River Safari will be having its soft opening on 3 April 2013. It will be Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. Spanning 12 hectares and developed at a cost of S$160 million, the park will boast an immense collection of freshwater flora and fauna, numbering over 150 plant species, 300 animal species and over 5,000 animal specimens.
Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “We look forward to welcoming visitors to River Safari and bringing them up-close to the fascinating wildlife that live in river habitats, which are disappearing faster than forest and marine environments. As the first and only river-themed wildlife park in Asia, River Safari aims to highlight the importance of freshwater ecosystems and inspire positive actions for conserving them.”
River Safari is designed and developed with the utmost concern for the environment, especially the Mandai Nature Reserve area where the park is situated. The park will strive to provide visitors with an immersive experience into the world of rivers and the landscapes they support.
It is also the first attraction in Singapore to be conferred with the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum Award in the park category.
During the soft opening phase, visitors can walk through River Safari’s freshwater galleries and immersive exhibits, including the world’s largest freshwater aquarium at the Amazon Flooded Forest and the Giant Panda Forest. The park’s boat rides will not be available until later this year as they are undergoing technical adjustments.
After the soft opening of River Safari, visitors planning to see the giant pandas can do so only via River Safari and not through the Singapore Zoo. Both pandas will be housed at the Yangtze River zone.
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River Safari soft opening from 3 April 2013