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10 facts about the night safari that will blow your mind away – Interesting things to know

The Night Safari in Singapore is quite popular among tourists and most of the visitors, especially those with family look forward to this experience. If you've already been on this ride, then you know what's special about it...or do you? Here are a few amazing facts.


The first-ever...

The Night Safari in Singapore was first inaugurated in 1994 and was the first of its kind at the time. For those who don't know, this is not just a walk through the zoo at night where the animals are bound to be sound asleep. This is a separate attraction situated right next to the Singapore Zoo where the nocturnal animals thrive. The place is a world-renowned attraction which sees about 1.1 million visitors every year.


The birth of the idea

The idea was first discussed in 1984 and was the brainchild of Ong Swee Law who was one of the zoo's former chairman. He wanted a space for nocturnal animals to be free.


How long did it take?

It took about 4 years to completely plan out the project and 3 years to get things arranged and implement it.


How much did it cost?

Well...want to take a guess? The entire project costs about $63 million. Quite a whopping amount for a night-time zoo now isn't it.


What's special about the light?

Went on the night safari and felt like it was a full moonlight out there? Even though it clearly wasn't a full moon night? You could say that that's all the magic of the Night Safari but in fact, it's the lighting here. Simon Corder designed the place to look as if it is a full-moon night every day.


The very first exhibition still runs

The very first exhibition was the Fishing Cat Trail which was a testing ground for lighting and plant and moats too.


The first baby at the Night Safari

The very first baby at the Night Safari was born in 2010 on Valentines Day and was a delightful little Sunda pangolin.


Senior animals at the park

When it comes to the oldest animals in the park, Manis (translates to sweet) a tapir, lived to be 34 years old at the Night Safari. Her legacy is now carried forward by her granddaughter Putri (translates to princess).


Witness the fire play

If you are staying at one of the hotels in Serangoon Road Singapore, you've got to make it here for the fire breathing show! The performers claim to be from the Thumbuakar from Boneo. But in reality, there is no such tribe in Boneo or anywhere else in the world. Still, what does it matter when you can enjoy a 30-minute thrilling display of fire breathing?


Opening hours

The Night Safari is open for visitors from 7 pm to 11 pm. If you are not sure about how to get here, ask for directions from the front desk of your local hotel like Park Hotel Farrer Park.