Docent Informations
What does "docent" mean?
We are a young group. The pioneers started the group in April 1997. Since then, we have grown modestly to 93 docents. The Night Safari Volunteer Rangers were brought under the Docent Programme in March 1999.
The docents are self-run by a committee of docents which co-ordinates inputs from all docents and liaises with the zoo management to put into motion the group's activities.
A docent newsletter is issued every two months so docents can keep up with the latest in zoo happenings and docent activities. Sprinkled with inspiring stories and amusing anecdotes, the Docent Deliberations is always a great read! We also constantly undertake research projects to expand and update our knowledge as well as explore new areas of interest.
Singapore Zoological Gardens Docents
Docent Stages: Night Safari Station

Night Safari Station

Spirit yourself into the nifty, nocturnal world and learn through your heightened senses of sight, smell and touch with the help of preserved specimens, usually sourced right from our grounds! Seek out our free-ranging volunteer rangers who lurk the shadowy trails and they will reveal rare secrets and mesmerising insights into the personalities on each amazing animal of the night, such as the clouded leopard, flying fox and giant flying squirrel.

Seek us out at the
Leopard Trail Ranger Station
Every Friday to Sunday, 7.30 - 10.00pm


Established in 1999, the Night Safari Rangers burst upon the docent scene with 26 core members and seven associate members. The first attempt to launch the Night Rangers in 1998 had a disappointing start when all but two of the 14 trainees left the programme when the Night Safari Manager resigned.

The Night Safari has 3 walking trails where you can view animals not seen along the tram route. Besides manning the ranger station, the Volunteer Rangers currently patrol the Fishing Cat and Leopard Trails every Friday to Sunday night but full-time Rangers are always at hand on all the trails should you need assistance.


Also we can offer you help in multiple languages. So if you have any questions about all the different animals in our zoo, don't hesitate to ask about.


For example:


For our german visitors we have different informations and additional help topics on how to care about Hunde Welpen and more. As of we've noticed that german dog owners are very pleased about traditional and effective dog training methods from ohter countries.

The NS Rangers Logo

Night Safari Logo The owl is adopted as our mascot as it symbolises knowledge, wisdom & a noctural lifetstyle. The outline of the owl's ear tuffs and wing spells out a 'V' (Volunteer) and 'R' (Rangers) respectively. The abtract outline also represent owls in flight.

The orange of the owl's eye represents the moon brightening a darkened night sky, allowing noctural animals to see better in dim light. In a similar way, the NSVRs seek to bring about knowledge (light) to help the visitors to understand animals better and be alerted to the fact that the Earth needs our help in preservation & conservation of wildlife.

Further informations in german can be found here!

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