Revel in the Circle of Life Festival at Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

1 JUN 2019
In anticipation of the upcoming theatrical release of the all new Disney’s The Lion King in Singapore cinemas on 18 July 2019, Singapore Zoo and Night Safari herald the king of the pride lands with the Circle of Life Festival, a celebration of creatures big and small, and the important roles they play in maintaining the health of the ecosystem. Guests can see and learn about the real life inspirations behind beloved characters from Disney’s The Lion King and participate in a host of activities in both parks from 1 June to 31 August 2019.

Meet the real life animals that inspired the beloved characters of the all new Disney’s The Lion King at the Circle of Life Festival at Singapore Zoo and Night Safari before the movie hits theatres on 18 July 2019. Observe as a full grown lion displays its strength during the Circle of Life Wildlife Tour. 

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The heart of the Circle of Life Festival is captured in a savannah themed moving tram with musical performers setting off from Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa Zone. Real life melds with reel life as the procession makes its way past animals such as the meerkat, mandrill and lion, the real life inspiration behind Disney characters Timon, Rafiki and Simba. Along the way, visitors can catch photo points that call back to iconic settings of the movie such as Pride Rock while performers dazzle with a musical piece depicting a lion’s life journey.

Zoolympix, Singapore Zoo’s signature school holiday activity returns for its 15th instalment of family fun, fittingly themed around the Circle of Life. Families can embark on a self-guided trail to complete challenges, learning about the ecological roles of animals of all sizes from the tall giraffes to the tiny invertebrates and earn exclusive animal pins to boot.

For more real live animal excitement, guests can sign up for the Circle of Life wildlife tour and create lasting memories with interactive wildlife experiences with animals from the African plains. Participants will get the rare opportunity to feed the white rhinoceros, meerkats and cheetahs. To complete the experience, they can watch a full-grown lion demonstrate its strength while using its pull force.                                 

At dusk, the bustling energy shifts to Night Safari. Tribal drummers accompanied by the high-octane fire dance by Night Safari’s Thumbuakar performers kick off the night with a fiery bang. Guests can don their favourite fluorescent animal inspired markings with glow-in-the-dark face painting and look forward to an enchanting photo opportunity at Night Safari’s Naracoorte cave.

Not to be missed are the token feeding sessions of Night Safari’s lions and spotted hyenas, the real life inspiration of Disney characters Scar and his clan of hyenas. Guests can observe as the carnivores chow down and gain insight on fascinating facts and anecdotes from the keepers. Perhaps they can come to their own conclusion about whether these animals deserve their villainous reputation.  

Guests looking to bring home the Circle of Life experience can look no further than the retail stores in Singapore Zoo and Night Safari which are stocked with all new Disney’s The Lion King merchandise. Local residents can enjoy 30 per cent savings to Singapore Zoo and Night Safari with the Circle of Life Combo.

The centerpiece of the Circle of Life Festival is a savannah themed moving tram that will set off from Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone every weekend from 1 Jun – 12 Aug 2019. 

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Accompanying the Safari themed tram are a troupe of performers who will dazzle with a musical piece on the life jourmey of lions. 

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Singapore Zoo’s signature school holiday activity, Zoolympix returns with a Circle of Life theme. Learn about the ecological roles of creatures big and small and earn exclusive rewards by completing the challenges in the self-guided trail.  

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Craft activities in the Singapore Zoo include the opportunity to craft and don your own animal face masks.

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Sign up for the wildlife tour to partake in memorable wildlife experiences. Feed iconic African animals like the cheetahs, white rhinoceros, and meerkats.  

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As night descends, the spotted hyenas come out to play. Catch the spotted hyena feeding at Night Safari and learn more about them from their zookeepers.

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Circle of Life Festival

Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere as we drum up the fun for the Circle of Life festival! We are sending waves of excitement with the first ever thematic moving tram with musical performers starting from the Wild Africa zone.

 

Through the art of interactive storytelling at three different stations, guests can enjoy and learn interesting fun facts about Lions and the Circle of Life.

 

Dates: 1 Jun – 12 Aug (Every Sat and Sun)

Time: 11.00am & 4.00pm

Venue: Singapore Zoo, Wild Africa (Starting Point)

Performance locations: Opposite Tram Station 4, Garden with a View and Frozen Tundra

 

Disney’s all new The Lion King Insta-worthy photo points

Try to guess the movie scenes at these three photo worthy spots! Remember to #SingaporeZoo and #ZooCircleofLife

 

 

Date: 1 Jun – 31 Aug

Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Venue: Singapore Zoo, Opposite Tram Station 4, Garden with a View and Frozen Tundra

 

Zoolympix: Circle of Life

Singapore Zoo’s June staple this year is all about the animals from the all new Disney’s The Lion King. Participate in a myriad of games and activities and learn how each animal plays an important role in the food chain.

 

Date: 1 Jun – 30 Jun (Weekends and public holidays only)

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Venue: Singapore Zoo, various stations

 

Craft activities

Be part of the beat in the Circle of Life Festival with your own DIY spin drums or try your hands at making your own animal face mask.

Date: 1 Jun – 30 Jun (Weekends and public holidays only)

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm Venue: Singapore Zoo, Frozen Tundra

 

Wildlife Tours: Circle of Life Edition

This tour takes you on a journey to meet the inhabitants of Pride Land. Get a rare opportunity to feed a cheetah, rhino and even meerkats! The final pitstop of the tour will allow you to witness the strength of the King with a lion tug challenge.

 

Date: 8 Jun – 31 Aug

(Wed, Sat & Sun)

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Singapore Zoo

Price: $98 (Adult) $65 (Child)

 

Circle of Life Festival at Dusk

The festival continues to Night Safari as drummers liven up the mood followed by Night Safari’s Thumbuakar performers twirling fire to the beat of the drums.

Date: 1 Jun – 12 Aug

Time: 7.45pm (Weekends and public holidays only)

Venue: Night Safari, Entrance Courtyard

 

Glow-in-the-Dark Face Painting

Nothing brings on a smile like glowing prints or spotted hyena inspired markings decked out on your face.

 

Date: 1 Jun – 30 Jun (Weekends and public holidays only)

Time: 7.00pm to 10.30pm

Venue: Roving at entrance courtyard

 

The Great Kings of the Past Insta-worthy photo points

Lie on the grass, witness the Great Kings of the Past and watch your face paint glow under fluorescent lights.

 

Date: 1 Jun – 31 Aug

Time: 7.15pm – 12.00am

Venue: Night Safari, Naracoote Cave

 

Lion and spotted hyena feeding

Get ready for a wild feast! Meet the real life counterparts of Scar and his clan of hyenas. Watch them chow down during feeding sessions in the dark. Hear interesting stories from our keepers as we dispel misconceptions about the hyena. Hyena feeding is exclusive to this campaign only!

Lion feeding

Date: 1 Jun – 31 Aug (Fri, Sat and eve of public holidays only)

Time: 8.00pm and 9.00pm

Venue:  Lion Lookout

 

Spotted hyena feeding

Date: 1 Jun – 31 Aug (Fri, Sat and eve of public holidays only)

Time: 8.30pm

Venue: Spotted hyena exhibit at East Lodge Trail