Because the girlfriend finished her exams, she called me out to go on a relaxation trip: and the River Safari was the first thing to come to mind!
Headed to the Zoo on a drizzly morning and bought tickets to the River Safari. They currently retail for SGD 25, by the way!
The River Safari has an interesting concept comprising of a few themed exhibits named after famous rivers such as the Nile, Ganges, Yangtze, etc. They also have little enclosures like the Squirrel Monkey, Giant Panda and Flooded Amazon which I absolutely love! The boat rides were not ready yet so that was kind of a downer but we started with the river exhibits first!
First sight: three fat ducks perched rather unhappily in the drizzle.
A praying turtle?
Sturgeons: huge-ass fish that’ve stuck around since prehistoric times.
Really photogenic Indian Gharial that stuck around for photos.
But of course, we sped through this because we were excited about spending time with the pandas!
Sleepy red panda.
Kai Kai which means, according to the zoo video, victorious.
Pandas have such benevolent eyes, don’t you think?
And Jia Jia means beautiful – since the Jia is the same as the one in my name does that apply to me too? 🙂
Jia Jia concussed after lunch – apparently we were quite fortunate to catch her crunching bamboo!
Piranhas: the stuff of your nightmares.
Most people would walk into River Safari expecting to spend most time with the pandas (as we did) but no, I actually spent more time with the manatees. I could not get over how clumsy yet graceful and majestic this mammoth creature is!
You can almost hear my squeals when the manatee pressed up against the glass, can’t you?
Three manatees frolicking about gaily!
I’m guessing the River Safari will operate in this body of water – it rounds a bend that I can’t photograph around so I’m excited to try the real boat trip! By the way, the panorama function on my iPhone is amazing.
Saving the best pictures for the last: this manatee really had me at hello. What a quirky creature!