Night Safari Singapore was the world’s
first safari park dedicated to nocturnal animals. The park gives visitors a
glimpse into a side of the world of animals that they don’t normally see – what
do animals do after dark? The chance to see animals at night is a rare
opportunity, a thrill and not to be missed! The safari park is home to 2,500 animals
representing 130 species of which 38% are endangered. The park covers 35
hectares of forest and is divided into seven zones each home to animals from a
specific geological area. The geographical zones include Southeast Asia,
Burmese Hillside, Indian Subcontinent, Equatorial Africa, Asian Ravine Forest, Nepalese
River Valley and the Himalayan foothills. Visitors to the park can explore the
various zones on foot using four interlinking walking trails or on a 40 minute
tram ride with live commentary. The animals are treated humanely and they are
kept in enclosures with natural barriers rather than cages in areas similar to
their natural habitats.
After seeing the animals by tram or on foot visitors can enjoy some great entertainment and a meal. The Creatures of the Night Show is presented in the Night Safari amphitheatre and showcases the survival instincts of nocturnal animals of prey. There is a performance of Thumbuakar dancing in the Entrance Plaza which includes fire eating performances.
The park supports conservation programs and breeding programs to help prevent animal extinction of certain endangered species. They have been successful in breeding many threatened species including cloud leopards, Malayan tapirs, fishing cats, Malayan tigers, Asian elephants and Asian lions among others. One of the most loved animals in the park is Chawang, an Asian elephant who has fathered four calves and is the park mascot.
Dining at Night Safari
You can plan to have a meal at the safari’s restaurants like Bongo Burgers where you can eat al fresco while watching fire eating performance, blowpipe demonstrations and tropical rainforest dancing. There is the Gourmet Safari Express where you dine on board a tram as it travels through the safari; Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant which has indoor and outdoor seating; Casa Italia; Safari Sizzle serving gourmet hot dogs; Zebra Café and the Chang Chawang Bar so you won’t go hungry!
Night Safari for Families
Although there are many food options in the park you are allowed to bring your own food. You are allowed to bring strollers into the park and use them on the walking trails but strollers must be folded on the trams. The park also has stroller rental for $9 on a first-come-first-served basis. If you need a quiet place to nurse your baby you can approach one of the staff members and they will help you out. There are coin-operated lockers available for $3 each; alternatively you can leave large luggage at the reception counter for $3. All forms of skates, bikes and even pull-trolleys are not allowed in the park.
Creatures of the Night Show is nightly at 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm with additional shows at 10:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and public holiday eves.
Thumbuakar Performances are nightly at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm with additional performances at 10pm on Fridays, Saturdays and public holiday eves.