Discover a whole new wildlife adventure flowing with incredible experiences! On the River Safari Singapore, it will always be AN ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER!
1. Beguiling Giant Pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia
Pandas do sleep up to ten hours a day, two to four hours at a time and seeing them in the state of rest (above), they look cuter than ever! Kai Kai is more of the exhibitionist in contrast with Jia Jia hence the shots of him sleeping but any glimpses of them is enough to make us melt.
The Giant Panda forest is where visitors can find these adorable twosome and a little bit of patience is needed if you’re hoping for a peek at Kai Kai and Jia Jia. Efforts have also been done to best replicate their natural habitat as those found in China with dense bamboo and coniferous trees. As you walk through the reserve, notice the cool temperature which is ideal for the Giant Pandas.
2. Animal Show at Amazon Square
An animal show certainly puts a smile on a child’s face and even adults. River Safari has its very own which are held daily. At the animal show at Amazon Square, visitors get to interact with a variety of animals. There’s elements of pleasant surprises at every stage of the show from vultures swooping down from the air to being able to touch the skins of reptiles such as snakes and turtles.
The animal handlers are professional and injected quite a bit of humor during the show. Unafraid to get their hands dirty, especially when animals were spraying away with their overactive bladders, they made the show trickle along with tons of fun.
3. Menagerie of Fishes and Animals
The park is divided into two areas, halved by the Upper Seletar Reservoir. The first area called Rivers of the World contains the 7 “Rivers” – it features mostly sea animals like fishes and crocodiles. Freshwater habitats are the main focus here.
The Mississippi River zone was the longest and had several unique fishes including the Alligator Gar and the weird-looking paddlefish. The dual row of large teeth in the upper jaw of the Alligator Gar makes it fearsome while the paddlefish spatula-like snout, called a rostrum makes it quite a sight to behold. In comparison to the giants, the African Dwarf Crocodile is tiny and wouldn’t be considered dangerous at all.
On the other hand, the large Indian Gharials with their famed elongated snouts are a must-see exhibit at The Ganges River Zone. These crocs stand out from the rest of their species and they are a spectacle to behold especially during feeding time!
At the end of the Rivers zone that will be a bridge that will take you to the second area, Wild Amazonia which features mostly rainforest animals. There is the free roaming netted enclosure with lots of tiny Squirrel Monkeys where these little ones show their cheeky side. They are as captivated by us as we are of them I’m sure!
4. Colorful Goodies All Over River Safari
Around River Safari are stalls selling panda bear drinks which are encased in adorably shaped bottles bound to catch the eye. I reckon even the red pandas are dreaming about having a taste of the sweet liquid.
At the end of the Panda Exhibit is a retail shop followed by a booth where you can take pictures against a green screen which will be photoshopped as a momento. Well stocked with Panda souvenirs, be prepared to part with serious money if you want to own some.
The Chinese fast food style eatery Mama Panda Kitchen has its menu styled on the Giant Panda’s favorite food. Of course, the highlight has to be the Panda Pau which is sumptuous when eaten hot.
5. Amazon Flooded Forest
Located at the end of Wild Amazonia is the Amazon Flooded Forest, a re-creation of the wondrous South American rainforest. This is a behemoth exhibit in terms of its sheer size with underwater viewing galleries that will take you from the very bottom of the forest floor up to the water’s surface spanning several levels of 10 metres in height.
Marvel at Giant Otters, voracious red-bellied pirahnas, the giant arapaima and the graceful manatees all living in their natural habitat mirroring the underbelly of the submerged Amazon. Explore the cavernous-like structure in all its dimly lit glory and experience River Safari through your senses.