The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari offers acres of green space to enjoy while visiting the resident animal population. The newest attraction here is the River Safari, which is well worth spending up to a day visiting. Celebrating the world’s great rivers and their inhabitants, both on land and I water, this park offers much more than its name suggests.

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Apart from the two separate water-boat rides available here, one across the reservoir in a large craft and the other on a manmade fun ‘Amazon River Quest’ circuit through an animal enclosure, there are a series of aquariums housing freshwater fish and mammals from across the globe – the size of some of them has to be seen to be believed!

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The highlight for many is the panda pen here, where resident giant pandas Kai Kai and JiaJia entertain with their well-honed eating and lazing skills. Much more energetic are the adorable red pandas, which visitors can get so close to, they can almost touch them.

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The Amazon River Quest is a fun circuit through some of the different species from the world’s largest river. Giant rats, a trudging ant-eater, squawking flamingoes, a hilarious brown tufted Capuchin and a pair of Jaguars are just some of the creatures on display.

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River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road, tel: 6269 3411, www.riversafari.com.sg

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