“KoalaMania!” hit Singapore when Australia kindly “loaned” our zoo four koalas as part of our SG50 celebrations (i.e. Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence), as well as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore. The koalas are from the Lone Pine Sanctuary and will stay at the Singapore Zoo until January 2016, before returning to Australia.
Outside the zoo’s entrance, visitors are already overwhelmed by various signs with koala motifs…
…and there’s even “Meet and Greet” sessions (10am, 2pm, 4pm) with some of the zoo’s animal mascots (Venue: Singapore Zoo Entrance).
I stumbled upon these koala mascots but didn’t queue to get my picture taken with them. However, the toddler in my photo below, seemed fascinated by the 4 mascots! LOL…
Okay, enough side-tracking – head this way to see the koalas…
There was a long queue at the entrance to the Australian Outback Zone which housed the koalas and on the day I visited, the waiting time was stated to be 30min, but I didn’t actually have to wait that long.
|Opening Hours||9.00am – 6.00pm (last entry 5.45pm)|
This building houses the koala exhibit and visitors are admitted by groups.
During peak periods, viewing time is limited to 10mins only.
At the koala exhibit…
Unfortunately the koalas were asleep when I got there and this one looked funny – like it was suspended between the two branches!
I was fortunate enough to see this other sleepy koala wake up for a split second to stare at us visitors before it went back to sleep.
Don’t just get caught up with only looking at the koalas – if you turn and face the wall, you can read more about koalas, with various interesting facts found in the short write-ups.
I quite liked this mural found at the exit of the koala exhibit.
If you feel famished after seeing those cute and furry marsupials, there are some food items available with a koala-theme and they can be found at the eateries located just outside the zoo entrance.
The Wild Deli
|Zoo Entrance||8.00am – 6.30pm (Monday – Friday)
8.00am – 7.00pm (Weekends & Public Holidays)
I just had to order one of everything with a koala theme! ^_^
Koala Apple Pie – when you cut into it, the pie filling looks juicy and a little glossy but I found it to be more gluey in consistency and a little dry, so it wasn’t the best apple pie that I’ve had, although taste-wise it was okay.
Koala Chicken Cream Bun – I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this as chicken cream is not a common filling for most buns that are sold at bakeries in Singapore. To my surprise, it actually tasted quite nice! The chicken cream was like those found in pies but I think I would still prefer eating this filling in a pie rather than in a bun (i.e. the cream was a little dry and probably was soaked up by the bread).
Koala Cappuccino – Just a normal cappuccino topped with a cute koala motif. I was disappointed that it came in a paper cup instead of the coffee cup shown in the picture. At least the Panda Cappuccino at the River Safari was served in a proper coffee cup.
|Zoo Entrance||8.00am – 7.00pm (Daily)|
Koala Macaron – This macaron had a filling which tasted like nutella and it sat atop colourful mini marshmallows.
Koala Snack Box – if you fancy cold food (not me!), you can consider buying this. It contains a koala-shaped ham and cheese sandwich, sitting atop a bed of macaroni and served with raisins and fresh fruit by the side.
80 Mandai Lake Road
Tel: (65) 6269 3411
8.30am to 6.00pm daily (Last ticket sale at 5.30pm)
Getting There by MRT and Bus:
|Nearest MRT stations||Connecting buses|
|Choa Chu Kang (NS4)||927|
|Ang Mo Kio (NS16)||138|
|Marsiling (NS8)||926 (operates on Sundays and Public Holidays only)|
|Woodlands (NS9)||926 (operates on Sundays and Public Holidays only)|