AMAZON RIVER QUEST BOAT RIDE IN RIVER SAFARI OPENS TO PUBLIC

– Visitors on slow boat ride can enjoy up-close encounters with close to 30 animal species, including three that have never been seen in Singapore.

All on board now: Visitors on the Amazon River Quest will come face-to-face with close to 30 animal species living on the edges of the Amazon River. For the first time in Singapore, visitors will see the red-backed bearded saki monkey, collared peccary and red howler monkey. Other animals along the ride include the capybara (world’s biggest rodent), giant anteater (world’s largest anteater), and jaguar (South America’s biggest wild cat). PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
All on board now: Visitors on the Amazon River Quest will come face-to-face with close to 30 animal species living on the edges of the Amazon River. For the first time in Singapore, visitors will see the red-backed bearded saki monkey, collared peccary and red howler monkey. Other animals along the ride include the capybara (world’s biggest rodent), giant anteater (world’s largest anteater), and jaguar (South America’s biggest wild cat). PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 7 December 2013 – Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park River Safari achieves the final milestone with the opening of the Amazon River Quest boat ride today.

Ms Claire Chiang, Chairman, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “The launch of the Amazon River Quest completes River Safari, and offers our visitors a new immersive channel into the world of animals that depend on the Amazon River for survival. We are thrilled to welcome visitors on this river expedition, and hope that they will gain a deeper appreciation of the interconnectedness of animals, plants and rivers, and be inspired to protect fragile freshwater habitats.”

All on board now: Visitors on the Amazon River Quest will come face-to-face with close to 30 animal species living on the edges of the Amazon River. For the first time in Singapore, visitors will see the red-backed bearded saki monkey, collared peccary and red howler monkey. Other animals along the ride include the capybara (world’s biggest rodent), giant anteater (world’s largest anteater), and jaguar (South America’s biggest wild cat). PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
All on board now: Visitors on the Amazon River Quest will come face-to-face with close to 30 animal species living on the edges of the Amazon River. For the first time in Singapore, visitors will see the red-backed bearded saki monkey, collared peccary and red howler monkey. Other animals along the ride include the capybara (world’s biggest rodent), giant anteater (world’s largest anteater), and jaguar (South America’s biggest wild cat). PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Visitors can plunge into a thematic exploration at the mysterious rainforest of the Amazon and come face-to-face with close to 30 animal species living on the edges of the Amazon River. For the first time in Singapore, visitors will see the red-backed bearded saki monkey, collared peccary, and red howler monkey. Other animals along the ride include the capybara (world’s biggest rodent), giant anteater (world’s largest anteater), and jaguar (South America’s biggest wild cat).

The slow boat ride, which lasts between 12 to 15 minutes, is the final attraction to open at River Safari, Singapore’s newest family lifestyle destination. The 483m-long ride is designed to simulate an open-top boat voyage down the Amazon River featuring land and arboreal animals in naturalistic habitats with lush vegetation. Visitors will see various species of monkeys swinging through tree tops, brightly-coloured birds fluttering in a flight aviary, and be transported into a dark cave which is home to South America’s largest wild cat – the jaguar.

The Amazon River Quest is part of the park’s Wild Amazonia zone which showcases the rich biodiversity in the Amazon basin. The two other habitats in this zone are the Squirrel Monkey Forest, a walk-through exhibit home to over 40 free-ranging squirrel monkeys, and the Amazon Flooded Forest which simulates the annual flooding of the Amazon rainforest with manatees and arapaimas swimming amongst giant trees.

Visitors can embark on the Amazon River Quest from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Boat ride safety regulations apply. For more information, visit http://www.riversafari.com.sg/wild-amazonia/amazon-river-quest.html

Tickets will continue to be priced at a discounted rate of S$25 (adult), S$16 (child between 3-12 years) and $12.50 (local senior citizens 60 years and above). Park admission will eventually be priced at S$35 (adult), S$23 (child between 3-12 years), and $17.50 (local senior citizens 60 years and above).

WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE MARKS NEW CHAPTER OF GROWTH WITH LAUNCH OF RIVER SAFARI

GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY FOR ASIA’S FIRST RIVER-THEMED WILDLIFE PARK TO BE HELD TODAY

Singapore, 21 May 2010Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), the parent company of award-winning attractions Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the upcoming River Safari, celebrates a significant milestone today with the ground-breaking of Asia’s first river-themed wildlife park.

River Safari, which will be the world’s largest repository of fresh water animals and many critically endangered animals like the giant panda, marks a new chapter of growth for the 10-year-old company, bringing it closer to its vision of being the foremost wildlife institution in the world.

WRS’ three attractions – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo – attracted 3.6 million visitors in 2009, and the numbers have been growing every year. These parks rank among the best leisure destinations in Singapore and are well-known for their successful captive breeding programmes for endangered species such as the Bali mynah, Asian elephant and orang utan.

“We aim to offer the best wildlife experience in Asia and part of this effort is the expansion of our unique product offerings,” said Ms Claire Chiang, WRS’ Chair. “Being a first in Asia, River Safari will not only bring the rich biodiversity of the freshwater systems around the world right to our doorstep, it will be home to many endangered and threatened species, which we hope to preserve through our captive breeding programmes.”

River Safari is expected to draw at least 820,000 visitors annually. The 12-hectare park located between the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari in Mandai, is scheduled to open in the first half of 2012, and will house one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater aquatic animals, with more than 300 plant species, 500 animal species and over 5,000 individual animal specimens.

Comprising boat rides and displays of freshwater habitats of the famous rivers of the world like the Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze, the River Safari will provide a close-up, multi-sensory experience for visitors. For example, the indigenous wildlife at the Amazon River will be showcased at the Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit, which will be home to deadly river creatures like the anaconda and electric eel, as well as the elusive giant river otter, one of the most endangered animals in South America.

One of the star attractions – the giant pandas – will live in a specially designed, climate-controlled exhibit along the “Yangtze River”. Different species of bamboo, which is the panda’s staple diet, will be planted throughout this 1,600 sqm landscaped enclosure. Sheba and Inuka, the Singapore Zoo’s pair of mother-and-son polar bears, will also have a new home at River Safari’s Frozen Tundra, which comprises over 1,400 sqm of living space that will mirror conditions in the Arctic. Other animals like the tanuki, a raccoon dog native to Japan, will join the polar bears at this new exhibit, which will feature permafrost, frozen caves, and icy pools of water.

“Biodiversity in freshwater habitats is disappearing at a faster rate than marine and forest environments. By bringing visitors up close to the fascinating underwater animals and terrestrial animals that live in such ecosystems, we aim to highlight how our survival is dependent on their well-being,” said Ms Fanny Lai, WRS’ Group CEO. “We expect people to be awed by many of these strange and interesting fresh water creatures including the ‘giants’ of river habitats. These include the giant catfish and the giant freshwater stingray from Mekong river, giant river otters from Amazon river; and not forgetting the giant pandas from China. All of these charismatic animals are disappearing at an alarming rate due to habitat destruction.

The ground-breaking ceremony this morning will be held at one of the actual development sites fronting the reservoir and will be graced by Mr S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and Education.