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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Singapore Welcomes its Newest Attraction – the River Safari

Singapore River Safari!

Singapore has a new kid in town – River Safari offers a whole new wildlife adventure with over 5,000 aquatic and land animals representing 300 species at Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park.

The 12 hectare River Safari is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore's portfolio of award-winning parks and will showcase animals from freshwater habitats inspired by eight of the world's iconic rivers including the Mississippi, Nile, Mekong, Yangtze and Amazon rivers.  The park will be home to over 150 plant species and 5,000 animal specimens representing 300 animal species, including one of the world's largest collections of freshwater animals.

Among the unique aquatic and terrestrial animals in the park are endangered river giants such as the Giant Salamander, Giant Freshwater Stingray and Mekong Giant Catfish. River Safari is the only park in Asia to feature the Giant River Otter, the world's largest otter that can grow up to 1.8 metres.

Not simply another attraction, the River Safari aims to highlight the importance of freshwater ecosystems and inspire positive actions in conserving them, including participation in global captive breeding programs for endangered freshwater species.

Be sure not to miss Singapore's two gorgeous Giant Pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia in their new home too.  The 1,500m2 Giant Panda Forest is situated in the Yangtze River exhibition and is the largest panda exhibit in Southeast Asia.  Wander along the elevated boardwalk in the lush biodome that simulates Kai Kai and Jia Jia's natural habitat.

The park is currently in a soft opening phase, where visitors can walk through the freshwater galleries and immersive exhibits, including the world's largest freshwater aquarium at the Amazon Flooded Forest and the Giant Panda Forest.  Boat rides throughout the park will open later in the year.

River Safari is open daily from 9am to 6pm, and tickets are available at both the Singapore Zoo and River Safari ticket booths.

For more information, please visit www.riversafari.com.sg



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