 km²) of land on the margins of a reservoir within Singapore's heavily forested central catchment area. The zoo was built at a cost of S$9m granted by the government of Singapore and opened on 27 June 1973. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 834 KB) Summary Entrance to the Singapore Zoological Gardens. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 834 KB) Summary Entrance to the Singapore Zoological Gardens. ... A hectare (symbol ha) is a unit of area, equal to 10,000 square meters, commonly used for measuring land area. ... Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Singapore The Central Catchment Nature Reserve is the largest nature reserve in Singapore, forming a large green lung in the geographical centre of the city. ... The Singapore dollar, divided into 100 cents, is the monetary unit of Singapore (currency code SGD). ... The Government of Singapore is formed by the political party which gains a 50% majority in the general elections held in Singapore at least once every four years. ... June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 187 days remaining. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ...


Singapore Zoo is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, along with Night Safari as well as Jurong BirdPark. The Singapore Night Safari is described as the worlds first and only night-time safari park, and is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Singapore. ... Jurong Birdpark sign A flock of flamingos in the bird park The Jurong BirdPark (Chinese: 裕廊飞禽公园; Malay: Taman Burung Jurong), is a tourist attraction in Singapore. ...


From the beginning, Singapore Zoo followed the modern trend of displaying animals in naturalistic, 'open' exhibits, i.e. with hidden barriers.

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History

A pair of white tigers at Singapore Zoo.
A pair of white tigers at Singapore Zoo.

The conception of the Singapore Zoo dates from 1969. At the time, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) decided to use some of its land holdings around reservoirs for parks and open recreational facilities. The then Executive Chairman of PUB, Dr Ong Swee Law, set aside 88 hectares of land for the construction of a zoological garden. So far, only 28 hectares have been developed. The 60 hectares of leftover wooded land and the waters of Upper Seletar Reservoir contribute to the Zoo, giving it a sense of natural, unrestricted space. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (3008x2000, 992 KB) Summary Photo taken (14th Sept 2005) and supplied by Nachoman-au. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (3008x2000, 992 KB) Summary Photo taken (14th Sept 2005) and supplied by Nachoman-au. ... In the public eye white, or more correctly, chinchilla tigers are perhaps the colour which is to be most admired. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... A reservoir is an artificial lake created by flooding land behind a dam. ... An Australian park A park is any of a number of geographic features. ... Tigers playing in the water. ... A zoo. ... Upper Seletar Reservoir Upper Seletar Reservoir (Chinese: 实里达蓄水池上段) is Singapores third impounding reservoir, after MacRitchie Reservoir and Peirce Reservoir (now the Upper Peirce Reservoir and the Lower Peirce Reservoir). ...


In 1970, consultants and staff were hired, and in 1971, the construction of the basic 50 enclosures started. Animals were collected from dealers and donated by sponsors. The Director of the Colombo Zoo in Sri Lanka was hired as a special consultant to work out problems inherent in tropical zoos. 1970 (MCMLXX in Roman) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... The tropics are the geographic region of the Earth centered on the equator and limited in latitude by the two tropics: the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere and the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere. ...


On 27 June 1973, the Singapore Zoo opened its gates for the first time with a collection of 270 animals from over 72 species, and a staff of 130. By 1990, 1,600 animals from more than 160 species lived in social groups, housed in 65 landscaped exhibits with boundaries conceived to look as natural as possible. June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 187 days remaining. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ... In biology, a species is the basic unit of biodiversity. ... This article is about the year. ... In sociology, a group is usually defined as a collection consisting of a number of people who share certain aspects, interact with one another, accept rights and obligations as members of the group and share a common identity. ... Landscape architecture is the art, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation of the land and the design of man-made constructs. ...


Trivia

In 2002, teams of The Amazing Race also came to the Singapore Zoological Gardens as part of a detour. For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... It has been suggested that The Amazing Race rules be merged into this article or section. ...


See also

The Singapore Night Safari is described as the worlds first and only night-time safari park, and is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Singapore. ... Jurong Birdpark sign A flock of flamingos in the bird park The Jurong BirdPark (Chinese: 裕廊飞禽公园; Malay: Taman Burung Jurong), is a tourist attraction in Singapore. ...

References

  • Véronique Sanson (1992), Gardens and Parks of Singapore, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195885880
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External links

  • Singapore Zoo's official web site, Map.
  • Singapore Night Safari web site, Map.
  • Singapore Zoological Gardens Docents

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