I’m not really sure what The Animal Resort is. I mean, is it simply someone’s home, and they’ve just happened to have a bunch of random animals and they let strangers in to roam around? We’re not talking cats and dogs. Guys, there’s a horse. And a cassowary. Does the world renowned Singapore Zoo even have a cassowary? I don’t think so.
A casso-what? Cassowary. There’ll be a sign so you will know.
When we hear ‘stork’, we picture elegant birds with pure white feathers, soaring through the skies with bundles of babies in their long slim beaks carrying.
And then we see this guy and wonder how they are related. This rather lonely look stork is a Marabou Stork. He’s not sick, he just um, doesn’t look like he’s gearing up for a fashion show. Really, his hairstyle, his head, his throat sac, it’s all normal for him.
According to African folklore, God created this bird out of all the leftover bits after creating other birds. But don’t feel sorry for the Marabou Stork – it can grow to be as tall as a human and in the wild, is incredibly good at finding food. So what it doesn’t have in appearance, it makes up for with its brains.
Now that we’ve met the non conventional animals, the rest are as regular as they get. Like the horse, who loves eating carrots – you can buy packs of carrots and other feed for the animals at a little kiosk within the Resort. The horse is the star of the show, even though he’s less ‘exotic’ than a Crowned Crane or a peacock. Simply because he’s imposing, and you can feed him.
It’s wonderful that he’s got a wide open space to run around in; many of the other animals are in cages.
Chickens and geese roam free though, giving The Animal Resort a kampong feel, something that’s very rare in land-scare Singapore. I avoid the word rustic because it is often confused with run-down, and in this case, I can’t really decide which R this place is.
Well, what it is is a fun place for kids to enjoy (mine certainly did) in an as-close-to-natural environment as possible. Not overly sterile. No cleaners mopping the floors on hourly rotations. No large bottles of hand sanitizers every 3 steps. Just basic good ole fun, and a wonderful exploring opportunity.
Getting there is a challenge for those who do not drive. The closest MRT station is probably Sengkang, and we simply took a cab in from there. Look out for Ju Eng Home on Seletar West Farmway 4; from there, you’re only about a 5 minute drive in. For drivers, note that there’s limited parking space.
There isn’t a cafe there but you can get ice cream and drinks. It’s not a very big place, but probably big enough to keep young children busy for an hour at least.
About The Animal Resort
The Animal Resort is located at 81 Seletar West Farmway 5, 798061. It is open everyday from 10am to 6pm. The closest MRT station is probably Sengkang. From there, there are no buses available to take you to The Animal Resort so you’ll have to cab in. It is free to visit but animal feed is purchased separately ($2 per pack or $5 for 3 packs).
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