rivers of life
The latest addition to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore's stable of Parks, the S$160 million attraction boast an impressive array of over 6000 freshwater fauna of more than 40 threatened species, and some of the world's largest freshwater aquariums. Of course a highlight for the Park are the resident giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia.
After purchasing your tickets you'll access the park from the entrance on your left going anticlockwise.
Organised under 2 major zones - Rivers of The World and Wild Amazonia, which is separated by a bridge over the Pristine Upper Seletar Reservoir, you will through the
Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Mekong Mary, and Yangtze rivers. River Safari is also home to the Giant Panda Forest, Squirrel Monkey Forest and the enchanting Amazon Flooded Forest.
River Wonders, start your journey discovering facts about riverine flora and fauna, and that nearly half of the world fish species are fresh water species. Trudge your way through to the Mississippi River, home of the busy beaver, spatula snout paddle fish, alligator snapping turtle and the fearsome looking alligator gar. The Congo River, also known as the Zaire River, is one of the largest rivers in the world and the deepest (220m at one point), its 4700km course cuts through several African nations before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean. Discover the cute and colorful fish species like the Congo Tetra, Giant Freshwater Puffer etc.
Go on next to the Nile River. Regarded as the longest river in the world at 6800km, its water resources are shared by about 11 countries, particularly Egypt and Sudan. Here you'll discover the African Arowana, Tigerfish and Giraffe Catfish. Ahead is the Ganges River, strange mysterious and holy at the same time, revered by Hindus and habitat to the unusual Indian Gharial, Frog-faced Softshell Turtle. Going 'down- under', in the sun-kissed state of Queensland, Australia flows the Mary River. catch sight of the Archer Fish, Lung-Fish (yicks) and the dip into the touch pool and encounter the horse shoe crab and starfish. Mekong River, closes to Singapore is the lifeline of countries in the region like China, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand Laos and Vietnam. Powerful source of clean energy, and humongous river life like the monster giant catfish and freshwater stingray. Finally, the Yangtze River, or the 'Chang Jiang' -('Long River') of China. The longest river in Asia and third in the world, it has been deeply intertwined with the history, culture and economy of China for centuries. exhibited here are the ancient Sturgeon, Giant Salamander and the Chinese Alligator.
A highlight of the Park must be the Giant Panda Forest exhibit. While you may wonder what its got to do with river dwellers, the Giant Pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia has been an irresistible draw for the Park. Enter the cool climate controlled enclosure with plenty of bamboo plantings to keep Kai Kai and Jia Jia happy. They share the same hall with the Red Panda (who although sharing the same diet, are more closely related to raccoons and weasels).
Too cute to miss out on a cuddly plushy at the souvenir shop.
From here, a lovely walk across the long bridge cum deck takes you to the WILD AMAZONIA. Here you may decide to go on a River Safari cruise or the Amazon River Quest (each cost Adult $5, Child $3, 3-12 years).
Squirrel Monkey Forest is where you can really get up close and personal with these little primates who are free roaming and yes, you are reminded not to feed them and yourself inside this enclosure! The final large scale display is the Amazon Flooded Forest and one of our favourites. The Amazon being flooded half the time due to massive seasonal rain, flooding the basin floor and creating an ethereal marine world submerged at least 10 metres.
Watch playful Giant Otters cavorting in their tanks, the nasty-looking, flesh-eating Piranhas, and the strange mermaid-like Manatees and Arapaima.
You'll have a good time here we're sure.
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ADMISSION CHARGES (river safari)
The Wildlife Reserves Singapore offers discounts up to $24 with their 'Park Hopper' packages to all 4 of their parks if you choose to buy them together, e.g. 4-in-1 versus individual park tickets. Go online and book through credit cards and get 10% discount. Check their website for more details.
LOCATION AND GETTING THERE (river safari)
80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826
Tel: +65-6269 3411
10.00am to 7.00pm daily
(Last ticket sale at 6.30pm)
The easiest way when taking the public transportation is to take the MRT to the following stations and hop onto a connecting bus to the 3 Parks in Mandai (Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari).
NEAREST TRAIN STATION & BUS CONNECTION:
Ang Mo Kio MRT (NS16), walk 5 mins using the under pass over to the bus interchange and switch to bus 138 (approx 30 minutes).
Choa Chu Kang (NS4) switch to 927
Marsiling (NS8) switch to 926 (Sundays and Public Holidays only)
Woodlands (NS9) switch to 926 (Sundays and Public Holidays only)
Directions from Ang Mo Kio MRT to Zoo/Safari