Upon pickup from your hotel in Singapore, embark on your journey at River Safari, a 30-acre (12-hectare) wildlife park that’s home to one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater animals. See more than 150 plant species and 5,000 animals (representing 300 animal species) while you explore eight river habitats in the park.
As you walk through themed exhibits that recreate the sights and sounds of each river zone, you’ll experience rare opportunities to see some of the largest river mammals, amphibians and megafish. Keep an eye out for the giant river otter, Chinese giant salamander, giant freshwater stingray and the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish.
Head to the Giant Panda Forest to watch Kai Kai and Jia Jia, two giant pandas that live in a climate-controlled area along the Yangtze River zone, which simulates the bears’ natural habitat with lush plants, boulders and water features. Then, venture to the Amazon Flooded Forest, the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, for an immersive experience in the Amazonian underwater habitat. Here, observe more than18 animal species on display – including the manatee and arapaima.
Then, meander down the ‘Amazon River’ to see more than 30 animal Amazon species including the jaguar, Brazilian tapir, capybara, giant anteater and red howler monkey.
Along the way, learn about the fragile ecosystems and unique cultures that rely on the world’s iconic rivers, from the Mekong River to the River Nile. You’ll develop a renewed appreciation for the biodiversity of freshwater habitats that are disappearing more quickly than marine and forest environments – and the conservation efforts to preserve them.