Gift Of The Tortoise (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)

With Ooyah’s fascination with tortoises these days, I thought it was about time we visited the nearby The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, located inside Singapore Chinese Garden. So on my day off last Wednesday while Fadelinah was still in school, I packed her essential items into the stroller and both father and child took the train down.

The museum owned by Connie and Danny Tan, holds the Guinness World Records of having the largest collection of tortoises and turtles, 3456 to be exact with 1000 live specimens. It’s not really a big museum and would probably take only half an hour to cover, unless one bothers to read every single information accompanying the displays. Entrance fees of $5 per adult and $3 for the elderlies above 60 or children less than 6 years old, are reasonably priced I guess.

As we entered the museum, we were greeted by rows of glass showcases containing soft toys and ornaments pertaining to tortoises and turtles. We went pass soon enough as we were more interested in the live displays. I could tell Ooyah was delighted by what she saw as she browsed by herself and said hello to almost all of them. There were quite a few weird looking ones like the long-necked types that reminded me of snakes and even those that look really pre-historic. As interesting as they looked, the stench took some getting used to and I was relieved to finally lift and push Ooyah out in her stroller to the middle of a wooden bridge where she got the chance to feed the hundreds of tortoises that flanked both sides. She had fun and didn’t really want to leave the place even when we ran out of food for the tortoises. Just before we exited the place, we managed to see a family of turtles too.

It was a good father and child bonding session, and thank God it started raining heavily only after we finished our little tour of the museum. Perhaps I’ll bring her to the Jurong Bird Park next.


~ by blackcadillac73 on October 23, 2008.

2 Responses to “Gift Of The Tortoise (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)”

  1. i imagine the place to be really smelly. i wanna go qian hu fish farm. yok bawak budak2!

  2. Can one! If they provide and barbecue the fish for us, maybe go there instead of some Mediterranean place this Wednesday. 😛

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