Have you heard about The Animal Resort in Singapore?
The Animal Resort mini tour
|The Animal Resort|
Established in 2002, The Animal Resort is open FREE to public daily from 10am-5pm. The main activity there would be to feed the farm animals for a token fee.
Since it is the Easter Weekend, we decided to venture down to the off beaten track for find ourselves an 'Easter Bunny 'to feed. The boys were pretty hype up about going down to The Animal Resort especially since their positive 'epic' experiences with animal farms overseas at Melbourne and Gold Coast
|Feeds @ The Animal Resort|
Our suggestion for the feeds, get some for the birds and lots of carrots. You can skip the food for fish and we will tell the reason why later. If you forgot your mosquito repellent (which is a must) , you can get it at the counter too.
Contrary to our experiences overseas, the animals found at The Animal Resort are much smaller in size in comparison. There were enough species to get the children excited. We headed straight for the wooden shed that contained rabbits and guinea pigs.
The boys' main intention of feeding the Easter Bunny or rabbit was thwarted when they realised that the rabbits were already well fed. With the amount of carrots in their lair, these jumpers would have enough food to last them for days. It was no wonder that you do not see them jumping around the enclosure after having a feast.
We think you should save the carrots for something more interesting later.
|Rabbits @ The Animal Resort|
The same principle applied to fishes and turtles. As mentioned earlier, save your money on the fish feeds as the fishes are well fed in the premises. most of the fishes are too well fed to be up on the surface of the water.
Bird feeds will be a better option as there are plenty of birds you can feed at the farm.
That rule probably applied to the beautiful crown crane we spotted.
|Crown Crane @ The Animal Resort|
With hair like that , it was not difficult to spot on the farm.
Not all birds roam freely at The Animal Resort. The Peafowls were housed in changes.
|Peahen @ The Animal Resort|
It is a common misconception that Peafowls are known as Peacocks. Peacocks only applies to the main version of the bird and Peahen , the female version. In case you are wondering which is which, the prettier and more colourful one is the MALE!
|Peacock @ The Animal Resort|
There were also other exotic birds such as the Marabou Stock . Note that you are not allow to feed these birds at the resort.
|Marabou Stock @ The Animal Resort|
Another impressive bird will be the Cassowary, the third tallest bird next to the Emu and Ostrich.
|Cassowary @ The Animal Resort|
Pin Number had a colourful history as a race horse. Unfortunately a sore leg stopped him from racing and he is now officially retired.
To the kids, feeding Pin Number would probably be the highlight of the trip. Do prepare lots of carrots , hay and bread for Pin Number to feast on. As a male stallion eats about 11kg of food per day, it will welcome your food.
There were no horse riding available (it is retired), but getting so close to a horse and feeding it will always be magical.
That is until the little ones can read the sign that says HE BITES!
The best thing is not to tell the kids about it first. As long as you are feeding it the right way, it probably will be too busy enjoying it's food to bite.
Near the exit , there is a shop that sells animal related stuff too.
The Animal Resort is not like your usual world class animal attractions found in Singapore. If you are expecting farm animals such as goats and lambs, you might get a little disappointed. Even the petting stations looks like there is a need for upgrade. Nonetheless for an admission that does not cost a dime, this attraction would be a good place to bring kids to explore.
It's setting of untouched trees and sandy path is a throwback to the rural landscape of Singapore that is slowly disappearing from this City State. It may not be an 'epic' adventure but it has it's charm.
Getting to The Aminal Resort was the tricky part of this excursion. Previous guides had stated to use Jalan Kayu as the entry point. That road had now closed. To get there , use the entrance via Sengkang West Road instead. Just follow the sign on the road itself to take you to The Animal Resort.
There is a carpark when you reach there. Alternatively you can park at the side of the road.
The Animal Resort
81 Seletar West Farmway 5