Ecosystems around the world are dependent on the maintenance of a delicate balance of flora and fauna and while observing the diverse wildlife that exists in some forests, sanctuaries and parks can be an exciting experience, it is not always possible or practical to, for instance, visit these places to observe unique animals in their own habitat. Therefore, though they pose a number of concerns and objections, zoos can also serve as a convenient mode to see such mammals and also provide an interesting method to learn about them and the environment they come from even though one cannot observe them in their natural habitat. Therefore, for citizens of Singapore and visitors and travellers exploring this city state, the Singapore Zoo is a must visit attraction.

For those searching for Singapore 5 star hotels to reside in, whether one is in the city for business or pleasure, the comfortable and opulent The Westin Singapore can be recommended. Once at this hotel, there are a number of places and attractions in the city which are within easy reach and the Singapore Zoo is a mere half an hour drive away.

Known by the locals as Mandai Zoo, this attraction was opened in 1973 and covers around 69 acres in total within the central catchment area of Singapore. The Zoo is significant for its progressiveness for it displays the animals in an environment that simulates nature and has moved away from the practice of caging them. The animals are reigned in through the novel idea of moats as well as barriers that cannot be seen, thereby providing guests with the spectacular opportunity to view them in an environment that mimics their natural habitat. The Singapore Zoo is also globally significant as they host the largest captive colony or orang-utans in the world. It has also received recognition across the world and a number of awards: a true testament to its high quality.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.