Tales From A Broad

My year of teaching English in Japan is up. Next mission: backpack Asia before going home to the U.S.A. Currently HOME!





the Night safari

Maybe San Diego has one of the world's largest zoo'z, but Singapore's night safari defintely makes it the most interesting zoo. Some English girls in my hostel and I went to see what it was all about.

You get in and they herd you in this outdoor arena lit up by dim green and red lights. I was expecting the normal stuff like feeding lions and what not, but what came out was much cooler. All the animals in the show are obviously nocturnal and they do tricks that don't suck. Three otters came on stage to seperate the paper and plastic trash into recycle bins. A leopard caught his prey in the dark from a tall, impossible tree.

A beaver walking the rope above our heads

After the show, they took us on a tram ride through the massive zoo. Since everything is in the dark, we could only see the animals under sensitive lights placed far enough away to bother them, but close enough for us to see them. The vultures twitched their wings. The owls almost turned their heads backwards to see us. The hyenas circled their caves nervuosly. The lions yawned when we passed.

What make's Singapore's Night safari so unique is that it's the most animal-conscious zoo I've ever been to. Absolutely NO animals were confined in cages or degraded in any way. If anything, it felt like we, the humans, were the ones confined within the tiny trams we squeezed into, driving through the narrow dirt paths that seperated us from the animals with electric fences. That was it. No cages. No fake rocks or fake trees. They had no bedtime.

The zoo clearly knows it's awesome and was trying to convince us, the tourists, to be the same by being environmentally aware. "This species is killed by the thousands every year. We can protect them by doing more of so and so," The zoo keepers in the show and tram ride would throw in little messagesd like, "This species is killed by the thousands every year. We can protect them by doing more of this," and, "The earth is changing at an alarming rate and we can change that by recycling."

Singapore zoo's Night Safari gets two BIG toe-thumbs up from me!
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