Palm Springs & Joshua Tree

Recently we completed a very short trip to Palm Springs, California. Palm Springs is a desert resort city that was founded in 1938, and currently has a population of about 45000 people. It is a popular destination for retired people, Canadian snowbirds, the LBGTQ+ community, and more! It is also one of the best preserved mid-century modern capitals of the world. I captured some photos of my favorite buildings while I was here, and I also visited the Living Desert Zoo, and Joshua Tree National Park

Palm Springs Living Desert Zoo

The Palm Springs Living Desert Zoo is a non-profit zoo and desert botanical garden located in Palm Desert, California. The zoo is home to over 500 animals representing over 150 species. The zoo receives over 500000 visitors annually, and despite its small size, is one of my favorite zoos. The zoo is home to gazelles, giraffes, ostriches, wallabies, kangaroos, rhinos, cheetahs, turtles, bobcats, and more!

Joshua Tree National Park

An hour’s drive from Palm Springs is Joshua Tree National Park. It is named after the Joshua Trees, also known as Yucca Brevifolia, which are native to the area. The park was declared a national monument in 1936, and redesignated a national park in 1994. It spans a huge area of 3200 square kilometres (1240 square miles). The park features rugged rock formations, the famous Joshua Tree, Chuckwalla Cholla Cactus, the Cailfornia Fan Palm, and more!

Singapore Zoo

Today was dedicated to visiting the Singapore Zoo, and the Night Safari, which is located next door to the zoo. We woke up around 9am, and went in search of breakfast. We found a bunch of restaurants on floor B2 inside the Jewel and settled on some Laksa Soup for breakfast. After having our soup, we boarded a 1 hour bus ride towards the zoo, where we then had to switch to the dedicated zoo bus, which only cost $1, and was not covered under our tourist pass.

The Singapore Zoo was opened in 1973 on 69 acres of land. The zoo consists of 2530 animals over 315 species, of which 16 are considered to be a threatened species. This zoo is considered one of the best zoo’s in the world, of which I would agree. Highlights for me included the White Tiger, Pygmy Hippo, Orangutans, and the Hamadryas Baboon’s, who were hilarious because they were always getting into fights.

After exploring the zoo, we walked across the street to the Night Safari, which has a tram and four walking paths to watch nocturnal animals. We found the Night Safari experience to be rather underwhelming, however we were fairly tired, so that may have contributed to that feeling.

After exploring the Night Safari, we took the buses back to our hotel and went to bed at around 10pm, as we had an early morning flight the following morning to Denpasar, Indonesia.