River Safari has two new exciting exhibits -- River Wonders and Mary River -- that are sure to thrill everyone in the family.
From marvelling at the prehistoric lungfish to touching some of the ocean’s most fascinating critters, visitors to River Safari can look forward to learning more about aquatic wildlife with its two new exhibits. Named River Wonders and Mary River, the exhibits showcase birds, fishes, mammals and other wildlife found within and around freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Located near the entrance of the park, the new River Wonders aquarium introduces visitors to the varied flora and fauna on land and underwater. You can see close to 30 animal species in this exhibit, and observe the rich biodiversity in river habitats.
What can you see here? Well, you can spot the endangered golden-headed lion tamarin and admire jewel-coloured fishes such as the pearl gourami and celestial pearl danio. This exhibit is also home to the light-coloured silvery marmoset – one of the world’s smallest monkeys – displayed for the first time in River Safari.
The new Mary River zone provides an overview of a river’s journey as it empties itself into coastal mangrove forests and eventually into seas and oceans. With over 20 animal species, this exhibit is divided into three sections to showcase river, mangrove and marine ecosystems.
Visitors can dip their hands into a touch pool for a feel of aquatic creatures such as the sea star and the horseshoe crab – a living fossil that has existed since millions of years ago.
Other unusual species in the Mary River zone include the air-breathing Australian lungfish that can survive for a few days out of water. There is also the sharp-shooting archerfish that squirts water from its mouth to attack its prey.
Excited to visit the new exhibits of River Safari? Check out the schedule and a special treat for you on the next page!