Singapore’s New River Safari Opens First Attraction

River Safari, Singapore’s upcoming wildlife attraction, opened its first attraction today with a special preview of the new Giant Panda Forest ahead of the park’s official launch. The Southeast Asian city-state’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Mr. S Iswaran, former President Mr. S R Nathan and Chinese Ambassador Mr. Wei Wei joined invited guests, members of the media and paying visitors to witness the debut of a pair of giant pandas at the park.

 

On loan from China for 10 years to raise public awareness on wildlife conservation and to develop a breeding programme, the giant pandas (named Kai Kai and Jia Jia) are accommodated in a 1,500-square meter exhibit simulating their natural habitat. The climate-controlled facility, where temperatures are kept between 18 to 22 degrees celsius year-round and humidity set at 50 to 60 percent, will feature lush vegetation, boulders and water features to ensure the animals’ comfort. The exhibit forms part of the park’s Yangtze River exhibit, where visitors will also be able to view other wildlife indigenous to China such as the red panda, golden pheasant and the Chinese giant salamander.

 

Access to the Giant Panda Forest is via a specially-created access point in the Singapore Zoo until River Safari’s official launch in the first quarter of 2013. Tickets to the exhibit can be purchased daily from 0830 hrs for a top-up on the Singapore Zoo admission ticket of SGD 5 (USD 6) for adults and SGD 3 (USD 3.60)  for children between 3 to 12 years old at the zoo’s ticketing counters.

 

Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, River Safari is designed to profile the iconic rivers of the world and promote freshwater habitat conservation. When opened early next year, the attraction situated between the award-winning Singapore Zoo and Night Safari will house over 150 plant species, 300 animal species and over 5,000 individual animals.

 

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

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