The world’s largest freshwater aquarium has opened its doors to the public at River Safari in Singapore this week. The 12-hectare park contains nearly 300 species of animals and features fish and other wildlife from eight of the world’s major rivers.
The new freshwater aquarium, which cost over $160 million to build, measures 2,000 cubic metres and has a viewing tunnel that measures 22 metres by four metres. Fish from the Congo, Ganges, Mississippi, Amazon, Mekong, Nile, Murray and Yangtze will all be on display, including 42 species that are endangered.
One of the attraction's main exhibits is the Amazon Flooded Forest, where tourists can stroll under River Safari’s viewing tunnel. Guests under the tunnel will be able to see an eclectic mix of creatures ranging from small fish and river otters to Chinese alligators and giant salamanders. Indian gharial and frog-faced soft-shell turtles, along with many other reptiles and amphibians make up just a few of the other animals on display.
River Safari is Asia’s first river themed wildlife park and has been built to create awareness of freshwater habitat conservation. River Safari has also dedicated itself to protecting endangered species and hopes, through captive breeding programmes, to help improve the population of some of the world’s most endangered freshwater species.
The freshwater aquarium opened earlier this week and will stay open daily from 9am until 6pm. Tickets are priced at around £19 for adults and £12 pounds for children. Other attractions such as more boat rides and feeding sessions are expected to open later in the year at River Safari.
The new park is one of many reasons to grab some flights to Singapore and explore this rich and diverse city-state. Keen shoppers and culinary buffs are in for a particular treat, as shopping and dining out are said to be Singapore's two national pastimes!