Families will be able to get up close and meet the elusive, prehistoric-looking Indian rhinoceros at Night Safari with the new feeding programme.
Venue: Night Safari
Dates: 7.30 pm on operating nights
A new feeding programme is launched to add to the activities at the Night Safari. The programme features Newari, one of the two Indian rhinos that arrived in Singapore in April 2021.
Unlike their African cousins, the Indian rhinos have one horn and thick, armour-like skin. The prehistoric-looking Indian rhinos are gentle vegetarian giants that love grazing on tall grasses, leaves and fruits. As tough as they may look, Indian rhinos are faced with threats of habitat loss and poaching in the wild. While they once used to be found across most of Asia, wild populations are now only largely observed in India and Nepal.
Indian rhinos are listed as vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with an estimated population of about 3,700 mature individuals left in the wild in India and Nepal. Through meaningful interactions such as feeding, Night Safari hopes guests will come away with a sense of appreciation for the rhino species and be inspired to care for our planet and support conservation efforts which help protect nature and wildlife like these majestic animals.
To get Newari ready for his debut at the exhibit’s feeding platform, Night Safari’s animal care team has been working with Newari for over six months. Of the two brothers, Newari is the bigger foodie and more comfortable around people, especially when it involves his favourite treat – carrots!
The feeding sessions will happen at the Indian rhino habitat next to Night Safari’s East Lodge at 7.30pm on operating nights. Families who like to participate in the feeding while need to make a contribution of $10. All contributions from feeding sessions will go into supporting conservation projects in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Aside from the exciting chance to feed an Indian rhino, guests will also get to interact with the animal care team. Hear from Newari’s caretakers and learn more about this intriguing species through anecdotes and fun facts they have to share.
Feeding sessions must be booked online. With limited slots available, book in advance and secure slots before visiting.
Photo Credits: Mandai Wildlife Group