SINGAPORE (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Sailors visited the Singapore Zoo, Feb. 18, while the ship was in port for a scheduled visit.
The zoo features more than 3,000 animals spread throughout 56 acres of land.
"Seeing the white tigers was an amazing and rare opportunity," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Cody Reeves.
The zoo is set up to separates animals based on their natural geographic location.
"I really liked the wide variety of animals the zoo had available to view," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Jesse Garner. "I saw more African animals in the Wild Africa portion of the zoo here, than I have seen at several zoos back home combined."
As soon as you enter the zoo you are greeted by free-ranging cotton-top Tamarins (monkeys) and exotic birds. As opposed to glass or steel bars, moats separate visitors from the majority of the animal sanctuaries.
"The zoo had more of an interactive feel because there were fewer cages and barricades separating us from the animals," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician Airman Nathan Byarley.
The zoo offers guests the chance to interact with many of the animals through live shows, exhibits, hands-on feeding programs, a petting zoo, pony and elephant riding areas, and photo opportunities.
The Singapore Zoo was one of many tour options available to Sailors on liberty through Lincoln's Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program.
"Visiting the zoo gave me a chance to relax and set my own pace for the day," said Byarley, who has taken advantage of several MWR tours at previous ports.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently in the U.S. 7th Fleet's area of responsibility, as part of a routine deployment to promote peace, cooperation and stability in the region.
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