Float down the Amazon - in Mandai

Float down the Amazon - in Mandai
Visitors will ride down a 483m-long man-made river and get up close to 30 species commonly found on the banks of the Amazon, including the jaguar and Brazilian tapir.

While the real Amazon certainly takes a lot of beating, the driving force behind a new attraction at the River Safari reckons it can still trump the Brazilian jungle in some respects.

Mr Cham Tud Yinn, director of exhibit design at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said the much- anticipated Amazon River Quest boat ride that starts next month will have native animals to enhance the appeal.

That, he added, is something you do not often see when going down some of the world's mighty rivers, as Mr Cham well knows.

He spent many hours going with the flow along the Mekong, the Amazon and a river in the Taman Negara national park as part of his research for the new ride at the River Safari in Mandai.

Mud sliding down eroded river banks and toppled tree trunks rolling through the waters were common sights, he recalls, but what struck him most was that he could hear animals but not see them.

"You don't get to see many animals because they are hiding, although you can hear for example, gibbons howling," he said.

"I thought it'd be great to create a boat ride where people can see the live animals and be immersed in the river habitat."

The idea has been transformed into reality in the form of the Amazon River Quest boat ride.

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