Singapore Zoo reckons on being the best in the world. I wouldn't disagree with that. I can't remember the last time I went to a zoo, but it was a real pleasure to wander the avenues here, watch the animals and exercise my camera. There was a lot to learn, and the enclosures were spacious; the zoo had a whole range of different environments and there was so much to see that I easily spent the whole day there.
I need to learn to sleep like this. It would be extremely useful on the tube.
One of my favorite areas was the rainforest walk, where you could mingle with the creatures and see them up close. The bats were amazing; curious, aloof and incredibly expressive.
At the end of the day, I headed to the night safari, which is unique to Singapore. It's a zoo that only opens at night when it's dark so that you can see nocturnal creatures when they're up and about. I rode on the special tram enjoying the tour, and then wandered dense, leafy trails in the dark. As I was by myself, it was incredibly atmospheric and almost disappointing to round corners and see other tourists, as the feeling of being lost in the jungle would evaporate. It was quite incredible to chance upon night-time animals; I was always surprised to see them looming out of the dark, and they were always well aware that I was there!
I didn't take any photos at the night safari - it was too dark, and not fair to use a flash on the animals - but it was the kind of experience I really wanted to share with people. Unique, and incredible.
I really hope I can go back to Singapore one day.