Singapore's Night Safari has unveiled a refreshed Creatures of the
Night show in a new 1,000-seat amphitheatre with 30% more capacity and
enhanced stage features.
With conservation, animal welfare and greater appreciation for nature
as the key elements, the refreshed show now features new animal species
such as the Indian crested porcupine, raccoon dog and bearded pigs, in
addition to existing wildlife ambassadors such as the Asian small-clawed
otters, Malay fish owl, and fennec fox.
According to Mandai Wildlife Group, all animal presentations in its
parks focus on highlighting the natural behaviours of animals. The
animals are trained using positive reinforcement where they are rewarded
with a treat when they complete the desired action, so as to ensure
that all their behaviours are voluntary.
Gail Laule, vice president of animal behaviour and programmes, Mandai
Wildlife Group said: “Our challenge for the new presentation was to
create a new storyline and immersive experience for our guests and to
feature the unique adaptations and super senses of some of the planet’s
most amazing animals. We also wanted to highlight the threats these
species face, foster empathy for their plight and motivate everyone to
do their part to preserve and protect these very special animals.”
Besides a stage outfitted with water features and thematic trees, the
amphitheatre also features spacious back-of-house facilities that
allow the programme animals to exhibit their diverse range of natural
behaviours off stage, a key component in ensuring animal welfare and
quality of life.
The revamped facility now boasts multiple new tech elements such as
an LED wall and the latest in surround sound and lighting, while it is
now in a new fully sheltered location near the park entrance, allowing
presentations to go on in inclement weather.
As well, two new exhibits feature a rotation of different animal
ambassadors including fennec foxes, binturongs, and the Burmese and
reticulated pythons along the walkway towards the amphitheatre.
The Creatures of the Night at the new amphitheatre in Night Safari
will be held daily at 7:30pm and 9:00pm. Booking opens two hours prior
to the presentation time.