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River Safari

The River Safari (Chinese: 河川生态园)is a river-themed zoo and aquarium located in Singapore. It is built over 12 hectares (30 acres) and nestles between its two counterparts, the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. It is the first of its kind in Asia and comprise mainly freshwater attraction combined with river boat rides as its main highlights. The safari was built at a cost of S$160m with an expected visitor rate of 820,000 people yearly.

The Giant Panda Forest opened to public on 29 November 2012, with a soft opening on 3 April 2013, attracting close to 1,500 visitors. This attraction is the fourth zoo in Singapore, along with the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, and Night Safari, all of which are managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Conceptualization of such as River Safari began in early 2007, and its construction was officially announced to the public on 11 February 2009 with an estimated completion date of late 2011. The project began with an estimated budget of S$140 million as well as an annual visitor rate of 750,000, however since the original announcement in 2009 the budget has since increased by S$20 million in 2010, due to rising construction costs, to S$160 million and the annual visitor rate has also increased to 820,000.

The park is built within the current 89-hectare (220-acre) compound already shared by the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari and occupies 12 hectares (30 acres), making it the smallest of the three parks.


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