Scurry down to Singapore's wildlife parks to welcome the Year of the Rat

14 JAN 2020
This Lunar New Year, scurry down to Singapore’s wildlife parks and join the rodent family to usher in the Year of the Rat.

Meet the rat family in Festive Lunar New Year activities at Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo from 25 Jan to 8 Feb 2020

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Kick off the celebrations at Singapore Zoo with the Gambian pouched rat, a sizeable rodent native to Africa that sports cheek pouches for storing food. At River Safari, meet the agouti, a rodent from the rainforests of Central and South America, as well as the world’s largest rodents, the capybaras, and ring in the new year together with prosperity greetings.

As the sun sets, Night Safari’s northern Luzon giant cloud rat, a large rodent endemic to the Philippines takes the spotlight with its distinct grey coat. Swoop over to Jurong Bird Park, too, and spot the speckled mousebird, a songbird named after its unique mouse-like features including a brown plumage and long tail which make up half its length.

Oh rats! These rodents are not only adorable, they have exceptional traits that make them one of the most successful animals on Earth and can even be useful to humans. For example, Gambian pouched rats have a strong sense of smell and can be trained to detect landmines and patients suffering from tuberculosis. Learn about them through a host of education and craft activities.

Besides the rodents, look out for other wild residents like the orangutan and Malayan tapir as they receive festive treats.  Lion dance performances, mascot appearances and Zoodiac Predictions for the Year of the Rat are also lined up across all four wildlife parks during the Lunar New Year period.

For more information on our Lunar New Year activities, please visit www.wildcny.sg or refer to the detailed information below.

Catch the playful antics of the agouti at River Safari’s
One Upon a River Presentation

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Night Safari’s star is the northern Luzon giant cloud rat, native to the Philippines. Spot them on the Leopard Trail. 

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Jurong Bird Park will feature the speckled mousebird, a songbird bearing similar physical characteristics to a mouse, with its brown plumage and long tail.  Spot them at Heliconia Walk. 

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore Zoo and River Safari

Activity

Details

Meet our Adorable Rats

Get up close to this year’s superstars- the Gambian pouched rat and agouti as they enthral you with their intelligent traits!

 

 

Gambian Pouch Rat at Singapore Zoo

Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld

 

Agouti at River Safari

Time: 11.30am & 4.30pm (Weekdays)

11.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm (Weekends and PH)

Venue: Once upon a River Presentation at Boat Plaza

 

Zoo-diac Trail

Find the 12 zodiac animals around Singapore Zoo and get your predictions for the Year of the Rat!

Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Venue: Around the park

Rats be Friends booth

Learn fun and surprising facts about the intelligent rats and other rodents. Make cute ratty masks with upcycled red packets and more!

 

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan, 1, 2, 8 Feb

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Outside Singapore Zoo Main Retail Shop

Majestic Lion Dance

Snap stunning photos of our lion dancers performing incredible stunts! Have a roaring good time as they bring you good fortune this year.

 

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan

Time: 10.00am, 2.00pm

Venue: Singapore Zoo Entrance Courtyard

Meet our Auspicious Mascots

Enjoy photo opportunities with our auspicious God of Fortune and Fu Lu Shou mascots. Let them share good luck with you!

 

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan

Time: 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm

Venue: Singapore Zoo Entrance Courtyard

 

Prosperity Greetings at Animal Presentations

Watch our animals like the sea lion, agouti and capybaras ring in the new year with their playful antics.

 

 

Singapore Zoo

Splash Safari: 10.30am, 5.00pm

Animal Friends Show: 11.00am, 4.00pm

Rainforest Fights Back: 12.30pm, 2.30pm

 

River Safari

Once Upon A River: 11.30am & 4.30pm (Weekdays)

11.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm (Weekends and PH)

Reptopia Behind the Scenes– CNY edition

Get upclose to our scaly friends and feed the ones you picked through hidden animal cards in angbaos.

 

Separate tour charges apply. First 8 signups receive Auspicious Red Packet set featuring our animal icons.

Tour available daily at 1.00pm.

Enquire at Ticketing Counter or email [email protected]

 

Manatee Mania- CNY Edition

Meet our adorable manatee family, get to know their quirks and have a go at hand feeding them during meal time. Be enthralled by their special Chinese New Year greetings.

 

Separate tour charges apply. First 8 signups receive Auspicious Red Packet set featuring our animal icons.

Tour available daily at 3.30pm.

Enquire at Ticketing Counter or email [email protected]

 

Chinese New Year Buffet

Dig into a sumptuous spread of Asian delights and Chinese New Year delicacies at just $25 nett and $15 nett for Adult and Child.

 

Not applicable for further discount.

Singapore Zoo

Dates: 25 – 29 Jan

Time: 11.30am – 2.30pm. Last seating at 2.00pm.

Venue: Ah Meng Pavilion, outside Ah Meng Restaurant

 

 

Jurong Bird Park

Activity

Details

Meet our Adorable ‘Rats’

Catch our Speckled Mousebird in action! See how they sharpen their instincts with festive treats specially prepared by our keepers.

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan

Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Venue: Heliconia Walk

Zoo-diac Predictions

Get a glimpse into your future with our zoo-diac predictions and expert advice on how to make the most of the Year of the Rat!

Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Venue: Around the park

Majestic Lion Dance

Snap stunning photos of our lion dancers performing incredible stunts! Have a roaring good time as they bring you good fortune this year.

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan

Time: 9.30am, 1.00pm

Venue: Penguin Coast

Meet our Auspicious Mascots

Enjoy fun photo opportunities with our auspicious God of Fortune and Fu Lu Shou mascots. Let them share good luck with you!

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan

Time: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm

Venue: Penguin Coast

Prosperity Greetings at Animal Presentations

Be amazed as our feathery friends celebrate a wild Lunar New Year at our High Flyers Show! Keep your eyes peeled for Sassy, our Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, as she swoops in with auspicious red packets.

High Flyers Show: 11.00am, 3.00pm

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan, 1 Feb, 2 Feb, 8 Feb

 

Bird’s Eye Tour– CNY edition

Prepare angbao treats for birds to feast on in the aviaries and learn more about these animals from the keepers’ who take care of them.

 

Separate tour charges apply. First 8 signups receive Auspicious Red Packet set featuring our animal icons.

Tour available daily at 11.45am.

Enquire at Ticketing Counter.

 

Night Safari

Activity

Details

Meet our Adorable Rats

Head to Leopard Trail to see our Cloud Rat dig into their festive treats.

 

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan

Time: 8.30pm (25 Jan, 26 Jan), 9.00pm (27 Jan)

Venue: Cloud Rat exhibit at Leopard Trail

Meet our Auspicious Mascots

Enjoy fun photo opportunities with our auspicious God of Fortune and Fu Lu Shou mascots. Let them share good luck with you!

 

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan

Time: 6.45pm, 7.45pm

Venue: Entrance Plaza

LED Dance

Watch our performers light up the night with a dazzling LED Lion Dance!

 

Dates: 25, 26, 27 Jan

Time: 7.30pm, 8.30pm

Venue: Entrance Plaza

Festive Animal Enrichments

Catch our animals in action! See how they sharpen their instincts with festive treats specially prepared by our keepers.

 

*All activities are weather permitting and subject to change.

View animal enrichment schedule at www.wildcny.sg

Promotions

Local Residents Exclusive

Enjoy up to 20% savings when you purchase tickets online. Terms and conditions apply.

 

Be a Friend of Wildlife!

Enjoy 50% off Friends of Wildlife Senior Membership and receive a Wildlife Canvas Bag + Auspicious Mouse Pin. Sign up now at our Membership Services Centre!

 

Promotion valid from 18 January - 8 February 2020, when you present an existing Friends of Wildlife Individual Adult or Family membership. Terms and conditions apply.

 

Enjoy 10% off Friends of Wildlife (Individual Adult or Family) membership with promo code FOWCNY20 and receive a Wildlife Canvas Bag + Auspicious Mouse pin.

 

Promotion is valid from 18 January – 8 February 2020. While stocks last! Terms and Conditions apply.

 

Year of Rat Gifts

Take home unique Chinese New Year gifts like Mouse Plushies and Disney® apparel. Available at main retail shops across Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.

Purchase a set of auspicious red packets at $3 with a min. purchase of $30.