The Singapore Zoo is one of Singaporeâ€™s most popular tourist attractions. Housing more than 315 animal species, the zoo attracts people from all over the world.
The Singapore Zoo already offers a one of a kind experience, with a distinct rainforest habitat and other great attractions, but itâ€™s about to get even better as development of Asiaâ€™s first River Safari is currently underway.Â The River Safari, which will be the first river theme park in the world, should be completed in 2012 and will probably make this already extraordinary zoo even more popular.
An â€œEdutainingâ€ Experience
In order to maintain the zooâ€™s efforts to conserve nature, the River Safariâ€™s main purpose will be to educate visitors about issues regarding water habitat conservation. While educational at its core, there is no doubt that the safari will be a fun learning experience.
The River Safari tour will add more than 300 plant over 500 new animal species to the zooâ€™s collection.
Other River Safari Features
Those who are seeking a real adventure will be able to take white water rides through the jungle. Theyâ€™ll be able to see Malayan Tigers and a wide variety of other incredible jungle creatures.
For those less daring, there will also be a slow boat ride traveling through a habitat especially created for another 20 different species of Amazon River animals.Â Tourists will feel as if theyâ€™ve visited several regions of the world as they travel through exhibits modeled after famous rivers like the Nile, Yangtze and Mississippi.
A main theme throughout the Singapore Zoo is conservation and preservation.Â Sixteen percent of the species living at the zoo are currently listed as endangered, and the zoo works hard to keep them protected.
The Giant Panda, an endangered species indigenous to Western China, will be added to the mixture of animal species at the River Safari.Â These cuddly-looking creatures will be given a lot of land on which to roam free. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about how Giant Pandas live and eat as well.
The River Safari may not be ready until early 2012, but that doesnâ€™t mean it isnâ€™t worth checking into a Singapore hotel so that you can enjoy the zoo and other area attractions in the meantime.
The zoo currently features the internationally-renowned Night Safari tour, whereby visitors walk through a jungle habitat with nocturnal animals.Â You can stroll through the Safari at your own leisure or you can take a guided tram ride.Â There is even an option to enjoy a buffet dinner as part of your Night Safari experience.
The zoo mimics parts of the world and the unique wildlife from each region with their â€œElephants of Asia,â€ â€œCat Country,â€ â€œPrimate Kingdom,â€ and â€œWild Africaâ€ attractions.
A visit to the Singapore Zoo has always been an opportunity for an unforgettable and educational journey through a rainforest habitat. In 2012 however, it will get even more exciting. Keep your eyes peeled for the new River Safari at the Singapore Zoo.