Singapore Zoological Garden

Haha when I said these words “Singapore Zoological Garden”, it will reveal my age too! Why? It’s already been renamed as “Singapore Zoo“. Since when? I don’t know. I remember it’s also locally known as “Mandai Zoo” too. The zoo was opened on 23 Jun 1973 and built at a cost of S$9m.

Is Zoo short for “zoological garden? Let’s guess… yes it is.

If you take a second look at the above photo again, the word ” Gardens” is in Plural, why?

Do you realize that the Zoo entrance decoration always change? Below shows the new name probably taken by someone in 2004;

When I was young, visit to the Zoo is usually thru school excursion. The entrance fees then was so much cheaper compared to now. Of course, there was only 1 zoo then and the Night Zoo (Night Safari) was still not opened yet.

And here is my Zoo fridge magnet souvenir in 1998 (25yrs of conservation);

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8 Responses to “Singapore Zoological Garden”


  1. 1 kelvin Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    i like it when it was zoological gardens.. maybe i am too nostalgic. haha.

  2. 2 Victor Koo Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    I believe that the name Singapore Zoological Gardens was to conform with the name of the more established Singapore Botanical Gardens. However, I think that the latter is still called by that name, right? Maybe it’s because they couldn’t find a simpler word for “botanical”.

    How come you wear your batman mask everywhere you go? Haha.

  3. 3 laokokok Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 10:06 am

    I remember sometimes people just called it “Botanic Garden” instead of “Botanical”.

  4. 4 Victor Koo Friday, June 15, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Mr Lao, did you catch the Channel 8 episode of Frontline (前线追踪) which just ended a while ago? It had an amazing story of the first Singapore Zoo which was in Ponggol. It was closed not long after the Singapore Zoological Gardens was opened in the mid 70s. Some features of the old zoo still remains in whatever is left of the jungle in Punggol. The producer of the programme even got the zoo owner’s son to the location to point out the various features of the zoo and where some of the animals’ enclosures were. There used to be lions and tigers in the old zoo, would you believe it?

    I believe that explains why Singapore Zoological Gardens was named that way because the old zoo already had the name Singapore Zoo.

  5. 5 Victor Koo Friday, June 15, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    Some people wearing shirts with the letters API (Asia Paranormal Investigators) were also in the programme. Indeed, one of them had already blogged about this unusual find 2 days ago. Shin Min had also published the news recently.

  6. 6 laokokok Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Thanks Victor. Yes, I saw the programme but a bit confused with the earlier programme on the same location. The previous one mentioned it’s the skeleton that stored inside the urn and now it’s mentioned by the son that it’s actually just decoration, haha.

    At least now we know why the Singapore Zoo name cannot be used earlier. But why is it that now it can be used? The validity of the previous ownership has expired maybe…

  7. 7 Alexander Gan Friday, May 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I prefer it to be named ‘Singapore Zoological Gardens’, but the new logo looks fantastic, too. I wish they could combine they too, since it will be more meaningful.

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