River Wonders celebrates 10 years of aquatic wonders

28 Feb 2024
The festivities at the Mandai Wildlife Reserve go on after the Lunar New Year, as River Wonders marks ten-sational years of captivating guests with the diverse wildlife of freshwater habitats. From 28 February to 14 April 2024, guests can experience an array of special activities as they meander through the wildlife park. 

At the Mekong River zone in River Wonders, guests can get up close with river giants such as the giant freshwater stingray, believed to be the largest and heaviest freshwater fish in the world, and the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish.

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Start your adventure by picking up a River Wonders Explorer Bingo sheet at the park entrance and check off the squares as you learn fun facts about the park and its residents. As a member of global zoo associations, did you know that River Wonders participates in a manatee exchange programme which ensures healthy and sustainable populations of the species under human care? The park also spotlights the intricacies of the ecosystems in our natural world, shedding light on the fascinating behaviours of land animals like the jaguar which are often observed hunting along the river’s edge. Complete at least one row of the bingo grid to redeem a pin as a memento.

No visit is complete without hearing from our friendly keepers. Besides the mainstay River Feeding Trail Keeper Talk, River Wonders is introducing two new sessions — the Mekong Giant Catfish and Wild Amazonia Trail Keeper Talks. Available for a limited time, guests can immerse themselves in the unique insights and stories about incredible creatures like the Mekong giant catfish, white-lipped tamarin and silver arowana. Make the most out of your day by checking off all three engaging sessions which are timed one after another!

The exploration takes on a different dimension with Ranger Buddies Quest, a new addition to River Wonders. Ranger Buddies Quest is part of the Ranger Buddies edutainment programme aimed at nurturing every child to become a future-ready and responsible global citizen. Equipped with smart binoculars and a companion app, children can set out on two missions to visit outposts around River Wonders and complete activities. Through the interactive missions, gain a better appreciation of how various animals adapt to river ecosystems and their unique ways of communication. This comes after Ranger Buddies Quest first launched in Singapore Zoo.

Those who prefer to take it easy may extend their visit with an exclusive overnight camping experience. At the River Wonders Ten(t) Retreat, look forward to guided tours of the Amazon Flooded Forest with an arapaima feeding demonstration. You will also have time to roam the park on your own before a hearty buffet at Night Safari. Wind down for the night by pitching your tent and taking in the enchanting Amazon Flooded Forest with fascinating stories shared by the guides.

More information on River Wonders’ 10th anniversary activities is available at www.mandai.com/RiverWonders10.

At the Wild Amazonia Keeper Talk, guests can observe a keeper feeding the silver arowana and even have a go at it. This species is nicknamed ‘water monkey’ as it can leap up to a whopping 2m above water to catch its prey.

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

The Wild Amazonia Keeper Talk will also bring guests to Amazonia Encounters, an immersive walk-through exhibit home to species such as the white-faced saki monkey, green-winged macaw and Azara’s agouti. Pictured is a female white-faced saki monkey reaching for a nut from her keeper, while a  male with the distinctive ‘white mask’ perches nearby.

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Young explorers can immerse in the world of the giant river otter at the Ranger Buddies Quest outpost located at the exhibit, where they can take on the role of the world’s largest otter. This interactive experience provides an exciting opportunity for children to learn about the fascinating abilities of these remarkable creatures, which use their sensitive whiskers to suss out danger and detect prey.

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Immerse in the captivating world of freshwater river ecosystems with an overnight stay at the Amazon Flooded Forest, as part of the River Wonders Ten(t) Retreat. The experience is available on selected dates in March and April 2024. Bring along your very own tent to pitch or rent one for the retreat.

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Participate in a host of activities as River Wonders celebrates its 10th anniversary.  

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE (28 Feb – 14 Apr 2024)

For more information on our activities, please visit: www.mandai.com/RiverWonders10.

Activities

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River Wonders Explorer Bingo

Celebrate River Wonders’ 10th anniversary with us! Go on a bingo expedition to discover 10 things about River Wonders’ remarkable journey over the last decade. Complete at least one row of the bingo grid to redeem an exclusive River Wonders explorer pin*.

 

Ranger Buddies can redeem an additional exclusive gift^ when they complete the bonus activity, featuring Tucker the Asian small-clawed otter. 

 

 

 

*One redemption per visitor on a first-come-first-served basis, while stocks last.

 

^Ranger Buddies membership must be presented during redemption. Redemption is on a first-come-first-served basis, while stocks last. 

Date: Weekends, school holidays and public holidays from 28 Feb – 14 Apr 2024

Time:  10.00am – 5.00pm

(last collection of trail sheet at 4.30pm) 

Venue: River Wonders entrance  

 

 

Explore with Ranger Buddies Quest

Calling all children, grab your smart binoculars and go on two new missions around River Wonders to learn more about wildlife and nature while developing future-ready life skills. Redeem reward pins upon completion of the missions.

Date: Weekends, school holidays and public holidays

Time: 10.00am – 7.00pm

(last binoculars collection at 6.00pm)

Venue: Ranger Buddies Quest smart binoculars collection point, River Wonders entrance

Price: $15 for full-day rental of binoculars

Keeper Talks

Every creature has a story to tell. Discover interesting facts about our river and land-dwelling inhabitants from the keepers who know best.

1.      River Feeding Trail Keeper Talk (permanent)

2.      Mekong Giant Catfish Keeper Talk (limited time)

3.      Wild Amazonia Trail Keeper Talk (limited time)

For the well-being of the animals, sessions are subject to change.

River Feeding Trail Keeper Talk

Date: Daily

Time: 2.15pm

Venue: Starts at elephantnose fish exhibit and ends at Mekong giant catfish exhibit

 

Mekong Giant Catfish Keeper Talk

Date: Weekends, school holidays and public holidays from 28 Feb – 14 Apr 2024

Time: 2.50pm

Venue: Mekong giant catfish exhibit, Mekong River zone

 

Wild Amazonia Trail Keeper Talk

Date: Weekends, school holidays and public holidays from 28 Feb – 14 Apr 2024

Time: 3.30pm

Venue: Starts at white-lipped tamarin exhibit, proceeds to silver arowana pond and ends at Amazonia Encounters

River Wonders Ten(t) Retreat*

In celebration of River Wonders’ 10th anniversary, come join us for an exclusive restorative retreat experience! Enjoy guided tours and special activities before ending the day with an overnight stay in the park. 

Bring your own tent to pitch with your loved ones at the Amazon Flooded Forest with a view of our adorable manatees. Tents are also available for rent.

*Additional charges apply and pre-booking required.

Date: 29 and 30 Mar, 6 and 13 Apr 2024 (bookings open on 28 Feb 2024)

Time: 2.00pm – 10.00am the next day

Price: From $500 per tent lot for 2 pax. Additional pax at $150, up to 5 pax. Tent rental at $20 per tent

 

Find out more information and make reservations here

Discover the Secrets of the Amazon and Aquatic Clean-Up

Watch a 3-minute projection show in the heart of the Amazon Flooded Forest! Discover the beauty of Amazonian wildlife and the lesser-known abilities of the Amazon river dolphin, manatee and more.

 

Waddle across the contaminated water at an interactive projection and watch how it clears up with every step – aquatic plants start to flourish and animals get attracted to them.

 

 

Date: Till 17 Mar 2024

Time: 10.00am – 7.00pm

Venue: Amazon Flooded Forest  

 

Promotions

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$10 Second Admission Offer

Enjoy second admission at $10* with every full-paying adult to River Wonders.

 

*Valid for WildPass holders and same-day admission only. T&Cs apply.

Promo period: 28 Feb – 14 Apr 2024

 

 

 

Friends of Wildlife Promotion

Receive an exclusive Friends of Wildlife tote bag* with every Friends of Wildlife or Friends of Wildlife Plus (Individual/Adult/Family) membership sign-up. 

 

*Limited to the first 200 sign-ups. T&Cs apply.

Promo period: 28 Feb – 3 Mar 2024

 

Bear-y Cute Treats

Savour our specially curated panda-themed chocolate desserts and savoury pastries!

Date: 28 Feb – 14 Apr 2024

Venue: Mama Panda Kitchen, Mama Panda Kiosk

Wonder-filled Delights

Indulge in exclusive River Wonders 10th anniversary-themed macarons.

 

Date: 28 Feb – 31 Dec 2024

Venue: Mama Panda Kiosk

River Wonders Commemorative Paper Photo Frame

Bring home a special keepsake from River Wonders by purchasing an exclusive commemorative paper photo frame at our photo counter.

 

*While stocks last.

 

Date: From 28 Feb 2024

Venue: Photo Shop at Pavilion Capital Giant Panda Forest, Amazon River Quest Photo Kiosk

Panda-stic Deal

For a limited time, get our adorable panda keychain set* at $25 (U.P. $45).

 

*While stocks last.

 

Date: From 28 Feb 2024

Venue: River Wonders Shop, House of Kai Kai and Jia Jia

Upcycled Wonders

Get your hands on upcycled memorabilia* such as plush pillows and aprons, made from good old River Safari merchandise.

 

*While stocks last.

 

Date: From 28 Feb 2024

Venue: River Wonders Shop

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