Our last stop of our adventure with Wildlife Reserves Singapore is the popular, Night Safari! Located just beside the Singapore Zoo, it’s the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park to open on 1994 and 13-time winner of the Best Attraction category awarded by Singapore Tourism Board. It spans 35 hectares of secondary forest and is home to close to 900 animals from approximately 100 species, of which 41% are threatened. Night Safari focuses on the captive breeding of threatened species. Over the years, it has bred Malayan tigers, Asian elephants, fishing cats, red dholes, anoas, markhors, bantengs, Malayan tapirs and Asian lions, among other threatened species.
According to WRS, “a large part of the park is designed to bring visitors on a 40-minute tram ride through six geographic regions, from the Himalayan foothills to the swampy banks of the Asian Riverine Forest.” Head to the the Creatures of the Night Show which showcases the predatory and survival instincts of nocturnal animals at selected times. There are also mysterious walking trails brimming with nocturnal denizens that you can discover with your family and friends!
Before we were taken on the specialized Safari Adventure Tour, we had a delicious dinner at the Ulu Ulu Chief Room and I tried the Singapore Laksa, it was pretty good!
Once dinner is done, our safari guide for the Safari Adventure Tour, Noi, took us through the Night Safari on a buggy ride and a walking tour on the very exciting Leopard Trail.His insider stories about the animals along the way were eye-opening and entertaining too, you won’t really get these fun facts if you went on the public tour.
During the tour, we also heard so many different animal calls that night which according to Noi, is a rare occasion because many of the animals will either be hiding or sleeping. We were considered lucky to hear and even spot some of them in the open when we were in the buggy ride and as we walked along the Leopard Trail.
We also got to meet the gentle giants in an exclusive Asian elephant feeding session! You can definitely feel their sense of camaraderie where the adult elephants will protect the young elephant from any signs of danger. Also, they love bananas and carrots.
These were just some of the photos we managed to capture of some of the interesting animals in the Night Safari.
One thing we learned from this experience, bring a good night photography camera because it was difficult to capture photos as most of the exhibits are dark for the comfort of the animals and most importantly, no flash photography is allowed. In a way, it lets you be in the moment and enjoy the park with no distractions from your devices.
All in all, we would love to thank Wildlife Reserves Singapore for introducing its four parks to us! It was such a wonderful learning experience where we got to get up close to some of the animals and got to know interesting facts about them too. I’m glad to know that the animals are getting the best care and conservation efforts in its parks! You’ll definitely enjoy yourself in the parks just like we did!