| Mohammad Abdullah |
Ak Mohd Hafizul Hakeem (photo below) had the time of his life at the SEA Aquarium in Singapore, but it wasn’t enough. Completing his fish adventure was the River Safari, where all the fishes of the rivers of the world can be seen under one roof.
Unlike the whirlwind adventure to SEA Aquarium situated in Sentosa, the river safari situated in the woodlands was more subdued. The MRT ride, as well as the half-an-hour bus journey, was almost the opposite of navigating the MRT labyrinth to reach Sentosa.
There were significantly less people in the River Safari compared to the SEA Aquarium, and it made the visit to the fishes so much more enjoyable. The aquariums are a window to the marine life in the river, the vital eco system that hangs in a delicate balance battling against pollution and contamination.
The River Safari is the first of its kind in Asia and features freshwater attractions consisting of 10 different ecosystems around the world including the River Nile, the Yangtze River, Mississippi, Amazon as well as Tundra.
Ak Mohd Hafizul Hakeem proved that he was not afraid of crocodiles at the River Safari. The River Safari is the first of its kind in Asia and features freshwater attractions consisting of 10 different ecosystems around the world including the River Nile, the Yangtze River, Mississippi, Amazon as well as Tundra
With over 5,000 animals of 300 species including endangered ones such as the Mekong freshwater stingrays, West Indian Manatees and the Mekong Giant catfish.
Unlike the SEA Aquarium, the River Safari feels less commercial, there were less people for one. This gave Hafizul Hakeem the freedom to run and enjoy himself looking at the exhibits.
Much like the SEA Aquarium biggest aquarium, the river safari also houses a huge aquarium, a 2,000-metre-cube volume of water and has a viewing panel of 22m x 4m, a world record for freshwater aquarium.
It exhibits the flooded amazon forest with huge arapaima, stingrays and manatees, along with other fresh water fishes found in the amazon forest. Hafizul Hakeem waved to most of these fishes, and had even blown kisses to the ones that got close to the glass.
The River Safari tour also educated visitors on the various rivers and importance of the river ecosystem to mankind and nature.