Southern three-banded armadillo rolls into Night Safari

16 NOV 2019
Night Safari’s Fishing Cat Trail has a new resident—the southern three banded armadillo—and it’s the first time the curious creature is being displayed at the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park.

Rocha the southern three-banded armadillo is Night Safari’s newest
resident, and can be seen along the Fishing Cat Trail. He will also make select
appearances during the all new Keeper Talk sessions which will take place at
the new Explorer Outpost, as part of themed activities for Twilight Encounters
– Tales of the Incredible Oddballs.

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Rocha’s intended mate, a yet-to-be-named female, is still in quarantine
but it should not be long before she joins him at the Night Safari’s Fishing
Cat Trail. The photo was taken when she went for her health check soon after
arriving in Singapore from Wroclaw Zoo in Poland.

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Hailing from central South America, the southern three-banded armadillo is covered with scales made of keratin to protect itself from predators. The word armadillo is derived from Spanish meaning “little armoured one.” Not all armadillos are able to encase themselves in their shells however. In fact, only the three-banded armadillo can, curling its head and back feet and transforming its shell into a hard ball that confounds would-be predators. At Night Safari, they’ve been fondly dubbed oddballs because of this ability.

Our male armadillo Rocha arrived from France’s Beauval Zoo last May, and has since settled comfortably into his new habitat. Active and curious, one-and-a-half-year-old Rocha can frequently be seen exploring, burrowing and digging about in his bachelor pad. This friendly boy loves checking out his keepers’ boots whenever they enter the exhibit to feed him. His favourite food includes ants’ eggs and mealworms. For a balanced diet, he also gets a selection of vegetables, boiled eggs, apples and insectivore pellets.

Although Rocha currently lives alone, that will soon change. His intended mate, a yet-to-be-named two-year-old female arrived from Poland’s Wroclaw Zoo late last month. She is currently in quarantine, but it won’t be long before she joins Rocha at Night Safari’s Fishing Cat Trail. The animal care team is hopeful that the pair will eventually roll whole-heartedly into each other’s lives.

Rocha will also make select appearances at the all-new Keeper Talk sessions at the equally new Explorer Outpost. Situated around the corner from the armadillo exhibit, this ranger station doubles up as an interaction hub where visitors can meet a host of oddball animals such as the pangolin, binturong, serval and other nocturnal residents on Friday and Saturday nights as part of the year-end Twilight Encounters themed activities. Keepers will regale guests with tales about their animals’ fascinating characteristics and other quirky traits.

Other activities such as Oddballs Odyssey await guests eager for a fun-filled evening. This first ever Lockdown Singapore escape game in Night Safari challenges guests to find our ‘missing’ baby Asian elephant Neha while navigating puzzles along the walking trails.

Those keen for an extra-special wild night out can embark on a Safari Adventure Tour – Twilight Encounters Edition. Get the VIP treatment and whizz through Night Safari with our guide on a buggy while discovering her best kept secrets. Learn about the oddball characteristics of the southern three-banded armadillo and Sunda pangolin at the Fishing Cat Trail. Round up the evening with an up-close encounter with our gentle giants in an exclusive Asian elephant feeding session.

Don’t forget to complete your night with Rainforest Lumina, a multimedia night walk on the wild side, only at Singapore Zoo. Local residents enjoy up to 30 per cent savings for online purchases of Night Safari Plus tickets. Terms and conditions apply.  

Details at a glance:

Date:      15 Nov – 28 Dec 2019 (Key activities happen every Friday and Saturday night, and Christmas Eve and Day)

Time:     7.15pm – 12.00am

Venue:   Night Safari

              80 Mandai Lake Road

              Singapore 729826

Cost:      Normal admission of $55 for adults and $39 for children 3-12 years applies

For more information, visit www.TwilightEncounters.sg

Come face to face with the Sunda pangolin during the all new Keeper Talk
sessions at the equally new Explorer Outpost along Night Safari’s Fishing Cat
Trail

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Visitors have the chance to meet a host of oddball animals such as the
Sunda pangolin, binturong, serval and other nocturnal residents at the all new
Keeper Talk sessions at the equally new Explorer Outpost along Night Safari’s
Fishing Cat Trail. This is part of the year-end Twilight Encounters themed
activities happening every Fri and Sat night between 15 Nov – 28 Dec, and on
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Keeper Jeff Choo regales guests with tales about his Sunda pangolin’s
fascinating characteristics and quirky traits during the all new Keeper Talk
session at the equally new Explorer Outpost along Night Safari’s Fishing Cat
Trail.

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

The all new Explorer Outpost is a ranger station that doubles up as an
interaction hub where visitors can learn more about the animal residents along
Night Safari’s Fishing Cat Trail

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Guests can meet the rangers and learn more about the animal residents
along Night Safari’s Fishing Cat Trail at the all new Explorer Outpost.

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Trawl the walking trails at Night Safari while searching for clues on ‘missing’ baby Asian elephant Neha during Twilight Encounters’ Oddballs Odyssey. This first ever Lockdown Singapore escape game challenge in Night Safari promises a fun-filled evening. 

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Night Safari’s year-end Twilight Encounters themed activities happen every Friday and Saturday night between 15 Nov – 28 Dec, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Activity

Details

 

ALL NEW! Keeper Talk @ Explorer Outpost

 

Calling all explorers! Get up-close to our incredible oddballs like the southern three-banded armadillo, Sunda pangolin, serval, and marbled fox at this session* with our keepers. Hear about their fascinating characteristics and stories.

 

*All activities and animal appearances are subject to change without prior notice. Activities are weather permitting.

 

 

Dates: Every Fri & Sat from 15 Nov – 28 Dec, and 24 and 25 Dec

Time:  7.15pm, and 8.00pm (15 minutes per session)

 

Venue: Explorer Outpost along Fishing Cat Trail

 

 

Ranger Station @ Explorer Outpost

 

Make a pit-stop at our newest Ranger Station and learn more about native wildlife in Singapore through interactive and tactile interpretive and displays.

 

 

Date and time: 7.15pm – 12.00am daily

 

Venue: Explorer Outpost along Fishing Cat Trail

 

 

Oddballs Odyssey – By Lockdown Singapore

 

Night Safari’s baby Asian elephant Neha has gone ‘missing’! Form a team of up to 5 and solve puzzles along the walking trails to find Neha! Get the help of your oddball friends and their unique “superpowers” in your wildlife hero quest! A Wildlife Hero pin* awaits those who successfully complete the quest.

 

*While stocks last

 

 

 

Dates: 15 and 16 Nov (Fri and Sat)

 

Time: 7.30pm, 8.00pm, 8.30pm, 9.00pm and 9.30pm

 

Meeting point: Registration booth at the Night Safari Entrance Plaza

 

 

Get your tickets^ via the Lockdown Singapore link below:

https://oddballs2019.peatix.com/

 

^Tickets include Night Safari admission and a special goodie bag giveaway by Lockdown Singapore. Only for 15 and 16 Nov.

 

Dates: Every Fri and Sat from 22 Nov to 28 Dec, 24 & 25 Dec*

 

Time: 7.30pm, 8.00pm, 8.30pm, 9.00pm and 9.30pm

 

Meeting point: Game booth after turnstiles at Tram Station 1

 

*Usual Night Safari admission applies

 

 

Spotted Hyaena Feeding

 

Did you know that hyaena packs are led by larger, more aggressive females? Hear our keepers share interesting stories about these super females while watching them chow down a feast!

 

 

Dates: Every Fri & Sat from 15 Nov – 28 Dec, and 24 and 25 Dec

 

Time: 8.30pm

 

Venue: Spotted Hyaena Exhibit (along East Lodge Trail)

 

 

Safari Adventure Tour – Twilight Encounters Edition

 

Make your visit extra wild with Safari Adventure Tour!

 

Get the VIP treatment and discover Night Safari’s best kept secrets on a buggy ride. Learn about the oddball characteristics of the southern three-banded armadillo and Sunda pangolin at the Fishing Cat Trail. Get up-close with our gentle giants in an exclusive Asian elephant feeding session.

 

Additional tour charges apply. Members enjoy 20 per cent discount.

 

For enquires, email [email protected]

 

 

Dates: Every Fri & Sat from 15 Nov – 28 Dec, and 24 and 25 Dec

 

Time: 7.15pm – 9.45pm

 

 Pangolin Pouch Special

 

It’s time for some retail therapy! Bring home a unique pangolin pouch at $5 with any purchase

 

 

Dates: 15 Nov – 28 Dec

 

Venue: Night Safari Gift Shops

 

Membership Promotion - Be a Friend of Wildlife

 

Enjoy 10% off* Friends of Wildlife (Individual adult or family) membership with promo code FOWTLE19 and receive your very own Wildlife Canvas Bag* plus an exclusive pangolin pin* when you sign up!

 

*While stocks last. Terms and conditions apply.

 

 

Dates: 16 Nov – 28 Dec

 

Sign up online or at the Membership Services Counter (next to Singapore Zoo ticketing)