One of the world's best, Singapore Zoo is a lush wonderland of spacious, natural enclosures, freely roaming animals and interactive attractions.

Set in a rainforest environment it’s is home to over 2,800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The park also boasts the world’s first free-ranging orang utan habitat in a zoo - they are literally swinging around above your heads as you wander past.

I have to confess I'm not a big fan of zoo's - I worry too much about whether the animals are happy and content and how they got there in the first place. A little voice inside my head keeps whispering "animal jail" which rather takes the fun out of a day out with the kids. But as zoo's go Singapore has got so much right; spacious and open landscaped enclosures, many animals roaming freely and the inhabitants genuinely did seem happy, healthy and thriving.

It is a huge beautifully designed zoo divided into 11 zones including Wild Africa, Australian Outback and Fragile Forest. Each area is a unique immersive experience to explore where kids (and grown ups!) can learn, appreciate and respect the animals we share our planet with.

In the Fragile Forest you enter a massive biodome that recreates the amazing diversity of the rainforest. Mousedeer scurry about on the forest floor and you can dodge the flying foxes gliding over your heads from the observation deck.

Strolling through Wild Africa we came face to face with lions, zebras, rhinos and giraffes. We met lots of our favourite friends from "Down Under" in the Australian Outback, and you can grab feeding tokens to have kangaroos and wallabies to eat out of your hands. Other zones include the Primate Kingdom, where each of the 39 primates on display have their own island, or the Reptile Garden, which houses giant tortoises and fearsome Komodo dragons.

Our highlight and the coolest place in the zoo is the new Frozen Tundra - home to Inuka the polar bear. The 2,700 sq.metre exhibit is complete with a large pool with floating ice blocks, and an ice cave and waterfall. The girls loved getting up close to Inuka from the frozen tunnel viewing gallery.

The zoo is in one of the most beautiful settings in the world - 26 soothing hectares of lush penisula far from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can trek along foot tracks or hop on to a guided tram if little legs get too weary.

It has really been designed with families in mind - with heaps of presentations, interactive opportunites and play areas. Our kids especially loved the animal shows - an amazing experience not to be missed. They learnt all about the endangered rainforests, saw elephants at work and play and enjoyed the antics and tricks of our domestic friends at the Animal Friends show.

Rainforest Kidzworld is especially designed for the little ones to go wild. A wonderland of slides, swings, pulling boats, pony rides and farmyard animals happy for a feed. There's even a dedicated splash area for fun times in the wet play.

We had a brilliant day all round and were really impressed with this special and unique zoo.

Top Tips:

- Travel by public transport is straightforward on the MRT and inconnecting buses - check the zoo's website for details. It takes about an hour from the city centre but is a fraction of the cost of a taxi or private transfer.

- Check the zoo's website for suggested itineraries, popular experiences, shows and feeding times - it really is worth planning your day around these so you can see the animals at their most active.

- Wear repellant as there are plenty of mossies around!

- Bring your swimmers and towels to enjoy the wet play area.

- Prepare for all weathers - we started out smothered in sunscreen but by the end of the day were diving for cover in a sudden downpour.

- Wear comfy shoes - the spaciousness and thoughtful design of the zoo means some long walks to get around all the exhibits.

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