Singapore’s large and award-winning Night Safari, located next to the Singapore Zoo, was the first zoo in the world to offer a program where visitors could see nocturnal animals and watch the night time activities of a variety of creatures. It first opened in 1994 and has become one of the most popular attractions in the whole country. Indeed, it attracts around 1.1 million visitors each year.
Open between 7.30pm and midnight, you will also find some great places to dine as well as a good assortment of shops. The restaurants and shops open a couple of hours before the main attraction, meaning that you don’t have to eat into your animal-spotting time. Cultural shows are also commonplace; enjoy traditional tribal dancing, fire shows, blowpipe demonstrations … and more! The Creatures of the Night show is a must!
Unlike many places that try to make nocturnal creatures active during the day time hours, the Night Safari tries to keep things as natural as possible for the animals, allowing visitors to get a true feel for the night time members of the animal kingdom. The animals live in environments that resemble their natural habitat in the wild as closely as possible. Rather than being kept in cages or fenced in, large moats, electric wires, and cattle grids are used to keep the animals from roaming into each others’ territories.
You may be wondering how you would be able to see the animals in the dark. Don’t worry – the innovative lighting makes sure that it is bright enough for visitors to be able to enjoy great views of the different creatures, whilst also being dim enough so as not to disturb their nocturnal patterns. It is like being in the strong moonlight.
There are more than 2,500 animals within in the Night Safari, including lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, hippos, hyenas, rhinos, tigers, elephants, deer, birds, otters, wallabies, and much, much, more!
Hop on a tram and take a guided adventure through seven different zones, each representing different parts of the world. Pass through Equatorial Africa, a Burmese hillside, the foothills of the Himalayas and a Nepalese river valley, an Asian riverine forest, India, and the Indo-Malayan region. Your guide will point out various animals to make sure that you really see as much as you can.
There are terrific walking trails too, allowing you to get up close to, and watch in fascination, many more creatures. There are two large aviaries that you can go into as well, seeing the majestic birds flying all around. Head along the Leopard Trail to see many members from the large cat family. The Fishing Cat Trail is another excellent walk that lets you see fishing felines at work, as well as other creatures roaming around. Venture into Australia’s Outback at the Wallaby Trail, and see an intriguing combination of Asian and African animals living side by side on the East Lodge Trail.
The Night Safari is a brilliant way to enjoy the night time wilderness … great for people of all ages, it really is one of Singapore’s top attractions.