Singapore’s Night Safari is the first night zoo for nocturnal animals in the world. The experience of watching animals in their natural habitat at night is truly unique. The Night Safari is among Singapore’s most popular tourist destinations.
Night Safari has 2,500 animals in an open environment. Night Safari Zoo is spread over 40 hectares and is next to the Singapore Zoo. It has 4 “Walking Trails” and 7 “Geographical Zones”, which can be covered in a guided tram ride (very popular with visitors).
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MAIN ATTRACTIONS / HIGHLIGHTS OF NIGHT SAFARI SINGAPORE
- Singapore Night Safari is the World’s first Night time Zoo for nocturnal animals. Night Safari Zoo offers a completely unique experience which cannot be found anywhere else on earth.
- At the Night Safari 2,500 animals, birds, reptiles, insects are housed in 40 hectares. There are 7 Geographical Zones and 4 Walking Trails.
- The clever use of lighting makes it possible for visitors to view the animals in their natural habitat.
- Night Safari has 2 Shows, each performed 3 times a night (weather permitting). On Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays, there is one additional show each. The first “Thumbuakar Performance” is at 6:45 pm at the entrance of Night Safari.
- There is a guided tram ride around the Zoo which makes the experience informative and comfortable. Private individual guides are also available as part of the “Classic Safari Adventurer Tour” and “Premium Safari Adventurer Tour” (this includes an Asian buffet).
- Night Safari offers two special Dining experiences. “Gourmet Safari Express” is a 5 course meal which serves International food including Indian and Vegetarian. “Cocktail Safari Express” is a set light menu.
MAIN SECTIONS AT SINGAPORE’S NIGHT SAFARI ZOO
1] NIGHT SAFARI SINGAPORE – WALKING TRAILS
The Singapore Night Safari Zoo has 4 interesting Walking Trails. These areas are not covered by the Tram and include the following Trails:
- Fishing Cat Trail: Located near the entrance on the left, this trail has animals and birds native to Singapore, including Fishing Cat, Binturong (Bear Cat), Indian Gharials (narrow snout crocodile), Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Small Clawed Otter, Loris, Pangolin, Civet (musky smelling), Pelican, Marsh Birds, Flying Fox.
- Leopard Trail: This is an amazing section of the Night Safari. One highlight is a close encounter with leopards with only a glass barrier between them and visitors. The other highlight is Mangrove Walk where Malayan Flying Foxes (largest bats in the world) and Fruit Bats fly overhead in close proximity. Also of interest is the Giant Flying Squirrel Walk Through where Giant Flying Squirrel glides from tree to tree. Other animals on this trail include Clouded Leopards, Golden Cat, Porcupine, Slow Loris, Malayan Civet, Tarsier (only completely carnivorous primates), Hog Badger, Spotted Mouse Deer, etc. This trail is in the North-West section of the Safari Park.
- East Lodge Trail: Trail starts from the Tram Mid Point (East Lodge Tram Station), until the Wallaby Trail. Most of the animals on this trail can be seen from the Tram and include Babirusa (Pig with large teeth), Malayan Tiger, Anoa (small water Buffalo), Red Dholes (wild dogs), Bongo, Serval, Spotted Hyena,
- Wallaby Trail: This section showcases the nocturnal animals from Australia. Animals, insects, reptiles and birds in this section include Sugar Glider Possums, Brush Tailed Possums, Ridley’s Beauty Snake, Tooth Cave Spiders, Giant River Toads, Asian Black Forest Scorpions, Roof Rats, Bennett’s Wallaby, Parma Wallaby (Wallaby are smaller cousins of Kangaroos), Tawny Frogmouth (looks like an owl), White Lipped Python.
2] NIGHT SAFARI SINGAPORE – SEVEN GEOGRAPHICAL ZONES
The Singapore Night Safari Zoo is divided into 7 Geographical Zones. The Tram covers all 7 zones.
- Himalayan Foothills: Goats from the Himalayan Mountain include Himalayan Tahr, Bharal, Markhor, Mouflons. This zone is located to the left of the entrance.
- Indian Subcontinent: Animals and birds from the Indian subcontinent include Barasingha deer, Striped Hyenas, Manchurian Cranes, Gir Lions, Sloth Bear, Clouded leopard. The East Lodge Station marks the end of this zone.
- Equatorial Africa: Animals that can be found on the African Equatorial grasslands include Grant’s zebras, Oryx, Cape Giraffes, Spotted Hyenas, Lechwe Antelopes, Bongos (biggest African Antelopes), Nile Hippopotamus, Cape Buffalo, Serval, Red River Hog. This zone is in the North of the Night Safari.
- Indo-Malayan Region: Animals that can be found in the rainforests and mangroves of the Indonesian – Malayan region include Babirusa (Pig with large teeth), Malayan Tiger, Anoa (small water Buffalo).
- Asian Riverine Forest: Animals that live near water in the rainforests of Southeast Asia include Malayan tapir (with black and white coat), Asian elephants (elephant named “Chawang” is the mascot of Night Safari), Bearded Pigs, Red Dholes (wild dogs), Water Buffalo. This zone is at the North East of Night Safari.
- Nepalese River Valley: The animals in this zone include the Sambar (largest species of Asian Deers), Spotted Axis Deer, Saurus Cranes (world’s tallest flying birds), Indian Wolves, Greater Asian Rhinoceros, etc. This zone is located in the East of the Park.
- Burmese Hillside: Cattle in this zone include Bantengs and Gaurs. There is also the Thamin Deer. This zone ends at the entrance.
PICTURES OF SINGAPORE’S NIGHT SAFARI ZOO
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SHOWS AND EVENTS AT NIGHT SAFARI IN SINGAPORE
|Shows||Venue||1st Show||2nd Show||3rd Show||4th Show|
|Thumbuakar Show (Fire Show)||Entrance Plaza||6.45 pm||8.00 pm||9.00 pm||10.00 pm*|
|Creatures of the Night Show||Amphitheatre||7.30 pm||8.30 pm||9.30 pm||10.30 pm*|
- (*) Only on Friday, Saturday & eve of Public Holidays.
- All shows are subject to weather permitting.
TIPS FOR VISITORS TO SINGAPORE’S NIGHT SAFARI
- At Opening time, there are long queues for the trams. We suggest that visitors cover the Walking Trails in the beginning and later, when the lines have thinned, they can take the guided tram tour. Visitors can also take the tram at the Midpoint Station. On holidays, the wait for the tram can be as long as 90 minutes. Avoid Friday, Saturday, public holidays and the day before a holiday.
- Purchase Night Safari entry tickets online. Usually there is a long wait to purchase admission tickets close to Safari opening time. Hence it makes sense purchasing tickets online. http://eticketing.nightsafari.com.sg/SafariBooking.aspx
- The Shows tend to get filled quickly. We suggest that you get in queue 20 minutes before the start of a show. Kids will enjoy them. Adults may want to skip them if the queues are long.
- Check the forecast for rain. Carry protection against the rain. Usually, insects are not a problem, but visitors may want to carry insect repellent along just in case.
- Avoid visiting the Singapore Zoo and Singapore Night Safari on the same day. It will be exhausting.
- If travelling by public transport, leave the Night Safari 30 minutes before closing time to avoid long wait for bus/taxi.
- Flash photography is not allowed.
- There are buses that pick up and drop visitors from large hotels in town. This is a convenient way of travelling to the Night Safari.
- If you intend to visit River Safari, Jarong Bird Park and the Singapore Zoo, purchase the “PARK HOPPER 4-in-1” ticket. For 3 attractions, purchase “PARK HOPPER 3-in-1” and for 2 attractions, purchase “PARK HOPPER 2-in-1”. Park Hopper ticket allows visit to the attractions on separate days within 30 days of purchasing the ticket.
- Singapore can get hot and humid. Ensure you have adequate water.
- Frequent visitors may consider purchasing a cost effective Membership card. Further details at http://www.wrs-itswild.com.sg/.
SINGAPORE NIGHT SAFARI TIMING AND OPENING HOUR
- Singapore Night Safari Opening Time: 7:30 pm
- Singapore Night Safari Closing Time: 12:00 midnight (ticket sale stops at 11:15 pm)
- Restaurants open at 5:30 pm.
ADMISSION TICKET COST FOR SINGAPORE NIGHT SAFARI
NO ENTRANCE TICKET (Free admission) for Children below the age of 3. “CHILD” ticket is for kids between the ages of 3 and 12.
|NIGHT SAFARI TICKET / PASS||ADULT||CHILD|
|Night Safari Ticket (Includes 1 Tram around the Zoo)||35||23|
|Park Hopper 4-in-1 (Night Safari, River Safari, Zoo, Bird Park)||89||58|
|Park Hopper 3-in-1 (Night Safari, Zoo, Bird Park)||69||46|
|Park Hopper 3-in-1 (Night Safari, River Safari, Bird Park)||69||46|
|Park Hopper 3-in-1 (Night Safari, Zoo, River Safari)||69||46|
|Park Hopper 2-in-1 (Night Safari & Zoo)||39||26|
|Park Hopper 2-in-1 (Night Safari & Bird Park)||49||32|
|Park Hopper 2-in-1 (Night Safari & River Safari)||49||32|
- Singaporean Senior Citizen pay $17.50 for entry ticket. This is not applicable for foreign tourists who are Senior Citizen.
- “Friends of Night Safari” is a cost effective annual Membership card.
- Children of Singaporeans and of permanent residents are allowed FREE entry to Night Safari on their birthday. These Kids also get a free ice cream on their birthday.
- Night Safari offers special discounts for visitors with “Disability Development Registry” (DDR) identity card along with two minders.
NIGHT SAFARI ZOO, SINGAPORE – ADDRESS AND MAP
|Singapore Zoo Address||Singapore Zoo Bus Map|
|80, Mandai Lake Road, Singapore – 729826.
Tel: (65) 6269 3411,
View Bus 138 (Ang Mo Kio) and 927 (Choa Chu Kang) To Singapore Night Safari Zoo in a larger map
HOW TO GET TO NIGHT SAFARI IN SINGAPORE BY TRAIN AND BUS
|Nearest MRT stations||Connecting buses|
|Ang Mo Kio||Bus No. 138 (From Ang Mo Kio bus interchange)|
|Choa Chu Kang||Bus No. 927 (From Choa Chu Kang bus interchange)|
|Woodlands||Bus No. 926* (From Woodlands bus interchange, ONLY ON SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAY)|
|Marsiling||Bus No. 926* (From across the road at Woodlands Ave 3, ONLY ON SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAY)|
- (*) Only on Sundays and Public Holidays.
- Singapore Attractions Express (SAEx) operates buses from different parts of Singapore to the Zoo. Visit their site for details of time and locations.
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- River Safari
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Night Safari Logo Image & Inside Night Safari Image: Image by Hiltch. Image licensed under Creative Commons NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).
Thumbuakar Show Image: Image by Paul Williams. Image licensed under Creative Commons NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).
For Image Credits and license information on the images in “PICTURES OF SINGAPORE’S NIGHT SAFARI ZOO” section, please visit “https://picasaweb.google.com/113830257472243547135/NightSafariSingapore“. All these images are under Creative Commons Licenses.
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