Time Required: 2 - 3 hours
The River Safari in Singapore is Asia's first river-themed zoo and aquarium, part of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore. Built over 12 hectares between the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari Singapore, the park explores the ecosystems and biodiversity found across various rivers of the world such as the Amazon, Nile, Congo, Ganges, Mississippi, and so on. Visitors are treated to the rainforest setting of this fantastic park as they are taken through a tour of the lives of the river-dwelling animals.
Spread across the ten unique riverine ecosystems of the reserve, the River Safari houses around 6,000 animals of over 300 species, 40 of whom belong to the threatened species category. These include exotic animals like the giant Chinese salamander, the world's largest amphibian, and the giant Mekong catfish, an endangered aquatic animal. This massive biosphere is also the site of Southeast Asia's largest Panda exhibit, with the chief attraction being the pair of Giant Pandas, a species of a global population of 1,600 and China's national treasures. The pair were a loan from China to Singapore to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Sino-Singapore relations, landing at the reserve in 2012 for a ten-year period. One can also find the world's largest freshwater aquarium at this reserve.
Visitors can choose to explore the River Safari on foot or embark on the River Safari cruise. The main aim of the River Safari is to increase awareness of the biodiversity that resides in these habitats, and aid in global efforts to conserve the same. With this in minds, there are various engaging activities like enrichment programmes, interdisciplinary trails and workshops organised at the reserve.
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