Singapore is a city that’s exciting by day and even more exciting by night. Like New York, this city also never sleeps. There’s so much to do at night, you’ll not want to sleep while you’re at Singapore, either! Right next to the Singapore Zoo is the Singapore Night Safari, a specially created attraction to get you up close and personal with nocturnal creatures. The jungle park has been created to authentically replicate the original habitats of the nocturnal residents. Leopards, wallabies, Malayan tigers and Malayan tapirs reside here – in short, over 2,500 creatures ranging more than 130 species. You might even spot the large Asian elephant if you’re lucky! Wouldn’t you like to join up for the night safari in Singapore?
Night Walking Trails
Join up to go on an exciting bushwalk trail at night to spot the elusive and endangered wallabies. These creatures are out at night to munch on fresh greens with the dew on them. They’re Australian natives, a bit smaller than kangaroos, with tremendously powerful hind legs. They can jump to great heights to escape from threat and fight off predators by kicking out at them from behind. Wallabies love to live in heavy forests, where they can hide efficiently. You can observe these creatures in their natural habitat as they go about their business.
Leopard Walking Trail
The Leopard Walking Trail is a fantastic way to get up close and personal with the most dangerous nocturnal animal in the world. Leopards are very dangerous, which makes the Leopard Walking Trail an adventure of a lifetime. It’s scary just to watch those glittering amber eyes scan the jungle. There’s a barrier between them and you, but yes, they’re aware of you – just as you’re aware of them.
Tram Ride Safari
The Night Safari has a 35-minute tram ride with live commentary in English, Japanese and Mandarin. The subtly illuminated 98-acre jungle park forms a mysterious backdrop for your adventure. The trams are protected with bars, and the headlights are kept dim in order not to disturb the animals. You’ll be traversing changing landscapes, moving through multiple wildlife habitats, watching animals in their specially lit enclosures from above.
During the walking trail part of the tour, you’ll learn how to spot large cats like the Gir lions and Sri Lankan leopards. As you stroll down the East Lodge Trail, you’ll spot the Malayan tiger, some red river hogs and spotted hyenas. There’s also the Wallaby Trail to walk, to observe Australian native wildlife.
Deer roam about in the protected enclosures, while elephants are busy drinking water or bringing down trees. The Night Safari park covers seven global geographical zones. One moment you’re in the foothills of the Himalayas, and in the other, the swampy banks of Equatorial Africa. All along at the background are the sounds of the forest – the sounds of singing insects, rushing water and the calls of animals. The tram ride safari is a multi-sensory adventure meant to delight every member of your family.
Fishing Cat Trail
The Fishing Cat Trail takes you through the dense jungle park, where you can watch native animal species that are still roaming today’s forests. A river flows through the jungle, whose fallen logs form the fishing cat’s habitat. The fishing cat, a patient hunter, stalks the fish for long periods, pouncing in for the strike at lightning speed. They have partially webbed paws which make it possible for them to wade in after the fish.
On this trail, you’ll also see binturongs or bear cats, which emit a popcorn-like aroma. Indian gharials feed in the shallow marshy waters, while the barking deer, mouse deer and small-clawed otters and loris feed on riverside grass. The scaly Sunda pangolins live in subterranean pits, which are glass-fronted so you can look inside. These are highly endangered mammals, and the Night Safari has successfully bred them in the jungle. The cat-like common palm civets run along branches and ropes that are tied to the trees. They smell pungent and are usually considered as pests. Deeper on the fishing cat trail you’ll find a marshland family of marsh birds, pelicans and more. You might even run into two large aviaries where Malayan flying foxes and giant flying glide right into the air.
Creatures of the Night Show
This live show of the Night Safari’s nocturnal creatures is always a crowd-pleaser. Watch the whiskered binturong peer at you through the forest, through its large round eyes. The civet, with its pointed muzzle, is used to humans and is quite friendly. The spotted hyena crushes its prey’s bones using its powerful jaws, while the African serval leaps to catch its prey. The otter tries to recycle everything in its environment, bustling about like a busy, well-meaning housewife. This 20-minute interactive show brings the skills and habits of nocturnal animals to light.
You can include a buffer dinner into your Creatures of the Night Show package at the 600-seater Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant, which offers international and local cuisines. You can enjoy your meal while watching Ankole cattle graze nearby, and listening to the sounds of cicadas and frogs.
Night Safari Performances
The Night Safari has a couple of performances at the end. There’s the Thumbuakar Performance, a cultural dance by Thumbuakar warriors. They eat fire, leap and romp about to the rhythm of warrior drumming and throw flames into the air. There are other shows and performances that might undergo changes now and then.
The Singapore Night Safari is very popular among its international audience, and the reason is simple. It happens at night, cloaked in the hush of darkness under a canopy of stars. Great care is taken to respect the habitats of nocturnal creatures, and to see that they are not disturbed. One can view not just the animals themselves, but how they interact with their actual habitats. It’s an education of the sort that no animal zoo anywhere can offer you.