Visitors from India can look forward to discovering the exotic wildlife found in iconic river habitats with the opening of River Safari, located next to the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari
Singapore never ceases to amaze. Despite the restrictions of being an island, it keeps coming up with new attractions to attract tourists, one of the country’s key revenue sources. The latest addition is the River Safari, which is part of Singapore’s Wildlife Reserves. The concept involves showcasing animals from freshwater habitats inspired by the world’s iconic rivers, including the Amazon, the Nile and the Ganges, among others. The park has been designed to replicate plant species as well as 300 animal species, among the world’s largest, which can be seen during the safari. Each replica river has been divided into zones. At the Ganges River zone, visitors can catch a sight of rare freshwater fish and reptiles from India’s longest river, including the Indian gharials—one of the world’s longest crocodiles—and the goonch catfish, also known as the giant devil catfish. There are other rare species to be seen in the other zones, ranging from the giant river otter, the world’s largest and the first of its kind now in Asia, the giant freshwater stingray and the Mekong giant catfish, similar to the goonch.
The safari itself takes up to four hours and is the first and only river-themed wildlife park in Asia. It is located in the Mandai Nature Reserve and the use of technology helps make the visitor experience as authentic as possible. River Safari also includes galleries and immersive exhibits, including the world’s largest freshwater aquarium. However, the finishing touches are still being conducted so the actual river safari will only be open to visitors in a few weeks from now.