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

21 JAN 2020
The rats rejoiced today at Singapore’s wildlife parks, where three species of larger-than-life rodents enjoyed early festive surprises ahead of the Lunar New Year.

Capybaras are the world’s largest rodent. Visitors will be able to see them unveiling Lunar New Year wishes and get to feed them at the Once Upon a River presentation at River Safari.

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Night Safari’s star rat is the northern Luzon giant cloud rat, a large rodent with a distinct grey coat. Visitors can catch these nocturnal critters at Night Safari's Leopard Trail. 

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

The gentle and captivating semi-aquatic capybara, also known as the largest living rodent in the world, unveiled a couplet with wishes for the Year of the Rat at River Safari. These lovable South American creatures with their nonchalant expressions are crowd favourites at the park’s Once Upon a River presentation and will certainly charm audiences when they unfurl the season’s salutations.

Endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines, the Luzon giant cloud rat is known for spending much of its time in treetops, hence its common name ‘cloud rat’. These nocturnal rodents at Night Safari were greeted with an evening treat. Keepers tucked the rats’ favourite nuts and vegetables into Lunar New Year themed enrichment devices shaped like firecrackers to encourage them to forage.

Not to be left out, the dumbo rats also got their Lunar New Year treats over at Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Kidzworld. Dumbo rats are domesticated forms of the brown rat, named after the fictional character Dumbo for their large ears positioned on the sides of their heads. 

Through a host of education and craft activities, visitors can learn more about the exceptional traits of rodents which today make up about 40 per cent of all mammal species on earth. 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 from 25 Jan to 8 Feb 2020.

The dumbo rats were out sniffing around their Lunar New Year themed surroundings for snacks at Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Kidzworld. 

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Night Safari’s pair of Luzon giant cloud rats received their Lunar New Year treats of nuts and vegetables tucked within themed enrichment devices, including firecracker shaped containers and a red packet.

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

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

 

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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.