Meet the giant pandas

In a press release on 29 November 2012, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) announced that River Safari’s giant panda exhibit – the Giant Panda Forest – will open to the public for a special preview from 29 November, to coincide with the year-end school holiday season.

Of pandas and rivers The Giant Panda Forest is one of the key highlights of the upcoming River Safari, Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. The new park, located in between Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, will be the latest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore and is scheduled to open early 2013. Visitor information Since the park is not officially open yet, visitors can enter the Giant Panda Forest from a specially-created access point in Singapore Zoo. You can even meet Kai Kai  and Jia Jia  at the Giant Panda Forest by purchasing a Singapore Zoo admission ticket and a top-up fee of $5.00 per adult or $3.00 per child (3 to 12 years old). Educating about conservation The pandas who have been here since September have since settled into their new home at the Giant Panda Forest according to Claire Chiang, Chairman of WRS. She adds, “We look forward to welcoming visitors who are excited to see Kai Kai and Jia Jia. By bringing visitors up close to these endangered bears, we aim to educate Singaporeans and tourists alike on the importance of conservation.” Ticketing information For those excited to see the giant pandas, it is best to come early as tickets to the giant panda exhibit go on sale daily from 8.30am starting 29 November and are on a first come first served basis.These tickets can be purchased at Singapore Zoo’s ticketing counters and are valid only on the day of purchase. Simulating environments Apart from saying ‘Hello’ to Kai Kai and Jia Jia, visitors to the Giant Panda Forest can look forward to meeting other wildlife from China such as the golden pheasant and the red panda. Visitors don’t have to worry about the bears as the 1,500 square-metre exhibit – the largest of its kind in South East Asia – simulates the bears’ natural habitat. The expansive exhibit features lush live plants, boulders and water features and the temperature is kept between 18-22 degrees Celsius year round and humidity is set at 50-60 per cent to ensure the pandas’ comfort. More information on admission to the Giant Panda Forest can be found at http://pandas.riversafari.com.sg

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