Singapore Night Safari [Part-1]

Singapore Night Safari

Opened in 1994, Night Safari is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. Today, the award-winning park welcomes more than 1.1 million visitors a year. They come from all over the world to enjoy the unique experience of seeing over 2,500 animals in their naturalistic nighttime habitats.

Singapore Night Safari

10-time winner of best attraction category awarded by Singapore Tourism Board, the star of the Night Safari experience is a guided tram ride that takes you across 7 geographical zones of the world. From the rugged Himalayan Foothills to the swampy banks of the Asian River Forest and more, your tram guide will share fascinating facts and tales about the animals and habitats along your journey. Those who prefer a more personalized experience can book a VIP experience on the Safari Adventurer Tour where a dedicated guide can take you and an intimate group of guests on a private tour of the park.

Explore the walking trails to see even more animals not visible from the tram journey. Stroll into the realm of the animals at our two giant aviaries where the Malayan flying foxes and giant flying squirrels can come right next to you. The aviaries are along the Leopard Trail where you can get within a whisker of the beautiful leopards from their dedicated glass observatory. Head along the Fishing Cat Trail and look in on fishing cats as they engage in their nightly river-side hunt. Then, trek right into the Outback to discover native wildlife of Australia including a family of wallabies in their walk-through habitat along the all-new Wallaby Trail.

Singapore Night Safari

No visit is complete without enjoying the famous performances filled with humor, thrill and surprises. Catch our talented troupe of tribal warriors as they thrill you with their fiery stunts in the Thumbuakar Performance and don’t miss the must-see Creatures of the Night Show. This highly entertaining and interactive 20-minute show highlights the natural abilities of some of the most fascinating nocturnal animals.

It’s an after-dark wildlife adventure that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Wallaby Trail

Wallaby Trail

Among Night Safari’s newest attractions, this captivating Wallaby Trail is inspired by the unique wildlife of the Australian Outback and highland forests. Here, you can look forward to some of Australia’s most fascinating nocturnal wildlife natives.

A hop and skip away from the main entrance of the park, this magnificent trail includes an immersive Ranger Station learning experience. This trail also highlights one of the few free-ranging Wallaby walk-through habitats in Asia, and the mysterious Naracoorte Cave with scorpions, venomous centipedes and other night crawling creatures.

Ranger Station

You can begin your journey at the Ranger Station where you will get to see the taxidermied grey kangaroo and cassowary, two of Australia’s star wildlife. Learn more about these animals as well as other Australasia flora and fauna. Be prepared to spend some time here as you catch up on the fascinating back stories on the incredible wildlife Down Under.

Wallaby Trail

Naracoorte Cave

Next, crawl into the chambers of Singapore’s first man-made cave with live inhabitants! Meander along the dimly-lit subterranean passageways and marvel at the fossilized prehistoric animals on the limestone walls. With each unexpected blind corner, you could be in the company of the Ridley’s beauty snake (cave racers), tooth cave spiders, giant river toads, the Asian black forest scorpions and an army of roof rats. But don’t worry, you’ll to enable you to ogle at them in close proximity without fear.

This cave was specially constructed to attract wild bats to build their home here. So watch out for these guests which are free to come and go.

Wallaby Trail

Free-ranging Wallabies

Making their home in the free-ranging exhibit are two species of the Kangaroo’s smaller cousin – Bennett’s wallaby and the once-thought-extinct parma wallaby – roaming wild and free in the naturalistic habitat. A Bennett’s wallaby (also known as the red-necked wallaby) has a reddish wash across its shoulders, while a parma wallaby is a lot more shy and smaller in size. Spend some time observing their natural behaviour and you might be rewarded with a treat of having a wallaby hop up to you.

Wallaby Trail

East Lodge Trail

Accessible from the East Lodge Tram Station, this intriguing trail will lead you to the crossroads of Africa and Asia, where the animals of the savannah and the tropics live side by side.

East Lodge Trail

Venture into the lair of Malaysia’s national animal, the Malayan tiger. Go nose-to-nose with the prime hunter in its glass-fronted habitat. See how big its teeth are as it chows down during the token feeding sessions.

Sadly, this species of wild cat is now endangered because its body parts are highly sought-after by some cultures for their unfounded medicinal benefits.

East Lodge Trail

The babirusa also makes its home along this trail. These indigenous natives of the islands of Sulawesi are not far from their distant cousins from the African jungle, the red river hogs, who live nearby alongside the bongos. Bongos are the largest and also the most visually striking African antelopes with their spiralled horns and white stripes-spangled chestnut red coat.

East Lodge Trail

Explore deeper into the night savannah, the domain of the spotted hyenas, and you might be lucky enough to hear their infamous “laughter”, which they make when they are excited or frightened. These opportunistic predators are one of the most fearsome hunters as their powerful jaws are able to crush bones with ease.

Don’t forget to see the servals of Africa before you leave the trail. These cats are undoubtedly the supermodels of the savannah with their long slender build and legs that are the longest of any cats in relation to their body size. These long limbs offer them a good view over the tall grass in their wild habitat. However, it is those huge ears they have that help them locate prey with deadly accuracy.

East Lodge Trail

The East Lodge Trail connects the fascinating Leopard Trail to the new Wallaby Trail. So keep trekking and enjoy the nighttime wilderness.

Leopard Trail

Leopard Trail

One of Night Safari’s most popular trails,the Leopard Trail is where you will see the largest collection of wildlife indigenous to Southeast Asia, along with the small and medium-size cats of Asia. This trek also takes you through two spectacular walk-through habitats for an up-close encounter with some very special free-ranging animals that you might find flying and gliding right above you.

Leopard Trail

As the name of the trail suggests, you should be on the lookout for leopards. From just beyond the glass window of the viewing gallery, you can peer into the often hidden world of our pair of Sri Lankan leopards in their naturalistic forested enclosures. Watch them scale trees, move stealthily around the forest clearing, or wait in the shadows for a tasty meal.

Their smaller cousins, the clouded leopards are equally adept at climbing. From their glass observatory, you might chance upon them displaying their arboreal dexterity – they can climb down a tree vertically head first and effortlessly hang from a branch with their hind paws and tail!

Leopard Trail

Also in the cat family is the majestic Gir lion. These big cats can spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping and resting. At Night Safari though, you can be sure they’ll be up and about at 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays. Why? It’s their token feeding times. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the lions relishing their meaty treats!

Leopard Trail

But the Leopard Trail isn’t just inhabited by leopards. You’ll also be treated to an up close view of the small-toothed civet, the Malayan civet, the golden cat, and the only venomous primate – the slow loris.

Stroll into the northern-most corner of the Leopard Trail just after the East Lodge station, and be rewarded with a scenic view of giraffes, zebras and oryxes, grazing in their open enclosures, with the picturesque, moonlit reservoir in the background.

Leopard Trail

Mangrove Walk and Giant Flying Squirrel walk-through habitat

At the two deep corners of the Leopard Trail, you’ll find walk-through habitats housing some very interesting high-flyers of the night.

Within the Mangrove Walk, you are in the flight path of the Malayan flying foxes. They are the largest bats in the world and belong to the only group of mammals that are capable of true flight.

Feel the breeze as these airborne mammals fly around you, sometimes missing you by inches. These fruit bats are completely harmless; they prefer juicy, bloodless treats.

Fruits are placed on the tree branches throughout, so enjoy the rare opportunity to observe the bats in close proximity as they feast upon their meals.

At the Giant Flying Squirrel habitat, you’ll be in the airspace of a different kind of nocturnal aviator.

Giant flying squirrels belong to the rodent family and glide with the help of special skin flaps on both sides of their body.

In their dedicated forest home, follow the rustling high up in the trees and soon you’ll be able to catch our adorable friends peering at you as they get ready for lift off.

Leopard Trail

Watch how they pilot their little bodies as they glide from tree to tree, sometimes coming down for a landing on the lower branches just an arm’s length from you.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we take you through the Fishing Cat trails, the Tram Safari Experience, Thumbuakar Performance & Creatures of the Night Show!

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One thought on “Singapore Night Safari [Part-1]

  1. Such a place exists! It would be interesting seeing nocturnal animals at night, doing their thing. 🙂 I’m sure it was a lot of fun!

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