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Get closer to wildlife with the new elephant tour and latest edition of Breakfast in the Wild at Singapore Zoo

5 JULY 2024
The school holidays may be over, but there are plenty of new reasons to visit Singapore Zoo. Its third and latest behind-the-scenes tour, Backstage Pass: Elephant Encounters launches on 9 August 2024, while an enhanced edition of Breakfast in the Wild rolls out today (5 July 2024)

Meet our majestic elephants and learn all about the dedicated care they receive. Get the chance to make contact with them under the guidance of our experienced keepers. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Breakfast in the Wild now features the Californian sea lion, which will be on rotation with the African penguins. Enjoy a delectable buffet and hear about our charming animal friends! 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Immersive Encounters with Elephants Like Never Before


Discover the brand-new Backstage Pass: Elephant Encounters, where participants will go beyond the regular visitor experience. Delve behind-the-scenes to learn more about our five female Asian elephants and how they are cared for at the Singapore Zoo. Led by a knowledgeable guide, guests will be introduced to interesting characteristics of elephants and witness how the Elephants of Asia habitat incorporates enrichment devices to keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated. Then, venture into an off-exhibit area and come face-to-trunk with the elephants while getting a first-hand glimpse into the care routines that help ensure the well-being of these gentle giants. This includes ‘pedicure’ or nail filing to prevent overgrowth and the risk of infections, as well as a demonstration of Positive Reinforcement Training. This training method uses rewards – usually food – to encourage animals to voluntarily exhibit specific behaviours. For the elephants, this involves presenting their body parts for daily checks or offering their feet for a pedicure!

Guided by the expert keepers, selected participants can get the opportunity to make contact with an elephant and get a feel of its ears and the stiff hairs on its body. The tour would not be complete without the memorable experience of feeding them their favourite treats – watch the elephants stretch out their trunks to be fed by hand with carrots and bananas, while learning fascinating facts about the herd and interacting with their keepers. Guests may just find out which elephants are best friends and the unique quirks of each individual.

For more information and to make a booking for Backstage Pass: Elephant Encounters, please visit our website. The tour will be available daily from 9 August 2024, 2pm to 3pm. Tickets are priced at $118.40 per person on weekdays and $148 on weekends. Friends of Wildlife members enjoy a 20 per cent discount.

Ignite Your Senses at the Updated Breakfast in the Wild


Starting 5 July 2024, the latest iteration of Singapore Zoo’s iconic dining programme introduces two new animal ambassadors, the Californian sea lion and African penguins. These charismatic additions join the existing lineup of animals, taking turns to make an appearance at the interactive sessions. Guests will continue to enjoy the main 45-minute presentation from 9.15am. The presentation features animals such as the orangutan, fennec fox, green iguana and Bengal eagle owl where guests learn about the unique features of the different animals from their keepers.

Another new highlight is the volunteer segment with the Bengal eagle owl or Malay fish owl where a guest can witness its impressive 270-degree head rotation up close by holding a target stick and walking around the owl. This enhanced experience offers a delightful start to your day as you tuck into a hearty buffet breakfast amidst the wonders of the animal kingdom, with opportunities for learning and unforgettable moments.

Breakfast in the Wild runs daily from 9am to 10.30am. Tickets are priced at $47 for adults and $37 for children aged six to 12, while children under six would need to be accompanied by one adult each. Enjoy a promotional bundle with up to 20 percent off Singapore Zoo admission and Breakfast in the Wild. This exclusive offer is for weekday bookings and local residents only. More details and bookings are available online.

An elephant takes a papaya from a guest with its powerful trunk. Elephants consume fruits whole, contributing to forests in the wild as they disperse seeds through their dung.

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Meet either one of two new additions – the African penguins or Californian sea lion – at the enhanced Breakfast in the Wild programme. African penguins mostly live in the southern coastal regions of Africa and are used to warmer climates, while Californian sea lions are semi-aquatic animals usually found on the western coast of North America.

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

At Breakfast in the Wild, catch the Bengal eagle owl or Malay fish owl’s distinctive 270-degree head rotation in action. Guests can take part in the new volunteer segment to marvel at the owl’s natural ability up close.

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Breakfast in the Wild is a feast for the senses. Indulge in a hearty spread of local and international flavours, and interact with different animal species. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group  

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