We couldn’t let our visiting new yorkers leave without trying one more traditional Singaporean fare. So Friday of our week with J&S we went to a restaurant to eat:
We also got a delicious ostrich meat & ginger dish served on a hot plate. Mmmm! Two dishes that we never had before moving to Singapore (thought I don’t think the ostrich one would be categorized as traditional Singaporean).
After the meal we headed to the Night Safari!
Of course, since we were at the zoo we had to find a way to take a zebra picture for my mom.
The whole trip to the Night Safari was AWESOME! The only downside – it was at night. Reason for downside – no good pictures. Flash wasn’t allowed, so the few pictures we took did not turn out the best.
But rest assured, the pictures don’t do the trip justice. Amongst the animals we saw: lions, cheetahs (the cutest 2 cubs put on a little show tackling each other and their mom), giraffes, rhinos, hyenas, zebras, … the list goes on. To be honest, I can’t remember the entire list!
Some of the highlights:
When discovering that Selam was a bit timid about entering the cage, the helpful guide/lady for the exhibit took care to escort her in. The exhibit was so fascinating! There were both fruit and insect eating bats. The bats that ate fruits had ears were shorter than other bats because they use their sense of smell to locate fruit. It was interesting to see bats hanging onto all sorts of fruit including watermelon and durian. Some of the bats were awe-inspiring-ly large.
It took a while to spot the squirrels in this exhibit, but eventually you would hear shrieks from other visitors as all the sudden you saw this creature flying (okay, it was really “falling with style”) right above your heads! It brought to mind memories of Buzz Lightyear. It seemed that these squirrels enjoyed spending their time climbing up trees all for the thrill of leaping off and spreading their
wings – ahem – limbs.
To get around the night safari you had to ride a tram through the darkness of the jungle. The experience was distinctly not American. There were no gates/rails/ropes to keep you from leaving the tram. And yet… there were creatures, such as the Cape Buffalo, who were a mere arms length away from the tram vehicle and were described as “one of the African five” by the tour guide! I couldn’t get over how so many animals seemed to be right around each bend on the exciting ride through the wilderness. Incredible!
Thought we were all weary, Jehiah couldn’t leave the night safari without rescuing his damsel in distress from a stone cold aligator 😉