The Lion City never fails to deliver, whether sitting outside one of the most iconic hotels and home to the world’s largest Infinity Pool; Marina Bay Sands, exploring colourful botanic and natural garden; Gardens by the Bay, strolling the streets of Clark Quay or treating yourself to an adventure of a lifetime at Universal Studios. Is it Hong Kong? Is it London? Nope. It’s everyone’s favourite Singapore – where nature, indulgence and entertainment intertwine to give visitors a glorious combination of, well, a little bit of everything that’s nice in life. Sure, you probably already know to see the Marina Bay Sands and the Gardens by Bay. But if you really want to see what Singapore is most famous for, you need to visit the Singapore Night Safari. Your eyes will take a while to adjust to the darkness here, but once they do, you’ll be greeted by over 2,500 resident animals from over 130 species, including many indigenous to the region, such as the endangered Asian elephant, Malayan tapir and Malayan tiger.
About The Night Safari Of Singapore
The Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore. The Zoo was developed in 1994 and occupies 35 hectares (86 acres) of secondary rainforest adjacent to the Singapore Zoo. The park is first of its kind in the world and looks a lot like a wildlife park basically more than being a safari. It has also been voted as the best attraction 13 times.
As the night comes in, travelers can take an after-hours look at over 2,500 nocturnal animals starting their nightly rituals at the Singapore Zoo Night Safari; go close as they frolic, graze and hunt, embark on an exciting tram ride that takes them through 7 geographical regions, or opt for a walking trail for an even deeper journey into the park.
The animals of the Night Safari, ranging from chital deer and gaur to Indian rhinoceros and pangolins to tarsiers and Asian elephants, are made visible by lighting that resembles moonlight. Although it is brighter than full moonlight by a few orders of magnitude, it is dim enough not to disturb nocturnal and crepuscular animals’ behaviour. London based lighting designer Simon Corder has created the lighting for Night Safari.
Animals are separated from travelers with natural barriers, rather than caged, similar to the Singapore Zoo’s open concept. Instead of vertical prison-like cages, cattle grids have been laid all over the park to prevent hoofed animals from moving one habitat to another. These are grille-like metal sheets with gaps wide enough for animals’ legs to go through. Moats have been designed to look like streams and rivers to enable fishing cats and servals to be put on show in open areas, and hot wires have been designed to look like twigs to keep animals away from the boundaries of their enclosures.
Lets have a look at the Night Safari Events In Singapore
1. Tram Safari Experience
Taking a tour on a guided tram is one of the best ways to begin your exploration. The ride is about 40 minutes which will take you to deep inside the area of most fascinating animals in the world. You will be filled with knowledge about the special residents by the guide of the tram as you will travel through the ecological zones of the world. You will experience the change is landscape, wildlife habitats, and vegetation.
See a diverse range of the world’s nocturnal life aboard the Singapore Night Safari tram and find yourself the best seat to observe the homes of these special animals very closely.
2. Fishing Cat Trail
The Fishing Cat trail is the highlight of the Night Safari. A fishing cat basically refers to a hunter who is very patient and spends a long time looking for fish at the edge of the river. When a prey swims, they will basically dive into the water and grab the prey with their deadly claws.
Watch the fishing cat as it tries to reel in its fish dinner in front of your eyes. Being one of the few cats that love water, fishing cats eat primarily fish but will also prey on crustaceans, frogs and snakes. The cat attracts fish by lightly tapping the water’s surface with its paw, mimicking insect movements. It then dives into the water to catch the fish.
As you continue your journey, keep your nose clear as you might get the smell of bearcats or binturongs from the nearby habitat. As you forward to the darker side of the Safari you will hear the sounds of Indian gharials which feed in the low water of swamp habitat. You will also get to see many other animals including the barking deer, small-clawed otters and greater and lesser mouse deer.
3. Thumbuakar Fire Show
One of the highlights of the Safari is the fire spitting show where tribal dancers throw, eat and dance around flames. Enjoy a fiery welcome to the Night Safari with amazing fire-eating and fire-twirling stunts at the Thumbuakar Performance at the Entrance Courtyard. These performers come on stage every 30 minutes, but it is worth the wait. The fire breathing show lasts for 10 minutes, but it is great to watch them breathe fire and dance. The performers call themselves “Thumbuakar tribe of Borneo”. They breathe fire, dance and even eat fire, meaning they extinguish the burning torches in their mouths.
Get heated up with their energy, amazing skills of fire-twirling and rhythm. Their lovely dance movies will let you get into their groove. The stunning succession of demonstration and breathtaking stunts will give you an adrenaline rush.
4. Creatures Of The Night Show
Another one of the most amazing events of Singapore Night Safari would be the 20-minute spectacular show of Creatures Of the Night. The first show starts at 7:30 pm. Hold your breath and head towards the amphitheater to enjoy a truly amazing animal show where some of the nocturnal animals like the Otter, Python, Mongoose, Raccoon, Hyena, Serval, Binturong (Bearcat) and Small-Toothed Civet display their talent. This show highlights the skills of nocturnal animals. You can laugh, admire the skills of animals and if you are lucky, you can even be picked as a “volunteer”.
In conclusion, Singapore has a lot to give and is an all-round destination for families, friends and couples alike. There are plenty of things to do in Singapore that can bring a lot of fun to you and your family. With hundreds of flights daily going to and from Singapore, what are you waiting for? It’s time to add Singapore to your travel list too.
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- Singapore Travel Guide
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