Singapore: A zoo without bars!
In the heart of the tropical rainforest, stretching over almost 30 hectares of admirably preserved land, an unusual zoological concept welcomes more than 1.4 million visitors each year, attracted by its “free-roam” approach, providing a perfectly safe formula to admire the animals who live in virtual freedom. With its stone walls, streams, forests and lush islands, this is a far cry from the cages of oft heart-wrenching traditional zoos.
Opened in 1973, it is widely heralded as an exemplary wildlife institution, rivalling the finest establishments in the world. Over 300 species roam, ranging from the more “usual” specimen to rare species such as polar bears, white rhinos, elephants and white tigers.
The Jurong Birdpark, taking up 20 hectares of the island, is also worth a visit for its multi-coloured parrots, birds of paradise, cranes, cormorants, toucans and many other stunning hawks.
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