Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park celebrates soft opening on 3 April.

Singapore, 3 April 2013 – More than 300 people including jubilant school children, wildlife enthusiasts, and tourists gathered before 9am for the soft opening of Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park today.

In a surprise lucky draw for members of the public who made a special attempt to be at the park when the gates first open, five visitors won a “Friends of River Safari” membership (valued at S$90.00) which allows them unlimited admission to the park year-round. The winners, along with the 300-strong crowd, joined the staff of Wildlife Reserves Singapore for a countdown to the park’s opening time – 9am – to a great cheer.

The park welcomed close to 1,500 visitors on the first day of its soft launch.

The 12-ha River Safari is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks and will showcase animals from freshwater habitats inspired by eight of the world’s iconic rivers including the Mississippi, Nile, Mekong, Yangtze and Amazon rivers.

More than 300 people including jubilant school children, wildlife enthusiasts and tourists gathered before 9am for the soft opening of Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park today for a special countdown.

More than 300 people including jubilant school children, wildlife enthusiasts and tourists gathered before 9am for the soft opening of Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park today for a special countdown.

In a surprise lucky draw for members of the public who made a special attempt to be at the park when the gates first open at 9am on 3 April, five visitors won a “Friends of River Safari” membership (valued at S$90.00) which allows them unlimited admission to the park year-round.

In a surprise lucky draw for members of the public who made a special attempt to be at the park when the gates first open at 9am on 3 April, five visitors won a “Friends of River Safari” membership (valued at S$90.00) which allows them unlimited admission to the park year-round.

A group of school children watches in amazement as a giant river otter – the world’s largest otter - swims across an underwater tunnel at River Safari. They were among the first to explore River Safari on its soft opening day on 3 April.

A group of school children watches in amazement as a giant river otter – the world’s largest otter – swims across an underwater tunnel at River Safari. They were among the first to explore River Safari on its soft opening day on 3 April.

Visitors at River Safari’s Mekong River zone which showcases river giants such as the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish and the giant Siamese carp. They were among the first to explore River Safari on its soft opening day on 3 April.

Visitors at River Safari’s Mekong River zone which showcases river giants such as the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish and the giant Siamese carp. They were among the first to explore River Safari on its soft opening day on 3 April.