First Time Ever I Saw Your Face @ The Singapore Zoo 新加坡动物园

My first photography group outing in 2014 was also my first animal photography (with LBK members on 2nd February).

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We met up at the Zoo entrance at 8.30am.
The lovely cool morning turned into a very hot afternoon and I ended up being grilled.

When I attended school, all living things were grouped into two kingdoms, namely Regnum Animale (‘Animal kingdom’) and Regnum Vegetabile (‘Vegetable or Plant kingdom’).

The Animal Kingdom included every living thing that feeds, is mobile, grows to a certain physical size, starts to age and then dies off eventually. Now, there are more kingdom classifications but let’s not go into that… Let’s go to the zoo!

Thanks to the free pass I got from James Ng, you can sit back and relax in the shade while I bring our zoo to you.

Enjoy my friends!

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Spring Festival 2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse.
It is therefore not surprising to find a huge horse display outside the Zoo.

Special thanks to Alienki ZQ for taking some nice shots of me with his Sony A7r using a 50mm manual lens that “swing” the bokeh in the background (I hope I got this right) 😉

You can click on the photos of me (above and below) to view in gallery and then click again for full size to see the effect of “swing” bokeh.

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Cotton-top Tamarin
It looked kinda sad.

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Otter

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Flamingo

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Gibbon

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Orang Utan

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Another breed of Orang Utan or Chimpanzee?

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Young of an Arboreal Creature

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Dalmatian Pelican.
We were waiting for the Sealion show “Splash” here but it was the wrong place.

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African Penguin

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Sealion

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We’d missed much of the show.

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Meal time!
Are these Capuchin Monkeys?

Seeing all the feeding made us hungry and so we took a lunch break. Food was expensive and unsatisfactory…

He was clever enough to have brought his own food. I will bring my own lunch next time, too!

He was clever enough to have brought his own food.
I will bring my own lunch next time, too!

Things to bring for photography excursion: Water, hat and camera. Will remember to bring the first two items along with the third next time.

Things to bring for photography excursion: Water, hat and camera.
Will remember to bring the first two items along with the third next time.

After lunch we resume exploring the zoo…

Human Animals, lol...

Human Animals, lol…

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Asian Elephant and Asian Man

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What kind of monkey is this?
It is not afraid of humans and even stretched out its hand to accept some food offered by tourists.

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Proboscis Monkey

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Tortoise

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Nyala

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Female Nyala

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Zebra

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Warthog

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Warthog

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Meerkat and Mynah (top)

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Vibrant yellow under its wings.

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These birds were perched real high.

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Tall as the trees.

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White Rhinoceros

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White Tiger

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White Tiger

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Lion

I have been to the zoo many times when my children were younger but the excursions were more of a mother’s duty than appreciation for nature and wildlife. This trip without children in tow, the viewfinder kept my focus on the animals and post processing the photos allowed me some time to evaluate their moods. It seemed I am truly seeing their faces for the first time. The animals were expressive. I especially liked photos of the primates. The pensive and forlorn looking Cotton-top Tamarin had me thinking of it daily since Sunday. What’s bothering it, what could the matter be?

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The Singapore Zoo.
Formerly The Singapore Zoological Gardens and known to us locals as Mandai Zoo.

The Singapore Zoo, formerly the Singapore Zoological Gardens but more commonly known to the locals as the Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s densely forested central catchment area.

There are over 2800 animals in our zoo.

Exhibits: Polar Bear, Proboscis Monkeys, Elephants of Asia, White tiger, Rainforest Kidzworld, Critters Longhouse, Wild Africa, Fragile Forest, Cat Country, Orang Utan, Reptile Garden, Hamadryas Baboons, Australian Outback and Primate Kingdom.

The Singapore Zoo 新加坡动物园
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road,
Singapore 729826.
Opened: June 27, 1973
Area: 69 acres (28 ha)

Tel: (+65) 6269 3411

Admission Fee (2014)
Adult: S$28
Child: S$18
Senior Citizen: S$12 (age 60 and above)

Happy exploring 🙂

Blogging and the natural progression into photography has opened up a whole new world to me. It lets me sees things in a more detailed manner which I haven’t before. It also trains me to be patient, waiting for the right moment. It forces me to be in the “NOW”. It is something I enjoy and am keen on learning to becoming better in documenting my daily activities. I am still flustered and forgetful (I need to carry a notebook to jot down names of animals and dishes, lol…) but they will fall in, in time.

Click here to view more animal photos.

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Comments
6 Responses to “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face @ The Singapore Zoo 新加坡动物园”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Been there some years ago, also the Night Safari. I enjoyed seeing these photos.

  2. Laura Lynn says:

    Wow, that looks like a wonderful place. I really liked the big cat pictures and the sad faced monkeys. Looks like a good time was had by all. Must make a point to visit our zoo here soon.

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