The natural side of Singapore

Singapore is a small island country, measuring about 26 miles long by 14 miles wide. Most of the country is covered with roads, high-rise apartments, modern buildings and shopping mall after shopping mall. Thankfully, there is some green space too, and in our one week visiting there, we managed to visit two places filled with fun fauna.

First we hiked near MacRitchie Reservoir and did the treetop canopy walk. This rainforest is just a 10 minute walk from our host’s condo, and about 15 minutes into our walk we saw monkeys! Long-tailed macaques are used to people, usually hoping for a bit of food, so we were able to get a close look at them.


Crossing our path. Or did we cross his?

A couple days later, we hiked the Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve. Located at the northern tip of Singapore and just across the water from Peninsula Malaysia, this wetland forest and mangrove area is teaming with interesting critters.

Looking north to Peninsular Malaysia

We spotted neon blue Kingfishers, perfectly camoflouged Monitor Lizards, and the amazing Mudskippper. This fish spends more time out of the water than in it!

Water Monitor Lizard

Good cover


Hello Muddy!

Singapore’s green spaces are the perfect antidote to all the electronics shopping that critters like Ken are wont to do.

Ken in the techno mall

2 thoughts on “The natural side of Singapore

  1. Jim @ The|Globe|Less|Traveled

    Thanks for sharing, Karen! We are always seeking ways to explore the natural beauty of the places we visit, so these recommendations for Singapore are right up our alley. We’re going to look into these two places to visit in the next few days :)

    1. Karen

      That’s great! I am a huge fan of critter watching, so I seek it out wherever we travel. I prefer wildlife to zoos, though most people really like the Singapore Zoo. These wilds spots are more subtle in Singapore and still nice.


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