Wednesday 3 July 2013

Wading through the River Safari in Singapore

Wading through the Rivers of the worldMississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze rivers; and forests in Wild Amazonia: Squirrel Monkey Forest, Amazon Flooded Forest and more, Super Mommies & Daddies bring you the best of their recent visit to Asia's first ever river themed wildlife park called the River Safari in Singapore. 

Located next to the famous Singapore Zoo, our journey started, on a slightly wet but a nice windy morning, through the Mississippi River with Paddlefish, Alligator Gar, Alligator Snapping Turtle and some interesting facts related to the American Beavers

As we moved on, we hit the Congo River and River Nile inhabiting the Tigerfish, African Dwarf CrocodileCongo Tetra, Giant Puffer Fish and more.

After that was a rare and astonishing sight of the two giant crocodilians called the Indian Gharials at the Ganges River.

While we were still admiring the gharials and the sight of the Upper Seletar Reservoir from a viewing deck, we reached the Murray River housing Barramundi, an Australian Lungfish and Murray Cod followed by the freshwater aquariums at the Mekong River with Mekong Giant Catfish and Giant Freshwater Stingray,Yangtze River keeping Yangtze Alligator & Giant Salamander Giant, and  Giant Siamese Carp before we entered into the Giant Panda Forest, the house of famous Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

At the doorstep of Giant Panda Forest, we saw an interesting video showcasing the arrival of Kai Kai and Jia Jia in Singapore and their new home at the Singapore Zoo.

As we walked through the forest, we saw a cute little Red Panda and a Golden Pheasant but surprisingly found both Kai Kai and Jia Jia fast asleep. According to the zoo keepers, the best time to visit them is in the afternoon when they are usually awake. Unlike Jia Jia who is known to be shy and seen through a CCTV installed outside her den, Kai Kai is usually found outside lying on the bamboos and seen through the viewing gallery.

After saying good bye to the two pandas, we stopped by the Panda Sculpture to take family photos and where we also came across the cute Panda buns and Panda chairs at Mama Panda Kitchen restaurant located next to it.
On our way to the Wild Amazonia, we walked through a scenic viewing deck and stopped by for a River Talk show around 11am at the Amazon River Square. This show was not only about interesting facts related to various animals such as vultures, pelicans, royal python, star tortoise and a hedgehog but also a touch and feel opportunity for kids to get closer with them. We could also take photos with some of the animals after the show.

While the Amazon River Quest boat ride was still not available and is expected to be opened later this year, our journey didn't end here. As we walked further along the Upper Seletar Reservoir, we passed by Jaguarundi showcase and a fun Squirrel Monkey Forest before stepping into the giant fresh water aquarium, called the Amazon Flooded Forest housing Manatees, Sea Cows, Piranhas, Mermaids, Catfish and more.

Not only this, we also passed by the River Safari Tea House and posed with the costumed polar bear mascot outside the River Safari, next to a newly opened Frozen Tundra exhibit.
Long story short, River Safari is one of the MUST SEE places in Singapore!
The River is Calling!

TICKETS and more information from:

Courtesy: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
References: Visitor's Information and Map, River Safari Singapore  
Note: Review for informational purposes only.



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