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Published March 21st 2016
Meets a pair of giant panda
A visit to Singapore is not complete without making your way to River Safari, the latest addition in the Mandai estate. Singapore's newest wildlife park opened in late 2012 and has over 6000 animals, including 40 threatened species, as well as the world's largest freshwater aquarium. It is conveniently located next to Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.
A highlight of the park is Kai Kai and Jia Jia, a pair of giant pandas in the Giant Panda Forest. If you are lucky, you might see them chewing special bamboo or playing in their own private enclosures! This pair of pandas are on loan from China. You can also see the red pandas, the beautiful creatures with rust-coloured fur and a fox-like face, in the same vicinity.
Giant Panda - photo courtesy of River Safari
River Safari - Mekong Giant Catfish - Photo courtesy of River Safari
Come and explore Rivers of the World, from the legendary Mississippi to the impressive Yangtze. Meet the giant Chinese salamander, the world's largest amphibian, and the endangered giant Mekong catfish, which can grow up to two meters in length, and Giant Freshwater Stingray, which can weigh almost 600 kilograms. The other exhibits are River Nile, Ganges River, Mary River, Mekong River, Congo River, and River Wonders.
Go on board the Amazon River Quest, a 10-minute boat ride. Along the way visitors will be treated to some amazing animals from the world's largest tropical rainforest. The ride costs $5 for an adult, and $3 for a child. The first ride commences at 11am.
Manatees - Photo courtesy of River Safari
See massive manatees swimming around their aquarium at the Amazon Flooded Forest. Step into the Squirrel Monkey Forest, you will be greeted by these tropical aviary's free-ranging residents leaping from one tree to another.
There are snack counters in various areas where you can buy a drink to quench your thirst. This attraction is suitable for young children too.