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 BUILDS RIVER SAFARI, ASIA’S FIRST RIVER-THEMED ANIMAL ATTRACTION

S$140 MILLION PROJECT SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 2011

Singapore, February 11, 2009Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) plans to build a river-themed animal attraction that will contribute to Singapore’s tourism landscape and enhance the range of excellent nature-themed attractions in Singapore.

Located within the 89-hectare compound of the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari premises, this attraction will be Asia’s first river-themed park. Comprising boat rides, displays of freshwater habitats and other highlights, it will offer a close-up multi-sensory experience for the young and old.

The project is expected to inject S$140 million into Singapore’s economy. Construction will begin in 2009, and the park is targeted for completion in 2011. The new park is estimated to attract at least 750,000 visitors annually.

Strong message of conservation
Says Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, “The aim of River Safari is to create a greater awareness of freshwater habitat conservation. Freshwater habitats are ecosystems that depend on water flow for their environmental health, and can include caves, swamps, floodplains, rivers and lakes. The term ‘wetlands’ is often used to describe these rich habitats, which carry the most species per unit. However, their biodiversity is disappearing at a faster rate than the forest and marine biomes, with a reported 50% decline in the freshwater species population index in 30 years since 1970. The River Safari attraction will educate visitors on the conservation of fresh water habitats, and also introduce them to the ecosystem’s interesting water wildlife. It will also complement our current collection at our other three parks.

“We started working on this idea about two years ago and we believe this is an opportune time to embark on this project.”

Built with Environmental Sensitivity
As the attraction is located within its current 89 hectare compound, the new development will have minimal impact on the Mandai Nature Reserve area. WRS team had earlier consulted the various government bodies such as NParks and PUB on the environmental viability of the project. For example, it carried out a survey to identify the trees that will be affected by the development. Instead of felling the trees, it is carefully preparing the process of relocating them. In addition to this, WRS plans to plant more than 30,000 new trees in this attraction. Some of the current animal exhibits will be relocated to make way for this attraction. WRS will also acquire new species of animals to reside in the various habitats through animal exchange programmes with other zoological institutions.